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Mac USB to Cisco 1900 router using Cisco USB to mini-USB cable

OK. I’ve been a network guy since the 1980s. I thought had seen it
all. Today when I opened the box for my brand new 1900 router I found
a Cisco console cable blue USB to mini USB cable. Even more
surprising the router has a mini USB port on the back right next to
the Cisco-standard RJ-45 console port. Amazing! Looking through the
docs online I found the following procedure for connecting from a Mac
to the router via this USB to mini-USB cable.

Step 1 Use the Finder to go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.

Step 2 Connect the Mac USB port to the router using the supplied USB
to mini-USB cable.

Step 3 Enter the following commands to find the OS X USB port number

macbook:user$ cd /dev

macbook:user$ ls -ltr /dev/*usb* [which returns something like below]

crw-rw-rw- 1 root wheel 9, 66 Apr 1 16:46 tty.usbmodem1a21

Step 4 Connect to the USB port with the following command followed by
the router USB port speed

macbook:user$ screen /dev/tty.usbmodem1a21 9600

[power on the router, wait for a few minutes and you should see
something like this…]

Installed image archive
Cisco CISCO1941/K9 (revision 1.0) with 1011712K/36864K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID FTX150900FE
2 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
2 Serial(sync/async) interfaces
1 Virtual Private Network (VPN) Module
DRAM configuration is 64 bits wide with parity disabled.
255K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.
1000944K bytes of ATA System CompactFlash 0 (Read/Write)

To disconnect the OS X USB console from the Terminal window

Enter Ctrl-a followed by Ctrl-

DDoS Hits WordPress

WordPress is working through what is described as a large Distributed
Denial of Service (DDoS) attack this morning. According to the status
page at Automatic (parent company) at 9:54 (UTC-6) this morning:

QUOTE
WordPress.com is currently being targeted by a extremely large
Distributed Denial of Service attack which is affecting connectivity
in some cases. The size of the attack is multiple Gigabits per second
and tens of millions of packets per second. We are working to
mitigate the attack, but because of the extreme size, it is proving
rather difficult.
UNQUOTE

By 11:40 the status page reported everything was back to normal.

http://cnet.co/ed3peH

3/4/11 Update

Spohos reports that the WordPress DDoS may have ibe p[olitically motivated and directed at a non-English blog appearing on their site.

http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/03/03/wordpress-com-targeted-by-ddos-att…