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Wi-Fi firm Purple sneaks 'community service' clause into its T&Cs

For a regulation designed to safeguard data processing, the forthcoming GDPR has already generated a surfeit of info. Somewhere in Europe sits a growing compliance mountain. How then do companies get their messages to stand out amid this deluge of press releases? The crazy kids at Wi-Fi biz Purple have the answer: be zany! In …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2017

Spies do spying, part 97: The CIA has a tool to track targets via Wi-Fi

The latest cache of classified intelligence documents dumped online by WikiLeaks includes files describing malware CIA apparently uses to track PCs via Wi‑Fi. The Julian Assange-led website claims the spyware, codenamed ELSA, infects a target's Windows computer and then harvests wireless network details to pinpoint the …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2017

No, really. You can see through walls using drones and Wi-Fi

Video Drones can perform three-dimensional imaging of objects through walls using Wi-Fi, a team of researchers demonstrated for the first time. Chitra Karanam, a PhD student, and Yasamin Mostofi, a professor at the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, presented their …
Katyanna Quach, 20 Jun 2017
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Wi-Fi Dream Home Of The Future™ gets instructions for builders

Interoperability and certification outfit the Wi-Fi Alliance has taken on quite a challenge: getting the home-building industry to do WiFi right. The organisation on Wednesday published a Home Design standard it hopes will see builders create homes that are free of WiFi dead spots and ready for the expected increase in …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jun 2017
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BT's Ryan Reynolds helicopter Wi-Fi ads 'misleading', thunders ad watchdog

The UK Advertising Standards Authority has rapped BT on the knuckles for claiming its Smart Hub delivered "the UK's most powerful Wi‑Fi signal". Following a barrage of complaints from competitors and the general public, the watchdog ruled that the telco broke 12 ASA rules with its series of ads, featuring Deadpool star Ryan …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Jun 2017
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EU wins approval to waste €120m on pitiful public Wi-Fi

Opinion A group of European governing institutions has approved a programme to invest €120m (£105m, $134.7m) in public Wi-Fi hotspots in over 6,000 municipalities in all European Union member states by 2020. The WiFi4EU initiative, first proposed last September, is a stern disregard for recent history – which has seen the closure of …
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Europe to splash €120m on free WiFi for ~8,000 villages and cities

The European Parliament, Council and Commission have all decided that the in-El Reg's-view-inexplicable WiFi4EU project is a fine idea worthy of €120m to ensure “every European village and every city with free wireless internet ac­cess around the main centres of public life by 2020." The agreement between the Parliament, …
Simon Sharwood, 31 May 2017
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Qualcomm kicks out mesh network, Wi-Fi and RubinPhone win

Chip designer Qualcomm has rolled out a trio of new products for wireless networking and mobile devices. The announcements, dropped in Taipei at the annual Computex conference, cover both Wi‑Fi and mobile broadband networks, as well as a new smartphone to feature the Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip (SoC). 802.11ad Wi-Fi gets …
Shaun Nichols, 30 May 2017

Riverbed slurps Xirrus to take SD-WAN all the way to Wi-Fi

Riverbed has acquired Xirrus for an undisclosed sum and will now try to build a software-defined WAN that stretches all the way to Wi-Fi access points. Xirrus makes enterprise-grade Wi-Fi kit that packs multiple access points into a single chassis, then combines their traffic with an in-chassis switch. The many radios inside …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Apr 2017
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Bankers to get 1Gbps free Wi-Fi in City of London deal

Bankers are to enjoy free 1Gbps Wi-Fi thanks to a deal brokered by the City of London Corporation intended to bring high speeds to the Square Mile. The multimillion-pound project is one of the largest investments in wireless infrastructure ever seen in London, said the local authority responsible for governing the City. Under …
Kat Hall, 7 Apr 2017
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Apple fans, Android world scramble to patch Broadcom's nasty drive-by Wi-Fi security hole

Yesterday, Apple rushed out an emergency patch to plug a severe security hole that can be exploited to wirelessly and silently commandeer iPhones, iPads and iPods. Now we know why: this remote-code execution vulnerability lies in Broadcom's Wi-Fi stack, which Apple uses in its handhelds. Many other handsets and Wi-Fi routers …
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LG's $1,300 5K monitor foiled by Wi-Fi: Screens go blank near hotspots

LG's space-age monitors are suffering from an engineering flaw that causes the screen to become unusable when placed too close to a Wi-Fi hotspot. Owners of the top-end displays writing on Apple's reviews page say they have found that, when placed within two metres of a router or wireless access point, an UltraFine 5K monitor …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Jan 2017
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Boffins explain why it takes your Wi-Fi so long to connect

You'd think by now that Wi-Fi has been around so long, nobody could get it wrong, right? Wrong, according to Changhua Pei of Tsinghua University and collaborators from Tencent and the Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology: Wi-Fi implementations vary so much that 45 per cent of attempted …

Oh Britain. Worried your routers will be hacked, but won't touch the admin settings

Recent Mirai-style attacks against home broadband routers have had some effect but the majority of users have failed to act. A survey of 2,000 broadband users found the majority (53 per cent) have not changed the Wi-Fi password and other default settings, potentially opening themselves up to attack. The poll by ISP comparison …
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2017
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Top cop: Strap Wi-Fi jammers to teen web crims as punishment

+Comment The president of top cops’ trade union the Police Superintendents’ Association (PSA) has suggested that teens convicted of computer-based crimes should be fitted with ankle-mounted Wi-Fi jammers. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph over the weekend, Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas said: “If you have got a 16-year-old who has …
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'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

A gang of five men who met at roadside cafes and used free public Wi-Fi to try to hide their £10m cigarette smuggling ring, have been jailed for 16-and-a-half years. The men attempted to evade £10,199,650m in excise duty by smuggling large freight consignments of illegal cigarettes from Europe and China into the UK. The items …
Kat Hall, 15 Dec 2016
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Hackers actively stealing Wi-Fi keys from vulnerable routers

Hackers have graduated from planting malware on the vulnerable routers supplied to consumers by various ISPs towards stealing Wi-Fi keys. Andrew Tierney, a security researcher at UK consultancy Pen Test Partners, noticed the switch-up in tactics in attacks against its honeypot network over the weekend. Customers of UK ISP …
John Leyden, 6 Dec 2016
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Your body reveals your password by interfering with Wi-Fi

Modern Wi-Fi doesn't just give you fast browsing, it also imprints some of your finger movements – swipes, passwords and PINs – onto the radio signal. A group of researchers from the Shanghai Jaio Tong University, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and the University of South Florida have demonstrated that analysing …

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