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Daily Dashboard | Google engineers discuss botnets, DDoS attacks Related reading: Seizing children's privacy momentum in Australia

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Google engineers discuss their decision to work with the KrebsOnSecurity blog after a September 2016 distributed denial-of-service attack left the blog without protection, Ars Technica reports. "What happens if this botnet actually takes down google.com and we lose all of our revenue?" Google Security Reliability Engineer Damian Menscher said, recalling initial concerns about working with Krebs. "But we considered [that] if the botnet can take us down, we're probably already at risk anyway. There's nothing stopping them from attacking us at any time. So we really had nothing to lose here." Meanwhile, whitehat hacker Simone Margaritelli uses her hacking of her smart coffee machine to demonstrate the fallibility of internet-of-things devices. "If a hacker can take control of your caffeine dispenser, they can gain access to everything else it connects to," she writes in a report for Quartz.
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