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Cloudflare promises to tend not two, but 65,535 ports in a storm

Cloudflare made its name proxying traffic for web servers, on network ports 80 (HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS), as a defense against denial of service attacks and their ilk. On Thursday, the online security biz broadened its ambitions by extending its watch over the remaining possible TCP/IP network ports under IPv4. Cloudflare …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Apr 2018
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Testing, one-one-one-one. Yep, you're ready for net news nuggets

Cloudflare generated some buzz of the wrong kind when it turned out the company's much-hyped privacy-focussed DNS resolver at 1.1.1.1 caused hassles for some users. The problems had a variety of causes, Cloudflare wrote, all of them down to clashes with the address: some routers are configured with 1.1.1.1 as an internal IP …
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Cloudflare touts privacy-friendly 1.1.1.1 public DNS service. Hmm, let's take a closer look at that

Updated Cloudflare has revealed a deal with regional internet registry APNIC to provide a possibly more privacy-conscious DNS resolver at a prestige network address, 1.1.1.1. The biz contends DNS – which translates human-friendly domain names like theregister.com into numeric IP addresses, such as 159.100.131.165, used by software – …

Cloudflare pushes Workers out the door – without layoffs

Cloudflare has launched a service that lets its customers run JavaScript at the edge of its cloud. Built on Google's V8 JavaScript engine, "Cloudflare Workers" is pitched as a kind of halfway house between central cloud processing and local execution: in beta since September 2017, it integrated the company's Service Worker API …
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Cavalry riding to the rescue of DDoS-deluged memcached users

DDoS attacks taking advantage of ill-advised use of memcached have begun to decline, either because sysadmins are securing the process, or because people are using a potentially-troublesome “kill switch”. Memcached is a handy caching tool that can improve database performance but has no security controls because it was never …
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Popular cache utility exploited for massive reflected DoS attacks

Attackers have discovered a new amplified denial-of-service attack vector, and have launched attacks reaching hundreds of gigabits per second in Asia, North America and Europe. Former Internet Systems Consortium CEO and now Akamai principal architect Barry Raveendran Greene has detailed the reflected DOS attack on his blog and …

Blackbird shot down, patent nuked by judge in Cloudflare legal battle

A US court has trashed a patent at the center of Cloudflare's legal war with patent troll Blackbird Technologies – and thrown out the latter's case against the web biz. In a victory for Cloudflare, Judge Vince Chhabria, sitting in a northern district court of California, ruled on Monday [PDF] that Blackbird's US patent 6,453, …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Feb 2018

FYI: Processor bugs are everywhere – just ask Intel and AMD

In 2015, Microsoft senior engineer Dan Luu forecast a bountiful harvest of chip bugs in the years ahead. "We’ve seen at least two serious bugs in Intel CPUs in the last quarter, and it’s almost certain there are more bugs lurking," he wrote. "There was a time when a CPU family might only have one bug per year, with serious …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Jan 2018
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Coinhive hacked via old password to move manic miners' Monero into miscreants' pockets

Monero miner maker Coinhive was hacked so that websites using its code inadvertently redirected their generated cryptocurrency to miscreants – after the outfit forgot to change an old password. The team, which develops alt-coin mining JavaScript engines, said on Tuesday hackers had used an old Cloudflare account password to …
Iain Thomson, 24 Oct 2017
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JS code at the network edge. Oh, you're still here and not running, screaming? Read on

Bit caching biz Cloudflare on Friday teased website publishers with the prospect of being able to run JavaScript at the edge of its content delivery network, a capability that promises performance, security, and reliability improvements. The outfit puts copies of customers' websites and content at various locations around the …
Thomas Claburn, 30 Sep 2017

Citrix patches Netscaler hole, ARM TrustZone twisted, Android Dirty COW exploited – and more security fails

Roundup As ever, it has been a busy week on the security front with good news, some very bad reports, corporate failings all round and troubling signs ahead for those worried about government intrusion in the online world. Here's El Reg's take on the resulting wreckage. Cloudflare opens up protection Among the good news, Cloudflare …
Team Register, 29 Sep 2017
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Cloudflare coughs up a few grand for prior-art torpedoes to sink troll

Cloudflare says its efforts to wipe out a patent troll using prior art have already yielded more than a dozen examples. The DDoS shield said that its ongoing campaign against Blackbird Technologies LLC, a law firm based in Boston, Massachusetts, has cost it a few pennies – $7,500 specifically – to cover bounties on 15 examples …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2017

How to stop Facebook and Apple taking over the mobile phone industry

Cloudflare Internet Summit At the launch of the Mobile World Congress earlier this week, the mobile industry begrudgingly accepted that tech giants like Facebook, Apple and Google were increasingly influencing its business. At the same time, a new report from the mobile industry pointed – with a degree of desperate hope – toward virtual reality, smart …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Sep 2017

What is the cyber equivalent of 'use of force'? When do we send in the tanks?

Cloudflare Internet Summit The United States needs to define a new set of international rules that decides what the cyber equivalent of a missile attack is. So says Avril Haines, former deputy head of the CIA and deputy national security advisor to the Obama Administration. Speaking at the Cloudflare Internet Summit in San Francisco Thursday, Haines …
Kieren McCarthy, 14 Sep 2017
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Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks

Yet another domain name registrar has declined to give white supremacist web site The Daily Stormer an easy way back onto the web. easyDNS has refused to host the site, which has already been binned by GoDaddy after activists pointed out the site had a long history of publishing hate speech and took its rhetoric to new lows …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2017

Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

Cloudflare has explained why it made a rare exception to its strident free-speech policy in its decision to cut ties with white supremacist cesspit Daily Stormer. As noted by El Reg a few hours earlier, Cloudflare today terminated the hosting and anti-DDoS services it was providing the neo-Nazi website. After GoDaddy and …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Aug 2017
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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

Updated Facing mass defections from CEOs repulsed by President Donald Trump's weak handling of fascists marching in America's streets, the White House has disbanded its manufacturing council. In the days after the Charlottesville white-supremacist rallies and the President's initial tepid condemnation of those marches, the leaders of …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Aug 2017
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It's A-OK for FBI agents to silence web giants, says appeals court

Gagging orders in the FBI's National Security Letters are all above board and constitutional, a California court has ruled. These security letters are typically sent to internet giants demanding information on whoever is behind a username or email address. Crucially, these requests include clauses that prevent the …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2017

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