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Hack Attacks - The New Way To Protest

Posted on April 18th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech


Every now and then a government website or server gets it. I wonder what the Italian politicians did this time. In February had a really hard weekend of DDoS attacks.


Medical Server Hacked to Host “Call Of Duty” Multiplayer

Posted on April 7th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Bizarre acts take place on the Internet. Recently a server storing patient data got hacked for the sole purpose of hosting a multiplayer game. Did I mention 230,000 medical records got exposed? Supposedly the hackers weren’t after the records. The facts say that their only interest was the bandwidth of the server.

So far investigators were able to track the origin of the attack to the Scandinavians. It is not clear why and how the conclusion was made. It seems like after that infamous torrent tracker appeared, Scandinavians became notorious for their computer enterprises.


Home Server on a Laptop

Posted on April 1st, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Home projectI often feel guilty about my home server endeavors. My home projects usually take place in the spare bedroom, involving a lot of old hardware. Old hardware has one nasty property - it consumes a lot of energy.

This simple fact holds me back on some test and projects I would like to try. I put much effort to save energy and wasting it again with pre-2000 hardware doesn't feel right.  Good thing and old laptops exist. You can buy an old laptop on the cheap and do tons of things with it. You can get one with a faulty screen. You won't need it much anyway and you will save some money.


How to use HTTPrint

Posted on March 30th, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

HttPrint is a web server fingerprinting tool by Net Square. It reveals all the details about a web server, and it makes a pretty decent conclusion what the web server used. Identification is based on the implementation differences in the HTTP protocol.



Custom Error Pages

Posted on March 22nd, 2011 by Victoria Pal in Tech

Custom 404 error pageAs you most probably know, each year we have several seasonal report periods during which we monitor the leaders in the retailing industry to see if their online performance matches their reputation. This year is no different and last month we published the results for this Valentine’s day online retailer monitoring.

One of the interesting cases that caught our attention is the site of Victoria's Secret. While at first glance their uptime does not strike the user with a 100% uptime percentage, the downtime recorded for their transaction happened regularly (every 2 days), always around 5 am and lasted usually for about 15 minutes. Since 5 a.m. is clearly not the busiest shopping time of the day, it was most likely a regular, scheduled site maintenance. However, this was not indicated either in their error message or elsewhere on their site. Instead, next to the picture of the stunningly beautiful Alessandra Ambrosio stood the awkward downtime excuse "We're sorry, our site is temporarily unavailable." .