Category Archives: chaos

In Nature’s Casino

It was Aug. 24, 2005, and New Orleans was still charming. Tropical Depression 12 was spinning from the Bahamas toward Florida, but the chances of an American city’s being destroyed by nature were remote, even for one below sea level. An entire industry of weather bookies — scientists who calculate the likelihood of various natural disasters — had in effect set the odds: a storm that destroys $70 billion of insured property should strike the United States only once every 100 years. New Orleanians had made an art form of ignoring threats far more likely than this; indeed, their carelessness was a big reason they were supposedly more charming than other Americans. And it was true: New Orleanians found pleasure even in oblivion. But in their blindness to certain threats, they could not have been more typically American. From Miami to San Francisco, the nation’s priciest real estate now faced beaches and straddled fault lines; its most vibrant cities occupied its most hazardous land. If, after World War II, you had set out to redistribute wealth to maximize the sums that might be lost to nature, you couldn’t have done much better than Americans had done. And virtually no one — not even the weather bookies — fully understood the true odds.

[NYTIMES]

Video of XerXeS DoS Attack

Video demonstration of the XerXeS DoS attack as it is unleashed on the Taliban website http://www.alemarah.com, and carried out by infamous patriot hacker The Jester (th3j35t3r).

[infosecisland]

downforeveryoneorjustme

Is [url] down for everyone or just me?

tool to check if website is down, due to variety of different reasons, one being a ddos attack.

[downforeveryoneorjustme]

Intel hit by ‘sophisticated’ hack last month

Intel says it was hit by a “sophisticated incident” in January in which hackers attempted to breach its digital defenses, making it the latest US company to admit it is being targeted by online miscreants.

[REGISTER]

Broad New Hacking Attack Detected

“Hackers in Europe and China successfully broke into computers at nearly 2,500 companies and government agencies over the last 18 months in a coordinated global attack that exposed vast amounts of personal and corporate secrets to theft, according to a computer-security company that discovered the breach.

[INFOWAR BETA]

The Human Shuffle

chatroulette

The site activates your webcam automatically; when you click “start” you’re suddenly staring at another human on your screen and they’re staring back at you, at which point you can either choose to chat (via text or voice) or just click “next,” instantly calling up someone else. It’s the anti-Facebook, pure social-media shuffle. Once you dive in, there’s no way to manage the experience—to filter users, search for friends, or backtrack and reconnect with someone you chatted with an hour ago. There’s only the perpetual forward motion of “next.

http://nymag.com/news/media/63663/