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NSA takes one-two punch to the face

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:24:20 GMT

Two sets of judges rule for citizens and against government

The US National Security Agency has been hit by two legal losses that may put the last part of its controversial spying program on US citizens under threat.…

Comcast accused of siccing lawyers on net neutrality foe

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:28:48 GMT

Activists say they got cease and desist threat for pointing out astroturfing

An activist group says it was threatened by Comcast lawyers after it pointed out the cable giant's efforts to astroturf the FCC with fake comments on net neutrality.…

House GOP takes crack at ISP privacy bill

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:47:22 GMT

US lawmakers try to clear up FTC control over data collection

The US Representatives who just weeks ago repealed privacy rules for ISPs now want to enact a new set of restrictions.…

Constellations and MIMO to take fibre to a future beyond the terabit

Mon, 22 May 2017 07:31:12 GMT

Nokia Bell Labs' Dr Laurent Schmalen explains how networks can find a new gear

Interview A technology that first hit the mass market in 1990s-era modems running over voice networks will soon be boosting submarine fibre speeds around the world.…

T-Mobile USA sued by parents after their baby dies amid 911 meltdown

Thu, 11 May 2017 22:59:48 GMT

'Ghost' calls overload lines, preventing babysitter from getting through for help – suit

A Texas mother is suing T‑Mobile USA, alleging technical issues with the carrier prevented her child from getting urgent medical care, which led to his death.…

10Mbps universal speeds? We'll give you 30Mbps, pleads Labour in leaked manifesto

Thu, 11 May 2017 15:17:12 GMT

Oh go on, we'll throw in a soft-boiled Brexit

The UK Labour Party has pledged a 30Mbps universal broadband speed by 2022, according to a draft leaked version of its manifesto.…

DSL inventor's latest science project: terabit speeds over copper

Wed, 10 May 2017 02:56:06 GMT

Spare your hypegasm, this is a research roadmap

John Cioffi, known as the “father of DSL”, reckons we're nowhere near the limit of copper transmission speed, delivering a presentation claiming Terabit performance is feasible.…

US Air Force networks F-15 and F-22 fighters – in flight!

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:29:51 GMT

Talon HATE pod squirts data over three protocols between previously-incompatible aircraft

The United States Air Force has successfully networked its F-22 Raptor and F-15 Eagle aircraft under the “Talon HATE” program.…

ITC upholds finding that Arista infringed on two Cisco patents

Mon, 08 May 2017 13:32:04 GMT

Cisco 'preserving market position at expense of competition,' says Arista

The US International Trade Commission has upheld a judgement that Arista Networks infringed two Cisco Systems patents on networking equipment - the latest round in a long-running legal battle between the companies.…

There be dragons? Why net neutrality groups won't go to Congress

Mon, 08 May 2017 12:00:05 GMT

Campaign risks total annihilation for its fear of politics

Special report When Obama pushed the FCC into extending Title II rules over US internet services in 2014, I described the President as "writing out a cheque he knew he couldn't cash".…

Is Britain really worse at 4G than Peru?

Fri, 05 May 2017 12:57:11 GMT

Crowd or non crowd - network industry rages on numbers

Special Report Which? magazine's claim that the UK has "worse 4G than Peru", widely reported by the national media this week, has reopened an highly charged industry debate about the reliability of network data collection.…

ISPs must ensure half of punters get advertised max speeds

Thu, 04 May 2017 10:01:08 GMT

Proposals by UK watchdog call for further crackdown on misleading ads

Broadband providers may have to ensure at least half of customers can receive advertised top line speeds, under a proposed crackdown on consumers being misled.…

Cisco waves swatter at ten new vulnerabilities

Thu, 04 May 2017 01:02:08 GMT

It's 2017, and UPnP is still a critical attack vector

Universal Plug-and-Play remains a gift-that-keeps-on-giving for infosec researchers, with Cisco announcing a critical vulnerability in the software that plagues its CVR100W wireless VPN router.…

324 typo-squat domains found impersonating Natwest, HSBC and co

Wed, 03 May 2017 13:02:08 GMT

Only the sausage-fingered among us need fear

Hackers are abusing the trademarked names of five of the UK's top high street banks.…

Former RCL director: It was me who cancelled their domain names

Wed, 03 May 2017 11:19:06 GMT

Sued sales agent then admits he bought and redirected them

Former London biz Retro Computers Ltd’s sales agent Nick Cooper has admitted he is the man who bought two of the company’s domain names and pointed them at sites critical of the company. He is currently being sued by it over an unrelated matter.…

Transatlantic link typo by Sweden's Telia broke Cloudflare in the US

Tue, 02 May 2017 19:09:11 GMT

Whose fault was it? We have a pretty good Ikea

A fat-fingered human accidentally broke a transatlantic internet backbone that knackered Cloudflare's content delivery network in the US.…

Sun sets on eight domain names managed by CentralNic

Tue, 02 May 2017 10:06:08 GMT

Customers warned sites such as will no longer be in use

Owners of domain names at several extensions, including, will no longer be able to use their registered sites as of this week, with reseller CentralNic having told customers those domains have been "sunset".…

Up Wolf Creek without a signal: outback cable cut disconnects top end TPG, Optus customers

Tue, 02 May 2017 03:04:14 GMT

Truck hauls up Nextgen fibre, the fix is in once repair crews can find the break

A cut to a Nextgen Networks fibre is cutting off Northern Territory Optus and TPG customers north of Katherine.…

M6 crowned crappiest motorway for 4G signal

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:24:07 GMT

Now to find out if it has fewer crashes...

The M6 is officially the UK's worst motorway for 4G coverage.…

A switch with just 49 ns latency? What strange magic is this?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:57:09 GMT

Cisco won't blink, but high-frequency traders may get twitchy

Australian company Exablaze has released a switch with claimed latency of just 49 nanoseconds.…

Fistful of flaws blow away SolarWinds network appliances

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 03:03:13 GMT

Five nasties await netadmins

Admins of SolarWinds system management systems can block out a biggish chunk of their diaries to implement a bunch of serious patches.…

FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:57:04 GMT

Distro download servers are too hard to run and users ignore them anyway

Debian is shutting down its public File Transfer Protocol (FTP) services, because hardly anybody uses them any more and they're hard to operate and maintain.…

HPE kills off its entire OpenSDN line, pulls plug on customer demos

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:13:05 GMT

ISPs told they'll have to find another vendor

Exclusive Hewlett Packard Enterprise has quietly axed its OpenSDN suite, effective immediately.…

Boffins supercharge the 'hosts' file to save users plagued by DNS outages

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:29:03 GMT

Chinese Academy of Sciences thinks it has a way to give DNS a backup

The venerable Domain Name System (DNS) is becoming known for fragility, and keeping track of your own favourite sites' IP addresses is a pain. So a group of researchers want to automate the upkeep of hosts to give users an emergency backup if their provider blacks out.…

nbn™ demos gigabit-speed fixed wireless services

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:44:08 GMT

nbn™ still thinks hardly anyone needs gigabit broadband but wants to show it's ready anyway

nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has demonstrated a 1.1Gbps downstream and 165Mbps upstream connection using its fixed wireless network.…

Exploding femtocells: No need for a full recall, says Vodafone

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:30:13 GMT

Change yours if you're worried, but operator insists issue is limited to earlier models

Vodafone says that anxious customers of its home femtocell box are safe, despite experiencing continuing brownouts. Although Vodafone is replacing the Alcatel-made units on request, it has declined to carry out a full recall.…

Ofcom chisels away at BT Openreach's cold, dead hands

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:06:06 GMT

We WILL make you open up infrastructure access, vows regulator

Ofcom has set out exactly how it plans to prise open BT's grip on the UK's telecoms infrastructure, in a move designed to make it easier for competing telcos to install fibre broadband connections.…

Riverbed slurps Xirrus to take SD-WAN all the way to Wi-Fi

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:32:41 GMT

Because internet things should probably talk on secure virtual networks, not punter-grade WiFi

Riverbed has acquired Xirrus for an undisclosed sum and will now try to build a software-defined WAN that stretches all the way to Wi-Fi access points.…

nbn™ joins standards body CableLabs

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:02:34 GMT

Yet more evidence that nbn™ just won't change its mind and build fibre-to-the-premises

Yet more evidence, as if we needed it, that nbn™ has little interest in more FTTP nbn™, the organisation building and operating Australia's national broadband network (NBN), has won membership of CableLabs, the global R&D body that develops technologies and standards that help cable operators deploy new services on existing hybrid fibre coax (HFC) networks.…

NetAdmin challenge: Go to Mars, connect a rover, orbiter and three bases

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:02:12 GMT

Research org releases VM to let you simulate it, plus other interplanetary networks

The Mitre Corporation has given network administrators something to chew on, in the form of a simulator that lets them build networks in space.…

RIP Bob Taylor: Internet, desktop PC pioneer powers down at 85

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 23:40:39 GMT

Ex-NASA manager oversaw tech that grew into today's web, OSes

Obit Robert Taylor, who oversaw the creation of the internet's precursor ARPANET, the computer mouse and the first GUI-based personal computer, has died after a long illness. He was 85.…

Big Internet warns FCC's Pai: We will fight you all the way on net neutrality

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 21:49:29 GMT

Ugly confrontation coming up this year

The lobbying group for Big Internet – Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter et al – has warned the chair of US comms watchdog the FCC that it will fight him on efforts to get rid of net neutrality rules.…

No more IP addresses for countries that shut down internet access

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:54:54 GMT

Afrinic mulls punitive policy for errant governments

Governments that cut off internet access to their citizens could find themselves refused new IP addresses under a proposal put through one of the five global IP allocation organizations.…

Half of mobe, broadband customers unhappy with how complaints handled

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:02:06 GMT

Tsk tsk, Virgin Media and TalkTalk, tsk tsk

Just over half of broadband and mobile customers who moaned to their provider were satisfied with how their complaints were handled, according to a report by UK regulator Ofcom.…

BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:34:11 GMT

Some 12 million calls made in the first week of March

BT's free spam filter, launched earlier this year to crack down on nuisance calls, has identified accident claims as the worst offender for nuisance calls with 12 million made in the first week of March.…

Intel's buggy Puma 6 chipset earns Arris a gigabit-modem lawsuit

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:07:20 GMT

Laggy silicon at heart of broadband boxes lands gateway maker in court

Cable modem maker Arris is facing a class-action suit over its handling of a lag-prone line of cable modems.…

Finally a reason not to bother with IPv6: Uh, security concerns...?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:18:39 GMT

NATO cybersecurity bods warn about transition to new protocol

For all those sysadmins tired of having to make excuses for why they haven't moved to IPv6, worry no more: the new protocol brings with it the risk of network infiltration.…

Bankers to get 1Gbps free Wi-Fi in City of London deal

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:30:13 GMT

Area with just 8,000 residents to benefit from small cell

Bankers are to enjoy free 1Gbps Wi-Fi thanks to a deal brokered by the City of London Corporation intended to bring high speeds to the Square Mile.…

RootMetrics finds provinces stagger to 4G

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:38:11 GMT

Real progress, but it's patchy

Mobile network sleuth RootMetrics has released some performance data on how well operators are faring in our top provincial cities.…

FCC Commish: Hey, don't look at me – Congress should sort out net neutrality mess

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 20:15:15 GMT

O'Rielly tests the waters as watchdog boss Pai pushes economic angle

FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly has said US Congress will have to resolve the tricky question of net neutrality.…

Optical boffins tweak antennae with photons so MIMO can make WiFi serve more masters

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 04:04:13 GMT

And also to make 5G sing, and cary radar so it can spot missiles at Mach 4

Phased-array antennas, a technology crucial to modern Wi-Fi systems that use beam-forming to improve throughput, has a speed limit in how quickly beams can be manipulated.…

Free Range Routing project takes aim at Cisco with server-as-router project

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 03:15:11 GMT

'Quagga' gets new name, code injection from Linux Foundation, Cumulus and pals

A group of open networking companies have dispatched a fleet of X-Wing fighters in the direction of the biggest target in networking: Cisco.…

Cisco boxen hang after 213-and-a-half days

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 23:05:01 GMT

ASA and Firepower kit have death clock. Fix it by rebooting

If you're the lucky owner of Cisco Firepower or Adaptive Security Appliance devices, check the version number and see if you need to reboot your kit.…

Trump sets sights on net neutrality

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:02:39 GMT

World Wide Web Foundation not happy

President Trump is spoiling for yet another fight and this time, much to the despair of internet experts, it is net neutrality.…

US cops, firefighters to get new emergency wireless network – AT&T to get $6.5bn

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:08:49 GMT

Telco lands mega-deal to host first responders' broadband

US phone giant AT&T has landed a $6.5bn contract to build a private wireless broadband network for emergency responders.…

Extreme Networks to splash $55m on Brocade's data centre biz

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:43:29 GMT

Further beefs up to take on the might of Cisco

Extreme Networks is to acquire Brocade Communications Systems' data centre, switching, routing, and analytics business for $55m (£44m) - part of a bid to beef up its portfolio and take on Switchzilla – aka Cisco.…

Chinese giant ZTE slips off US export sh*tlist – and it only cost $900m

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:23:31 GMT

Tech dragon cleared after admitting to sanction violations

The US Department of Commerce has scrapped trade restrictions that left Chinese tech monster ZTE unable to import components from America.…

ETSI widens scope of mobile edge standard

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:02:04 GMT

Mobile base stations to be treated as computers in their own right

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute has decided its Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) effort needed a bigger brief, so it's renamed it as Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC).…

So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:18:37 GMT

Find a good VPN

So, the US House of Representatives has voted away internet privacy (in concert with the Senate), and the legislation will be heading to the White House for Trump's imprimatur. He's expected to sign quickly, so as internet users it's time to get really serious about privacy.…

I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:01:43 GMT

Not exactly getting with the program

Despite being the third-largest internet provider in the UK, Virgin Media is not exactly looking toward the future.…