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10Mbps universal speeds? We'll give you 30Mbps, pleads Labour in leaked manifesto
Friday, 12 May 2017 01:17

The UK Labour Party has pledged a 30Mbps universal broadband speed by 2022, according to a draft leaked version of its manifesto.

The current universal service obligation has been set at 10Mbps by 2020, with a proposed amendment of 30Mbps by the House of Lords having been dropped in the recently passed Digital Economy Act .

Labour also promised to improve mobile internet coverage and expand provision of free public Wi-Fi in city centres and on public transport. "We will improve 4G coverage and will invest to ensure all urban areas as well as major roads and railways have uninterrupted

Attack on the Clones: A Review of Two Common ESP8266 Mini D1 Boards
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:01

ESP8266-based development boards have proliferated rapidly. One favorite, the WEMOS Mini-D1 is frequently imitated and sold without any branding. As these boards continue to ship to hobbyists and retailers around the world, we thought it might be interesting to conduct a little experiment.

There are a few ESP8266 development boards available, and the most popular seem to be the NodeMCU ‘Amica’ board. Of course, there are dozens of other alternatives including the WiFiMCU, Sparkfun’s ESP8266 Thing, and Adafruit’s HUZZAH ESP8266. Given that, why is this review limited to the Mini D1 boards? Because the Mini D1 is the cheapest. Or …read more

Sun sets on eight domain names managed by CentralNic
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 20:06

Owners of domain names at several extensions, including .gb.com, will no longer be able to use their registered sites as of this week, with reseller CentralNic having told customers those domains have been "sunset".

The company informed customers that eight domain extensions had been "sunsetted", meaning that new registrations and renewals will not be permitted. These include users of: ar.com, .gb.com, .hu.com, .kr.com, .gc.com, .no.com, .se.com, and .uy.com.

In a letter, it told customers: "There are no plans to sunset any other domains managed by CentralNic. Although there are only a very small number of domains (and an even smaller

Up Wolf Creek without a signal: outback cable cut disconnects top end TPG, Optus customers
Tuesday, 02 May 2017 13:04

A cut to a Nextgen Networks fibre is cutting off Northern Territory Optus and TPG customers north of Katherine.

Since TPG also owns the iiNet and Internode brands, customers of those service providers are also affected.

iiNet identifies the start of the outage as yesterday on its status page, 4:19 pm Western Standard Time. At 6:15 pm WST, it posted that the cause was down to a fibre cut.

Although under the same owners, Internode apparently wasn't notified of the cause until later, since it was after 11pm Australian Central Standard Time (90 minutes ahead of WST) that the company

Cisco waves swatter at ten new vulnerabilities
Thursday, 04 May 2017 11:02

Universal Plug-and-Play remains a gift-that-keeps-on-giving for infosec researchers, with Cisco announcing a critical vulnerability in the software that plagues its CVR100W wireless VPN router.

Because the CVR100W doesn't fully range-check UPnP input data, an attacker can crash the device, possibly getting access to a root shell.

Cisco's advisory says: “This vulnerability affects all firmware releases of the Cisco CVR100W Wireless-N VPN Router prior to Firmware Release”.

The bug was reported by GeekPwn and has been patched.

Switchzilla's Wednesday patchfest this week also includes three security vulnerabilities given a high rating:

324 typo-squat domains found impersonating Natwest, HSBC and co
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 23:02
324 typo-squat domains found impersonating Natwest, HSBC and co

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Hackers are abusing the trademarked names of five of the UK's top high street banks.

Security researchers at DomainTools have identified 324 "high risk" domains mimicking Barclays, HSBC, Natwest, Lloyds and Standard Chartered.

Crooks often use domains masquerading as legitimate brands to run phishing scams that trick customers into handing over login credentials. These details are subsequently used to siphon off money from compromised accounts. Dodgy sites might also be abused to spread ransomware or other malware, typically by exploiting unlatched browser or Flash Player flaws.

DomainTools used its PhishEye tool to search for existing and new domains

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