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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

 
Serval = Free Mobile / Cell Phone calls, for the World!
Thursday, 08 September 2011 08:53

Communicate anywhere, any time … without infrastructure, without mobile towers, without satellites, without wifi hotspots, and without carriers. Use existing off-the-shelf mobile cell phone handsets. Use your existing mobile phone number wherever you go, and never pay roaming charges again.

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FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds
Saturday, 20 January 2018 11:00

Analysis America's favorite government watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission – has backtracked on plans to downgrade the entire country's internet, agreeing to maintain its current definition of what is broadband speed.

In a "factsheet" put out by the telecoms regulator on Friday, FCC chairman Aji Pai noted that the latest draft of its annual broadband deployment report "finds that the current speed benchmark of 25Mbps [down] 3Mbps [up] remains an appropriate measure by which to assess whether a fixed service provides advanced telecommunications capability."

That decision follows a remarkable effort by the FCC to change the definition of broadband

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Take a bow, TalkTalk, Post Office, Vodafone! You win most-whinged-about telcos award
Friday, 19 January 2018 23:09

TalkTalk, Post Office and Vodafone were the most-complained-about telecoms service providers in the UK between July and September 2017, according to an Ofcom report released today.

The British communications regulator's numbers are based on complaints to the six or seven largest players in each sector, which together make up over 90 per cent of the market. Ofcom notes that there was a slight increase in complaints when compared to the previous April-June period for landlines, while broadband and pay-monthly mobile remained stable.

Once again, the most complained-about broadband provider was TalkTalk, scoring 30 complaints per 100,000 customers. According to Ofcom's

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Cisco can now sniff out malware inside encrypted traffic
Thursday, 11 January 2018 19:32

Cisco has switched on latent features in its recent routers and switches, plus a cloud service, that together make it possible to detect the fingerprints of malware in encrypted traffic.

Switchzilla has not made a dent in transport layer security (TLS) to make this possible. Instead, as we reported in July 2016, Cisco researchers found that malware leaves recognisable traces even in encrypted traffic. The company announced its intention to productise that research last year and this week exited trials to make the service – now known as Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ETA) - available to purchasers of its 4000 Series

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Juniper scores dubious honour of owning CVE-2018-0001
Thursday, 11 January 2018 12:58

Juniper Networks, come on down: you have won the dubious honour of being responsible for CVE-2018-0001.

Apparently Juniper infosec bods didn't take much time off over the Christmas-New Year period, instead running up fixes for ten 2018-dated CVE (common vulnerability and exposure) notices.

CVE-2018-0001 is a bug affecting Junos OS versions in the 12.1X48, 12.3, 12.3X48, 14.1, 14.1X53, 14.2, 15.1, 15.1X49 and 15.1X53 branches.

An older version of PHP in the vulnerable varieties had a use-after-free bug that opens a remote code execution vector. It was reported to Juniper by Cure53, and most versions have patches available. If your system

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