Articles about Internet

Would you trust Intel, Vodafone, Siemens et al with Internet of Things security? You'll have to

A new non-profit foundation dedicated to improving security in the "internet of things" launched on Wednesday. More than 30 companies including Intel, Vodafone, Siemens, and BT are the founding members of the foundation, whose mission is to "make the Internet of Things secure, to aid its adoption, and maximize its benefits." …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Sep 2015
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Manage your internet performance

Live Regcast Register now to join a few experts for a special three-part Regcast on June 11, at 11:00 BST. Here we will give you the information you need to take control of your network traffic, starting today. If you can't make the live show, then you can register for the on demand version here, and we'll let you know once it's available to …
David Gordon, 20 May 2015

Verisign warns new dot-word domains could make internet unstable

Verisign, operator of the .com and .gov registries as well as two of the internet's 13 root servers, has warned that the "unprecedented" introduction of hundreds of new dot-word domains may make the internet unstable. In a quarterly filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission this week, the tech biz included extensive …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Oct 2015

FCC: Thanks for the concern, telcos, but we're not delaying Open Internet rules

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it will implement its net neutrality provisions despite objections from telcos. The FCC issued a ruling on Friday denying a motion from trade groups USTelecom and CTIA, among others, to stay the FCC's Open Internet proceedings pending legal challenges to the FCC order. The …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2015
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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

Snowden to the IETF: Please make an internet for users, not the spies

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has urged the world's leading group of internet engineers to design a future 'net that puts the user in the center, and so protects people's privacy. Speaking via webcast to a meeting in Prague of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the former spy talked about a range of possible …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Jul 2015
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Ex-GCHQ chief: Bulk access to internet comms not same as mass surveillance

IPB A specially convened, one-off chinwag about the so-called "tech issues" in the UK government's latest draft super-snoop bill failed to get to the nitty-gritty on Tuesday afternoon. Parliament's science and technology committee faced down industry bods, the former boss of GCHQ and a number of academics to try to better …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Nov 2015
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Kill all geoblocks says Internet Society of Australia

Geoblocking content should be banned under international trade treaties, according to the Internet Society of Australia. The radical proposal emerged in ISOC-AU's appearance at the Senate committee looking at the proposed site-blocking amendments to Australia's copyright act. With Hollywood hard-balling (all the way up to …
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Zuck'ed up: Facebook opens up free internet in India – but bans HTTPS

Facebook's Internet.org has loosened the stranglehold on its free internet service in India and other countries. Now potentially any website can be accessed for free via the service as long as the site ditches HTTPS, JavaScript, and other things. The social network offers free mobile internet access to people in India, Tanzania …
Shaun Nichols, 04 May 2015

Internet's root servers take hit in DDoS attack

The internet's root servers came under a concerted distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack last week that effectively knocked three of the 13 critical pillars of the internet offline for several hours. The attack came just days before the Janet academic network received a similar DDoS attack. According to a first analysis …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 Dec 2015
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Four phone hijack bugs revealed in Internet Explorer after Microsoft misses patch deadline

Updated Microsoft has run out of time to fix four critical security vulnerabilities in the mobile edition of Internet Explorer – prompting HP's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) to disclose their existence without revealing any damaging details. All four of the flaws present a remote code execution (i.e. malicious code injection on a Windows …
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2015

Researchers make SHODAN of the skies to probe internet-of-things

A clan of security geeks are flying a ZigBee-sniffing drone to map online internet-of-things things universe in what they hope will be the SHODAN of electronic junk. The project run by a team at the Texas-based firm Praetorian is being conducted in researchers' free time and hopes to explore the functionality and security …
Darren Pauli, 05 Aug 2015
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NSA: Here’s $300,000, people. Go build us a safer Internet of Things

The NSA is funding development of an architecture for a "safer" Internet of Things (IoT), in the hope of incorporating better security at a product's design phase. The controversial US intelligence agency is bestowing a $299,000, one-year grant to the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) for a project that aims to build a …
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2015

Demon Internet goes TITSUP: Outage borks ancient ISP

Updated Demon internet broadband users are currently unable to connect, with the company reporting a complete outage of its services. The internet provider first reported problems at 08:43 this morning. According to Demon, engineers have localised the issue and further engineers have been despatched to a network site. "Our focus …
Kat Hall, 15 Jan 2015
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Intel imagines chips in nappies to create the Internet of sh*t things

Computex 2015 If you think the Internet of Things (IoT) is a steaming pile of you-know-what, Intel's kind-of confirmed your suspicions by backing a team that's imagined an internet-connected nappy (diaper for North American readers). Computex 2015 is full of folks spruiking the internet of stuff. On the show floor you can hardly move for …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jun 2015
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Internet, schminternet: Boffins propose private 100Gbps HYPERNET

A "hypernet" to be known as the Pacific Research Platform, shuffling data at up to 100Gb/s, will be established between US West Coast laboratories and several supercomputers thanks to a $5m grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will span five years, reports the New York Times, and will connect the NSF's …
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UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping

Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May revealed today that Brit spooks have, for years, been using section 94 of the 1984 Telecommunications Act to intercept bulk communications data of people in the UK. Her comments came as the Secretary of State introduced her 299-page-long draft Investigatory Powers Bill [PDF] to the House of …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Nov 2015

DNS chief and wannabe master-of-the-internet ICANN pwned… again

ICANN says its website's user accounts have been compromised by hackers who gained access to their names, email addresses, hashed passwords, and more. On Wednesday, the domain-name system overlord admitted its server security was breached within the past week: an "unauthorized person" obtained account records, which included …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Aug 2015
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Telecity fix nixed: Borked UK internet hub 'had no UPS protection'

Telecity cancelled its plans for a second shot at fixing the stricken power supply in its Docklands internet hub at Sovereign House. Engineers for the data centre operator were due to try fixing the broken system again on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, sources told The Register. However, The Reg has learned, these plans …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2015

Internet governance group pushes on without, er, internet organizations

The controversial internet governance group NetMundial has rejected calls to delay the creation of its "coordination council" – and launched without the support of the technical community nor the International Chamber of Commerce. NetMundial was born out of a meeting in April between the governments of Brazil, Russia, China, …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Dec 2014
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Hackers exploit fresh PC hijack bug in Adobe Flash Player, the internet's screen door

Adobe is advising users and administrators to patch its Flash Player after yet another remote-code execution vulnerability was discovered in the plugin. The patch fixes bug CVE-2015-3113, which allows attackers to take control of a system if it opens a malicious Flash file. Miscreants are exploiting the flaw in the wild to …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jun 2015
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SaaS without an internet connection: what strange magic is this?

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) has been spruiked as all about you, an internet connection, and software running in a super-secure bit barn somewhere. Serious SaaS providers let you integrate your on-site security somehow, but still rely on all the fun and variability of the public internet for some of the journey between your …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2015

So what's the internet community doing about the NSA cracking VPN, HTTPS encryption?

Now that the cat is firmly out the bag, and it's clear that the NSA has cracked the encryption behind, potentially, a huge amount of internet traffic, the question inevitably turns to: what are internet engineers going to do about it? Clearly the experts at the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) have pondered the same …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Oct 2015

Apple announces 'Home' iOS 9 app to run the Internet of Stuff

As humanity lumbers towards its techno-utopian future, Apple's clever-clogs have put together an iOS 9 app called "Home". Despite some cries regarding delays in the reveal of Apple's HomeKit domestic automation platform, the company has affirmed that it is "looking forward to the first [HomeKit accessories] coming [to market] …
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Trend Micro: Internet scum grab Let's Encrypt certs to shield malware

Updated It was inevitable. Trend Micro says it has spotted crooks abusing the free Let's Encrypt certificate system to smuggle malware onto computers. The security biz's fraud bod Joseph Chen noticed the caper on December 21. Folks in Japan visited a website that served up malware over encrypted HTTPS using a Let's Encrypt-issued cert …
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Interplanetary Internet about as useful as flying pigs says Vint Cerf

Boffins that want to see Internet protocols extend to outer space – the so-called “Interplanetary Internet” – need to prove they're offering something useful, according to one of the father-figures of the Earth-bound Internet. Vint Cerf, who has taken an interest in beyond-Earth applications for the Internet protocol stack since …

US govt: Why we're OK with letting control of the internet slip into ICANN's hands

A highly anticipated report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has given the green light to a shift of critical internet functions away from the government to domain overseer ICANN. The report [PDF], published Friday, provides a neutral and explanatory rundown of the decision by the Department of Commerce (DoC …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Sep 2015

Internet Architecture Board defends users' rights to mod Wi-Fi kit

The Internet Architecture Board (IAB) has gently suggested to the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that locking WiFi kit to manufacturers' firmware forever might not be a good idea. The IAB's submission to the FCC, made last week, is in response to the FCC suggesting a crack-down on open-source firmware …
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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

The French have updated their classic two-piece swimsuit with a networked version which will inform its wearers when they need to apply sunscreen. The connected bikini (en français, bikini connecté) contains a removable and (wisely) waterproof UV sensor which will measure when its wearers may need to lather themselves in …

UN fight for internet control lined up in Brazil

The end of this year will see yet one more effort by some governments to grab greater control of the internet when the United Nations General Assembly meets in New York. As an appetizer to that main event, the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place this week in Brazil and at the center of the debate was how …
Kieren McCarthy, 13 Nov 2015
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Internet daddy Vint Cerf blasts FCC's plan to ban Wi-Fi router code mods

Vinton Cerf has added his name to a campaign begging the FCC to scrap plans to ban custom firmware on Wi-Fi routers and other wireless devices. The internet pioneer is among 260 signatories on an open letter urging the US watchdog not to pass a proposed package of rules [PDF], formally known as Docket 15-170. The suggested …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2015

Your poster guide: A fascinating glimpse into North Korea's 'internet'

Pic Singaporean photographer Aram Pan has been taking some fascinating photos of the world's most reclusive country, North Korea. Alongside pictures of beautiful landscapes and rundown buildings, however, one picture caught our eye: a map of the starving country's "internet." It sounds ludicrous, but thanks to North Korea's …
Kieren McCarthy, 21 Jul 2015

Let's shut down the internet: Republicans vacate their mind bowels

Ever since Senator Ted Stevens famously referred to the internet as a "series of tubes" in 2006, we have became sadly accustomed to the fact that legislators have little or no understanding of how the internet actually works. Despite the determined efforts of many internet policy wonks in the past decade, that dangerous level …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Dec 2015
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Chipzilla Intel gulps down 'Internet of Things' chip unit Lantiq

Chip giant Intel has snapped up German network chipmaker Lantiq for an undisclosed sum as part of its plan "to make everything smart and connected". Lantiq, which holds more than 2,000 broadband comms patents, is expected to boost Intel's move into the "connected home" and "intelligent network" market. It is the latest move by …
Kat Hall, 02 Feb 2015

US government asks internet community how long it should extend IANA contract

The US government has asked the internet community how long they think it will take to decide on and implement changes to the top level of the internet, and so how long it will need to extend the current IANA contract. In letters sent to the chairs of the two different groups working on transitioning the critical internet …
Kieren McCarthy, 08 May 2015

How to stop ICANN becoming FIFA of the internet – a plan forms

The internet community has published the key details of its plan to improve accountability at the domain-name overseer ICANN when it takes control of the critical IANA contract next year. That's the contract that gives ICANN the reins to the planet's DNS, IP address allocation, and the nitty-gritty details of today's …
Kieren McCarthy, 22 Oct 2015
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ICANN chair plays chicken with internet control-halt-shift

The chair of domain name overseer ICANN has threatened to reject a key recommendation in the process to move control of the top level of internet from the US government to the non-profit organisation. In a rambling and confusing speech given toward the end of a special two-day meeting, Steve Crocker appeared to say that his …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Sep 2015
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60Tbps internet cable from Asia to America will plug into Telx barn

US data center outfit Telx, target of a takeover bid by Digital Realty, has gone offshore for the first time, joining the Google-backed FASTER submarine cable consortium. Telx's Hillsboro server barn in Oregon, US, will be the termination point for an undersea cable that will link the Pacific Northwest to Asia. The fiber-optic …

US govt: Any thoughts on ICANN running the internet? Any at all? Speak your brains NOW

The US government has formally asked people to send in comments on the plan to transition its control of the top level of the internet to domain overseer ICANN. In a posting in today's Federal Register, the arm of the Department of Commerce that controls the critical IANA contract, the National Telecommunications and …
Kieren McCarthy, 10 Aug 2015
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Sharing Economy latest: Women's BREAST MILK is the new 'liquid GOLD' of the internet

Perhaps you don't think that there's a massive and highly lucrative trade in human breast milk on the internet, much of the milk apparently being quaffed by adult men? Perhaps you need to pull your head out of the "real" world, get back online and get up to speed, my friend. To be fair, we here on the Reg breasts-and-related- …
Lewis Page, 18 Jun 2015
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Airbus to build 900 mini-satellites for OneWeb's orbital internet system

Global internet provider wannabe OneWeb has announced a deal with Airbus Defence and Space to build 900 small satellites aimed at providing more 10 terabits per second of new communications capacity to the whole world. OneWeb was set up by former Googler Greg Wyler to bring satellite internet to the globe, and the venture has …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jun 2015
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Cubans defy government's home internet ban with secret home-made network

Cubans are fighting back against restrictions on their use of internet with SNet, a secret network. Also known as StreetNet, it pools the resources of citizens, who are effectively prohibited from using the internet. The Washington Post reports that while the full fat internet in Cuba is government-controlled – home internet …
Simon Rockman, 26 Jan 2015

'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

Google exec chairman Eric Schmidt misled the world last week by claiming that – one day – the internet will vanish. However, Schmidt was simply following the now well-worn path of his kingpin contemporaries by bigging up the Internet of Things – a piece of marketing jargon that many tech firms hope will slip into our …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jan 2015

DEFCON 23 to host Internet of Things slaughterfest

The Internet of Things (IoT) will, come August, be torn apart in a new hacking slaughterfest announced for DEFCON 23. The contest run by the brains behind the router-smashing SOHOplessly Broken challenge aims to stain the carpet with the blood of internet accessible gadgets and junk as hackers tear apart devices to capture flags …
Darren Pauli, 06 May 2015

Internet Doomsday scenario: How the web could suddenly fall apart

Analysis Engineers have recommended a small but important change to the internet's underlying structure in order to avoid a possible doomsday scenario. A report [PDF] from the Root Server System Advisory Committee (RSSAC) argues that a key parameter in the internet's address books – namely, how long the information should be stored – …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Sep 2015

Watch: China has made an internet censorship THEME SONG

Video Creating patriotic songs is an age-old solution to difficult problems, albeit one that is out of fashion in the Western world. Not so in China, which has just released a tremendous rousing tribute to its clean, clear and incorruptible internet. The song is performed by the Cyberspace Administration of China choral group, …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Feb 2015
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China unveils Internet Plus plan for FIRST time (actually third time)

Back in March, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang announced the “Internet Plus” plan, an effort to stimulate China's growth. In late June he did it again at a State Council Meeting. And over the weekend he did it again, announcing that an “action plan” is now in place to make Internet Plus a reality. The plan – reported in identical …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Jul 2015

An Internet of Things music thingy? What, you’ve already got one?

Omnifone and Silicon.com founder Rob Lewis is back with another music venture – this time bundling funky sounds with hardware. The Electric Jukebox service combines a streaming service with two bits of hardware: a Chromecast-style HDMI dongle for your telly, and a motion controller. The initial setup cost is £179 for a year’s …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Oct 2015

US government tweaks internet handover date: 1 October 2016

The US government will officially hand over control of the top level of the internet on 1 October 2016 – a year later than planned. The Department of Commerce announced on Monday that it will extend the IANA contract, today held by domain overseer ICANN, by one year, meaning that it will expire on 30 September 2016. At that …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Aug 2015

Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

US watchdog the FCC today approved its strongest ever rules governing internet access. The regulations were passed in a 3-2 vote by commissioners. "It's a red letter day for the internet," said FCC chairman Tom Wheeler just prior to calling the vote. "Today history is being made." The vote fell along partisan lines, with the …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Feb 2015