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India sets up second new CERT in a year, this time for government
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 15:01

India has decided it needs a third computer emergency response team, to protect government digital services.

The nation already has two CERTs, in the form of CERTin which has a familiar mission to serve as a national agency for detecting and advising of new threats and Fin-CERT, added earlier this year, for its financial sector.

Now the nation has inaugurated “NIC-CERT”. The “NIC” stands for National Informatics Centre , India's e-business and e-governance organisation.

NIC's role means NIC-CERT's been given the job of protecting Indian government infrastructure. That's a rather important role given India has gone all-in on digital services,

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What network neutrality madness has happened today? Take a big breath
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 08:37

It may have escaped your notice but America's broadband watchdog, the FCC, will vote on Thursday on a provision that would effectively undermine net neutrality protections in the US. People are – and this may shock you – not happy about it.

Yesterday, many of the internet's pioneers and early engineers signed a letter slamming the plan by FCC boss Ajit Pai to undo the safeguards, noting that it was based on a "flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology" and represented "an imminent threat to the Internet."

Pai responded by announcing they had created a new dashboard that

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Juniper squeezes vulns that allow total p0wnage
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 18:03

Juniper admins using the company's NorthStar WAN SDN Controller Application, hop to it: the company's just dropped fixes to 28 security vulnerabilities.

The bugs apply to version 2.1.0 Service Pack 1 and newer versions of the application.

With such a crop available, here are the most severe bugs, some of them internal to the application, others inherited from third-party libraries.

CVE-2017-2320 , with a Common Vulnerabilities Scoring System score of 10, is the most serious. It's a remotely exploitable denial-of-service (DoS) bug that can lead to “targeted information disclosure [or] modification of any component of the NorthStar system, including managed

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Reverse Engineering the Nintendo Wavebird
Friday, 15 December 2017 21:00

Readers who were firmly on Team Nintendo in the early 2000’s or so can tell you that there was no accessory cooler for the Nintendo GameCube than the WaveBird. Previous attempts at wireless game controllers had generally either been sketchy third-party accessories or based around IR, and in both cases the end result was that the thing barely worked. The WaveBird on the other hand was not only an official product by Nintendo, but used 2.4 GHz to communicate with the system. Some concessions had to be made with the WaveBird; it lacked rumble, was a bit heavier than the …read more

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Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: cancel flawed net neutrality vote
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 06:28

Internet and technology luminaries, including Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and "Father of the internet" Vint Cerf, have called on the FCC to cancel its planned net neutrality vote this week, arguing that it is based on a "flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology."

"We are the pioneers and technologists who created and now operate the Internet, and some of the innovators and business people who, like many others, depend on it for our livelihood," the open letter , sent to key Congressmen and women, begins.

"We are writing to respectfully urge you to call

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Bluetooth Gun Safe Cracked By Researchers
Thursday, 14 December 2017 09:00

Believe it or not, there are quite a few people out there who have purchased gun safes that can be remotely unlocked by Bluetooth. Now we can understand why somebody might think this was a good idea: the convenience of being able to hit a button on your phone and have your weapon available in the heat of the moment is arguably a big selling point for people who are purchasing something like this for home defense. But those with a more technical mind will likely wonder if the inherent risks of having your firearm (or other valuables) protected by …read more

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