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Peter Bright

Sven Olaf Kamphuis waving the Pirate Party flag in front of CyberBunker's nuclear bunker.

Sven Olaf Kamphuis

Over the last ten days, a series of massive denial-of-service attacks has been aimed at Spamhaus, a not-for-profit organization that describes its purpose as "track[ing] the Internet's spam operations and sources, to provide dependable realtime anti-spam protection for Internet networks." These attacks have grown so large—up to 300Gb/s—that the volume of traffic is threatening to bring down core Internet infrastructure.

The New York Times reported recently that the attacks came from a Dutch hosting company called CyberBunker (also known as cb3rob), which owns and operates a real military bunker and which has been targeted in the past by Spamhaus. The spokesman who the NYT interviewed, Sven Olaf Kamphuis, has since posted on his Facebook page that CyberBunker is not orchestrating the attacks. Kamphuis also claimed that NYT was plumping for sensationalism over accuracy.

Sven Olaf Kamphuis is, however, affiliated with the newly organized group "STOPhaus." STOPhaus claims that Spamhaus is "an offshore criminal network of tax circumventing self declared internet terrorists pretending to be 'spam' fighters" that is "attempt[ing] to control the internet through underhanded extortion tactics."

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Around the globe people celebrated with fireworks, kisses, toasts, cheers, and plunges into icy bodies of water to welcome the new year. Here's a look at how some of them marked the transition. -- Lloyd Young ( 39 photos total)
A woman celebrates the new year as she watches fireworks exploding above Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro on Jan. 1. More than two million people gathered along Rio's most famous beach to witness the 20-minute display and celebrate the beginning of a new year. (Pilar Olivares/Reuters)

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Of course you know what the Higgs boson is — it’s the theorized particle that composes the energy field that endows every other particle with mass. It’s the particle that makes the universe possible, let’s nature construct things, like humans, or the massive particles that make up humans. You don’t have to be a particle physicist to know that much, and to appreciate something about how significant finding it is to our still-sketchy model of the universe. (Okay, to be fair, even if you were a particle physicist working at the LHC, you probably couldn’t really explain what the hell a Higgs boson really, really is; just listen to some of them try).

And yet, today’s announcement of evidence of a “Higgslike” particle at the CERN research center outside Geneva prompts us to ask what, if anything, does the rest of the world (or, really, the rest of Williamsburg) know about this Higgs boson? Wonderful Motherboard interns Andre and Michelle took to the streets with cameras yesterday to ask some of the good people there. The results are a bit of a bummer, but maybe things will be different by Monday, when the news has reached full Higgs saturation, and everyone around the world will know what it is, and mainstream poets and rappers will be writing odes to the thing. Then again, maybe the world has better things to do than trying to understand itself.

Also see The Higgs Boson as Explained by YouTube.

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Scientists at CERN say they've found a new particle consistent with the Standard Model Higgs boson with 5-sigma certainty — a false positive probability of about 1 in 9 trillion. Evidence of the particle's existence in the 126GeV mass range was gleaned from the CMS (video below) and ATLAS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva. CMS spokesperson Joe Incandela explains, "this is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found."

Definitely a new particle, but is it the Higgs?

Before the particle can be determined to be the Standard Model Higgs, scientists will need to find out more about its properties in order to rule out the possibility that it's something "more exotic." While the...

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