‘Gut instinct suggests that the network must’ve been overloaded with people trying to find loved ones. At first, the Associated Press said it was a concerted effort to prevent any remote detonators from being used, citing a law enforcement official. After some disputed the news, the AP reversed its report, citing officials from Verizon and Sprint who said they’d never had a request to shut down the network, and who blamed slowdowns on heavy load.
‘(Motherboard’s Derek Mead was able to send text messages to both his sister and her boyfriend, who were very near the finish line, shortly after the bombing, which suggests that networks were never totally shut down…)’
How Social Media Helped Find Loved Ones After Marathon Bombing
How the Boston Marathon Bombing was Live-Tweeted
‘As is now par for the course, news of the disaster broke first on Twitter, and the microblogging service remains an unparalleled source of breaking news and first-hand accounts — not to mention media criticism of news outlets that jumped ahead of the facts in their reporting…’
Meet Russia’s Top Cyber Sleuth
How He Foils Spies
Kaspersky also explains why it’s time to give up privacy online. ‘By protecting our right to freedom we actually sacrifice it!’, he says.
‘…Back in 2010, a researcher now working for Kaspersky discovered Stuxnet, the US-Israeli worm that wrecked nearly a thousand Iranian centrifuges and became the world’s first openly acknowledged cyberweapon. In May of this year, Kaspersky’s elite antihackers exposed a second weaponized computer program, which they dubbed Flame. It was subsequently revealed to be another US-Israeli operation aimed at Iran. In other words, Kaspersky Lab isn’t just an antivirus company; it’s also a leader in uncovering cyber-espionage…’
90,000 WordPress Blogs Hacked
A botnet of more than 90,000 compromised machines will be very effective for denial-of-service attacks
Matt Mullenweg, a WordPress founder, explained that users who never changed the “admin” username for their account are easy targets. “If you still use ‘admin’ as a username on your blog, change it,” he recommended on his blog.