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'Root' & The New Age Of IoT-Based DDoS Attacks
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GCHQ Calls Internet Providers to Rewrite Systems
Looking at the extreme end of the solution spectrum, the recent stories regarding GCHQ's call upon Internet Providers to rewrite systems to aid in preventing hacking attacks seems relevant right now.  The idea of national firewalls, national Internet silos, and entirely re-written protocols makes one wonder how bad the cybersecurity ecosystem situation really is out there.  For some of on the inside, we have a better idea but it's often still only a glimpse compared to what government agencies see.  Would these re-writes of standards, protocols and software really do well in preventing large-scale cyber attacks?  Is DDoS really the only reason to make such a call for change, or is that type of attack better made a thing of the past through less drastic changes?  If BT and Virginia Media are going to work with government cyber-defense teams to rewrite Internet standards to restrict spoofing, is this the foot in the door of a gloabl revamp of the Internet?  I know the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) is skeptical as they should be.  Such a move could cost trillions of dollars, millions of hours of work and be brought to the floor with a single righteous hack after it's implemented.  Measures noted in this article are alternate and logical ways to help on the small scale, but it keeps bringing into question: What do we do for the large-scale?


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