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Ex-Intel exec Diane Bryant exits Google cloud

In 2017 Diane Bryant left her post as group president of Intel’s data center group after a 30-year Chipzilla career, then took up a gig as chief operating officer of Google's cloud business. Now, she's left Google after just seven months. Bryant left Intel's Data Center Group in May 2017. The company cited unspecified “ …

China wins one, loses one in US trade spats

ZTE has had some good news in America, but China Mobile has had bad news. ZTE's been given a limited reprieve in the form of an authorisation (PDF) from the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security that lets it keep trading. The Department's document allows the company to: Continue operating and maintaining …
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Hands up if you didn't lose data in the Typeform breach

The list of organisations notifying customers that they're affected by the Typeform data breach continues to grow – and at least one victim has publicly claimed the breached backup data was unencrypted. Australian bakery chain Bakers Delight, “beyond banking” outfit Revolut, the Australian Republican Movement, data platform …
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Centrelink scheduled maintenance at time clients needed it most

Australia's welfare payments agency couldn't cope with a surge in user traffic it knew was coming last weekend and went TOESUP (Total Outage Ends Support for Usual Performance), with problems continuing until Tuesday, July 3rd. The “users trying to log in attack” occurred after the organisation scheduled weekend maintenance …
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Vodafone drank Facebook's network Kool-Aid … and LIVED!

Vodafone has become the latest carrier to white-box its optical traffic. The trial, which Voda has declared a success, is a handy bit of validation for Facebook, whose Voyager packet-optical switches try and take on one of the toughest segments of networking. “The goal of the live trial was to showcase the future of applying …

Juniper pours a shot of its data centre juice into campus networks

Campus networks will get the same capabilities as data centre networks, after Juniper networks squeezed EVPN-VXLAN fabric functionality into campus-size implementations. The aim, the company said, is to help companies build an enterprise-wide fabric. In particular, the Gin Palace explained, the move means campus networks can …

Thrice, in a trice, IBM cloud cuts prices

IBM has cut the price of cloud services three times in a week. It's far from unusual for clouds to cut prices: AWS and Azure often trade price cuts and say they're duty bound to pass them on as their economies of scale improve. IBM, however, enjoys a lowly position on Gartner's most recent Magic Quadrant for infrastructure as …
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DNS ad-hocracy in peril as ICANN advisors mull root server shakeup

Internet overseer ICANN is considering a self-managed governance model for the world's Domain Name System root servers – and one of the outcomes could be a reduction in the number of root servers. Today, 12 companies operate the 13 DNS root servers that are used by browsers and other software to ultimately translate domain …
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Boffins want to stop Network Time Protocol's time-travelling exploits

Among the many problems that exist in the venerable Network Time Protocol is its vulnerability to timing attacks: turning servers into time-travellers can play all kinds of havoc with important systems. Complicating the problem is that timing attacks are enabled by the protocol itself, which makes it hard to change. Now a …
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ZTE remakes board as demanded by USA

Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor ZTE last week complied with US President Donald Trump's demand that it appoint a new board. The new board was one of the president's demands before the trade ban imposed by the US is lifted. The previous 14 board members have stepped down, and been replaced by a slimmed down eight- …
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Surveys-as-a-service outfit Typeform spilled a backup from May

Spanish Web form and survey company Typeform has announced a data breach in June, affecting data dated May, after someone gained access to one of the company's backup files. The company said the intruder accessed files “from a partial backup dated May 3rd, 2018”, and said it will contact all affected customers. “We identified …
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Be The Packet. Take each hop it makes. Your network will repay you

Roundup Did you ever wish you had a half-a-gigabit-per-second connection you could fire up anytime, at zero cost? You can, it turns out – but only between paired Android phones. Google last week announced an upgrade to its Files Go app, which it says is particularly popular for phone-to-phone transfers in places like India as it gets …

IEEE joins the ranks of non-backdoored strong cryptography defenders

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has joined the ranks of objectors to proposed law enforcement measures that would compromise access to strong cryptography. The august engineering body went beyond merely opposing the popular understanding of what constitutes a “backdoor”, instead framing its …
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Arista cats put one of four tech legal battles with Cisco behind them

After more than three years under legal assault from Cisco, Arista could soon be breathing easy – now that the United States' International Trade Commission (ITC) has axed its probe into whether the upstart ripped off two Cisco patents. That's only one of four legal proceedings Cisco has brought against Arista now out on its …
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Australian Senate committee dumps on digital transformation

Australia's government is rubbish at computing, according to a new report from the Senate's Finance and Public Administration Committee. The 146-page report tabled yesterday highlights problems in policy, IT skills, implementation, consultancy and spending. Even after taking into account the composition of the committee - …
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Firefox hooks up with HaveIBeenPwned for account pwnage probe

Firefox has started testing an easier way for users to check whether they're using an online service that has been hacked, through integration with Troy Hunt's HaveIBeenPwned database. The hookup will work like this: part of a user's email address is hashed, and this hash is used to check if the address appears in …
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EU summons a CYBER FORCE into existence

Lithuania's proposal that the European Union create an international cyber-force has been endorsed, and the effort already has seven countries on board. The baltic country announced yesterday that EU member states have agreed to create “EU Cyber Rapid Response Force” teams, with a declaration of intent signed in Luxembourg …
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FireEye hacked off at claim it hacked Chinese military's hackers

US security company FireEye has denied a claim aired in a new book that it hacked into laptops owned by Chinese military hackers. It's common knowledge that prior to its acquisition by FireEye, the security concern Mandiant brought the Chinese operation known as APT1 undone. In its 2013 report, the company attributed espionage …
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German researchers defeat printers' doc-tracking dots

Beating the unique identifiers that printers can add to documents for security purposes is possible: you just need to add extra dots beyond those that security tools already add. The trick is knowing where to add them. Many printers can add extra dots to help identify which device printed a document, as it's handy to know that …
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Internet cartographers at CAIDA lay out their next five-year plan of probing

CAIDA, the University California, San Diego-based internet infrastructure research operation, has taken a look at what the next few years might hold for the information superhighway – and is worried that its model of the 'net might be starting to creak. Late last week, the 20-year-old Centre for Applied Internet Data Analysis …
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Oracle gets busy with Lazy FPU fix, adds more CPU Spectre-protectors

Oracle has released fixes for Spectre v3a, Spectre v4, and the “Lazy FPU” vulnerability. The two Spectre patches cover CVE-2018-3640 and CVE-2018-3640. As Oracle's director of security assurance Eric Maurice explained, the patches apply to both Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and the associated Intel microcode. The company was …
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In non-startling news, EFF says STARTTLS email crypto is mostly done wrong

Having successfully pushed for universal HTTPS Web encryption, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's next protocol push is for “STARTTLS Everywhere”. It's testament to system administrator inertia that a protocol first published in 2002 and available in all major e-mail clients and servers is still not everybody's default. By …

A volt out of the blue: Phone batteries reveal what you typed and read

A group of researchers has demonstrated that smartphone batteries can offer a side-channel attack vector by revealing what users do with their devices through analysis of power consumption. Both snitching and exfiltration were described in this paper (PDF), accepted for July's Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium. Nobody …
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Net's druids thrash out specs for an independent IETF

The Internet Engineering Task Force has taken another step on its road to independence, publishing a for-discussion proposal covering its likely administrative arrangements. It's part of a process we first reported in April of this year, designed to formalise the arrangements that keep the 'net's technical standards flowing. …
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AT&T offloads a bunch of data centres for a billion bucks

AT&T has followed the emerging trend of carriers getting out of the data centre infrastructure business by offloading 31 colocation assets to Brookfield Infrastructure for US$1.1 billion. The US carrier announced the deal late last week and said the arrangement means the buyer will maintain the colocation business. The …

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