Fusing Fashion and Technology: Okey Nwoke

Tell us about your background and what motivated you to start the Atlanta Fashion Tech Collective. I have a background in technology and grew up heavily influenced by my Nigerian culture, fashion, and music.   I received by B.S. degree in Information Systems and went on to receive my Master’s degree in Information Technology Management.   When I moved to Atlanta from the Washington DC area I wanted to find a community that brought these two worlds together.  These two worlds that I love and that fascinate me.  This was…

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The Democratization of Censorship

John Gilmore, an American entrepreneur and civil libertarian, once famously quipped that “the Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.” This notion undoubtedly rings true for those who see national governments as the principal threats to free speech. However, events of the past week have convinced me that one of the fastest-growing censorship threats on the Internet today comes not from nation-states, but from super-empowered individuals who have been quietly building extremely potent cyber weapons with transnational reach. More than 20 years after Gilmore first coined that turn…

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OVH hosting suffers 1Tbps DDoS attack; largest Internet has ever seen

OVH is counted amongst the largest hosting companies in the world but it is in the news for a bad reason as the company’s servers have suffered a massive 1 Tbps distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack last week. On Thursday OVH founder and CTO Octave Klaba tweeted that “Last days, we got lot of huge DDoS. Here, the list of “bigger that 100Gbps” only. You can see the simultaneous DDoS are close to 1Tbps !” Klaba’s also shared a screenshot explaining that multiple attacks exceeding 100 Gbps were directed towards OVH…

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Online users still favour paper coupons over Internet vouchers

To the surprise of many retailers paper-based coupons still lead the way with customers opting for 48 coupons to every one online promotion. Despite the deliberate focus merchants are putting into their online presence and Internet vouchers- paper coupons still tend to be the favourite for many customers. This could be for a number of reasons and despite this online coupons continue their growth with 65% of users open to using mobile or online coupons on groceries. Digital coupons have grew by a huge 27% since 2012, so it’s not…

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Firm grasp of technology now vital: AICD

Company directors, whether ­sitting in the boardroom of a ­publicly listed company or overseeing a government-owned agency, need to add an understanding of technology, innovation and especially “disruption” to their arsenal of corporate governance skills, or risk being off the pace, the newest director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors has warned. Kee Wong, founder and managing director of e-Centric Innovations, a management and technology consulting firm, as well as chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association, has joined the AICD boardroom and will press the case for better…

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The Biggest Internet Attack in History

If you don’t already, all Lawfare readers interested in cybersecurity issues should be regularly reading  Krebs on Security, a blog run by the estimable researcher Brian Krebs. (Disclaimer: I consider Brian a friend and we’ve collaborated on his reporting and an academic publication.) Reporting from an undisclosed location in Virginia, Krebs covers the cybercrime beat with dogged determination. He has broken the story on at least half the major data breaches to date, including the Target breach—any company with half a clue has a standing policy on what to do when Brian Krebs…

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Donald Trump still doesn’t understand how the internet works

Donald Trump this week came out in opposition to a plan that would see the US cede control over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that oversees the allocation of domain names and IP addresses. In a statement published to Trump’s website on Wednesday, Stephen Miller, the republican presidential candidate’s national policy director, said that relinquishing US control over ICANN would “surrender American internet control to foreign powers,” thereby jeopardizing internet freedom. “US oversight has kept the Internet free and open without government censorship – a…

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Banks are looking to raise their game using technology

In July, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) set up an inter-regulatory working group to study issues relating to financial technology (fintech) and digital banking in the country. The aim is to understand major fintech innovations and developments and how the markets—the financial sector in particular—are adopting new delivery channels, products and technologies. The initiative comes in the backdrop of various Indian banks testing out newer technologies in both the corporate and retail banking space, either independently or with the help of fintech companies. Here are five major technologies that…

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How Hacked Cameras Are Helping Launch The Biggest Attacks The Internet Has Ever Seen

Brian Krebs knows what it’s like to face intimidation from hackers. The independent reporter has had a SWAT team called to his house by subjects of his investigations. One sent threats via flowers shaped in a cross, the kind one orders for a funeral. But he’s never been on the wrong end of a record-breaking digital attack like he was this week when an epic amount of traffic – somewhere between 600 gigabits per second and 700Gbps – took his website offline. Such was the size of the hit, known as a…

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