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Ericsson's very good bad quarter, Mozilla encrypts SNI, new TIP projects, and more

Coming off a long string of losses, Ericsson probably hoped to turn in some good news, but at its latest financial results, the company announced the sacking of 50 people in response to a corruption scandal. This is in relation to an ongoing US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) probe …
WiFi propaganda for the workers

Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

Wi-Fi, known for about two decades by its wonky Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers designation, IEEE 802.11, has adopted a new consumer-oriented naming scheme. The latest version of the specification, 802.11ax, has been renamed Wi-Fi 6 by the Wi-Fi Alliance, the Austin, Texas-based trade association responsible …
Money falling from the sky

Sick of bandwidth gouging? Cloudflare, Google, Microsoft, IBM have some good news

Updated The Cloudflare content delivery network (CDN) has teamed up with Microsoft, Google, IBM Cloud, and others to form the Bandwidth Alliance, a group of companies committed to trimming fees for data passing through the CDN. The initiative follows from Cloudflare's experience with Google's CDN Interconnect program, which has led to …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Sep 2018
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Good news, bad news, weird news – it's the week in networking

Ciena gets to lead this week's networking roundup, courtesy of financial results that saw its share price jump nearly 13 per cent. The investors were responding to the company's Q3 2018 results, headlined by revenue rising 12.4 per cent year-on-year to $819m, even though net income fell nearly $10 million to $50.8 million. …
Wicker Man in landscape

Wickr gets slicker with fresh network tricker: Privacy-protecting domain fronting alternative emerges

Encrypted comms service Wickr has hooked up with Psiphon, a maker of censorship circumvention tools, to provide an alternative to domain fronting as a defense against prying eyes online. Domain fronting is a technique for hiding requested network hostnames from those monitoring your internet traffic. It presents one hostname …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Aug 2018
DNS interception

How's that encryption coming, buddy? DNS requests routinely spied on, boffins claim

Most people's DNS queries – by which browsers and other software resolve domain names into IP addresses – remain unprotected while flowing over the internet. And that's because, you may not be surprised to know, the proposed standards to safeguard DNS traffic – such as DNSSEC and DNS-over-HTTPS – have yet to be fully baked and …
Thomas Claburn, 20 Aug 2018
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Cisco shift to recurring revenue gives 3.8 billion signs that it's working

Switch and comms kit biz Cisco reported $12.8bn revenue for its fiscal 2018 fourth quarter, a six per cent increase that is a bit more than than analysts expected. CEO and chairman Chuck Robbins celebrated the highest quarterly figure ever for the company, calling it a very strong finish to a great year. "Our results …
Thomas Claburn, 15 Aug 2018

Ethernet Alliance plugs and prays so you don't have to, and other networking morsels

Microsoft has said it'll be bringing more "software-defined" capabilities to Windows Server in 2019. It would have been easy to have missed it, though: Redmond didn't offer a product release, it buried the story at seventh place in a "top-10 networking features in Windows Server 2019" list, here. Greg Cusanza and Schumann Ge …

Mellanox plumps pipes on Bluefield controller to squeeze out 200Gb/s

Mellanox claims to have rolled out the world's fastest Ethernet storage fabric controller at this year's Flash Memory Summit. The Bluefield storage controllers are, it said, optimised for "extreme efficiency and programmable virtualization for NVMe over Fabrics". They are billed as delivering 4 million IOPS with NVMe-oF, up …

Windows Server 2019 tweaked to stop it getting clock-blocked

Microsoft Windows Server 2019, coming later this year, will include UTC-compliant leap second support, both for added and subtracted time. But there will be no smearing. Since 1972, leap seconds have been added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to compensate for divergence with mean solar time (UT1) – which slows with the …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jul 2018
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Don't panic about domain fronting, an SNI fix is getting hacked out

Over the weekend, at the IETF Hackathon in Montreal, Canada, software engineers from Apple, Cloudflare, Fastly and Mozilla made some progress toward closing a privacy gap affecting network communications. The programmers built an preliminary implementation of a privacy-oriented draft protocol called Encrypted Server Name …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Jul 2018
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US schools' IT systems drop out after weekend firmware update misery

A botched network switch firmware update caused school IT systems to fall over in the US state of Washington, it is claimed. WSIPC, which provides technology and software for classrooms in the Pacific Northwest, said its Skyward and IEP Online services were both out of commission for three and a half days this week while it …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2018

SYN-SYN-ACK - Your networking news roundup has arrived!

Network admins: unpatched MikroTik routers are being scanned by a botnet again. Netlab360 is one of the organisations to identify increasing scans on Port 8291, and says it's associated with a new Hajime malware attack. MikroTik acknowledged the attack on Twitter: It has come to our attention that a a mass scan for open …
Sandvine interface

Citizen Lab says Sandvine network gear aids government spyware

Internet users in Turkey, Egypt and Syria who attempted to download legitimate Windows applications have been redirected to nation-state spyware through deep-packet inspection boxes placed on telecom networks in Turkey and Egypt, according to a report issued Friday by security research group Citizen Lab. Citizen Lab, a Canada- …
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Something weird to deck the Xmas tree with: 3D-printed Wi-Fi baubles

In an effort to make objects more chatty, boffins at the University of Washington have developed a way to create 3D-printed plastic baubles that can communicate over Wi-Fi with other devices, without batteries or electronics. The technique, developed by UW doctoral students Vikram Iyer and Justin Chan, in conjunction with UW …
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High-freq trade biz sues transatlantic ISP for alleged spiteful cable cut

A New York investment firm is suing its ISP to retain its access to a high-speed international internet link – after the firm was acquired by a company that has a beef with the broadband provider. KCG Holdings, a high-frequency trading specialist, claimed in a lawsuit filed this month in a southern NY district court that …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2017
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Fore! PCI Express 4.0 finally lands on Earth

Somewhat later than expected, the Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group, or PCI-SIG, has finally gotten around to releasing the PCIe 4.0 specification, which describes the technical requirements for connecting devices through the PCI Express I/O bus in personal computers and servers. "The delivery of the …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2017

Cassini probe's death dive to send data at just 27 kilobits per second

Space is nasty and sending data across 83 light-minutes of it isn't easy, so the Cassini probe's death dive into the clouds of Saturn will be an instruments-only affair undocumented by photographs. Cassini has surveyed Saturn since 2004 but is out of fuel, so will be crashed into Saturn instead of leaving it an an orbit that …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2017

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