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Oracle 'net-watcher agrees, China Telecom is a repeat offender for misdirecting traffic
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 22:50

Oracle has backed claims that China Telecom Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) announcements regularly take internet traffic on an unwanted tour of the Middle Kingdom.

At the end of October, a Naval War College paper by Chris Demchak and Yuval Shavit documented what the pair said were "unusual and systematic hijacking patterns associated with China Telecom" ( PDF ).

Now that report has received a degree of corroboration from Oracle Internet Intelligence (OII).

While declining to comment on possible motivations, OII's Director of Internet Analysis Doug Madory blogged today that he "expended a great deal of effort" to end traffic misdirection

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Cisco swings the axe on permanent staff – hundreds laid off worldwide this week
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 16:10

Exclusive Cisco has confirmed to The Register it launched a round of layoffs on Monday, effectively slashing its Customer Experience (CX) team, after insiders alerted us to the cuts.

Between 200 and 300 jobs at least have been axed at Cisco CX, one Reg reader told us, along with up to 10 per cent of another division – understood to be the Cloud Platforms and Solutions Group – that spans Bangalore and the USA. Folks in the Global Architecture and Technology Services wing are also among those hit. Most of the layoffs hit permanent “blue badge” employees rather than “red

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Uncle Sam, D-Link told to battle in court over claims of shoddy device security: Judge snubs summary judgment bids
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 12:53

America's trade watchdog's case against network device maker D-Link will go ahead next January – after a district judge rebuked the two sides for wasting money drawing up and filing demands for summary judgments.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought its lawsuit against Taiwanese D-Link early last year in California, and in doing so griped about a host of alleged bad practices, including hard-coded passwords, command-injection vulnerabilities, misplaced security keys , and plaintext password storage in D-Link's gear. These, the watchdog claimed, amounted to misrepresentation by a company that touted the advanced security of its products, and thus put

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In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype
Friday, 09 November 2018 08:40

Analysis US cellphone networks are all throttling video to some extent, providing lower-quality stream to their customers, and some are purposefully undermining Skype as an alternative to their services.

That’s the upshot of a ten-month study by Northeastern University's College of Computer and Information Science set up to see what impact, if any, the end of net neutrality rules had had only ordinary users.

On the pure question of whether the FCC's decision to scrap its own rules has changed cellphone operators' behavior, the answer is no, they haven't – they were throttling before and they have continued to do

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Abu Dhabi drops sack of cash into UK broadband challenger Hyperoptic
Friday, 09 November 2018 04:00

The Abu Dhabi government has taken a minority stake in alternative Brit broadband bods Hyperoptic through its state-run investment firm.

With the company publicly promising to splurge £500m over the next three years on bringing full-fibre broadband to the masses, the Abu Dhabi investment will doubtless help it meet its own deployment targets.

Previously, Hyperoptic had said it would poke its glass rods into two million British households by 2022; it now hopes to do that by 2021, similarly bringing forward a second deadline for 5 million homes to 2024 from 2025.

The firm declined to tell the Financial Times

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4G slowcoach Three plans network and IT overhaul to get foot in the door with 5G
Thursday, 08 November 2018 22:20

Hutchison's Three UK has detailed an ambitious network and IT overhaul as it paves the ground for 5G.

After being a laggard with 4G, the UK operation sees 5G as a chance to grow by jumping the competition with efficiency gains from infrastructure updates.

Three has virtualized both its IT operations and its RAN and core networks, and it explained how it did this yesterday. UK CEO David Dyson also hinted that 5G wouldn't be introduced at a premium – which is how EE launched LTE – but stressed that launch dates were entirely up to the availability of handsets.

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