Weekend Thoughts - 10.22.16

Image  by  neonow , courtesy of  Creative Commons  licensing.

Image by neonow, courtesy of Creative Commons licensing.

Happy Saturday y'all! Below, I have rounded up some things for you to think about this weekend:

1. There is a theory about the 2016 Presidential Election that essentially goes like this: Donald Trump is running not to actually win the presidency, but to build up a customer base for a new media empire. The afore-linked article discusses the reasons behind the theory and offers some thoughts on why it may be true.

2. Yesterday, the East Coast of the United States experienced a widespread Internet outage due to DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks from an unknown source. Just last month, Schneier on Security addressed this exact issue by revealing information that he obtained from unknown sources at major companies that provide the basic infrastructure that makes the Internet work. Essentially, recent large-scale DDoS attack patterns make it look like someone is learning how to take down the Internet. The question is who is doing this, and why? It doesn't look like these attacks are going to let up anytime soon, so it's something to be aware of and share with others.

That's all for this week's edition of Weekend Thoughts. Until next week, keep thinking wilder.