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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading
Thursday, 22 June 2017 21:54

Adverts using the word "fibre" to describe services deployed over copper lines are leaving UK consumers baffled, according to research commissioned by alternative network providers.

The research, conducted by market research agency Opinion Leader using focus groups in London, Sheffield and Swansea, found that the majority of participants were confused about what "fibre" meant.

Alternative network providers Gigaclear, Hyperoptic and Cityfibre have presented the findings to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which is currently reviewing advertising of broadband services labelled as fibre.

One participant commented: "There's no competition between fibre and part-fibre... It's like choosing between an awesome car and

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Yes, this is our third Cisco story of the day. It's about 23 bugs you need to fix, stat
Thursday, 22 June 2017 17:02

We all know the only thing more fun than a WebEx conference is a recorded WebEx conference, which is why WebEx Network Recording Player exists – and if you use it, you need to patch it.

Switchzilla's 23-patch Wednesday Whack-a-Mole includes fixes for multiple buffer overrun WebEx vulnerabilities.

The WebEx vulns can be exploited by sending a victim an Advanced Recording Format (ARF) file. If they're the kind of tragic who can be convinced to spend part of their life replaying a Web conference, their machine will crash, opening the gate to remote code execution.

The software is part of

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Cisco's 'encrypted traffic fingerprinting' turned into a product
Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:57

Cisco has turned research published nearly a year ago into a product it hopes will protect enterprises against malware hidden in encrypted traffic.

As The Register reported in July 2016 , a group of Cisco researchers have been working on how to spot dangers entering networks through TLS.

Since you can't see inside encrypted packets (unless you proxy the connection for decryption, a solution troubling both from privacy and security viewpoints), the paper's authors (Blake Anderson, Subharthi Paul and David McGrew) looked for malware signatures in those parts of the traffic that's not encrypted – TLS negotiation packets like clientHello

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Arista-cats nearly out of the bag as redesigned products okayed
Thursday, 22 June 2017 11:02

Arista's long slog back to the shelves in America continues with an initial determination from the International Trade Commission okaying its product redesign.

As part of the long-running legal slugfest between Arista and Cisco, the Trade Commission banned the import of Arista products it alleged infringed a Cisco patent.

Arista redesigned its EOS to make its products comply, but the to-and-fro continued: first, US Customs and Border Protection said the reworked operating system was okay to import, then, responding to an appeal from Cisco, another investigation was launched into the so-called "'944 case".

Today's initial determination takes another step towards

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TalkTalk customers complain of being unable to load Amazon website
Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:54

Certain UK TalkTalk customers have been unable to load Amazon's website since last week.

The issue emerged on TalkTalk's community page on Monday. The original poster wrote: "Hi for two days now i have had an issue with amazon not loading on three browsers IE, Chrome and Edge."

Other users commented to say they have experienced the same problem reaching the website of the massive online retailer.

Another said: "Sigh, probably yet another issue with their DNS blocking filters, anyhow for now switching to Google DNS fixes the issue. What a cowboy outfit TalkTalk are when they can't sort out

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FCC: LEO ISPs A-OK
Saturday, 24 June 2017 08:11

America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, has approved OneWeb's proposal to launch an ISP on the backs of 720 orbiting satellites.

The regulator said it would allow the ISP to offer its service in the US once it makes good on the plan to send 720 satellites into low earth orbit (LEO) and bounce data transmissions around the world.

Specifically, the FCC's order [PDF] grants OneWeb the right to transmit over six wireless bands (10.7-12.7 GHz, 14-14.5 GHz, 17.8-18.6 GHz, 18.8-19.3 GHz, 27.5-29.1 GHz, and 29.5-30 GHz) and creates a procedure for the company to build and operate the base stations

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