Hong Kong Media Sites Hit by Largest DDoS Attack Ever

Trouble on the streets has become trouble online: following the Occupy Central protest rallies in Hong Kong, the largest cyber attack in history has been launched against Hong Kong’s independent media sites, according to content delivery network Cloudflare.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have hit news site Apple Daily and voting protest group PopVote, who organised an unofficial election for Hong Kong Chief Executive; the Occupy Central protesters are lobbying for the right to hold an open election for the country’s Chief Executive.

The DDoS attacks hit the sites with 500gbps of traffic, causing them to crash. Previously, the highest recorded cyber-attack directed 400gbps at an unknown website in Europe, back in February. Before that, the Spamhaus attack hit multiple targets with 300gbps.

CloudFlare’s CEO, Matthew Prince, called the cyber strike “larger than any attack we’ve ever seen, and we’ve seen some of the biggest attacks the Internet has seen.”

Source: Forbes

New LCD Screen Innovation Can Display Pictures for Years

The University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong has successfully developed an LCD screen with the same characteristics as an E-Ink screen, to keep the displayed picture present for several years without any power.

E-ink screens, such as those on the Amazon Kindle e-reader, don’t need a constant flow of power to display the last loaded content such as LCD screens currently do; a thing that is about to be changed.

Based on this new technology, the research team successfully created a rewritable optical LCD screen (ORWLCD), a phrase to remember. The traditional LCD requires a constant flow of electron beam to display images where the ORWLCD only requires electricity to update the image. No power will be drawn and the connection will be cut until a new image needs to be loaded.

While this technology doesn’t directly help high fps gaming, it’s a great step in the right direction. It will allow much better digital photo frames and similar functions as well as create a base for future LCD display technologies.

The technology behind this is somewhat special to the average person. So I’ll just attach the slides below for those with the knowledge to enjoy and the rest to wonder about.

Thanks to CNbeta for providing us with this information

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I’M Intelligent Memory Launches 16 GB DDR3 Memory Modules

Hong Kong based DRAM manufacturer, I’M Intelligent Memory, has announced its 8 GB DDR3 components with a single chip, which doubles the amount of memory per chip compared to other DRAM devices on the market. Based on the latter chip, the company is said to have introduced the 16 GB DDR3 UDIMM and SO-DIMM memory modules, having EEC error-correction technology as an optional upgrade.

It is said that the JEDEC specification JESD9-3 has always allowed a 8GB capacity for DDR3 devices. However, it seems that most manufacturers are waiting for the 2x nm process in order to fit smaller chips and bring high memory capacity. I’M Intelligent Memory has apparently made the leap by developing their own way of manufacturing 8 GB DDR3 components with a single chip using existing 30 nm technology.

The company states that their memory modules are compatible with the JEDEC standard pinout, timing and row/column/bank addressing. In addition to the latter, the company has made available devices including x8 (1Gx8) configuration in FBGA 78 ball package, a x16 (512Mx16) type in FBGA 96 ball package, a x32 (256Mx32) configuration in FBGA 136 ball package, as well as providing DDR3L low-voltage 1.35V versions, all of which are currently available on the market.

Given the 8 GB device, the company has released its first 16 GB DDR3 240 Pin unbuffered DIMMs and 204 Pin SO-DIMMs on the market, while also having them available in 72 Bit width for EEC error correction. The latter modules are said to be compatible with processors and micro-controllers from AMD, Cavium, Freescale, Tilera and others.

While not all processors used in desktop PCs are compatible with the high-capacity memory, Intel has offered support for the Atom C2000 series and Atom E3800 series with a new BIOS version available to download now. Also, ASUS has confirmed support for the latter memory on its X79-DELUXE, RAMPAGE IV BLACK EDITION and other ASUS X79 motherboards. Other manufacturers, such as ASRock, Supermicro, AIC and Portwell have already verified and approved the IM 16 GB DDR3 memory modules for a variety of their motherboards based on ADM, Tilera, Intel’s C2000 series and other processors.

I’M Intelligent Memory apparently has noticed the potential embedded markets, networking and telecommunication applications, as well as PCs and laptops, allowing all to reach a memory capacity previously untouched by any manufacturer out there.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information
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Norse Providing Real-Time Hack Monitoring Map

With all the rambling going on the Internet regarding cyber crime and hacking, nobody can see the full extent of what is really going on. China and the US are reported to constantly ‘clash’ about online spying, having companies and businesses suffering from their actions as a result.

A company from the US called Norse is apparently providing a map which reportedly displays real-time cyber-attacks occurring all over the world. The map can be viewed here (map apparently working best with Chrome), having the company stating that “attacks shown are based on a small subset of live flows against the Norse honeypot infrastructure, representing actual worldwide cyber attacks by bad actors”.

Defence One reports that business hours on Monday in Hong Kong, China has led the list of countries where attacks originated, having the US as China’s top target. The attacks are said to include protocols such as SSH, Telnet, as well as the Windows hacking tool named Crazzynet.

The report also gives examples of targeted and well-organised strikes from China occurring at 1:30 pm on Monday in Hong Kong, having Seattle and Washington as targets. Another example stated originated from Hong Kong and targeted St. Louis just after 4 pm.

Norse is reportedly founded by a former intelligence expert, having previously worked with the US Department of Homeland Security, and a technology consultant.

Thank you Defence One for providing us with this information
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Asia Reported To Be The Leading Place For Top-Speed Internet Connectivity

Study shows that the fastest internet connection, in the world, is in Asia. Latest study from Akamai Technologies, Asia is considered the epicentre for top-speed Internet access, having Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan and Singapore as the top 4 on the list.

Akami states that most of Asia improved their internet speeds compared to last year with at least 12 percent, which is quite impressive. However, Indonesia was the only one to see a 30 percent drop each year, achieving a 9.7 Mbps average connection, placing it on the 115th place on the list.

India appears to be the worst of them all, having a 9 Mbps connection speed, and even China’s 11.3 Mbps was not nearly enough to place it on the top 100 on the list. But as you would expect, people in Singapore, Japan and South Korea were among the top five countries on the list, having exceeded 100 mobile-data connections per 100 inhabitants., according to the International Telecommunication Union.

“Internet – and particularly broadband Internet – has become a key tool for social and economic development, and needs to be prioritized, even in the world’s poorest nations,” ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Toure said in a statement last year.

Besides Asia, in the top 10 top-speed internet countries, there were some European countries as well. Israel has achieved a 5th position with a 47.7 Mbps average connection, followed by Romania and Latvia on the 6th and 7th positions, with internet speeds of 45.4 Mbps and respectively 43.1 Mbps. The US and UK however appear to be kicked off the top 10 list, having the UK placed on the 16th position with 35.7 Mbps and the US coming in on the 13th place with 37 Mbps. Now how about that?

Thank you Bloomberg for providing us with this information.

Ecuador’s London Consul In Trouble Over Assisting Snowden

Ecuador’s London consul, Fidel Narvaez, is facing the hot-seat after assisting Edward Snowden without the explicit permission or authority of the Ecuadorian government according to El Commercio. Fidel Narvaez assisted Edward Snowden to flee Hong Kong by providing him with the relevant travel documentation. He did so after receiving an emergency phone call in the middle of the night from Julian Assange and the decision was made without consulting the relevant Ecuadorian authorities or the Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa.

Ecuadorian authorities are unhappy that the London consul acted at the order of Julian Assange, a man being saved from extradition by Ecuadorian asylum by living in the Ecuador Embassy in London. Fidel Narvaez is now accused by the Ecuadorian government of exceeding his authorities of duty and will face punishment. Yet without the help of the London consul, Fidel Narvaez, Edward Snowden would probably have not made it safely to Moscow’s airport without being arrested by the USA. Though we cannot predict what the Hong Kong’s government response would have been to American extradition requests.

Either way some interesting developments are sure to come out of this situation with the Ecuadorian diplomats and government.

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PRISM Whistleblower Snowden Travelling Via Moscow To Unknown Third Country

The American whistleblower Edward Snowden is a wanted man in the USA after spilling the beans on details so controversial they have millions of people bitter and angry. Throughout this storm the whistleblower has been riding it out in Hong Kong but recently the American government has been filing paperwork to force an extradition.

As a result of this Edward Snowden certainly doesn’t want to be hanging around and has already taken a flight to Moscow to then get another flight to an unknown third country. Apparently WikiLeaks are aiding Edward Snowden with finding political asylum in a democratic country, believed to be either Iceland or Ecuador.

The Hong Kong government stated that Edward Snowden left legally and voluntarily and that the extradition request submitted by the American government “did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law”. The Russian government are apparently surprised by Edward Snowden’s arrival and were not expecting it but there is almost no doubt that they will let Edward Snowden pass through freely onto his final destination, whatever that may be.

Hong Kong’s statement about Edward Snowden was pretty interesting and it was almost a message of defiance against the USA. You can read it in full below:

Image #1 courtesy of the Guardian and Image #2 courtesy of RussiaToday