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A Lesson in Blind Reverse Engineering – Signals Intelligence
Friday, 25 July 2014 10:01

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In a fit of desperation, I turned to data mining tools and algorithms, but stepped back from the horror of that unspeakable knowledge before my mind was shattered. That way madness lies.

–[Rory O'hare]

Wise words. Wise words, indeed. Who among us hasn’t sat staring into the abyss of seemingly endless data without the slightest clue to what it means or even how to go about figuring out what it means? To literally feel the brain damage seeping in as you start to see ‘ones’ and ‘zeros’ reach out to you from every day electronic devices…like some ghost in the … Read the rest

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 18:54

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Virgin Media customers were kicked offline last night, after a DNS blunder from the cable company disrupted its network on Tuesday.

It comes after rival BT suffered a similar, widespread technical cockup over the weekend.

Virgin Media, which is owned by US telecoms giant Liberty Global, coughed to a "nationwide DNS outage" on its Twitter account this morning when quizzed by irate subscribers.

One Reg reader, Richard, told us last night that Virgin Media's titsup network appeared to have "fallen over for a lot of people judging by the current rapidly increasing queues

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ISPs haul GCHQ into COURT over dragnet interwebs snooping
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 22:44

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Britain's eavesdropping nerve centre GCHQ has been accused of unlawfully accessing the private communications of potentially millions of people – and angry internet service providers are dragging the snooping agency to court.

ISPs and organisations from the US, UK, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Korea and Germany have teamed up with Privacy International to take legal action against the Brit spying agency in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations.

A complaint was lodged in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal on Wednesday.

Claimants in the case argued that GCHQ had damaged "the trust in security and privacy that

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat
Monday, 30 June 2014 19:14

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BT was hit by a huge DNS outage on Saturday morning but the telecoms giant was very slow to respond to customer complaints, it has been claimed.

A DNS flaw downed BT's network across Blighty, according to anecdotal reports on Twitter.

But the one-time state monopoly was very sluggish to respond to gripes from subscribers who were unable to connect to the internet via BT's broadband service for several hours over the weekend.

BT told The Register in a brief statement:

We can confirm some customers had issues connecting to the internet on Saturday

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NBN Co reveals THOUSAND-node FTTN trial built by Telstra
Thursday, 26 June 2014 10:04

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NBN Co has selected Telstra as the builder of a 200,000-premises pilot of fibre-to-the-node technology in order to pick the copper from its brains.

NBN Co, the company charged with building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), today said the carrier was chosen in order to "leverage Telstra’s expert design knowledge of its copper network combined with NBN Co’s own skills and resources as well as those of the Australian construction industry."

NBN Co's statement about the build says it will comprise 1,000 nodes in Queensland and New South Wales.

Media reports claiming sources within

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Ofcom to BT Openreach: From now on, you'd better kill 70% of gremlins within 2 days
Thursday, 26 June 2014 19:06

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BT faces strict new measures to speed up Openreach repairs on its aged copper infrastructure from the start of next month, the UK's communications watchdog said today.

Ofcom warned BT that it will be expected to fix around 70 per cent of phone and broadband faults within two working days over the course of a year.

That benchmark rises to completing 80 per cent of repairs within the targeted timeframe by 2016, the regulator said.

BT will also be required to provide appointments for roughly 55 per cent of new line installations. Openreach engineers will be

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