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ESP to Wireshark
Friday, 07 July 2017 16:00

Everyone’s favorite packet sniffing tool, Wireshark, has been around for almost two decades now. It’s one of the most popular network analysis tools available, partially due to it being free and open source. Its popularity guaranteed that it would eventually be paired with the ESP32/8266, the rising star of the wireless hardware world, and [spacehuhn] has finally brought these two tools together to sniff WiFi packets.

The library that [spacehuhn] created uses the ESP chip to save Pcap files (the default Wireshark filetype) onto an SD card or send the data over a serial connection. The program runs once every …read more

Costa Rica complains of US govt harassment over Pirate Bay domain
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 06:08

The operator of Costa Rica's .cr internet registry has formally complained that it is being harassed by the US government over The Pirate Bay domain on its system.

In a letter [PDF] sent to the head of the Governmental Advisory Committee of DNS overseer ICANN, the president of the Costa Rican Academy of Science, Dr Pedro Leon Azofeifa, complains it has been at the end of "threats to close our registry, with repeated harassment regarding our practices ... and even personal negative comments directed to our executive director."

It notes that for two years, the US Embassy in Costa Rica

Cisco hops on machine learning bandwagon with new switches
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 05:54

Cisco is once again making a push to tie its networking hardware deeper into the compute space, this time with "intuitive" boxes that are better able to analyze and control network traffic.

The new Catalyst 9000 series switches introduce a new management platform called "DNA Center," and the aim is to make the switches better able to apply security policies and controls for devices on a network.

The control center will be able to manage access policies and privileges for devices and apply specific security controls via the Talos security tools. Cisco says the tools will be able to analyze

Microsoft says Skype outages are over – a few hours too early
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 04:48

Microsoft thought it had fixed global outages for Skype that began yesterday, but so far, no such luck. Skype is still going through ups and downs.

In a tweet at 1408 GMT June 19, Skype support admitted that, “There is an ongoing incident affecting the ability to connect to the application.” In another tweet at 1745, Skype support claimed, “We have resolved the issue affecting Skype connectivity. Thank you for your patience, and enjoy Skype!”

Downdetector.com shows that problems are affecting most of the world, including the eastern United States, countries in Europe and bits of Asia.

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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

Let's go live to the 3rd circle of Hell – and see what Comcast and Charter are screwing up
Friday, 23 June 2017 06:52

A Texas telco says Comcast sabotaged its cable network after it refused a buyout offer.

Telecom Cable, which provided services in and around Houston, claimed Comcast agents dug up and destroyed its lines in 2015, forcing the company out of business and driving its owners out of the Lone Star State.

Now, Telecom's former owners are suing Comcast in the Texas Harris County court for over $1m in damages. Comcast denies it engaged in any foul play.

Telecom alleges in court documents that in 2013 and 2014 Comcast had attempted to acquire Telecom Cable and its 229 cable and internet service

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