Weekend Reads 071919

There have been a number of research papers that have described effective DNS cache poisoning attacks using IP fragmentation. —Kazunori Fujiwara

The game is changing for the IT ops community, which means the rules of the past make less and less sense. Organizations need accurate, understandable, and actionable metrics in the right context to measure operations performance and drive critical business transformation. —Julie Gunderson

For at least the past decade, a computer crook variously known as “Yalishanda,” “Downlow” and “Stas_vl” has run one of the most popular “bulletproof” Web hosting services catering to a vast array of phishing sites, cybercrime forums and malware download servers. —Krebs on Security

Route Origin Validation (ROV), based on Route Origin Authorizations (ROAs), is increasingly being deployed by registries, organizations and users worldwide in an effort to reduce the risk of problems associated with network misconfigurations and mistakes. —Taiji Kimura

Organizations around the world are wondering how to become immune from cyber attacks which are evolving every day with more sophisticated attack vectors. —Giridhara Raam

Similarly to other components of the Internet’s infrastructure (for example, TCP/IP, BGP, DNS), NTP was designed without security in mind. NTP’s design thus reflects the need to achieve correctness in the presence of inaccurate clocks (‘falsetickers’), assumed to be fairly rare, as opposed to designated attacks by powerful and strategic adversaries. —Neta Rozen Schiff

An American organization founded by tech giants Google and IBM is working with a company that is helping China’s authoritarian government conduct mass surveillance against its citizens, The Intercept can reveal. —Ryan Gallagher

Unfortunately, almost all DNS packets are sent unencrypted at present. This design makes DNS traffic vulnerable to snooping and manipulation, which is widely considered as one of the Internet’s biggest bugs. —Baojun Liu

Gabriel Weinberg is taking aim at Google from a small building 20 miles west of Philadelphia that looks like a fake castle. An optometrist has an office downstairs. —Nathaniel Popper

Sometimes ideas based in good intentions are so poorly thought out that they would actually make things worse. This seems to be especially prevalent in the copyright world of late (I’m looking at you, Articles 15 and 17 of the EU Copyright Stan Adams