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iNow
Post  Post subject: Re: Does anybody actually care about Europe?  |  Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:15 am
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Wow! This is remarkable and disturbing (though unsurprising) if true.


Brexit voter registration website crash could have been a DDoS, says report

https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/12/brexi ... ys-report/
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A government voter registration website in the UK that crashed in the hours before the deadline for registering to vote ahead of last year’s Brexit referendum could have been targeted by a denial of service attack.
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The report says the crash has “indications of being a DDOS” — based on what the committee dubs as “key indicants” for such an attack: “timing and relative volume rate”.

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Post  Post subject: Re: Does anybody actually care about Europe? [BREXIT]  |  Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:30 pm
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I agree that it's not surprising and that it's disturbing. I imagine cyber attacks on the whole political process are only going to become more prevalent in the coming years.

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Post  Post subject: Re: Does anybody actually care about Europe? [BREXIT]  |  Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:40 pm
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on the other hand, it could be just another indication that the government computer systems can't handle last-minute heavy traffic

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Post  Post subject: Re: Does anybody actually care about Europe? [BREXIT]  |  Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:06 pm
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Here in the US, we run our nuclear weapons using tech from the 60s. Seriously, a 5 1/4" floppy disk would be a huge upgrade.

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Post  Post subject: Re: Does anybody actually care about Europe? [BREXIT]  |  Posted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:55 pm
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iNow wrote:
Here in the US, we run our nuclear weapons using tech from the 60s. Seriously, a 5 1/4" floppy disk would be a huge upgrade.

A lot of government facilities (state or federal) are running obsolete computer systems. Public schools are bad about that too. Sure every student might be provided with an Ipad, but the classroom TV is out of either the early 90s or the 80s. Lets not even get into the science equipment... I recently had the pleasure of teaching 26 classes of seventh grade students across seven different schools all in the same school district. It was an eye opening experience.

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iNow
Post  Post subject: Re: Does anybody actually care about Europe? [BREXIT]  |  Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:09 am
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Maybe the kids at those schools will grow up wanting to secede from the EU, too.

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Post  Post subject: Re: Does anybody actually care about Europe? [BREXIT]  |  Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 7:56 am
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iNow wrote:
Here in the US, we run our nuclear weapons using tech from the 60s. Seriously, a 5 1/4" floppy disk would be a huge upgrade.


at least it's less likely to be the subject of a virus attack - how many Fortran viruses have you heard of ?

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