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Great Leap Forward sees broadband speeds surge, 99 per cent of villages hooked up, all for $6/month


China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology had a busy Monday as it declared the country's intention to be both a manufacturing and a network superpower, and claimed progress towards the latter goal is illustrated with some seemingly odd statistics.

Liu Liehong, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, told reporters that China's 13th Five-Year Plan, enacted in 2015, delivered a great leap forward in networking capabilities.

The minister claimed the Middle Kingdom has already "built the world's largest information and communication network." Under the last plan, Liehong stated that China's fibre-optic broadband users increased from 56 per cent of connections to 94 per cent since 2015, while gigabit capable passive optical networks now cover more than 120 million households. The minister said the digital gap between rural and urban areas is significantly reduced, by an unspecified amount.

4G base stations in China account for more than half of the global total, he claimed, while the combined reach of 4G and optical fiber means 99 per cent of China's administrative villages are connected to the 'net.

As for 5G, Leihong said 792,000 5G base stations have opened and the country boasts 260 million 5G mobile terminal connections.

The minister's 5G numbers are smaller than those reported late last month by three of China’s big telcos. China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom said they added more than 300 million 5G subscriptions in 2020 (compared to Leihong’s figure of 260 million in total) and more than a million new 5G-enabled base transceiver stations (Leihong offered a figure of 792,000).

More claims abound. End-to-end user experience speed of fixed broadband and mobile networks reached 51.2Mbps and 22.8Mbps respectively, a seven-fold increase compared to 2015, it's claimed.

When compared to an unnamed international speed testing agency, Liehong said China’s fixed broadband ranked 18th among 176 countries and regions and the mobile speed ranked 4th among 139 countries and regions.

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Leihong also trumpeted falling connectivity prices in the Middle Kingdom, claiming that in the second half of 2020 average mobile network traffic tariffs dropped by more than 10 per cent, thanks to 5G. He also quoted Global Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) data reporting that average monthly expenditure of mobile communication in China is less than US$6, compared to a global average of US$11.36.

Earlier that day, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued the declaration positioning China toward a role as a dual networking and manufacturing power. Xiao Yaqing, Minister and Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Minister said in the document that under the 14th five-year plan China “strives to write a new chapter in the construction of a manufacturing and network power.”

Yaqing justified the claim to rise in power by pointing to China's 30 per cent of global manufacturing share and calling the country's optical fiber and 4G networks as "the world's largest." Yaqing said China continues to keep ahead in global tech by building on toward 5G commercialization. ®


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In the meantime, Russia intends to either hand its section of the International Space Station (ISS) to the Americans and their pals in 2025, or commercialize its portion of the lab. We note the Kremlin's agreement to be involved in the orbiting station is due to run out in 2024, and it appears there's no appetite to renew that commitment.

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And now their entire school – or at least anyone using a umn.edu email address – has been banned from offering future Linux kernel contributions.

Qiushi Wu, a doctoral student in computer science and engineering at the American college, and Kangjie Lu, assistant professor at the school, penned a paper titled, "On the Feasibility of Stealthily Introducing Vulnerabilities in Open-Source Software via Hypocrite Commits" [PDF], which is slated to be presented at the Proceedings of the 42nd IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy next month.

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Although Quanta didn't go into the finer details, other than to say it has contacted local law enforcement, earlier today ransomware gang REvil said it was culprit, and is "negotiating the sale" of data captured in the attack "with several major brands"

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Today's pledge would see existing plans for internet-connected tat extended to smartphones and tablets, which is a large step for a scheme originally put together for landfill Internet-of-Things devices such as webcams.

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said in a canned statement: "Our phones and smart devices can be a gold mine for hackers looking to steal data, yet a great number still run older software with holes in their security systems."

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"This is traffic we're seeing directly coming from malware, or it's something that's getting activated in browser... and being detected by us," lead researcher Sean Gallagher told The Register. He was open about this only being traffic observed by Sophos, meaning the true worldwide figure for TLS-encrypted malware traffic could differ.

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Great Leap Forward sees broadband speeds surge, 99 per cent of villages hooked up, all for $6/month


China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology had a busy Monday as it declared the country's intention to be both a manufacturing and a network superpower, and claimed progress towards the latter goal is illustrated with some seemingly odd statistics.

Liu Liehong, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, told reporters that China's 13th Five-Year Plan, enacted in 2015, delivered a great leap forward in networking capabilities.

The minister claimed the Middle Kingdom has already "built the world's largest information and communication network." Under the last plan, Liehong stated that China's fibre-optic broadband users increased from 56 per cent of connections to 94 per cent since 2015, while gigabit capable passive optical networks now cover more than 120 million households. The minister said the digital gap between rural and urban areas is significantly reduced, by an unspecified amount.

4G base stations in China account for more than half of the global total, he claimed, while the combined reach of 4G and optical fiber means 99 per cent of China's administrative villages are connected to the 'net.

As for 5G, Leihong said 792,000 5G base stations have opened and the country boasts 260 million 5G mobile terminal connections.

The minister's 5G numbers are smaller than those reported late last month by three of China’s big telcos. China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom said they added more than 300 million 5G subscriptions in 2020 (compared to Leihong’s figure of 260 million in total) and more than a million new 5G-enabled base transceiver stations (Leihong offered a figure of 792,000).

More claims abound. End-to-end user experience speed of fixed broadband and mobile networks reached 51.2Mbps and 22.8Mbps respectively, a seven-fold increase compared to 2015, it's claimed.

When compared to an unnamed international speed testing agency, Liehong said China’s fixed broadband ranked 18th among 176 countries and regions and the mobile speed ranked 4th among 139 countries and regions.

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Leihong also trumpeted falling connectivity prices in the Middle Kingdom, claiming that in the second half of 2020 average mobile network traffic tariffs dropped by more than 10 per cent, thanks to 5G. He also quoted Global Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) data reporting that average monthly expenditure of mobile communication in China is less than US$6, compared to a global average of US$11.36.

Earlier that day, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued the declaration positioning China toward a role as a dual networking and manufacturing power. Xiao Yaqing, Minister and Secretary of the Party Leadership Group and Minister said in the document that under the 14th five-year plan China “strives to write a new chapter in the construction of a manufacturing and network power.”

Yaqing justified the claim to rise in power by pointing to China's 30 per cent of global manufacturing share and calling the country's optical fiber and 4G networks as "the world's largest." Yaqing said China continues to keep ahead in global tech by building on toward 5G commercialization. ®


Russia's space agency hopes to launch its own orbiting science lab by 2030 after entering talks with NASA to pull out of the International Space Station in the coming years.

On Wednesday, Roscosmos indicated it was waiting for the thumbs up from President Putin to build the new platform, which will not be constantly manned due to the level of radiation from its planned orbit, and will use robots and machine-learning software. The lab is intended to get a good view of potential Arctic shipping routes for the Kremlin, and an initial module of the structure could be launched as early as 2025.

In the meantime, Russia intends to either hand its section of the International Space Station (ISS) to the Americans and their pals in 2025, or commercialize its portion of the lab. We note the Kremlin's agreement to be involved in the orbiting station is due to run out in 2024, and it appears there's no appetite to renew that commitment.

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Sponsored The healthcare industry is transforming. The growth of health-focused IoT devices and wearables, increasing healthcare data breaches, and adoption of telemedicine, clinical informatics and mobile initiatives have led many healthcare providers to increase IT budgets. Automating and integrating disparate clinical systems to help staff improve efficiency is a key challenge.

The IoT devices and other digital initiatives are generating a deluge of data. The global healthcare data storage market is expected to reach US$9.3 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 16.2% from $2.4 billion in 2018. Use of wearable fitness and health technologies has more than tripled in the last four years, according to research from Insider Intelligence.

Globally, healthcare provider expenditure is projected to rise by 5.4 percent annually through 2022. In establishing operational efficiencies, C-suite decision-makers have to leverage technology to not only boost cost savings but also address the challenges of physician burnout and clinical staffing shortages.

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Updated It is possible to hijack and manipulate Cellebrite's phone-probing software tools by placing a specially crafted file on your handset, it is claimed.

Signal app supremo Moxie Marlinspike said in an advisory on Wednesday that he managed to get his hands on some of Cellebrite's gear, which is typically used by cops, government agents, big biz, and authoritarian regimes to forcibly access the contents of physically seized smartphones.

Continue readingUniversity duo thought it would be cool to sneak bad code into Linux as an experiment. Of course, it absolutely backfired 'Our community does not appreciate being experimented on' says Kroah-Hartman

Updated Computer scientists at the University of Minnesota theorized they could sneak vulnerabilities into open-source software – but when they tried subverting the Linux kernel, it backfired spectacularly.

And now their entire school – or at least anyone using a umn.edu email address – has been banned from offering future Linux kernel contributions.

Qiushi Wu, a doctoral student in computer science and engineering at the American college, and Kangjie Lu, assistant professor at the school, penned a paper titled, "On the Feasibility of Stealthily Introducing Vulnerabilities in Open-Source Software via Hypocrite Commits" [PDF], which is slated to be presented at the Proceedings of the 42nd IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy next month.

Continue readingApple supplier Quanta Computer confirms it's fallen victim to ransomware attack REvil gang starts publishing designs of what appear to be unreleased products

Quanta Computer, an ODM laptop manufacturer and prolific Apple supplier, has now confirmed that digital burglars broke into its systems.

In a statement provided to Bloomberg, Quanta said: "Quanta Computer's information security team has worked with external IT experts in response to cyber attacks on a small number of Quanta servers.

Although Quanta didn't go into the finer details, other than to say it has contacted local law enforcement, earlier today ransomware gang REvil said it was culprit, and is "negotiating the sale" of data captured in the attack "with several major brands"

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Redis Labs has announced a slew of new modules designed to enhance consistency, boost machine learning, and bolster JSON document support in its core open-source database.

The new add-ons are optional and will be available in the second half of the year with release 7.0.

Redis has hit the big time in the last year, rising to the top of the AWS hit-parade to become the most popular database on the dominant cloud platform.

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Google has pushed through modifications for that thing that isn't Zoom or Teams. Meet is getting a polish.

It is fair to say that Meet has not been the slam-dunk it might have been as remote and hybrid working suddenly expanded. Enterprises already in the Microsoft 365 world mostly embraced Teams while "Zoom" became as much a verb for an online meeting as "Google" did for searching the web.

Meet has, however, languished somewhat despite Google's efforts to pile on the features.

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Phone, tablet, and IoT gadget makers will have to state when they'll stop providing security updates for new devices entering the market, the UK's Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) vowed this morning.

Today's pledge would see existing plans for internet-connected tat extended to smartphones and tablets, which is a large step for a scheme originally put together for landfill Internet-of-Things devices such as webcams.

Digital Infrastructure Minister Matt Warman said in a canned statement: "Our phones and smart devices can be a gold mine for hackers looking to steal data, yet a great number still run older software with holes in their security systems."

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Continue readingHalf of Q1's malware traffic observed by Sophos was TLS encrypted, hiding inside legit requests to legit services Brit infosec outfit points to nefarious deeds within Discord, Google systems

After years of warnings about security, surveillance, and unwanted state intrusion, one group of internet-connected folk has taken heed: malware operators.

British infosec biz Sophos reckons just under half of malware traffic it saw in the wild during the opening three months of 2021 alone was using Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt both its command-and-control traffic and data exfiltration. The company says that figure is up from 23 per cent of known malware traffic during the whole of 2020.

"This is traffic we're seeing directly coming from malware, or it's something that's getting activated in browser... and being detected by us," lead researcher Sean Gallagher told The Register. He was open about this only being traffic observed by Sophos, meaning the true worldwide figure for TLS-encrypted malware traffic could differ.

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Data visualisation biz Grafana is switching its licence model from Apache 2.0 to the Affero General Public License (AGPL) v3.

The decision, announced this morning by CEO and co-founder Raj Dutt, was made as the company continues balancing the "value creation" of its open-source community and the "value capture" of monetisation. Somebody, after all, has to pay to keep the lights on.

"The choice of license is a key pillar of this strategy, and is something that we’ve deliberated on extensively since the company began," he said.

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