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The drinks are on Juniper: Revenue and profits up in Q2 2017

Juniper Networks has turned in a solid second quarter, reporting growth in revenue and profitability. Today the company reported revenue of US$1.3bn (all figures here are GAAP), and net income of $179.8m, better than Q2 2016 by a more-than-handy 28 percent. Switching was the company's engine room for Q2, piling on 32 per cent …

Qualcomm's neural network SDK made free for all comers

Qualcomm's decided to open up its year-old AI, by making its Neural Processing Engine (NPE) available to all. The Snapdragon NPE first landed last year, with the company pitching capabilities including “scene detection, text recognition, object tracking and avoidance, gesturing, face recognition, and natural language …

Retailers would love an NBN backhaul tariff restructure

When nbn™', the entity building and operating Australia's national broadband network, decided to revise its backhaul price book back in June and the the move was rightly welcomed. But the topic remains so controversial CEO Bill Morrow has flagged further possible changes. Morrow dropped the hint in an interview given to the …
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Ubiquiti firmware patch stomps nasty redirect bug from login screen

Popular wireless networking hardware vendor Ubiquiti patched a couple of serious vulnerabilities back in March and April – without telling the people who reported the bugs. If sysadmins weren't paying attention, they might not have noticed the importance of the patches. The bug patched in firmware version 6.0.3 was an open …
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G Suite admins have just one button to secure their sites, but don't

G Suite business users: go and check your configuration, and make sure you're not publishing enterprise information to the whole world. That's the warning coming from security outfit Redlock, which says it found “hundreds” of organisations leaking both organisational data and employees' personal data. As the company's …
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TechnologyOne says City of Brisbane ignored its own reviews

Australian ERP software vendor TechnologyOne has escalated a long-running row with Brisbane City Council, threatening to sling an AU$50 million sueball at the city. The $120-million-plus contract at the centre of the dispute is to replace 13 of the council's systems with a single “Local Government Systems” project. When the …
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Boffin supercharges FPGAs with timing signal tweak

A Swedish researcher has discovered a new way to optimise FPGA performance, with as much as a five-fold boost on offer. However, it's been a long and painful process for researcher Carl Ingemarsson to get to publication, including having his work plagiarised three years ago. The problem for then-undergrad Ingemarsson, of from …
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Al Capone was done for taxes. Now Microsoft's killing domain-squatters with trademark law

Bit-by-bit, Microsoft is hitting back at an international domain-squatting/drive-by-hacking operation by taking over the domains involved. An unsealed order from US District of Eastern Virginia judge Bruce Gerald Lee shows that at the end of June, Redmond gained control of more than 60 domain names registered with the Public …
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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

A few Penguinistas spent a weekend working out why they can't get through to Netflix from their Linux machines, because when they tried, their DNS lookups failed. The issue emerged July 22, when Gentoo user Dennis Schridde submitted this bug report to the Systemd project. Essentially, he described a failure within systemd- …

Debian patches plenty in new version 9.1

Debian Linux has hit version 9.1. The new release rolls up 26 security fixes that have landed since June. This one, which landed last week, is worth plucking out of the noise, with Debian joining others in patching the Heimdal Kerberos man-in-the-middle bug. There are also fixes in Apache, a bunch of Linux updates, and …

Sweden leaked every car owners' details last year, then tried to hush it up

In a slowly-unfolding scandal in Sweden, it's emerged that the country's transport agency bungled an outsourcing deal with IBM, putting both individuals and national security at risk. Pirate Party founder and now head of privacy at VPN provider Private Internet Access Rik Falkvinge has been working to bring details of the …
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Crazy bug of the week: Gnome Files' .MSI parser runs evil VBScripts

Gnome developers, take a bow: a bug in your image thumbnailer has opened up a (not too scary, thankfully) hole for script injection. The security vulnerability was revealed this week by Nils Dagsson Moskopp here, and his advice for users is: “Delete all files in /usr/share/thumbnailers. Do not use GNOME Files. Uninstall any …
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Deutsche Telekom G.fast demo pushes G.Fast faster, further

Deutsche Telekom and ADTRAN have showed off an emerging G.Fast technology called cDTA which, along with 212 MHz carrier spectrum, ramps system performance well into the gigabit range. It's a development that will interest watchers of Australia's National Broadband Network, since the company rolling out the network recently …
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Mozilla hoping to open source voice samples for future AI devs

Mozilla has decided speech recognition should be open source, and has launched a project to achieve just that, Project Common Voice. What the browser builder wants, it says, is an open source data set for voice recognition apps. The open source community, Mozilla's Daniel Kessler writes, is the “next wave of innovators” – but …

Dahua cameras stung by Web interface bug

Chinese camera-maker Dahua has flicked out a patch to fix a possible remote code execution vulnerability in its Web admin interface. The company uses a Web interface named as “Sonia”* in this CERT advisory – and there's a stack buffer overflow to fix. Unpatched, the advisory states, various versions of the Dahua firmware don' …

$30 million below Parity: Ethereum wallet bug fingered in mass heist

A vulnerability in Parity's Ethereum wallet software has been exploited by thieves to rob victims on a massive scale. A few hours ago, Parity told its users to move their ETH holdings from their in-browser wallets to more secure accounts immediately: IMPORTANT: SECURITY ALERT: https://t.co/h5vc0KwAxS Move funds in multi-sig …
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Quantum crypto upstart QuintessenceLabs hopes to cut the cord

With AU$3.26m from Australia's government, quantum crypto outfit QuintessenceLabs has set to work getting the fibre out of its diet, and instead running quantum key exchange over free space. While there have been scientific demonstrations of quantum exchanges both terrestrially and between earth and satellites, …

SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

Microsoft's long, gentle embrace of Linux continues with the first release candidate of SQL Server 2017. Microsoft said the early release would land in the middle of this year. Arguably, since this is only the RC1-level release, Microsoft's SQL-Server-on-Linux is running late. There's not much detail on what's in the box, …
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Rapid7 slurps security orchestration biz Komand

Rapid7 is the latest vendor to jump on the orchestration and automation bandwagon, announcing it's buying upstart outfit Komand to plump out its range. Privately-held Komand came to life in was founded in 2015, pitching what it describes as “an orchestration layer for security tools and processes”. It received a round of …

Let's harden Internet crypto so quantum computers can't crack it

In case someone manages to make a general purpose quantum computer one day, a group of IETF authors have put forward a proposal to harden Internet key exchange. It's a handy reminder that in spite of a stream of headlines telling us that quantum computers will break cryptography, there's a substantial amount of research going …
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Foxtel choked on 65,000 new sign-ups to watch Game of Thrones

Australian pay TV broadcaster Foxtel has explained why it couldn't broadcast the new season Game of Thrones without trouble: more than 60,000 new subscribers swamped its systems. Australian viewers hit the ceiling on Monday local time after trying to be first-to-see the opening episode of season seven when a cascade of crashes …
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John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

Having tilted at the US presidency without success, John McAfee has picked his last next big windmill: Google. Speaking to totally independent Russian media outlet RT, the putative founder of antivirus as an industry and jungle adventurer named The Chocolate Factory as no less than a threat to human dignity and promised his …
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NASA whistles up electron noise from the Van Allen belt

NASA boffins in charge of the agency's Van Allen Belt mission have recorded audio-frequency noise made by energetic electrons emitting what's known as “whistler waves”. NASA Goddard says the waves shape the near-Earth space environment and also characterise different types of plasma, making them worthy of our curiosity. So …
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Dow Jones index – of customers, not prices – leaks from AWS repo

Dow Jones has emulated Verizon by saving various internal databases (including Wall Street Journal subscribers) in the cloud without properly securing it. The breach was turned up by UpGuard's Chris Vickery and is detailed in this post. It's an all-too-familiar, straightforward breach: someone left a cloud repository …
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FreeRADIUS fragged by fuzzer – by invitation – and fifteen fails found

The folks over at FreeRADIUS took a look at Guido Vranken's work with OpenSSL, liked what they saw, asked him to fuzz the famous login/security server ... and then didn't like what they saw. Pretty much anybody who's logged into an ISP account has touched FreeRADIUS, since it's the most popular implementation of the venerable …

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