Healthcare.gov: the latest excuse, oh my!

g-cvr-131107-obama-todd-545p.grid-3x2Isn’t it interesting how this latest excuse for the mal-performance of healthcare.gov fits so nicely with President Obama’s “burned by a website” expression of regret last night on NBC?

Could they be related? Nah… just a coincidence…. heh™

 

Researchers have uncovered software available on the Internet designed to overload the struggling Healthcare.gov website with more traffic than it can handle.
“ObamaCare is an affront to the Constitutional rights of the people,” a screenshot from the tool, which was acquired by researchers at Arbor Networks, declares. “We HAVE the right to CIVIL disobedience!”

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see also:     DDos Security Reports                ddos-call-graph

side note:  Isn’t it funny how commercial firms seem to be able to handle problems that have flummoxed the $600 million healthcare.gov website?

Denial-of-service tool targeting Healthcare.gov site discovered - Ars Technica_1383927670933Update:  It must be those dam teabaggers!  (heh™)2
One of the commenters on the source article has sherlocked his way to deducing that the source of the attack is from “someone older.”

Surveillance and Security Gadgets

“With all the attention being paid to Google Glass and privacy concerns and who is spying on whom these days, it reminded us it was time to catch up on the latest gadgets that you can use to keep an eye on things, or used by someone else to keep an eye on you. Every time we look into this category we come away with mixed feelings. On the one hand, these gadgets are somewhat fascinating devices but on the other hand, they are rather disturbing. Devices like these seem to make it so easy for anyone to spy on anyone else but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be used in a devious way. In any case, it’s a good idea to be aware of these devices that might be lurking in your vicinity and if you plan on using one yourself, just remember there are laws in place that limit their use.”  Click on  The Retrevo Blog for more information, including pictures and additional links.

(Nuke says:  Obviously, that last statement on applies to law-abiding citizens, and does not include liberals.)

A look at the internet


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h/t Candice

Deal of the day

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Fack to the Buture

I knew it had to happen sooner or later.

Got me one of those fancy smart phones.

Dang.

El Nuko blasts into the 21st century. And it only took ten years!

Need another reason to use Firefox?

I saw a promo for a new Firefox plugin over at Gizmag, and thought it looked pretty interesting. What do you think?


Using the Firefox Vanish plugin, a user can create an email, a Google Doc document, a Facebook message, or a blog comment — specifying that the document or message should “vanish” in 8 hours. Before that 8-hour timeout expires, anyone who has access to the data can read it; however after that timer expires, nobody can read that web content — not the user, not Google, not Facebook, not a hacker who breaks into the cloud service, and not even someone who obtains a warrant for that data. That data — regardless of where stored or archived prior to the timeout — simply self-destructs and becomes permanently unreadable.

Now that’s a level of privacy that is sure to appeal to anyone who might be concerned that information contained in an email might become the next viral blog post.

Plus, if I’m reading the FAQ’s correctly, the Vanish system works hand in hand with any encryption program you are running, adding yet another layer of privacy.

How cool is that?

Click here to download Vanish.

Click here to learn more

hat-tip to the U-Dub research crew led by:

Roxana Geambasu | Yoshi Kohno | Amit Levy | Hank Levy

Breakthrough battery can charge up in seconds

Scientists in the United States have invented a battery that can charge in seconds, promising a revolution in power storage that could also help green cars and renewable energy.

The advance allows lithium-ion batteries, the standard variety used in consumer electronics and cells for electric or hybrid vehicles, both to charge and discharge stored energy more quickly than at present.

This should lead to smaller, lighter batteries for mobile phones and other devices, which can be fully charged when plugged in for a few seconds.

Lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged in a fraction of the time … this is truly a game changer.  Imagine an electric vehicle that can be re-charged in minutes, rather than hours.  This new process effectively removes the greatest obstacle to widespread acceptance of electric vehicles.

Scientists at M.I.T. say that the new batteries could be ready within 2 or 3 years.

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