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Intel finally emits Puma 1Gbps modem fixes – just as new ping-of-death bug emerges

More than 18 months after the design blunder was first brought to light, Intel is still working to iron out the creases in its Puma high-speed broadband modem chipsets. In recent weeks, Chipzilla quietly put out an advisory as well as finally confirming a formal CVE entry – CVE-2017-5693 – for the security vulnerability. When …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Aug 2018
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Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier

The folks behind the password-cracking tool Hashcat claim they've found a new way to crack some wireless network passwords in far less time than previously needed. Jens Steube, creator of the open-source software, said the new technique, discovered by accident, would potentially allow someone to get all the information they …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Aug 2018
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Some Things just aren't meant to be (on Internet of Things networks). But we can work around that

Analysis What exactly is the Internet of Things? According to Gartner and IDC, it's a network of endpoints capable of interacting with each other and the world via IP connectivity. Consultant McKinsey & Company defines IoT as sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects, from roadways to pacemakers, that churn out huge amounts of …
Dave Cartwright, 25 Jul 2018

So you're doing an IoT project. Cute. Let's start with the basics: Security

The Internet of Things is going to solve climate change, fix our political system, and ensure that you can always find a parking spot. Some see a future of 15 billion connected devices. Now, just the tiny matter of deploying them. There's a long way between all IoT's utopian promises and the reality. We've never attempted …
Danny Bradbury, 25 Jun 2018
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Are your IoT gizmos, music boxes, smart home kit vulnerable to DNS rebinding attacks? Here's how to check

A technique for attacking computer networks, first disclosed more than a decade ago, has resurfaced as a way to manipulate Internet-of-Things gadgets, smart home equipment, and streaming entertainment gizmos. Researcher Brannon Dorsey this week posted an essay explaining how smart home hardware can be vulnerable to a trick …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jun 2018
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Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps

Mobile operator Three UK is celebrating the approach of British summer by, er, hiking its charges for some of its services. A reader tipped off The Register to the changes at the CK Hutchison subsidiary, which will hit customers who go outside their allowance or who fancy a play on some of Three's additional services. The …
Richard Speed, 20 Apr 2018

Up to 25% of new builds still can't get superfast broadband – study

Up to a quarter of new builds still lack access to superfast internet, according to a study by comparison site Thinkbroadband. The research, based on data from the Office for National Statistics, estimates that one in four to one in five new premises don't have provision for 30Mbps. It said: "What is clear from our data is …
Kat Hall, 5 Mar 2018

UK watchdog Ofcom tells broadband firms: '30 days to sort your speeds'

Ofcom is tightening the screws – sort of – on broadband providers that play fast and loose with speed promises by imposing a deadline to meet service obligations or allow customers to walk away without a penalty. Customers are able to exit a deal if velocity slips below a minimum guaranteed level and the provider can’t rectify …
Paul Kunert, 1 Mar 2018

Hungry American GTT gobbles Euro network biz Interoute for $2.3bn

London-based fibre and cloud networks business Interoute has been acquired by US networking business GTT for $2.3bn (£1.65bn). The deal will add 72,000km of fibre optic to GTT Communications and expand its presence to 126 cities across 29 countries. Currently the business provides IP and managed network services in 100 …
Kat Hall, 26 Feb 2018
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Maintel blames Avaya bankruptcy protection for sales hit

UK comms and networking integrator Maintel has blamed trading partner Avaya’s bankruptcy filing in the US for slowing customer demand on this side of the pond. Maintel said in preliminary half-year results that its managed services division was “negatively affected” by delays to customer installations caused by the telco …
Kat Hall, 11 Sep 2017
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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

Scottish pensioners are up in arms that Virgin Media has had the audacity to build a huge cabinet outside their homes in East Renfrewshire, near Glasgow, which is reported to be blocking their light. The OAPs have been fighting Virgin Media since the 5ft boxes were installed in their street in January, according to the Daily …
Kat Hall, 7 Sep 2017
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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

O2 has admitted to deliberately throttling its network as a "temporary measure" to combat the demand of Brits using free data roaming abroad. The issue was first pointed out by a punter in the UK mobile network's support forum, who noted that within a month of the EU abolishing roaming charges on June 15, he was unable to use …
Kat Hall, 26 Jul 2017
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Cisco gobbles up security cloud upstart Observable Networks

Cisco hopes to boost its enterprise security gear by snapping up real-time network behavior monitoring startup Observable Networks. No financial details were disclosed regarding the deal. The biz, located in Saint Louis, Missouri, was founded in 2011 and raised $4.4m (£3.4m) from investors. Switchzilla intends to use …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2017

Broadcasters, advocacy groups and nonprofits weigh in on Microsoft's magical broadband

Analysis On Tuesday, Microsoft announced it will pay third-party ISPs in the US to offer wireless broadband on unused TV spectrum, or "white space." As The Register's Kieren McCarthy argued, the financial logic behind this choice is questionable at best – and Microsoft hopes to take a share of revenue spoils. Advocacy groups and …
Andrew Silver, 13 Jul 2017
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Brit unis bunged £16m in gov cash for 5G test

The UK government has handed £16m to King's College London and the Universities of Surrey and Bristol to test 5G technology. This investment will fund a 5G end-to-end trial in early 2018. This could include a trial in which a signal is sent from a mobile device, such as a phone or in a car, to a data centre and back again. The …
Kat Hall, 7 Jul 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

Cisco patches switch hijacking hole – the one exploited by the CIA

Cisco has patched a critical security flaw in its switches that can be potentially exploited by miscreants to hijack networks – a flaw disclosed in the Vault 7 leak of CIA files. Switchzilla says the vulnerability, CVE-2017-3881, can be exploited remotely by simply establishing a Telnet connection and sending a cluster …
Shaun Nichols, 9 May 2017

Half of mobe, broadband customers unhappy with how complaints handled

Just over half of broadband and mobile customers who moaned to their provider were satisfied with how their complaints were handled, according to a report by UK regulator Ofcom. Sky customers had the highest levels of satisfaction with how their complaint was dealt with in the last six months of 2016 (61 per cent), while …
Kat Hall, 12 Apr 2017

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