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Obama calls for offshore drilling in Southeast

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday outlined a politically fraught plan for allowing oil and gas drilling offshore along parts of the Atlantic coast while imposing new restrictions on environmentally fragile waters off northern Alaska.

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Two from Fort Worth appointed by Gov. Abbott to university boards

Steve Hicks, a University of Texas System regent who has been a vocal opponent of regents who have criticized the system’s flagship campus in Austin, was reappointed to the board by Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday. 

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Fort Worth draws closer to deal with Lancaster developer

City staff are planning to introduce the developer Feb. 3 at a meeting of the City Council's Housing and Economic Development Committee.

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Museum District: Area’s evolution creating more interaction, public spaces

Fifteen years ago if someone had shot a cannon from Fort Worth’s world-renowned museum district, nobody would have noticed, joked Lori Eklund, senior deputy director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. But that has changed.

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Energy Transfer Partners, Regency Energy announce $18B merger

Energy Transfer Partners LP of Dallas and Regency Energy Partners LP have entered into a definitive merger agreement.

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The Internet is proving that it can withstand focused attacks
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- A recent string of gigantic cyberattacks has proven it is possible to bend, but not break the Internet.
It is easy to take down a website. An attack method called "distributed denial of service" allows cybercriminals to direct enormous amounts of traffic to a website, overwhelming its servers and rendering the site unreachable. Banks, government websites and financial exchanges have been frequent targets of recent DDoS attacks.
But last month, European spam-prevention service Spamhaus was hit with the largest known cyberattack in history. Speeds slowed for large sections of Europe, according to CloudFlare, a company hired by Spamhaus to thwart its attacks.
The attackers used nearly 100,000 servers to send 300 gigabits of traffic per second. That's more than three times larger than the Iranian-sponsored cyberattacks of September 2012, which prevented access to some U.S. banks' websites for days.
Yet experts contend that the entire Internet can't just be flipped on or off like a light switch.
"The Internet infrastructure is highly robust and was designed to ensure reliable delivery of traffic at a high quality of service," said Dr. Phyllis Schneck, chief technology officer, at McAfee, Intel's Internet security division.
Despite the ease of taking down individual websites, it would be very difficult to sustain a Spamhaus-level attack for a long time -- let a alone a continuous flow of traffic that would exceed the capabilities of Internet service providers to connect their customers. Though tens of thousands of domain name system servers were hijacked in the Spamhaus attack, there are 21 million such servers on the Internet today.
The Internet is also a very distributed system. There have been times when regional access to the internet was disrupted, either by attacks on critical services, accidental undersea cable cutting, or a government-run utility shutting down access. Yet the Internet continued to work fine for billions of people outside those regions.
In the United States, many redundancies are built into the Internet. Even if one or two paths were disrupted from your neighborhood network router to the Internet, you likely wouldn't even notice. The Internet's Transmission Control Protocol is really good at rerouting traffic.
Another crucial point: Cyberattackers depend on the Internet too.
"The Internet is what the attackers need to deliver the denial of service attack," said Gavin Reid, director of engineering and products for Cisco. "I suppose it's possible a DDoS attack could be large enough to take down large parts of the Internet, but we haven't seen that happen."
Only governments really have the capability to grind the entire Internet to a halt for a long stretch of time.
So even as cyberattacks increase in size, impacting Internet connectivity for many, cybercriminals won't destroy the Internet.

 

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