Internet outage takes down Twitter, Netflix, PayPal and many of the web's most visited websites

The Independent - Tech

An ongoing internet outage appears to be spreading and taking down many of the world's biggest websites. Companies including Twitter, Netflix, PayPal and eBay appeared to have their websites broken. And other services like PlayStation Network appeared to be hit by the outage. Almost every major service that isn't part of a major internet provider seemed to be having issues. As such, Google and Facebook appeared to stay up โ€“ but almost everything else was down, according to Down Detector's dashboard.


Amazon Web Services: Cloud unit that powers the internet helps online retailer get record profits

The Independent - Tech

Nasa has announced that it has found evidence of flowing water on Mars. Scientists have long speculated that Recurring Slope Lineae -- or dark patches -- on Mars were made up of briny water but the new findings prove that those patches are caused by liquid water, which it has established by finding hydrated salts. Several hundred camped outside the London store in Covent Garden. The 6s will have new features like a vastly improved camera and a pressure-sensitive "3D Touch" display


Facebook's rumored camera app sounds like a Snapchat-Periscope hybrid

PCWorld

Facebook is reportedly building a new camera app that crosses the spontaneity of Snapchat with live streaming. The Wall Street Journal's unnamed sources describe the app as a "camera-first" format, similar to Snapchat. Users who are shooting a video may also be able to switch to a Facebook Live stream. This would not be a separate network, but rather a way to feed more photos and videos into Facebook proper. For now, the app is reportedly in early-stage development, with a prototype built by Facebook's "friend-sharing" team.


Internet outage was caused by personal webcams, meaning people provided firepower for shutdown without knowing it

The Independent - Tech

You might well have been responsible for one of the biggest-ever attacks on the internet last week. And you're probably going to do it again. A huge network of webcams and other internet of things devices is being built that can be used as perhaps the biggest cyberweapon ever created. And those people who own the devices probably don't even know that they're infected with the malicious code that allows them to be used that way. To be involved in the attack, you wouldn't need to do more than buy a common webcam โ€“ perhaps for keeping an eye on your house, or a pet that lives in it โ€“ or any other connected home or internet of things device.


Attacks on the Internet keep getting bigger and nastier

Los Angeles Times

Could millions of connected cameras, thermostats and kids' toys bring the Internet to its knees? It's beginning to look that way. On Friday, epic cyberattacks crippled a major Internet firm, repeatedly disrupting the availability of popular websites across the United States. The hacker group claiming responsibility said that the day's antics were just a dry run and that it has its sights on a much bigger target. And the attackers now have a secret weapon in the increasing array of Internet-enabled household devices they can subvert and use to wreak havoc.