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Cloudflare experiments with hidden Tor services
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 14:57

Cloudflare has added a Tor hidden service to its DNS services.

Launching the service , the company explained that while it wipes logs and doesn't write client IP addresses to disk, “exceptionally privacy-conscious folks might not want to reveal their IP address to the resolver at all, and we respect that.”

The resolver's address is dns4torpnlfs2ifuz2s2yf3fc7rdmsbhm6rw75euj35pac6ap25zgqad.onion, accessible via tor.cloudflare-dns.com, and (for those not familiar with Tor) the reason it's so extraordinarily complex is that it's the public key used to encrypt communication with the hidden service.

So users don't have to try to remember “dns4torpnlfs2ifuz2s2yf3fc7rdmsbhm6rw75euj35pac6ap25zgqad”, it uses HTTP's Alt-Svc header

Great time to shift bytes: International bandwidth prices are in free fall
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 12:59

International bandwidth prices are plummeting, with some routes offering 10 Gbps connections for less than US$5,000 per month.

That's the cost of a link between New York and London, according to international telco analyst firm Telegeography (best known for its submarine cable maps ). That route, however, has always been one of the most contested in the world: in 2014, Telegeography's Brianna Boudreau noted on Tuesday , the price was already well under $10,000.

By comparison, the New York to Tokyo route, costing roughly $15,000 per month (median price) for a 10Gbps link in 2014, has fallen to around a

nbn™ CEO didn't mean to offend gamers, just brand them unwelcome bandwidth-hogs
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 11:14

Bill Morrow, CEO of the nbn™, the company building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has learned to Fear The Wrath Of Gamers.

Morrow angered gamers with comments to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the NBN, which he on Monday he told that some “super users” on its fixed wireless services are downloading “terabytes” per month. The company is considering fair-use clause in contracts (as apply to its SkyMuster satellite services) or even traffic shaping to cope.

nbn™ has clarified that it wasn't “blaming” gamers for congestion on its wireless networks.

As an example of heavy users, Morrow included gamers, a

US govt mulls snatching back full control of the internet's domain name and IP address admin
Wednesday, 06 June 2018 07:30

The US government has formally asked whether it should reassert its control of the internet's administrative functions, effectively reversing a handover to non-profit organization ICANN two years ago.

"Should the IANA Stewardship Transition be unwound? If yes, why and how? If not, why not?" reads one of 23 questions that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has put into a formal notice of inquiry [PDF] published on Tuesday in the Federal Register.

In effect, should Uncle Sam regain ultimate control of IANA – the ICANN department that oversees the planet's domain-name system, IP address allocation, and network protocol number

WiFi Pool Controller Only Cost $20
Friday, 08 June 2018 16:00

Pools have come a long way. It used to be you had a pump and if you were lucky it had a mechanical timer switch on it. That was it. Now you have digital controllers and spa jets and heaters. You can even get them that connect to your home automation system. If your pool isn’t new enough to do that already, you can get a range of add-on accessories. For a price. [Rob] paid $500 to get a remote for his pool. It wasn’t even WiFi, just a simple RF remote. In 3 years, the transmitter had burned out …read more

Packet mix cake is yum! And so is this mix of packet-related news
Monday, 04 June 2018 09:01

ROUNDUP FireEye has borrowed from the credit card industry to try and detect malicious logins.

The company's reasoning is that someone in Sydney at 9AM can't legitimately log into a system from (say) Hong Kong an hour later.

So the company's announced GeoLogonalyzer to try to detect malicious logins by their source.

A “geo feasibility” analyser, GeoLogonalyzer aims to detect authentication attempts from distant locations; a user account logging on from improbable IP addresses (for example, an IP in one city but the user also has logons from locations they're unlikely to be located); logon attempts from locations nobody's travelling

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