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22 October 2016

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at yesterday's massive Internet attack, the Canon 16-35mm f2.8L Mark III, orphaned systems and a free week of learning at

  • In Who Makes the IoT Things Under Attack?, security expert Brian Krebs explains yesterday's massive Internet attack "was launched with the help of hacked 'Internet of Things' (IoT) devices, such as CCTV video cameras and digital video recorders" using a botnet recently released to the public domain:

According to researchers at security firm Flashpoint, today's attack was launched at least in part by a Mirai-based botnet. Allison Nixon, director of research at Flashpoint, said the botnet used in today's ongoing attack is built on the backs of hacked IoT devices -- mainly compromised digital video recorders (DVRs) and IP cameras made by a Chinese hi-tech company called XiongMai Technologies.

  • Roger Cicala tests the Canon 16-35mm f2.8L Mark III, cutting to the chase in the second paragraph, "I'll summarize: rush out to the store and buy it." But you can save a few bucks with the f4, he adds.
  • Kirk Tuck reflects on Orphaned Systems, recalling Canon's move from the FD to EOS lens mount, Olympus' abandonment of its Four Thirds mount and Contax dropping its Yashica/Contax mount for the Contax N mount. "The latest (and I think most egregious) brand abandonment came last year from Samsung," he adds. "It turns out that they just made a decision to walk away from the serious camera market and did it in a most disingenuous way."
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