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What if they pulled the plug?
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The internet has become so enmeshed in our lives that the loss of it - even temporarily - is more than most of us can contemplate, writes Brad Howarth. Tweet · Pin It · submit to reddit · Email article · Print · Reprints & permissions ...

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The "cyber-fighters of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam" took American Express down for two hours yesterday afternoon.

On March 28, American Express' website went offline for at least two hours during a distributed denial of service attack. A group calling itself "the cyber-fighters of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam" claimed responsibility for the attack, which began at about 3:00pm Eastern Time.

In a statement, an American Express spokesperson said, "Our site experienced a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack for about two hours on Thursday afternoon...We experienced intermittent slowing on our website that would have disrupted customers' ability to access their account information. We had a plan in place to defend against a potential attack and have taken steps to minimize ongoing customer impact."

The American Express DDoS is part of a new wave of attacks started two weeks ago by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam group, which launched a larger campaign targeting US financial institutions that began last September. The group's alleged goal is to force the take-down of an offensive YouTube video—or extract an ongoing price from American banks as long as the video stays up, which could be indefinitely.

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Security researchers have discovered malware that can read credit card information from POS terminals and ATMs in the US

In the week ending 30 March – A look at migrating away from Google Reader, the release of GNOME 3.8, KDE's narrow escape from disaster, Red Hat's latest financials, a large DDoS attack, complaints against Secure Boot, DRM in HTML5, and a new GCC release.

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