On a 'Should I Freak Out?' Scale, Friday's DDoS Notches an 8

The revolution may or may not be televised, but last week someone clearly tried to start it by TiVo. Tech company Level 3 offered this outage map You probably read that it was mostly hacked DVRs connected to the Internet that were used to launch the DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack on the Internet infrastructure Friday, Oct. 21. Wired provided a good, WTF analysis. Access to Powerbase was not affected.

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Keeping Safe: Movement Organizations Face Up to Attacks and Surveillance

Dealing with harassment and surveillance need to be part of every organizer’s toolkit This July, PTP asked nonprofit communications expert Gordon Mayer to look at emerging issues we and our partner organizations face. This first piece offers a primer on surveillance and harassment._ Nonprofits have a lot of other things to worry about besides surveillance and online harassment, but with an increase in these kinds of unwanted attention online, what once seemed like paranoia is looking more prudent.

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