The Threat of Booters and Stressers

You might consider a booter as someone who makes or handcrafts boot while stressers will be anything that creates stress. While these may be true in certain respects, they are never really a threat.

Man’s over-dependence on the internet has spawned a new generation of social misfits, in very much the same way as bullies in schools have thrown their weight around. They do not steal anything which is a relief. However, the millions of dollars that are lost because of disruptions in business and economic activities, not to mention all-important systems and processes, are more than enough grounds to warrant a charge of economic sabotage. Unfortunately, the cyber world is a very complex environment where people can take on different personas to mislead law enforcement authorities in order to evade capture.

attackIP booters, as they are called, are programs that have been designed and sold or leased to potential cyber attackers to create a disruption in the flow of information over the net. Simply put, these are programs that are designed to control other devices or computers that have been initially infected with a malware or any other malicious cyber tool to start creating havoc in the network infrastructure of the targeted website or institution. This is done by making sure that the target’s servers and whole network infrastructure is inundated with loads of data requests simultaneously sent from the multitude of internet-connected devices and / or computers. This creates overwhelms the whole infrastructure so that other legitimate users will no longer be able to use the network’s services. IP booters or stressers are the demonyms of the type of cyber crime known as distributed denial of service attack. By effectively and remotely controlling the rapid-fire requests sent by an army of remotely controlled devices to a targeted website’s servers, the target is no longer able to serve its legitimate clients; hence, they are aptly called ‘denied’ of the service they needed.

What makes DDoS so scary is that anyone can virtually get access to it. You simply cannot buy it labeled as DDoS, however, lest you have the cyber authorities ready to pounce on you. So, instead very enterprising hackers use a lot of vague terms to create an inconspicuous product in the market. This has resulted to the formulation of the terms booter or stresser.

Is it really a threat? Try to look at the interactive map of Digital Attack Map and you will appreciate just how enormous a problem IP booters create every single day and in all countries that are connected to the internet. The map is a real time representation of active distributed denial of service attacks that are occurring all over the world. Every single second, in almost every part of the globe, someone is denying a group of internet users from accessing or making full use of the services of another website. This threat is here and now and is alarmingly growing because of the enterprising efforts of internet hackers.

While IP booters or stressers do not necessarily steal identities and financial information, the economic repercussions of what they can do is not only a threat to the integrity of a targeted website. More importantly, it is a threat to the overall harmony of human existence.

How to fix DNS server is not responding error in browsers

Coming in good terms with the technical part of the browsers may sometimes pose a problem to you. Sometimes, there are problems with the browsers, and they display the message ‘DNS server is not responding’. In times of emergency, it turns out to be a real hitch to you. However, here is an easy way to get rid of these problems. DNS stands for Domain Name Server, which translates the addresses of the websites and enables the browsers to get connected to them. You need to follow these simple steps in order to fix the browser, not responding problems.

  • Step 1: You need to connect your device to the internet. In order to make sure that the connection is proper, you can try out different devices like mobile phones or tablets and check out the connections. You can use both the wired and unwired devices.
  • Step 2: If all these processes fail, the problem must be in the ISP or the router you are using. This means the problem arises from the computer and not from the network.
  • Step 3: You need to unplug the cables of your modem and router, the devices which bring internet connectivity to your device. You need to keep them unplugged for a short while, say about 30 seconds, so that any residual power, if any, is exhausted. You need to connect them to the computer once again and check out if the problem is sorted out.
  • Step 4: In case you are using a mobile device, you need to check out the internet settings and ensure that the connection is all right.
  • Step 5: In case you are using a computer, the easiest way to troubleshoot the problem is to switch to another browser. Otherwise, you need to check out the proxy settings. Often these settings are to be customised in order to sort out the problem. You must make sure that the settings are set to Automatic so that there is no issue with the browser.
  • Step 6: You need to disconnect any extra connection if they are connected to the device. You need to go to the Start menu and click on the Win button and then search for ‘ncpa.cpl’. You may find that the Wi-Fi connection is on. You need to disable the option in order to fix the problem.
  • Step 7: You may have to flush the DNS cache from the command prompt option. Sometimes, these get outdated and need to be flushed. This may help you to get back the connectivity.
  • Step 8: Sometimes, you need to change the DNS server. This needs to be done manually. The new server may bring back the connection.
  • Step 9: You may switch the computer to the Safe Mode in order to get the problem fixed. Once they work properly, you may switch to the normal process.
  • Step 10: You may use alternate DNS servers or plug the modem directly into the computer in order to get the problem fixed.

Apart from these, you may sometimes need to reset your router. Alternatively you can also follow the steps for DPC Watchdog Violation to solve this issue.

 

Cloud Computing for the Modern Road Warrior

cloudWhat do OneDrive, iCLoud, Google Drive, and Amazon Cloud Drive have in common?

They are all Cloud services.

More and more individuals are discovering the versatility and endless practical applications of cloud computing and storage solutions. Although a lot of skeptics dismissed the Cloud as a mere tech fad, the innovation has redeemed itself to initiate a major paradigm shift in how information technology is carried out nowadays.

The Cloud revolutionized the way modern road warriors understand mobile connectivity.

What is the Cloud?

cloud-computing Cloud computing, or simply the Cloud, is an IT solution that allows you to manage all of your data not in your computer’s hard drive but over the internet. To put it simply, you use the internet in pretty much the same way as you would use your desktop to run applications or programs and manage your data without the need for physical storage devices.

Accessibility Wherever You Are

Normally, when you run a certain program, you will need to access it from your computer’s hard drive. You do not need an internet connection to run this specific type of program and, the good thing about it is that, it is fast. The downside, of course, is when you go out and you want to run the same program, you simply cannot because you do not have your computer with you.

In cloud computing, the program that you run on your computer at home can be virtually accessed anywhere you are at any time of the day. Provided, however, that you have a strong internet connection. In cloud computing, your program is stored and designed to run over the internet. This means you don’t have to bring your entire desktop computer with you when you go out or install the same program in every computer that you will be using.

Furthermore, you can access the same program from different devices – laptops, netbooks, phablets, tablets, and smartphones – provided the program has a device-compatible version of it.

No More Worries about Lost Data

datalossOne of the major problems with physical storage devices is that, when they get corrupted that it becomes virtually impossible to retrieve the important data and programs installed in it, once it is lost it is gone for good. This is effectively eliminated by cloud computing as all of your data are stored on the Web. Backing up your programs and your files has never been this easy. Recovering them is even easier. Cloud services come in a variety of backup and recovery solutions that are designed to allow for greater flexibility and reliability, qualities that are a must for today’s road warriors.

You’ll Never Run Out of Storage

The internet is one huge repository of data. If you can quantify the universe, that will be the size of the internet. Now compare that to your storage device, the maximum of which currently stands at 10 terabytes, and you will see just how impossible it is for you to ever run out of cloud storage.

Cloud computing has become one of the most indispensable tools of the modern-day road warrior. Its flexibility and accessibility allows the tech-savvy generation of today to manage their data and applications wherever they are around the world.

5 Smartphones that Pack a Punch in Image Capture and Video Recording

Today’s smartphones are truly revolutionizing the way people understand the word ‘smartphone’. With computing prowess that are at par with some of the world’s ubiquitous desktop systems and image and video capture capabilities that are almost comparable to point and shoot camera, the smartphones of today are nothing less than pieces of engineering ingenuity.

With advances in microprocessor technology coupled with advances in image sensor and quality optics, here are some of the world’s best smartphones in terms of the highest pixel counts that can rival a professional digital single lens reflex camera, in terms of the number of pixels, of course.

Microsoft Lumia 1030

MicrosoftLumia1030At a whopping 50 megapixel, the Microsoft Lumia 1030 is expected to lead the pact. Expected to be released before the year’s end, the Lumia 1030’s 50MP resolution will be made possible by an extraordinarily large image sensor at 1/1.2-inches. Its video capabilities are expected to offer a 4x lossless digital zoom in 2160p high definition resolution at 30fps. Its glass comes from Carl Zeiss with full automatic and manual focus deemed perfect for serious photographers.

Nokia Lumia 1020

NokiaLumia1020Released in 2013, the Nokia Lumia 1020 should take the top spot because Microsoft Lumia 1030 is not yet available in the market. The Lumia 1020 boasts of a 41 megapixel camera that is matted to a 1/1.5-inch image sensor and a glass made by Carl Zeiss. Its optical image stabilization feature allows effective control of image exposures especially when the mode of focus selected is manual. The Lumia 1020’s image sensor is aided in low light environments by Xenon and Led flash units. Its 1080p HD video resolution at 30fps is superb enough to record video clips on its 32-gigabyte minimum internal storage.

LG G4 Pro

LGG4ProComing in at number three, theoretically, is LG’s G4 Pro with 27 megapixels. It is theoretically in number three because, like the Lumia 1030, it is not yet officially launched. Nonetheless, the G4 Pro’s camera is believed to be matted to a 1/2.6-inch image sensor with an expected video capability of 2160p HD resolution at 30fps or 1080p HD resolution at 60fps.  Unlike the Lumias, the G4 Pro will not have a selection of manual or auto focus. Instead, it will sport a laser autofocus that is dubbed to be more spot-on than the conventional autofocus systems.

Gionee Elife E8 

GioneeElifeE8The Gionee Elife E8 is technically the second in the list. Its 24-megapixel camera resolution allows it to record video clips at 2160p high definition resolution at 30fps. Its autofocus system is based on phase detection to allow faster focusing compared to the slower yet more accurate contrast detection autofocus system.

BLU Pure XL

BLUPureXLBringing the rear in the list of top five smartphones with the most number of pixels is BLU Pure XL at 24 megapixels. With an image sensor size of 1/2.3 inches, the Pure XL is able to capture images using phase detection autofocus and a dual-LED flash. Its video capabilities are rated at 2160p high definition resolution at 30fps.

Innovations in sensor size as well as image processing and quality of glass continue to provide the impetus for improvements in smartphone camera systems. Smartphone manufacturers understand the need of today’s tech-savvy generation for an all-in-one device. With these advances in smartphone camera technology, who needs a point-and-shoot camera?