What developers can learn from the largest DDoS attack in history

This past October, Google Cloud disclosed that it had successfully mitigated the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack in history – and that this DDoS attack had been hitting businesses since August.

What made it the worst DDoS to date? It was the volume. At its peak, the attack counted over 398 million requests per second (rps). To compare, the worst recorded DDoS attack up to that point, detected in 2022, reached 46 million rps.

The fall 2023 attack,...

Bitwarden strengthens passwordless authentication with magic links API

Credential management firm Bitwarden has announced an enhancement to its Passwordless.dev platform with the release of a magic links API.

Bitwarden’s latest offering empowers developers to seamlessly integrate passwordless authentication into their applications, providing a more secure and user-friendly experience for end-users.

The magic links API enables developers to send unique one-time-use links via email, allowing users to securely access their accounts or easily...

Redis switches to more restrictive license

Leading in-memory database vendor Redis is adopting a dual-licensing model, imposing far stricter terms on companies offering Redis as a service. 

In an official announcement, Redis Labs stated that starting with version 7.4, Redis will be dual-licensed under the Redis Source Available License (RSALv2) and the controversial Server Side Public License (SSPLv1).

This is not the first time Redis has changed licensing terms. In 2018, it shifted some modules to a more...

GitHub enables secret scanning push protection by default

In response to the alarming trend of API keys, tokens, and other confidential data being inadvertently exposed, GitHub has taken further steps to fortify its platform against potential breaches.

Within the first two months of 2024, GitHub has uncovered one million leaked secrets across public repositories, averaging over a dozen incidents per minute. Such alarming figures underscore the pressing need for robust safeguards to protect users and their data.

Since August...

Google enables WebGPU by default in Chrome 121

Google has enabled WebGPU support by default in the latest version of its Chrome browser, Chrome 121. WebGPU is a new web standard that provides low-level access to GPU hardware for high-performance 3D graphics and general purpose computing using JavaScript APIs. 

WebGPU support is now enabled on devices running Android 12 or later powered by Qualcomm and ARM GPUs. Support will expand to more Android devices in the near future, including those still on Android 11. The rollout...

Valve clarifies what AI content it will allow on Steam

Valve has introduced new guidelines regarding what kinds of AI-generated content it will allow developers to include in games published on Steam. The move comes as AI tools that can automatically generate images, text, code, and other content have become more advanced and widely available.

In a post earlier today, Valve said it is updating its submission process to require developers to disclose if and how they used AI tools to create content for their games. Developers must...

Crypto developers plummet 22% despite increasing prices

Despite the positive price movement in recent weeks, the software development aspect of the crypto industry is trending in the opposite direction.

According to a report by venture firm Electric Capital, the number of active developers working on open-source crypto projects has declined by 22 percent over the past year.

In June, there were 21,300 active developers, compared to 27,200 the previous year. This decline may be attributed to developers finding more enticing...

GitHub now serves over 100M developers

GitHub has achieved its goal to serve 100 million developers with two years to spare.

In 2019, GitHub set a goal to have 100 million developers using the service by 2025. In a blog post, GitHub announced that it’s already reached that historic milestone.

GitHub CEO Thomas Dohmke wrote:

“Today, I’m excited to share that there are now officially more than 100 million developers using GitHub to build, maintain, and contribute to software...

Twitter’s relationship with developers has fallen apart

The already strained relationship between Twitter and developers has now completely fallen apart.

Over the years, Twitter has made a series of decisions that damaged its relationship with developers.

In 2012, Twitter limited the number of active tokens an app can have—essentially putting a cap on how successful a third-party app can become. A number of apps kicked the bucket after that decision.

Increasingly strict rate limits on things such as retweets and...

Stack Overflow: 74% of developers are open to new jobs

Research from Stack Overflow suggests that almost three-quarters (74%) of developers are open to new jobs.

The so-called “Great Resignation” is an ongoing post-covid economic trend where employees have voluntarily resigned over wage stagnation, poor treatment, inflexible remote working policies, lack of benefits, and general job dissatisfaction.

Developers haven’t been spared from mistreatment by employers, and it seems that many are keeping their minds open to new...