This month in internet news we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Internet Archive (happy birthday Wayback Machine!), and learn how the average citizen can help save the internet from disappearing for good.
Plus, one of the engineers who designed the internet goes back to the drawing board to reimagine routers for the future, while a new study reveals an increase in DDoS attacks as the weapon of choice for cyber-criminals.
Let’s dive in.
The internet is disappearing… but you can help save it | The Internet Archive turns 25
Read time: 5 minutes
The Internet Archive—best known for archiving the internet through the Wayback Machine—is turning 25 this year. This anniversary is a good reminder of the important role of archiving in maintaining an accurate historical record of the internet.
While much of daily life is now conducted and recorded online, parts of the internet are constantly disappearing. Sometimes content or websites are removed in order to keep pace with changing times, follow design best practices, and meet the needs of modern internet consumers. But if these pages aren’t archived, they are lost forever.
That’s where archivists like the Internet Archive come in. Over 750 million web pages are captured per day in the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
Archiving is about more than just keeping a backup of files or a nostalgic look back. Archived pages are key to holding corporations, governments, and people accountable, ensuring transparency, and establishing a factual record of the internet. And average citizens can help the cause using the Wayback Machine.
One Of The Engineers Who Invented The Internet Wants To Build A Radical New Router
Read time: 15 minutes
Larry Roberts, one of the original engineers who invented the internet, is working with his colleagues at Anagran to design a new router that can handle streaming data faster and more efficiently.
Conventional routers receive and read data in packets
as loose data entities. But as traffic has expanded exponentially and video and streaming data become ubiquitous, this traditional approach is no longer working. In order to handle the increased demand for video data, service providers have over-provisioned the internet, leading to unsustainable costs in infrastructure.
The Anagran team is solving this issue by designing a router that can identify the first packet in a flow and prescreen the remaining packets to bypass the queuing and routing stages—boosting throughput, reducing delays, and saving power and costs. They call this approach “flow management.”
How Decentralized Can the Internet Get?
In 2008, the introduction of blockchain technology promised a future of widespread decentralization across the internet. Yet today just four companies control 67% of server centers, including (unsurprisingly) Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. Even the data cables that enable and connect global traffic are owned by a small number of tech and telecom giants.
While this isn’t a fully centralized internet, the current arrangement does lend itself to monopolistic practices and has increased concerns about data privacy and security.
One possible solution to this bottleneck is a new Web 3.0 powered by blockchain.
Attackers Increasingly Turning to DDoS as a Ransom Vector
From: Info Security Magazine
Read time: 2 minutes
According to a survey by the Neustar International Security Council (NISC), 44% of organizations have been targeted or fallen victim to a ransom-related distributed denial of service (RDDoS) attack in the past 12 months.
This finding reflects a shift in cybercrime, as cyber-criminals are increasingly using DDoS attacks, rather than ransomware, as a means of extorting money from victims. And research suggests this tactic is both simpler to pull off and more effective—with 36% of targeted organizations admitting they paid the ransom.
As cybercrime expands, an always-on security posture is more important than ever to protect businesses and organizations from attack.
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