There was a massive DDoS attack against DynDNS, the internet directory:http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37728015
This caused major problems for many the biggest sites in the world such as Twitter, Paypal, Reddit, Spotify and many thousands of others.
We also had issues during Friday. At first it slowed our report generation process, which we managed to work around by changing to our backup DNS-vendor
for all internal traffic, but from approximately 17:50 CET there were severe difficulties accessing all of our systems (even www.urkund.com) via our API and also via mail. The issues depended on where in the world users were located and which internet provider was used. The backend systems worked fine during the period problems occurred. At
approximately 21:00 CET, the issues were solved by DYN and we were up and running at full capacity (although individual users could still have had problems due to DNS-cache issues).
From our statistics, we can see a dip in incoming documents during the time period above but it then peaked the hour after which indicates that most of our integration partners and different email systems managed to resend documents automatically when there were connection errors on the first attempt(s). Our customers can still experience delays in report delivery. It might be possible that some documents did not manage to reach us.
We will rerun a number of documents where we have error codes from yesterday and we kindly ask all our integration partners and customers to wait until Monday and before trying to fetch results from documents with error codes again. If you sent in a document via email and did not receive a confirmation back, please send it again.
As part of our standard practice in such situations, we shall analyse this to see if there are things we can do differently to prevent issues like this happen in the future but unfortunately this kind of major attack shows the vulnerability of global internet infrastructure.
More info on the attack on DYN: http://dyn.com/blog/dyn-statement-on-10212016-ddos-attack/
URKUND were very happy to have been invited to Inspera's conference day in Oslo on Friday, 23rd September. We were on the same bill as speakers from universities in Norway, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Austria and Switzerland. URKUND held two talks about plagiarism prevention and how we work with Inspera.
All in all, the day was both very enjoyable and beneficial to all who attended. We would like to express our thanks once again to Inspera for inviting us and for their warm hospitality.
URKUND had a stand at ALT-C, the conference of the Association for Learning Technology, that was held at the University of Warwick in early September 2016.
This was URKUND's third visit to ALT-C and was even more rewarding than ever. It is always a pleasure to visit ALT-C as the delegates are always interesting, interested and friendly. It is perhaps telling of URKUND's burgeoning popularity in the UK that we were unable to attend any of the workshops as we were busy showing people the system and talking about URKUND's plagiarism detection system.
If you, like us, have to catch up on the days' presentations, you can find the keynotes on ALT's YouTube channel for the 2016 conference here.
URKUND PEPP-talks 2016 #pepptalk16 is over, and what a success it was!
We would like to thank our speakers, Stefan Eriksson from University of Uppsala, Annika Bindler and Magnus Olsson from University of Umeå, Mme Michelle Bergadaá from University of Geneva, Henrik Hansson from University of Stockholm, Svante Axelsson from University of Uppsala and James Bennett from URKUND.
Also we would like to say thank you to all participants för helping us make this a fantastic day (and evening).
See you next year!
We always have a lot going on at URKUND.
Say hello to us at:
22nd-23rd September 2016 - Inspera Autumn Seminar, Oslo
6th-8th September 2016 - ALT-C, University of Warwick
26th August 2016 - URKUND PEPP-talks 2016
15th-17th June 2016 - NU 2016, Malmö
10th June 2016 - Dublin Business School Library Annual Seminar, Dublin
22nd-24th March 2016 - Moodle Moot UK, London
15th-16th March 2016 - Nordiska Skolledarkongressen, Göteborg, Svenska Mässan
26th-27th January 2016 - iLearning Forum, Paris
7th-8th January 2016 - Blackboard Users Conference, Durham University, UK
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The URKUND analysis now has the option to pinpoint where text is flanked by brackets or parentheses. The purpose of this is to make it easier for the reviewer to see where there are annotations and other references in the text.
“We’ve definitely noticed an increasing incidence of plagiarism since URKUND was introduced, and previously there was of course a high level of undetected incidence. It was far too time consuming for the teaching staff to carry out their own plagiarism checks. The automation has led to a bigger haul of perpetrators,” says Joshua Kragh Bruhn, Information specialist at CBS.
“The preventive objective of plagiarism detection is highly significant. When the students become aware of URKUND they are less inclined to seek shortcuts. Trying to cheat the system is ultimately more resource intensive than doing a good job from the start,” says Arshad Hussanee, Learn Online Manager på University of Canberra.
View a sample report of the URKUND analysis.