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The week in networking? It's SD-WAN all the way down

Riverbed made two announcements covering its SteelHead SD-WAN solution this week – a bunch of enhancements, and subscription pricing options. The networking firm said its core routing stack had been enhanced to improve support large, complex enterprise networks, and provide interoperability between legacy and SD-WAN networks …
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Sorry, but NASA says Mars signal wasn't Opportunity knocking

Space-fans pricked up their Twitter-ears today, when just for a few minutes it looked like the little lost rover Opportunity had woken up. Opportunity has been silent since June, when a massive dust storm blocked its solar panels from charging its battery. At the time, NASA boffins explained it would have put itself in a …
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MIT to Oz: Crypto-busting laws risk banning security tests

Australia's government's crypto-busting legislation risks blocking security research, a leading Internet policy boffin has warned. Speaking to a parliamentary hearing into the “Assistance and Access” legislation this morning, a director of the Massachusetts Internet Policy Research Initiative, Daniel Weitzner, said the problem …
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Nvidia just can't grab a break. Revenues up, profit nearly doubles... and stock down 20%

Nvidia has turned in growth in revenue and profit, but has been punished for missing its guidance in the third quarter of its fiscal 2019, all amid a continuing sharp drop in demand from crypto-currency miners. Its stock fell as much as 20 per cent after it reported on Thursday: Revenue of $3.18bn, up 21 per cent year-on- …
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Nice one, former Cisco staff: Switchzilla is absolutely coining it

A week after announcing hundreds of layoffs, Cisco has turned in a set of financials for Q1 of fiscal 2019 that are ahead of analyst expectations. layoffs Cisco swings the axe on permanent staff – hundreds laid off worldwide this week READ MORE Switchzilla's overall cost-cutting strategy strapped its profitability to a …
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US China-watcher warns against Middle Kingdom tech dominance

Another US government panel has warned of the dangers of over-reliance on Chinese tech vendors: the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. The commission released its 2018 annual report today, and in it warned that China's plans to dominate two key tech sectors – the Internet of Things, and 5G – represented a threat …
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Oz telcos' club asks: Why the hell do Australia Post, rando councils, or Taxi Services Commission want comms metadata?

When Australia implemented its telecommunications data retention regime, privacy wonks worried about the potential for scope creep. The same warnings have been made about the government's proposed encryption-busting legislation. spy_eye_648 When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't READ MORE The …
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Oi! Not encrypting RPC traffic? IETF bods would like to change that

An Internet Engineering Task Force group has turned its attention to how Remote Procedure Calls (RPC) travel over the internet, and decided a bit of (easy) encryption is in order. RPC hasn't been updated in more than a decade, and while an attempt was made to bestow encryption upon it in 2016 (in RFC 7861, RPCSEC), take-up is …
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Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

One of three people charged over the December 2017 “swatting” death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch in the US has pleaded guilty. Tyler Barriss, 25, was indicted in May for making a bogus 911 call to police in Wichita, Kansas, urging officers to send out a SWAT team. As a result, on December 28, the cops showed up outside Finch's …

New appliances from Cisco aim to make branch SD-WAN easier

Cisco has claimed to be "bringing intent-based networking into every domain", the latest being branch offices which need software-defined WAN capabilities and security. The quote came from product management senior veep Sachin Gupta, who told El Reg the cloud has destroyed traditional notions of the "network edge", and while …
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NBN satellite user waiting for extra gigabytes? Keep waiting

Remote Aussies getting their broadband from nbn™'s SkyMuster satellites have been promised a bit of bandwidth relief, with the company deciding to bundle some 'net traffic for free. So-called “essential” traffic, which nbn™ defines as collecting email, web browsing, and importantly, “critical” operating system updates for PCs …
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France: Let's make the internet safer. America, Russia, China: Let's go with 'no' on that

America has aligned with China and Russia to scupper a France-led initiative to improve the internet's security. However, French president Emmanuel Macron has promised to battle on. World leaders were meeting in France for the Paris Peace Forum, where French President Emmanuel Macron used the Internet Governance Forum to …
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Big Q. Tch, what could have persuaded Intel to bring forward 5G chip production six months?

It looks as though Apple's iThings may get 5G connectivity in 2020 – after Intel promised production of its 5G modem will start in the second half of 2019, and ship in the first half of the following year. This, therefore, gives Apple, which prefers Intel cellular modems for its latest iPhones, a decent design-in time for …
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Tasty news bytes from networking land: Route security, Cisco cert death, ETSI and more

Roundup Cisco admins, you thought your week was over, right? Sorry: if you have kit that runs Adaptive Security Appliance software or the Firepower Extensible Operating System, there's one more item on the task list: updating your certificate. Switchzilla's field notice explained that Cisco's root CA for tools.cisco.com was rolled …
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In the cloud, Mumbai is a long way from Asia

Sending packets from Singapore to Mumbai over AWS? Fetch a coffee, the latency is horrible – according to cloud performance data released yesterday. Metrics outfit ThousandEyes ran tests from network probes deployed into 27 data centres globally, collecting connection data from 55 AWS, Azure, and Google cloud regions. The …
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Bloodbath as Broadcom slashes through CA Technologies personnel

Broadcom has confirmed to The Register that staff have been axed in its just-acquired CA Technologies business, though declined to reveal numbers. Rumors of mass layoffs emerged this week: first it was feared roughly 300 employees were being let go, and now it may be as many as 2,000 in the US. CA Technologies employed about …
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Master of Arris: Network giant CommScope downloads broadband modem biz for $7.4bn

Network infrastructure giant CommScope has decided to buy some growth, shelling out US$7.4bn (£5.67bn) for broadband and video gear slinger Arris International. In announcing the deal on Thursday, CommScope predicted “annual cost synergies” will reach $150m within three years, meaning there are up to $150m in shared costs – …
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Oops: Cisco accidentally leaked in-house Dirty COW exploit code with biz conf call software

Cisco this week patched critical vulnerabilities in its switches, Stealthwatch, and Unity voice messaging system. Oh, and 'fessed up that it accidentally shipped software that included in-house-developed exploit code for attacking Linux systems via the Dirty COW flaw. The networking giant also announced it has begun combing …
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'DerpTroll' derps into plea deal, admits DDoS attacks on EA, Steam, Sony game servers

The man accused over DDoS-bombing several online games hosts in 2013 and 2014 has entered a guilty plea under a deal with US authorities. According to the US Attorney's Office, District of California, part of the "DerpTrolling" plea deal cut by 23-year-old Austin Thompson of Utah involved him admitting to causing $95,000 worth …
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Spammer scum hack 100,000 home routers via UPnP vulns to craft email-flinging botnet

Once again, a hundred thousand or more home routers have been press-ganged into a spam-spewing botnet, this time via Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). According to brainiacs from 360 Netlab, the malware exploits vulnerabilities in a Broadcom UPnP implementation to infect vulnerable gateways, and that means a load of router …
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Qualcomm: Welp, there's a $5bn-ish Apple-shaped hole in the books, but at least we have other chip buyers

Breaking up is expensive: losing Apple as a customer meant Qualcomm missed out on 50 million cellular modem chipset sales for the latest batch of iPhones, and slipped into a net loss for its fiscal 2018. However, the chip designer insisted the worst is over. US-based Qualcomm on Wednesday released [PDF] its fourth-quarter and …
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We don' need no stinkin' bounties: VirtualBox guest-to-host escape zero-day lands at GitHub

An infosec researcher has expressed his frustration with disclosure processes by going public with a zero-day in VirtualBox, Oracle's open-source hypervisor. The vulnerability was published at GitHub by "MorteNoir1" accompanied by a demonstration video on Vimeo posted by Sergey Zelenyuk. In the GitHub post, MorteNoir1 …
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Setback for Qualcomm: It has to license modem tech to competitors

A US district judge has made a preliminary ruling that Qualcomm is obliged to license its technologies to its rivals. Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California published her judgement yesterday as part of an ongoing lawsuit brought in 2017 by the Federal Trade Commission. Judge Koh's …
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Dutch cops hope to cuff 'hundreds' of suspects after snatching server, snooping on 250,000+ encrypted chat texts

Dutch police claim to have snooped on more than a quarter of a million encrypted messages sent between alleged miscreants using BlackBox IronPhones. The extraordinary claim was made in a press conference on Tuesday, in which officers working on a money-laundering investigation reckoned they had been able to see crims chatting …
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DXC: Everything is going to plan, too well in fact... we've chopped so many staff, our IT projects are now behind

The turmoil that has engulfed DXC Technologies was all part of the plan. That's the line chairman, president, and CEO Mike Lawrie took in a conference call discussing his company's latest financial results on Tuesday. As readers will recall, the US biz's strategic vision has included multiple rounds of layoffs totaling 30,000 …

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