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EFF wants Cisco in front of a judge over tech for China's 'Great Firewall'

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is hoping to help re-start a lawsuit against Cisco over whether or not it provided technology China's government used to facilitate human rights abuses. The row over China's "Golden Shield" (aka the Great Firewall) has gone on practically forever, with Amnesty accusing Cisco of …

US government's $6bn super firewall doesn't even monitor web traffic

The US government's firewall, named Einstein, is not as smart as its name would suggest. A report [PDF] by the General Accounting Office (GAO) into the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS) has concluded that it is only "partially meeting its stated system objectives." Which is a polite way of saying it sucks. Among …
Kieren McCarthy, 01 Feb 2016
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The West's cloud giants toss escape rope over Great Firewall – and China's not happy

The Chinese government is clamping down on cloud services provided by some of the world's biggest tech companies because they are being used to evade the Great Firewall. Activists outside China have admitted that they use US cloud providers like Microsoft and Amazon to hide encrypted packets in seemingly innocuous accounts in …
Iain Thomson, 18 Mar 2015
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China 'upgrades' Great Firewall. Oh SNAP! There goes VPN access

China's notorious "Great Firewall" is being blamed for widespread reports of virtual private network (VPN) outages in that country. China's Global Times – an English-language subsidiary of the state-run People's Daily – reports that customers of several prominent VPN services based outside the Middle Kingdom have complained that …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jan 2015
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Policing the data hinterlands beyond the corporate firewall

Comment For Code42, the answer to the universe and everything is getting more interesting as it moves from protecting business users’ PCs and notebooks to providing data access security and monitoring tools. The US backup company has undergone recent C-level management changes, including making Joe Payne its CEO in July, and its focus …
Chris Mellor, 23 Sep 2015
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China weaponizes its Great Firewall into the GREAT FIRE CANNON, menaces entire globe

China has upgraded the website-blocking systems on its borders, dubbed The Great Firewall, so it can blast foreign businesses and orgs off the internet. Researchers from the University of Toronto, the International Computer Science Institute, the University of California Berkeley and Princeton University, have confirmed what we' …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2015
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EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

Updated Mobile network operator EE appears to have been hit by a nation-wide outage. People took to Twitter this morning to complain of the network and data outage affecting large swathes of the country: @EE Data Network Down in Manchester area ?. Can't get any data connection on any either phone #ee #networkdown — Neil Reid (@tech2xs …
Kat Hall, 22 Jan 2015
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Gmail falls over after hitting 'Great Firewall of China' – report

Large numbers of Google's Gmail web addresses were reportedly blocked in China over the weekend. The disruption occurred on Friday, according to GreatFire.org, a China-based freedom of speech group. One Gmail user complained on Twitter yesterday that domestic suppliers could not send emails to Gmail accounts and described the …
Kat Hall, 29 Dec 2014
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Speaking in Tech: Pure Storage IPO? 'Maybe our firewall's blocking that'

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we jump into Pay Pal and OpenStack, Nebula, Jay-Z's Tidal and Pure IPO speculation. Our special guest this week is Vaughn Stewart from Pure Storage. This week we discuss... (1:10) New celebrity intro plug and …
Team Register, 08 Apr 2015
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Great Firewall of China blasts DDoS attacks at random IP addresses

An upgrade to China's Great Firewall is having knock-on effects all over the internet, with seemingly random sites experiencing massive traffic spikes. One site owner in North Carolina, Craig Hockenberry, has written up how, after he looked into why his mail server was down, he found 52Mbps of search traffic piling into his …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Jan 2015

How to log into any backdoored Juniper firewall – hard-coded password published

The access-all-areas backdoor password hidden in some Juniper Networks' Netscreen firewalls has been published. Last week it was revealed that some builds of the devices' ScreenOS firmware suffer from two severe security weaknesses: one allows devices to be commandeered over SSH and Telnet, and the other allows encrypted VPN …
Iain Thomson, 21 Dec 2015
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Great-firewall-busting microblog app puts AWS in China's firing line

The team behind anti-censorship body Greatfire.org has launched an Android app promising unfettered access to all Weibo content, in what it claims is a major step towards circumventing the Great Firewall for Chinese users. Launched back in 2012, FreeWeibo is effectively an uncensored version of the country’s most popular …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Apr 2014
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Juniper, Palo Alto to square off over firewall tech

A long-running legal battle between Juniper Networks and Palo Alto Networks is due to proceed to trial on 24 February, after a Delaware court declined a motion from Juniper for a summary judgement. The sue-ball battle has been going on since 2011, when lawyer's letters first began passing between the two companies. At the …

Google encrypts Chinese search requests to subvert Great Firewall

Google is to begin encrypting its web search service for users on the Chinese mainland as part of a general beefing up of the privacy of its users worldwide. Search terms and results pages will be sent over secure connections to thwart government spies and other eavesdroppers. "The revelations of this past summer underscored our …
Iain Thomson, 14 Mar 2014
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Bing accused of out-censoring the Great Firewall

Microsoft is facing another PR battle after a rights group accused Bing of more heavy-handed censorship in China than even homegrown search engine Baidu shackles its users with. Despite claiming to remove results as “narrowly as possible” in order to comply with Chinese censorship laws, Microsoft is actually blocking a “vast …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Mar 2014

The Firewall Awakens: ICANN's exiting CEO takes internet governance to the dark side

ICANN's exiting CEO has stunned internet governance experts by fronting a new Chinese government initiative to expand its view of how the internet should be run. On the last day of the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, the conference organizers unexpectedly announced they had set up a new "high-level advisory committee" …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Dec 2015
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Seagate NAS owners: hide it behind a firewall. Fast.

An Australian security researcher says a bunch of Seagate NAS devices carry serious vulnerabilities and should be kept away from the Internet. OJ Reeves of Beyond Binary says the Seagate Business NAS line, up to version 2014.00319, carries old versions of PHP, CodeIgniter and Lighttpd. All of these, the post notes, have remotely …

Lantern lights the way to web freedom for Great Firewall prisoners

A Washington-backed peer-to-peer site designed to push holes through China’s Great Firewall has managed to accrue nearly 10,000 followers in the past fortnight. Lantern was not built specifically for China, but such is the appetite for unfettered internet access in the People’s Republic that around three-quarters of its users …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Dec 2013

Palo Alto Networks boxes spray firewall creds across the net

Misconfigured user identities for Palo Alto Networks firewalls are leaking onto the public web potentially exposing customer services including VPN and webmail, says security luminary HD Moore. The mess is a result of a user control module being allowed to operate in untrusted zones, rather than a vulnerability in Palo's kit. …
Darren Pauli, 21 Oct 2014
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China 'enhances' Great Firewall, teaches it to choke off VPNs

China has tightened the screws on its infamous web-filtering system, according to virtual private network providers. The Great Firewall of China has been enhanced to "learn, discover and block" encrypted VPN protocols. Machine learning algorithms have been applied to carry out encrypted traffic analysis, something advocated by …
John Leyden, 21 Dec 2012

Now it's the security industry's turn to be burned by cloud

Amazon has launched web application firewall to help customers guard against common web exploits. The web attic touts the service as a means to ink custom rules to block attack patterns like SQL injection and cross-site scripting and offering the ability to quickly deploy application rules. Rules can be set based on IP …
Team Register, 07 Oct 2015
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Filter Great Firewall of China's architects at US borders - petition

A petition hosted by the White House calls for the computer scientists who built the "Great Firewall" of China to be denied entry to the US. The petition was submitted to the Obama administration on Friday, and has already garnered almost 7,000 signatures from American citizens who oppose China's extensive web censoring " …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Jan 2013

Rackspace floats virty router and firewall into its clouds

Moving to clouds should mean breaking free of all kinds of specific hardware devices and running as much software as possible on generic virtual machines – which is why Rackspace Hosting is partnering with Brocade Communications to bring its Vyatta vRouter software to its public and private clouds. Brocade has been gradually …
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Japan's free public VPN project tunnels through Great Firewall

Chinese netizens finding it increasingly difficult to bypass the Great Firewall after a recent crackdown on virtual private network (VPN) services have found an unlikely ally in a new public relay VPN service from Japan. The VPN Gate Academic Experiment Project (h/t TechInAsia) was set up by researchers at the Graduate School of …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Mar 2013

Beyond the Great Firewall: China's global censorship campaign

China’s fearsome censorship apparatus is increasingly expanding beyond the confines of the Great Firewall to influence media outside its borders, often by online attack, according to a new report from a US Congress-funded think tank. The Long Shadow of Chinese Censorship (h/t WSJ) by Freedom House analyst Sarah Cook is a report …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Oct 2013

Cisco drops 11 clock-crashing patches for 46 things, probes 142 more

Cisco has patched 11 remote denial-of-service and network time protocol vulnerabilities spanning at least 46 products and is investigating a further 142 offerings which may be affected. The patch bomb is an ongoing effort to crush the medium-severity CVEs that can allow unauthenticated attackers to mess with NTP servers …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jan 2016

Patreon patrons: It's password-reset time

Popular Internet patronage and crowd-funding site Patreon has been popped, with user data stolen. This short notice at the site says, however, that it didn't keep credit card numbers on-site, and believes that the most important user data remains protected – “all passwords, social security numbers and tax form information …
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What if China went all GitHub on your website? Grab this coding tool

A security developer has released a coding tool that aims to help websites test their defences against a China-style GitHub attack. China upgraded its infamous website blocking system, dubbed The Great Firewall, last year so that it was capable of blasting foreign businesses and orgs off the internet. The weaponised …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2016
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Raspberry Pi puts holes in China's Great Firewall

A tech-savvy China-based Redditor has spotted a hassle-free way of ensuring he or she is always able to bypass the Great Firewall, even when out and about, using the Raspberry Pi to connect to a virtual private network (VPN). VPNs are a necessity for foreigners living in the People’s Republic who want to access sites prohibited …
Phil Muncaster, 29 May 2013
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Great Firewall architects fingered for GitHub attack

The Chinese computer scientists who helped build the country’s infamous Great Firewall may have been responsible for a man-in-the-middle attack on users of GitHub after they were named and shamed on the social code sharing site. This is the theory put forward by GreatFire.org, a not-for-profit organisation which monitors and …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Jan 2013

Thought you were safe from the Fortinet SSH backdoor? Think again

Fortinet has admitted that many more of its networking boxes have the SSH backdoor that was found hardcoded into FortiOS – with FortiSwitch, FortiAnalyzer and FortiCache all vulnerable. Last week, a Python script emerged that could allow anyone to get administrator-level access to some of Fortinet's firewall devices using …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2016
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Google, please DRILL through Great Firewall of China with your HTTPS LANCE

A non-profit anti-censorship body has called on Eric Schmidt and Google to lead by example and call China’s bluff on web censorship with a simple two-pronged approach. GreatFire.org co-founder Charlie Smith claimed in a blog post that Google should switch its China search service to HTTPS by default, as it does in the US, which …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Nov 2013

Samsung trolls Google, adds adblockers to phones

Samsung has added built-in ad-blocking capabilities to its Android browser in its latest OTA (over-the-air) update to its Lollipop 5.0 devices, which include the Galaxy S6. Samsung’s internet browser now supports third-party ad-blockers such as Adblock Fast. Firefox’s browser supports ad-blocking plug-ins, while to firewall …
Andrew Orlowski, 01 Feb 2016

BOFH: We're miracle workers. But you want us to fix THAT in 10 minutes?

Episode 16 "What do you mean 'why's it not working'," the PFY asks. "I mean WHY ISN'T IT WORKING? What's happened?" the Boss snaps, expecting an excuse that will be both technical and understandable to someone with his level of tertiary education. "Nothing's happened, it's all the same as usual," the PFY responds, suspecting – as we all …
Simon Travaglia, 13 Nov 2015
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Check Point bakes anti-malware tech into firewall bricks

Check Point is baking in cyber-espionage defences to its enterprise firewall and gateway security products with the incorporation of sandbox-style technology. "Threat emulation" software blades for Check Point firewalls will be available later in Q2 2013 and will add to other threat prevention layers, such as anti-virus and anti …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2013

Barracuda Networks: I see revenues rise, but cloud's a blight...

Barracuda's revenue streams are up slightly, both annually and sequentially, and the storage and cloud-connected security company's net loss also shrank sequentially as William "BJ" Jenkins's team got to grips with the business. Revenues for its 2015 third quarter were $80.1m, 13.8 per cent more than the year-ago $70.4m, and …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jan 2016

Dot-com da-bomb Verisign fires off an OpenDNS rival

Operator of the dot-com registry Verisign has launched a rival to popular online security service OpenDNS, called DNS Firewall. Announcing the service in a blog post, Verisign's Michael Kaczmarek said that protecting a company from cyberattacks was "becoming increasingly difficult and expensive," and pointed out that hackers …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Jul 2015

'Here are 400,000 smut sites. Block them' says Pakistani telco regulator

Pakistani ISP sysadmins are getting ready to write a lot of firewall rules, with the country's telecommunications regulator issuing a list of 429,343 banned-smut Websites. The decision follows hard behind the country's decision to lift its long-standing ban on YouTube (something also qualified by rules that include blocking of …

Firewall tech pioneer Gil Shwed: Former teen sysadmin on today's infosec biz

Feature Twenty years after the technology behind FireWall-1 was first developed, the teenage coding prodigy who founded Check Point says that "IT security is [still] very hot". Shwed, 44, is the co-founder, chief exec and chairman of Check Point, whose FireWall-1 software, according to the firm, is installed at every Fortune 100 company …
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2013
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Riverbed slurps German SD-WAN expert Ocedo

Riverbed has announced its first acquisition since 2013: German-based software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) outfit Ocedo. Ocedo's software suite includes hybrid WAN, various provisioning tools, a connectivity solution designed for AWS users, and a cloudy firewall. Its pitch is that SD-WANs offer better performance than …
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M0n0wall comes tumbling down as dev throws in the trowel

The open-source m0n0wall firewall project has been discontinued. The project's author, Manuel Kaspar, has posted that his reason for pulling the plug is simple: “there are now better solutions available and under active development”. The end of the project is in part illustrative of the challenges that face any small-scale open …
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Sanders presidential campaign accuses Democrats of dirty data tricks

A hacking row is splitting the Democratic Party's presidential campaign after an incident with the party's database provider. Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has been cut off from access to the vital voter targeting database after one of his campaign staffers improperly entered the servers of the database's host provider …
Iain Thomson, 19 Dec 2015

VMware quietly sneaks out NSX 6.2 update and/or bug-blast

VMware has quietly let NSX 6.2 out the door, so those of you hoping for a big software-defined networking (SDN) announcement at VMworld next week can probably resign yourself to a dull keynote. The biggest change is that you'll need more memory and CPU cycles to get NSX working. VMware says you'll now need at least 16GB of …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2015
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VPN ban makes for nervy times behind Great Firewall

Multinationals and foreign web users based in China to get jittery on Wednesday after pictures began circling the internet which suggested a new clamp down on the use of virtual private networks (VPNs). While VPNs in the Western world are more commonly used to enhance security, for netizens-in-the-know living in the People’s …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Nov 2012

Hand-cranked ‘DDoS’ floors Thai government website amid protests

Thai government websites dropped offline this week in what was either a politically motivated distributed denial-of-service attack or a case of badly designed websites falling over in response to an unusual increase in visitor numbers. The outage started late on Wednesday and was resolved on Thursday – coinciding with protests …
John Leyden, 02 Oct 2015
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Broadband-pushers expand user piggyback rides on private Wi-Fi

The number of public Wi-Fi hotspots piggybacking on private routers in the UK is set to increase "significantly" by next year, according to research. Currently 47 per cent of public Wi-Fi hotspots in the UK are derived from "homespot" routers. That proportion that will increase as broadband providers compete to to offer …
Kat Hall, 26 Jan 2016
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REVEALED: The sites blocked by Great Firewall of Iraq

Exclusive The Register has obtained a list of the websites which are still blocked by the Iraqi government despite its decision to lift partial and total internet blockades around the country. Although the Ministry of Communications appears to have gone back on its decision to restrict access to Facebook and Twitter, ISPs have been told …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Jul 2014
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Juniper, Amdocs show off vCPE

MWC 2015 Juniper Networks has placed both feet under the Network Function Virtualisation, using Mobile World Congress as the venue to demonstrate virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE). The solution it demonstrated in conjunction with Amdocs is based on the virtualised version of its MX router, first announced in November 2014, and a …
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First bricks of Great Firewall of TAIWAN are being laid, netizens fear

Online freedoms in Asia are once again being squeezed after the Taiwanese and Singaporean governments signalled their desire for greater internet censorship. The Republic of China, which claims ownership of Taiwan, has proposed SOPA-like amendments to the country’s copyright law - and netizens fear these could be misused in …
Phil Muncaster, 29 May 2013

Jackpot: New hacking group steals 150,000 credit cards from casino

Cyber Defence Summit An un-named Casino with next-to-no security has lost 150,000 credit cards after being raided by a new hacking group. Researchers Emmanuel Jean-Georges and Barry Vengerik of Mandiant and FireEye say the "Fin5" hacking group had last year skipped through the organisation's "flat" IT architecture to raid its open payment systems …
Darren Pauli, 14 Oct 2015