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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

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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

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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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Situation normal, blurts T-Mobile, while network continues to crap itself
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:24
Situation normal, blurts T-Mobile, while network continues to crap itself

From the webcomic Gunshow, by KC Green

Word of T-Mobile US outages has reached customers, social media, support representatives and The Register – just not the network's marketing team.

A T-Mobile spokesperson told The Register in an email at 13:30 BST on 12 June that "all is operating normally". But El Reg spoke with two support staff who confirmed that there are ongoing outages throughout America.

Downdetector reports that T-Mobile has been experiencing network issues since 02:42 EDT.

One customer care representative said at 13:26 BST that the outages affect domestic text, data and voice services as well as international

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BT's Ryan Reynolds helicopter Wi-Fi ads 'misleading', thunders ad watchdog
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 18:02
Ryan Reynolds dangles off a helicopter for BT

Ryan Reynolds dangles off a helicopter to advertise the BT Smart Hub

The UK Advertising Standards Authority has rapped BT on the knuckles for claiming its Smart Hub delivered "the UK's most powerful Wi‑Fi signal".

Following a barrage of complaints from competitors and the general public, the watchdog ruled that the telco broke 12 ASA rules with its series of ads, featuring Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds dangling from a helicopter while bellowing that his Wi‑Fi signal was nice and strong.

It was "inaccurate" and "misleading" of the one-time state monopoly to claim that the Smart Hub provided a "stronger signal" than

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Just days after tech community abandons plans to punish internet shutdowns… Egypt goes censorship crazy
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 06:40

Egypt has embarked on a new wave of online censorship, blocking news websites and killing off VPN services in order to limit its citizens' access to information.

Over the past three weeks, the Egyptian authorities have blocked access to more than 50 news websites, including Al Jazeera and local newspapers Daily News Egypt, Al-Borsa, and Al-Mesryoon.

On Monday, as more and more Egyptians turned to VPN services as a way to get around the blocks, ISPs started blocking access to the websites of companies offering such services. Meanwhile, the newspapers themselves have tried to bypass the censorship by hosting their

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