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August 6th, 2009

Caroline McCarthy, of CNET News, “a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs” whose “pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos,” wrote a story about this week’s DoS attacks on Facebook and Twitter.  A nice story, with a good timeline and interviews with some experts.  Nice until the end:

There has been no indication that a single party, or groups of hackers in tandem, was responsible for the Facebook and Twitter attacks, or whether there was any connection to the other DoS attacks on smaller sites earlier this week. But it’s probably not a coincidence that they all happen to coincide with the annual Defcon hacker convention.

This is not attributed to any of the experts interviewed, probably because they wouldn’t say something that stupid.  The linked story doesn’t make it any better, either – it’s just some random CNET story about the Defcon badges.

There were some attacks (not DoSes) that were explicitly related to Blackhat and Defcon – they targeted the sites of some prolific security researchers.  But these DoSes?  Against Consumerist, Twitter, and Facebook?  I don’t see any connection, except that the conferences are about hacking and the use of botnets for DoS may or may not involve some measure of hacking.

Either throw in some evidence to back up that idiotic suggestion, or throw it out.

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