#romancescams | NZX DDoS update. Data center misconfiguration and Internet disruption. Export controls. Terracotta ad fraud. Data oversharing?

New Zealand’s NZX stock exchange has continued to sustain distributed denial-of-service (DDoS)  attacks, Reuters reports, but has resumed trading after arriving with the Financial Markets Authority at an alternative way of releasing market announcements. According to Reseller News NZX has brought in Akamai to help mitigate the effects of further DDoS attacks. MENAFN reports that New Zealand’s  Government Communications Security Bureau (GCS), called in to investigate, has warned New Zealand businesses to prepare for cyber attacks. But Stuff says the GCS has no significant leads on who may be responsible for the campaign.

A major Internet outage yesterday, said by ZDNet to have affected some 3% of traffic worldwide, was not the result of a cyberattack. Instead it seems to have originated with a misconfigured Flowspec rule at a CenturyLink data center in Mississauga, Ontario. The problem seems to have been contained, and, while CenturyLink continues its investigation, Cloudflare offers a timeline and some well-informed speculation about the origins of the outage. The disruption was of relatively short duration (Forbes puts it at “half a day”).

China has enacted new export controls on artificial intelligence technology that the Nikkei Asian Review thinks likely to derail acquisition of TikTok assets by US corporate suitors.

ZDNet reports that Google has removed an undisclosed number of ad fraud apps being spread by Terracotta, a botnet discovered by WhiteOps. 

Reuters says that Danish authorities are investigating the country’s Defence Intelligence Service following allegations that the Service shared Danish citizens’ data with the US NSA.


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