This Week in Digital
Social media went into meltdown on Tuesday as it was announced that after 12 years together, and 2 years of marriage, Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt. News outlets around the world gave breaking news updates, speculating as to the reasons why Hollywood's most famous couple were separating.
Even Adele commented on the shock split, saying at her Madison Square Garden gig: "I feel like it's the end of an era, so I'm dedicating this show tonight to them". It didn't take long for #Brangelina to start trending worldwide, and a wealth of Jennifer Aniston memes to hit our screens. Let's face it, we all know this story isn't that important - however, it's a bit like a car crash, you know it's wrong but you can't look away!
— Amy (@ohsoamy) September 20, 2016
— Daniel Smith (@dsmithonline) September 20, 2016
— Joshua Brendon (@IBJSHBRNDN) September 20, 2016
Google has three weeks to respond to EU antitrust charges
Alphabet, Google's parent company, has been given three weeks to respond to EU antitrust charges. The complaints against the multinational conglomerate stem from allegations that Google abused its dominant position in the Android mobile operating system to impede rivals, by forcing mobile phone manufacturers to pre-install Google apps onto their products. Alphabet had been scheduled to offer a response this week, but has been granted an extension until 7th October. Alphabet also needs to respond to other charges in October, including allegations that Google has been operating against the interests of its users by favouring its shopping platform over other providers in its search results.
North Korean websites released to the public
This week, the world got a glimpse of North Korean's online world, as 28 ".kp" domains were inadvertently revealed for the first time. Reddit users overloaded the domains, eager to see what kind of websites existed in the secretive state, leading to a discussion thread with over 2000 comments. Ten of the sites still currently aren’t accessible, however, users did get the chance to see news sites, a travel site, and a flight ticket site for Air Koryo, to name but a few.
And finally... cyber security blogger hacked
One of the biggest web attacks ever seen on the internet has been aimed at cyber security blogger Brian Krebs, after he exposed hackers who carry out these attacks for cash. The distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack aimed a massive 620 gigabits of data a second at the site. Mr. Krebs had been updating his blog with the events, and at the time he had managed to keep his site online thanks to work by security engineers - however, at the time of writing, his website is not accessible.
Holy moly. Prolexic reports my site was just hit with the largest DDOS the internet has ever seen. 665 Gbps. Site's still up. #FAIL
— briankrebs (@briankrebs) September 21, 2016