More than 30,000 spectators gathered at Newport News Shipbuilding’s Shipway #8 on Aug. 31, 1939 to witness the christening of the SS America — the largest merchant vessel then yet built in the United States. Dubbed the “Queen of the Seas,” the 723-foot ship was almost immediately drafted for service as a troop transport, and it carried more soldiers than any other Navy vessel during the war. But in the years between the end of the conflict and the christening of the bigger, faster SS United States in 1952, the America reigned as the nation’s leading transatlantic liner and is still regarded by many as a favorite..– Mark St. John Ericksond
S.S. AMERICA – 1938 to 1941 cruise ship
The day after the America’s launch Hitler invaded Poland and Caribbean cruises replaced North Atlantic crossing.
U.S.S. POINT – 1941 to 1946 navy’s largest troop ship
From Casablanca to Bombay and Sydney the ship steamed 436,000 miles transporting 505,020 passengers. Beloved by her Navy crew, they ran a safe and friendly ship, faced danger from fire, stormy seas, torpedoes and strafing, never loosing a passenger. .
S.S. AMERICA – 1946 to 1964 the queen of the merchant marine.
Returned to almost new after her hard Navy service, the America spent 18 years on the North Atlantic sailing 2,800,000 miles carrying 476,462 passengers in style and comfort. Elegant without being overbearing she represented the best in American engineering, art, cuisine, and interiors.
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In the Twitter episode, hackers were trying to silence a single blogger, Georgy Jakhaia, who is known online as Cyxymu and has been critical of the Russian government. They launched a “denialofservice” attack, in which thousands of computers try to communicate with the target Web site at the same time so the site’s computers are overwhelmed and can’t handle legitimate requests. In what appears to be collateral damage, the hackers took down the entire Twitter service, and hobbled the blogging site LiveJournal and Facebook, where Jakhaia also posted. Patrick Peterson, head security researcher for Cisco Systems, compares the assault to using “a hand grenade to silence a fly.”
It may be a sign of things to come: Criminal groups and hackers have infected tens of millions of computers around the world with viruses that allow them to control the machines to launch attacks or send spam. These networks of zombie computers, called “botnets,” are then rented out on a permachine and perday basis through Web sites that make executing a denialofservice (DOS) attack almost as easy as getting a book from Amazon. No password cracking or software coding is necessary.
Security experts say the explosive growth of these botnets has led to a price war among underground suppliers. Two years ago, Ollman says, there were about a halfdozen networks with a million or more hijacked computers, but now there are dozens with that many. The cost of renting out 10,000 machinesenough to cripple a site like Twitterhas tumbled to $200 a day from between $2,000 and $5,000. “We have seen the price points dropping replica ray bans fast,” says Ollman.
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It would take perhaps an hour. A search on Google for “botnet” or “bot rent,” leads to one of dozens of hacking forums, where there are postings to lease botnets. After downloading software that includes a control panel, a wouldbe attacker enters the name of the target Web site and manages the precise timing of the assault. Transactions are usually paid for with digital money transfers through Western Union.
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