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Can ISPs step up and solve the DDoS problem?

Solve the DDoS problem? No problem. We’ll just get ISPs to rewrite the internet. In this interview Ian Levy, technical director of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre, says it’s up to ISPs to rewrite internet standards and stamp out DDoS attacks coming from the UK. In particular, they should change the Border Gateway Protocol …
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Flash crash trader takes plea bargain, cops to 'spoofing' and wire fraud

Navinder Sarao, the British trader accused of causing a "flash crash" from his parents' home in London, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and illegal market manipulation. The indictment against Sarao alleged that he had committed 22 counts of fraud, which included "spoofing" – illegally manipulating the market by flooding the …

Lad cuffed after iOS call exploit knocks out Arizona 911 center

An Arizona teen is facing three felony tampering charges after the cops said code he wrote to exploit an iOS security hole downed a 911 call center. According to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, 18-year-old Meetkumar ("Meet") Hiteshbhai Desai found a vulnerability in Apple's mobile operating system and crafted a proof-of- …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Oct 2016

Boffins exploit Intel CPU weakness to run rings around code defenses

US researchers have pinpointed a vulnerability in Intel chips – and possibly other processor families – that clears the way for circumventing a popular operating-system-level security control. ASLR (address space layout randomization) is widely used as a defense against attempts by hackers to exploit software vulnerabilities …
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2016
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After lessons learned from super-storm Sandy, US telcos weather Hurricane Matthew

With the East Coast of the US working to get back to its feet in the wake of deadly Hurricane Matthew, network carriers are looking to restore their services back to normal. The monster storm has killed hundreds in the Caribbean and dozens in America. It made landfall in the US over the weekend, causing wind and flood damage …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Oct 2016

Telnet, SSH prod of death smashes Cisco broadband boxes offline

Cisco has issued six software updates to address security vulnerabilities in its networking products, ranging from denial of service conditions to authentication bypasses. The most serious of the flaws is the authentication bypass hole in the Cisco Meeting Server. Cisco warns that, due to improper handling of XMPP messaging, a …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Oct 2016
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In the name of love, don't scalp your U2 aka Dreamfest tickets, warns Salesforce

For the second time in three weeks, delegates are flooding into San Francisco for a big conference – last month it was Oracle OpenWorld and now the Salesforce Dreamforce conference kicks off on Tuesday. Dreamforce sold out early this year, with the $1,799 tickets getting snapped up more quickly than expected. As with anything …
Iain Thomson, 03 Oct 2016
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Cisco squeezes out massive patch dump

Cisco's issued 18 patch notices. Let's start with the OpenSSL fix, because it affects the largest number of devices. This implements both OpenSSL's September 22 patches, and the September 26 patch that patched bugs introduced in the first patch. Switchzilla's routing operating systems are going to present sysadmins with the …

Avaya explains its 'hyper-segmentation' approach to security

Interview It's way too easy to get past a firewall, map out an enterprise's network, and start tapping IP addresses looking for vulnerable machines – so why are we using Layer 3 addressing as the basis of the enterprise network? Avaya's new software-defined-networking-based architecture proposes to stop TCP/IP-based attack traffic at …

DDoS attacks: For the hell of it or targeted – how do you see them off?

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks can be painful and debilitating. How can you defend against them? Originally, out-of-band or scrubbing-centre DDoS protection was the only show in town, but another approach, inline mitigation, provides a viable and automatic alternative. DDoS attacks can be massive, in some cases …
Danny Bradbury, 22 Sep 2016

35,000 ARRIS cable modems at risk from firmware dumper bot

Hackers have exploited a back door in more than 35,000 ARRIS modems, making off with firmware and certificates, according to security researcher Bernardo Rodrigues. ARRIS makes cable modems and associated home networking kit. It recently shipped a patch to address 2015 zero day which at the time of disclosure impacted 600,000 …
Darren Pauli, 15 Sep 2016

Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography

Update There's a reason why we don't put kids in charge of anything important. Unfortunately for us, and for Facebook, the fun website where we shared pictures and updates about our lives has become much more in recent years: it is now a significant source of real world news and information for millions of people. The young adults …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Sep 2016

Dwarf planet Ceres has a watery secret: An 11 mile wide ice volcano

Ahuna Mons, the 13,000 foot high, 11 mile wide volcano on dwarf planet Ceres is made entirely out of ice – and provides evidence that water may have once existed beneath the planet's surface. "Ahuna is truly unique, being the only mountain of its kind on Ceres," said David Williams, co-author and associate research professor …
Katyanna Quach, 02 Sep 2016

Apple allowed to put up bit barn in the Fields of Athenry

Apple has been granted permission to build a 220kVA data centre in County Galway, Ireland by the council, after the company faced objections over energy consumption and environmental disturbances. Plans to spend €850m (£658m) on the 24,550m2 data centre were submitted in 2015, but were delayed after locals voiced concerns …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Aug 2016
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Ready for the Internet of Things big data firehose?

Today’s cities, transportation networks and even theme parks are filling up with wireless sensors designed to sniff, hear and feel what’s going on in their environment. They’re generating an unprecedented amount of data on everything from temperature to rainfall, vibration and location, and they’re sending it all back to central …
Danny Bradbury, 04 Aug 2016

Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

Comment Twitter this week permanently banned a high-profile self-proclaimed troll, marking a possible sea-change in how the social network tackles its worst users. Baffling web celeb Milo Yiannopoulos was previously temporarily suspended from the service and earlier this year had his "verified" status revoked. Then after Yiannopoulos …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2016

Thermostat biz Nest warms to home security, touts cam with cloud storage subscription

Nest has launched its first new product in several years: an outdoor surveillance camera. The Nest Cam Outdoor is effectively a rebuild of its existing Nest Cam designed for the outside. We had an early peek at it and came away with the sense that the company once famed for reinventing the thermostat has found at least some of …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Jul 2016
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Hydra hacker bot spawns internet of things DDoS clones

Lizard Squad may be mostly behind bars, but their LizardStresser botnet has spawned more than 100 clones. According to Arbor Networks' Matthew Bing, the imitators have lit on the Internet of Things, enslaving thousands of dumb devices with code the hacker group published last year. LizardStresser is an illegal booter service …
Darren Pauli, 01 Jul 2016
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Get-rich quick trick Twitch snitch: Bots sued for fake video views

Gameplay video streaming biz Twitch has had enough of bots on its network and, after failing to find a lasting tech solution, has started throwing sueballs instead. Bots have become a big problem for Amazon-owned Twitch and its users. The software agents are used to hit up players' online channels and artificially inflate …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jun 2016
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Cork data centre will offer super-speedy US to Europe data times

An Irish property company is expected to secure planning permission for a 25,550 square meter facility on the outskirts of Cork City that will offer much reduced data latency times between the US and Europe. JCD Group’s rapid movement with plans for the centre on the site of a disused electronics factory in the city is in …
Joe Fay, 10 Jun 2016
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DNS security can be improved with cookies, suggest IETF boffins

A proposal raised late May at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) suggests adding cookies to the DNS to help defend the critical system against denial-of-service exploits. The domain name system (DNS) is an old and fundamental piece of the Internet architecture, providing translation between human-readable addresses …

AWS endures extended outage in Australia

Sysadmins in Sydney had a horrible Sunday, while their CEOs bent their attention to wondering why their Foxtel Rugby sportscasts weren't working. The Amazon Web Services AWS "power event" AP-SOUTHEAST-2 Region was almost certainly caused by a massive storm system that ran from Brisbane to the NSW South Coast, leading to a …

Italians rattle little tin for smartmobe mini lenses

An Italian "microscopy, consumer electronics and micro-optics" outfit is offering smartphone and tablet owners the chance to get up-close and personal with the world via "an ultra portable and very affordable set of 2 mini lenses which turns your smartphone or tablet into a digital microscope". Working with the Istituto …
Lester Haines, 11 May 2016
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Google-funded study concludes: Make DMCA even more Google-friendly

Comment The DMCA must have been a good idea in its day – almost every other country copied it. Today, the DMCA's takedown process is broken, but Silicon Valley's billionaire plantation owners have successfully convinced many that it's broken for completely different reasons. Instead of empowering the little guy to give them more …
Andrew Orlowski, 02 Apr 2016
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DevOps, huh? Show me the money. Show me the MONAY!

As career buzzwords go, you’d struggle to find one that trumps DevOps judging by the number of conferences, software tools and books flooding the market. DevOps certainly seems to offer plenty of opportunities, straddling, as it does, disciplines across technology and management from building and managing apps to running and …
Rachel Willcox, 21 Mar 2016

Rent a denial-of-service booter for $60, wreak $720k in damage

Criminals can pay distributed-denial-of-service attackers less than US$60 to inflict as much as US$720,000 in damage to an organisation per day, researcher Dennis Schwarz says. The so-called booter or stresser services are commonly sold as would-be legitimate tools for security professionals. These tools are supposedly used to …
Darren Pauli, 04 Mar 2016

Facebook sniffs at slow telcos, launches own Telecom Infrastructure Project

MWC16 Facebook is adding more telco friends as the social media giant launches another initiative, this time called the Telecom Infra Project. It is a collaborative effort to come up with new ways to design and build telecom network infrastructure. Founding members of the infrastructure club include Deutsche Telekom, EE, Globe …
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Project Loon ready for Sri Lanka test

Weeks after being released in South America, Alphabet's Project X windbag-broadband balloons have reached their Sri Lanka test area. Last year, Google's parent company and Sri Lanka's minister for foreign affairs, telecommunications and IT Mangala Samaraweera promised that the country's first trial of Project Loon would happen …

Bats and badgers hold up Apple’s Irish data centre plans

Apple’s Irish operations have hit another little local difficulty this week, as it emerged that national authorities are still reviewing its plans for a mega data centre in the beautiful Galway countryside at the behest of local bats and badgers supporters. Plans for the $850m, 30,000m2 centre, outside the town of Athenry, …
Joe Fay, 05 Feb 2016
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Facebook tries to defend its troubling masterplan to own India's internet

Facebook has provided a passionate defense of its controversial Free Basics program and its approach of "zero rating." In the 19-page response [PDF] to a public consultation on the practice of "differential pricing for data usage" run by India's telco regulator TRAI, the social media giant argues that programs like Free Basics …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Jan 2016

Comcast's Xfinity home alarms can be disabled by wireless jammers

Comcast's wireless home alarm systems can be trivially jammed, rendering them useless and allowing burglars to slip in undetected. By flooding the airwaves around an Xfinity Home Security System with network deauthentication frames, crooks can prevent intrusion sensors from sending data to the base station in the customer's …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Jan 2016
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'Phantom' menace threatens to down Xbox Live, PSN at Xmas

Last Christmas LizardSquad played Grinch with the holiday fun of gamers by knocking out XBox Live and smacking the PlayStation Network offline with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The traffic flooding exercise turned out to be a promo for a DDoS-for-hire cybercrime service. Arrests against both the hackers and …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2015
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Merseyside DDoS daddy given eight months behind bars

A UK man has been given eight and a half months in prison for launching a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks in 2013. The Liverpool court gave Ian Sullivan the 34-week sentence for conducting more than 300 denial of service attacks on various government, political and financial sites in 2013. Sullivan admitted to …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2015
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EMC Isilon extends its software out to ROBO edge and cloud

EMC has announced Gen 8 of its Isilon operating system, providing it in software-only form for small offices, and adding the ability to send less active data to the cloud with the Cloud Pool construct. Isilon is EMC’s scale-out filer offering and it runs the OneFS software. It’s an unstructured data storage system support file …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2015

ProtonMail still under attack by DDoS bombardment

Secure webmail outfit ProtonMail is still fighting against a sustained DDoS attack that has left its service largely unavailable since Tuesday. In a statement posted to a hastily erected blog site, ProtonMail said the powerful attack by unknown parties has also inflicted collateral damage on third-party organisations. The …
John Leyden, 05 Nov 2015
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Helium has a go at Internet of Things thing – using ultra-low power tech

As the internet of things (IoT) gets closer to commercial reality, the solutions flooding into the market are increasingly targeted at a real world use case. Some of these are extremely specific – smart meters and smart streetlights are commonplace now, but startup Helium Systems says its initial focus is on smart refrigeration …
Wireless Watch, 02 Nov 2015
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NaaS guys finish ... first: Dell, HP, Mirantis, Tintri in OpenStack brat pack

The Tokyo OpenStack summit saw more announcements today as vendors enjoy playing the Open Stack game which, it appears, no one can lose. Dell, Mirantis and Big Switch Networks have launched an OpenStack Neutron networking reference architecture using a Big Cloud P+V SDN Fabric, Dell Open Networking switches and Mirantis …
Chris Mellor, 28 Oct 2015
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TalkTalk hush-hush on compo for up to 4 million customers after mega cyber attack

TalkTalk boss Dido Harding went from one Blighty news broadcaster to another on Friday, admitting that the budget telco had screwed up but declining to commit to compensating customers affected by the major criminal attack on its system. The ex-jockey claimed that it was too early for TalkTalk to know the extent of the …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Oct 2015
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Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

Chaos reigns at TalkTalk as the telco appears to be claiming that a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack led to customer data being compromised – despite that being technically infeasible. A contradictory series of claims in a TalkTalk statement published this morning has suggested the company does not understand the …

Anons blow Japanese airports off-course in dolphin cull protest

Hacktivist collective Anonymous knocked offline two of Japan's busiest websites in a protest against dolphin killings. Distributed denial-of-service attacks against Tokyo's Narita airport and Nagoya's Chubu airport left each largely inaccessible for about eight hours. Flights at both airports were unaffected, the Japan Times …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2015

Cyber-miscreants use Brit e-tailers as personal cash machines

British e-tailers are trying to manage website disruption after they were systematically targeted this week by DDoS extortionists. Bolton-based online reseller Scan International confirmed it first noted “unusual” amounts of traffic visiting its home page on Sunday, which continued until today, peaking at lunchtime. MD Elan …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2015

On its way: A Google-free, NSA-free IT infrastructure for Europe

Analysis This really wasn’t in the script. All conquering, “disruptive” Silicon Valley companies were more powerful than any nation state, we were told, and governments and nations would submit to their norms. But now the dam that Max Schrems cracked last week has burst open as European companies seek to nail down local alternatives to …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Oct 2015
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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Caption Competition The witticisms keep flooding in for our biblical-looking chap, who provided "divine" inspiration for a great collection of captions from readers. All the entries were given a chance at winning the Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive that’s up for grabs. There were quite a few regular contributors in the top 10. Here is the …
Simon Rockman, 02 Oct 2015
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Dog walkers, the San Andreas fault ... and the storage industry

Comment Mainstream storage arrays are being harassed by a wolf-pack of sleeker competitors. Looking at storage is like looking at a dog walker on the beach with a hundred howling dogs of all sizes and breeds on the leashes. Some are puppies, some young and sleek, some old and fat. They bark and growl and run in all directions …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2015
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Fugitive UK hacker turned ISIS recruiter killed in Syria

Junaid Hussain, the UK fugitive hacker turned ISIS recruiter, has reportedly been killed in a US drone strike in Syria. The former member of hacking group TeaMp0isoN (nickname TriCk) was jailed in 2012 for hacking into the email account of an aide to Tony Blair and subsequently posting contact details and personal information …
John Leyden, 27 Aug 2015

Android apps are flooding on to jailbroken Win10 phones

The addition of Android compatibility for Windows phones was called a "suicide note" back in April, and now somebody's composing the first draft. Intrepid tinkerers have opened up previews of Windows 10 for phones to allow a wide range of Android apps run without modification. Reports suggest that at this stage, far more Android …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 Aug 2015

Larry Page was held back by Google execs from flooding world with new dot-word domains

Google's new mom, Alphabet, has sent the domain name world into a frenzy following its decision to set up home at the online address abc.xyz. But behind the decision lies a deeper truth: Larry Page, as Google CEO, wanted his search giant to go big on new dot-word domain names – like .book or .computer – but was stymied by …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Aug 2015
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Indian carriers forced to send TXT for every 10 megabyte download

India has decided its mobile carriers must inform subscribers every time they download ten megabytes of data. New rules (PDF) posted last week also contain a new provision that will force carriers to switch off mobile data access on receipt of a single text message. Not all of India's mobile carriers have a national footprint …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Aug 2015
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Germany formally drops ‘treason’ case against Netzpolitik journos

The German justice ministry has formally announced the end of a treason investigation aimed at two journalists. Markus Beckedahl and Andre Meister, editors at Netzpolitik.org, were under investigation for publishing leaked documents relating to national surveillance plans. The first, published in February, uncovered a €2.75m …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Aug 2015
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German prosecutor given Das Boot over Netzpolitik treason charge

Netzpolitik.org, the website at the centre of the treason scandal in Germany, is the real winner in the whole furore as a senior German official was forcibly retired over the scandal, editor Markus Beckedahl told el Reg this morning. Last night, Germany's chief federal prosecutor Harald Range was given the boot by German …
Jennifer Baker, 05 Aug 2015