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Cisco patches yet another Data Centre Network Manager vuln
Monday, 03 September 2018 22:21

Cisco has coughed to its Data Centre Network Manager (DCNM) software having a rather unpleasant vulnerability – but there's a patch for it.

The vuln allows a logged-in attacker to gain access to sensitive files on a targeted system. Cisco described the flaw as being down to "improper validation of user requests within the management interface".

In plain English, enterprises running older versions of DCNM – prior to version 11.0(1) – are vulnerable to the attack, in which a malicious person could send requests containing directory traversal "character sequences", fooling the target server into returning the contents of file directories

Oz carrier Vocus rushes cable into service following SMW-3 break
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 10:53

In response to another – yet another – failure on the SeaMeWe-3 submarine cable, Australian telco Vocus has lit up its ASC submarine cable ahead of schedule.

Vocus reported the fault at 9.34 am Australian Eastern Standard Time yesterday and, on investigation, identified the problem as a break around 1.2 km from the Tuas, Singapore cable station.

Since cable repairs can take up to a month to complete, Vocus this morning decided to light up its Australia-Singapore Cable (ASC) early and start migrating customer traffic to the new route.

The company had previously announced September 14 as the cable's ready-for-service

Strewth! Aussie ISP gets eye-watering IPv4 bill, shifts to IPv6 addresses
Wednesday, 05 September 2018 07:18

For years, internet engineers have predicted that the cost of an ever-smaller pool of IPv4 addresses would cause people to shift to the internet's new IPv6 protocol. Well, it finally appears to be happening.

Speaking at the annual conference of Australian Network Operators late last week, the managing director of ISP Aussie Broadband, Phillip Britt, told attendees that his company had decided to speed up IPv6 adoption after it calculated the growing cost of sticking with IPv4.

"The high cost of IPv4 space led to us speeding up our IPv6 project," Britt noted in his presentation [PDF], "and we are

5G can help us spy on West Midlands with AI CCTV, giggles UK.gov
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 22:53

We use this picture not to titillate but in the vain hope someone might realise we've reached the bottom of the slippery slope

The West Midlands is to become the first UK urban 5G testbed area at a cost of up to £50m – with one use for the new tech being China-style AI-powered CCTV cameras with automated facial recognition, according to the government.

The Urban Connected Communities Project, UK.gov-speak for "the latest wheeze we're tipping cash into", is tasked by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (aka Minifun) with trialling 5G, which is the latest global spec

BT scoops Home Counties chunk of new NHS IT contract
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 00:53

BT has won a five-year contract to supply comms and IT services to various chunks of the NHS.

BT reckoned the deal will help medics get themselves and their patients' data on the cloud, and then to "access patient data securely over high-bandwidth digital connections".

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) contract covers 24 NHS Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups, mostly based across the Home Counties and including Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Sussex and Kent, among others.

"Trusts and CCGs will be able to choose the connections best suited to meet the needs of their patients as they update their

Make BGP great again, er, no, for the first time: NIST backs internet route security brainwave
Thursday, 06 September 2018 14:07

A proposal for securing BGP – the protocol that lays out the traffic pathways of the internet – has a another backer: NIST, aka America's National Institute for Standards and Technology.

The US government agency has issued a discussion paper outlining the use of Route Origin Validation ( ROV ) to protect the notoriously all-too-trusting Border Gateway Protocol ( BGP ) from route hijacking .

BGP, in a nutshell, allows the patchwork of large networks that make up the global internet announce to each other how to thread everyone's connections through mazes of machines crisscrossing the planet until they reach

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