Third finance-related Anonymous "Operation Payback" takedown in a single day: PayPal.com is effectively offline, moments after the command was tweeted. At the time of this blog post, the PayPal *service* is still functioning, but the site's dead. Earlier today, Visa.com and Mastercard.com were taken offline by Anonymous DDOS attacks, along with other targets perceived as enemies of Wikileaks and of online free speech... including Twitter.com, for a while.
Update, 7:20pm: Huh. http://www.paypal.com/ and https://www.paypal.com/ load fine, http://paypal.com does not. But a DDOS is obviously under way. "Two options, could be the https protocol saving them (also suggested by Hacker News guys), or could be the subdomain accessing different servers," guesses Boing Boing's Dean Putney.
Google expected to be punished by the European Union for anticompetitive shenanigans, but it didn’t expect a slap this hard: €2.42 billion, the largest fine on record. The company says it “respectfully disagrees” with both the ruling and the amount and may appeal. The commission believes it has struck a blow for consumers and for […]
The owners of Toronto’s “Trump Hotel” just spent a reported $6M to get out of its deal with Trump and cleanse their property of his hated name; they will probably rebrand it as a “St Regis” hotel instead.
Verizon’s using its purchase of Yahoo for more than undermining the fight for net neutrality: it’s also using its new acquisitions to make anti-competitive moves against its telcoms rivals, deploying the users of Flickr and Tumblr as hostages.
Learning a new language will give your resume an upgrade, sure, but it will also provide a huge cognitive boost for mental tasks outside of translation and conversation. Bilingual brains have been shown to be better at handling multiple concurrent tasks, and gaining fluency in a new tongue is an amazing way to improve memory, […]
If you struggle to get a good night’s rest, consider replacing your pillows before dropping hundreds on a new mattress. You can give your tired neck a break with a 2-pack of memory foam pillows, available now in the Boing Boing Store.Each of these pillows is stuffed with cooling polyurethane foam that molds to your […]
Although flagship smartphones are unlikely to adopt heavy-duty outer casing anytime soon, you can always prepare your device for the outdoors with a beefy case and and an external battery like this Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack, available in the Boing Boing Store for $119.95.The Nomad Tile can fully recharge an iPhone 7 over three times […]