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ABBA-solutely crapulous! Swedish router-maker won't patch gaping hole
Saturday, 03 September 2016 08:33

European customer-premises equipment (CPE) kit-maker Inteno has said it isn't going to patch a hole that has been sitting in some of its routers for the last nine months, saying it's not the firm's problem.

That's bad news if a European carrier, Inteno's key customers, dropped one of the problematic devices into your home.

The critical vulnerability, found by F-Secure's senior security consultant Harry Sintonen, allows anyone to get full admin privileges by staging a man-in-the-middle attack on certain types of Inteno routers. The attack is possible because the firmware doesn't validate the Auto Configuration Server (ACS) certificate.

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Software USB On the ESP8266
Sunday, 04 September 2016 10:01

A while back, [cnlohr] needed a USB keyboard and mouse. His box ‘o junk didn’t hold this particular treasure, and instead of hopping on Amazon like a normal geek or venturing into the outside realm on a mid-level ‘store’ quest like a normal person, [cnlohr] decided to turn an ESP8266 into a USB keyboard and mouse. How hard could it be? The ESP doesn’t support USB, but bitbanging hasn’t stopped him before. The end result is a USB stack running on the ESP8266 WiFI module.

[cnlohr] has been working for about a month on this USB implementation for the …read more

Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 19:09

Vodafone is withdrawing its free legacy Demon email service and is giving customers the choice of either moving their addresses to another, paid-for service or losing them altogether.

The operator has struck a deal with NamesCo that allows customers to transfer their accounts for £30 per year. Previously the legacy Demon service allowed an unlimited number of email accounts per domain.

One customer got in touch to complain of the costs. He said: "Vodafone should accept ongoing responsibility for the Demon domain names that underpin those identities."

Demon Internet was one of the UK's earliest ISPs, offering dial-up internet access

NBN delivers boring, solid result for 2015/2016
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 12:59

nbn TM , the entity building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network, has delivered a pretty dull set of annual results.

The headline numbers are straightforward: there are now 1.1 million active customers (compared to 486,000 last year), and ready-for-service premises hit 2.9 million.

Revenue is up to AU$421 million, and average-revenue-per-user (ARPU) is $43 per month (up seven per cent).

Losses have also risen because of the capex needed to build the network and because of rising subscriber costs.

For the first time, the company has broken out its subscriber costs, which it say were $193 million in financial

EFF vows to take up muni broadband cause after FCC denied
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 05:46

With a US court having recently overturned the FCC's attempts to push for municipal broadband networks, online activists are readying their own campaign.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is putting its weight behind efforts to overturn or amend state laws that restrict cities from building their own broadband networks to compete with incumbent cable and phone companies operating in their area.

Such networks have become a hotly-contested issue between the cities, large telcos, and the FCC. The telcos argue that the muni networks are an unneeded incursion by the government into private business, and point to laws in some states

Nerd-Bait: ESP8266 + ILI9341 Screen
Thursday, 18 August 2016 10:10

In honor of my-own-damn-self, we’re going to call it Elliot’s Law: “When any two interesting parts get cheap enough on eBay, someone will make an interface PCB for them.”

And so it is with [Johan Kanflo]’s latest bit of work: a PCB that mounts an ESP8266 module onto the back of an ILI9341 color display, with user button, power supply, and an auxiliary MOSFET. Four bucks for the screen, four bucks for the ESP8266 module, and a few bucks here and there on parts and PCB, and you’ve got an Internet-enabled, full-color, 320×240 graphical display. That’s pretty awesome, and …read more

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