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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

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

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

Costa Rica complains of US govt harassment over Pirate Bay domain
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 06:08

The operator of Costa Rica's .cr internet registry has formally complained that it is being harassed by the US government over The Pirate Bay domain on its system.

In a letter [PDF] sent to the head of the Governmental Advisory Committee of DNS overseer ICANN, the president of the Costa Rican Academy of Science, Dr Pedro Leon Azofeifa, complains it has been at the end of "threats to close our registry, with repeated harassment regarding our practices ... and even personal negative comments directed to our executive director."

It notes that for two years, the US Embassy in Costa Rica

Cisco hops on machine learning bandwagon with new switches
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 05:54

Cisco is once again making a push to tie its networking hardware deeper into the compute space, this time with "intuitive" boxes that are better able to analyze and control network traffic.

The new Catalyst 9000 series switches introduce a new management platform called "DNA Center," and the aim is to make the switches better able to apply security policies and controls for devices on a network.

The control center will be able to manage access policies and privileges for devices and apply specific security controls via the Talos security tools. Cisco says the tools will be able to analyze

Microsoft says Skype outages are over – a few hours too early
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 04:48

Microsoft thought it had fixed global outages for Skype that began yesterday, but so far, no such luck. Skype is still going through ups and downs.

In a tweet at 1408 GMT June 19, Skype support admitted that, “There is an ongoing incident affecting the ability to connect to the application.” In another tweet at 1745, Skype support claimed, “We have resolved the issue affecting Skype connectivity. Thank you for your patience, and enjoy Skype!”

Downdetector.com shows that problems are affecting most of the world, including the eastern United States, countries in Europe and bits of Asia.

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