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Juniper puts an Enforcer on the door and adds Cisco to the guest list
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 11:58

Juniper Networks has announced an upgrade to its Software Defined Secure Networks (SDSN) platform, and among other things it's added cross-platform capabilities.

The Gin-fuelled networking company has decided that its sworn enemy and nemesis, Cisco Systems, might conceivably have kit in its customers' sites, so its policy enforcement now recognises Switchzilla products.

The SDSN's Policy Enforcer is designed to quarantine endpoints identified as compromised or infected, and that now means turning off Cisco ports if that's how they connect.

The SDSN is a combination of several Juniper products. As well as the Policy Enforcer, the roll-up includes the company's Sky

Ofcom fines Three £1.9m over vulnerability in emergency call handling
Friday, 16 June 2017 19:01

Brit mobile operator Three has been fined £1.9m after an investigation by UK regulator Ofcom revealed its emergency call service handling was vulnerable to a single point of failure.

Ofcom identified the vulnerability when investigating a separate fibre break outage on Three's network in October 2016, which resulted in a temporary loss of emergency call services affecting some customers in Kent.

Following its investigation, Ofcom found Three had breached the requirement to ensure uninterrupted access to the emergency services.

It found that emergency calls from customers in the affected area had to pass through a particular data centre in order

Israel gets spooky with national quantum lab
Monday, 19 June 2017 16:34

Israel has entered the quantum communications arms race, announcing it's going to build a national demonstrator for “spooky” communications.

Don't get too excited: the network isn't going to protect ordinary punters' communications yet. The NIS 7.5 million (US$2.13 million) project is an academic demonstrator to be built at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The idea is to ramp up local quantum communications capabilities, because as the university's announcement says, the commercial quantum comms kit on the market at the moment is too much a “black box”. They haven't been peer reviewed by Israeli experts, so the country wants local designs

Internet boffins take aim at BGP route leaks
Monday, 19 June 2017 13:57

One of the most persistent bugs in internet infrastructure, route leaks in the border gateway protocol (BGP), is in the sights of a group of 'net boffins with their new Internet-Draft.

BGP's one of the internet's persistent trouble-spots: ineradicable because it's ubiquitous, it's vulnerable because it's ancient, a relic of a collegiate Internet in which admins knew each other by name.

Because it pre-dated a global internet inhabited by bad and good actors, BGP trusts the messages it receives – making it a cinch for someone to black out slabs of the 'net either through malice, or because their thumbs

Testing the Outernet Dreamcatcher SDR
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 11:30

What do you get when you cross an ARM-based Linux PC and an RTL-SDR? Sounds like the start of a joke, but the answer is Outernet’s Dreamcatcher. It is a single PCB with an RTL-SDR software defined radio, an L-band LNA, and an Allwinner A13 processor with 512MB of RAM and a 1 GHz clock speed. The rtl-sdr site recently posted a good review of the $99 board.

We’ll let you read the review for yourself, but the conclusion was that despite some bugs, the board was no more expensive than pulling the parts together separately. On the other hand, …read more

Two leading ladies of Europe warn that internet regulation is coming
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 06:49

The two most powerful women in Europe still have their eyes firmly on internet regulation.

Fresh from her failure in the UK general election, still-prime minister Theresa May used her first public address announcing a new coalition government to stress that she will continue her self-declared "cracking down on the ideology of Islamic extremism and all those who support it."

Meanwhile, in a speech in Mexico City at the weekend, German chancellor Angela Merkel argued that there need to be global digital rules similar to those that exist for financial markets, enforceable through international organizations like the World Trade Organization.

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