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Ethernet is 40 - from Alohanet to Terabit and beyond

Or how Bob Metcalfe set out to solve the challenge of wireless data and inadvertently gave Starbucks a business model. Is there a more ubiquitous, enabling technology than Ethernet? If there is it’s hard to think what it might be. It...

Tags: bob metcalfe, ethernet, local area network, personal computer, robert metcalfe, starbucks, token ring

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FinFisher: legitimate spy program or dubious commercial malware?

Is the FinFisher suite legitimate surveillance or software’s Dr Strangelove? The UK is a bulwark against cybercrime, noted the world over for its respect for the principles of law and order; except that is when a British-based firm is accused...

Tags: bahrain, czech republic, finfisher, firefox, gamma international, strangelove

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Scotland's Internet startups still firing on one cylinder

Now that Silicon Glen is a memory Scotland needs more than worthy aspirations Internet startups can look effortless. Google surfaced like an information leviathan from the genius factory of Stanford University, Facebook came out of a dorm room full...

Tags: edinburgh, london, san francisco, scotland, silicon fen, silicon glen, stanford university, virgin media pioneers

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Did a 300Gb/s DDoS really slow the Net? Only if you believe in Smurfs

Lock up your DNS - the little blue men are back.A day on from what was only yesterday being described as a DDoS attack so large it had slowed the Internet itself, the sceptics have rallied with a simple question:...

Tags: arbor networks, cloudflare, denial-of-service attack, domain name system, internet traffic, ip address, spamhaus, the spamhaus project

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Will China's techies go near Canonical's 'Kylin' Linux?

Linux in China, Ubuntu styleRecent history is strewn with the corpses of national operating system projects and it is probably too early to tell whether Canonical's Ubuntu ‘Kylin’ collaboration with China’s Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (CSIP) will...

Tags: canonical, china, linux, national university of defense technology, red flag linux, steve ballmer, ubuntu

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SCADA's frighteningly exposed underbelly

Industrial control systems and SCADA are under attack but from who or what?According to a Trend Micro researcher who decided to find out by setting up an be Industrial Control Systems (ICS) SCADA honeypot that mimicked among other things an...

Tags: china, industrial control system, scada, stuxnet, trend micro

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Google's Chromebook - from vanity project to stealthy Windows killer

How on earth did this happen? By its own high standards, Microsoft’s Windows 8 juggernaut is in a bit of a sales fix while a Google OS/Chromebook platform few consumers had even heard of six months ago is suddenly just...

Tags: acer, chromebook, google, google chrome os, linux, microsoft, windows, windows 8

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Iran vs USA - the world's first cyber-war has started

It sometimes hides behind hacktivism. But 75Gbps peak DDoS on US banks is no amateur protest...We can say with a growing sense  of certainty that the world’s first cyberwar is upon us, unfolding behind the scenes with a rising level...

Tags: denial-of-service attack, iran, james a. lewis, jpmorgan chase, middle east, new york times, united states, us government

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New Year resolution 2013 - ditch Java

Not even Oracle’s recent security overhaul to Java Development Kit 7, Update 10 (JDK 7u10) deserves to save its seat on the average non-business PC, a slew of informed experts have argued. I'm not about to disagree.We’ve written about Java...

Tags: java, java development kit, javascript, oracle, oracle corporation, personal computer, qualys, security

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'Eurograbber' SMS attack shows Android's vulnerability

We end 2012 with the alarming knowledge that the SMS two-factor authentication systems used to secure online banking have suffered their first major security failure and left a clutch of banks down to the tune of €36 million (£30 million).Between...

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