On 21 October 2016, multiple denial of service attacks targeted at the Domain Name System provider Dyn, known formally as Dynamic Network Services Inc., prevented large swathes of users in Europe and North America from accessing major internet platforms such as Twitter, The New York Times and PayPal. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, this strike was one of the largest denial of service attacks known to date, knocking out more than 1,200 websites with tactics used in past years by gamers looking to slow their opponents.
Investigators have found that the attack was launched from a botnet that included large numbers of internet of things (“IoT”) devices and that a number of components embedded in the affected devices came from a single upstream manufacturer in China. As such, we have included an article in this issue that considers the potential liability of manufacturers in connection with IoT devices and offers some practical solutions to mitigate those risks.
Elsewhere in the January issue, the Intellectual Property feature examines Victoria Plum Ltd v Victorian Plumbing Ltd & Others  EWHC 2911 (Ch), a recent UK case that provides a welcome exposition on the application of the honest concurrent use defence in the context of keywords advertising. The Practice Management article examines key issues that are driving firms to rethink their business models and common pitfalls firms face when attempting to make changes. The Leisure section includes a few words from the awardees of the distinguished pro bono and community service awards on what pro bono and community service work has meant to them.
Also of interest is the dispute resolution piece that discusses the upcoming Global Pound Conference in Hong Kong, an event that will give Hong Kong’s business and legal communities a chance to shape the future of dispute resolution. As the article highlights, attendees will be invited throughout the Conference’s four interactive sessions to express their views on a range of vital issues affecting how disputes are resolved. It is ultimately hoped that the data collected will contribute to enhancing the culture and methods of resolving conflicts in Hong Kong.