Networks

F5: Don't panic but anyone can log into our load balancers, thanks to libssh's credentials-optional security goof

2 hours 48 min ago
Also: AWS talks how to avoid TLS state machine slips

Network box maker F5 says it has shipped load balancers that are vulnerable to the libssh authentication-bypass bug – meaning anyone who can reach the devices over the network or internet can potentially log in simply by asking nicely.…

UK Home Office admits £200m Emergency Services Network savings 'delayed'

Thu, 2018-10-18 09:15
Oh, and the £1.1bn Airwave extension hasn't yet been triggered

The fine minds behind Britain's bungled Emergency Services Network comms system have admitted that its projected £200m savings might not kick in until 2020.…

Come on, Cisco bug-hunters: No terrifying critical vulns? Are you saving for Halloween?

Thu, 2018-10-18 07:53
(It's good news, really)

Good news, Cisco admins: there are no bugs rated “critical” in this week's batch of security patches – but there are seven that copped a “high” rating, and four of those are remotely exploitable.…

Emergency Services Network delays to cost public purse £1.1bn, Home Office reveals

Tue, 2018-10-16 09:55
Police forces have 'real anxieties' about incremental uptake, dodgy 4G coverage

The Home Office has admitted a three-year delay to the rollout of the UK’s new 4G Emergency Services Network will cost £1.1bn – but insisted it will still demonstrate value for money.…

Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast

Tue, 2018-10-16 00:24
'Unprecedented' fibre damage from deadly storm, says Verizon

Verizon and AT&T are slowly bringing the Florida Panhandle, and surrounding areas in the US, back online after Hurricane Michael devastated its mobile and fibre networks.…

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

Mon, 2018-10-15 18:49
Status: TITSUP – Total Inability To Support Users' Packets

Virgin Media, one of the UK's largest broadband and TV cable providers, is suffering an outage right now. If you can't access the internet or watch the telly, then it's not just you. It's quite a few of you.…

Cease and DE-CIX: German internet operator fights spies, IEEE eyes 802.11 future and more

Mon, 2018-10-15 11:25
Also: Juniper and the gang plus AI network research tools

Roundup  German internet exchange operator DE-CIX has again attempted to block the country's spy agency from tapping its network – this time by filing a constitutional complaint.…

300,000 BT pensioners await Court of Appeal pension scheme ruling

Fri, 2018-10-12 12:20
RPI or CPI? A percentage point really can make all the difference

Can UK telco giant BT move its pension scheme increases off the RPI inflation measure and onto CPI? Earlier this year the High Court said no, but now the telco and 300,000 of its pensioners are awaiting the Court of Appeal’s verdict on this thorny question.…

All quiet on the mobile data front, says network watcher OpenSignal

Thu, 2018-10-11 15:17
UK operators this summer look much like they did last year

Mobile data monitor OpenSignal has found no major gains in performance since spring in its latest quarterly UK survey (PDF) as operators focus investment more carefully ahead of the upcoming 5G spectrum auction.…

US Congresscritters discover Wi-Fi, updates on Oz's nbn broadband plan and much more

Sun, 2018-10-07 10:03
It's your week in the world of networks

Oh no, Congress wants to lead Wi-Fi policy, and to that end representatives Republican Bob Latta and Democrat Jerry McNerney have created the Congressional Wi-Fi Caucus*.…

Ex-Cisco chief John Chambers: Tech biz bods are 'too arrogant'

Fri, 2018-10-05 13:50
It's easy to be serene from a throne of cash

Today's captains of the tech set are just too arrogant, according to multimillionaire and Cisco-exec-turned-venture-capitalist John Chambers.…

Former General Electric boss explains how he got the internet wrong

Fri, 2018-10-05 01:36
'You can't just give Washington the finger,' says Jeff Immelt at Cloudflare Internet Summit

In San Francisco this week, Cloudflare held its fourth Internet Summit to discuss the state of the industry, in keeping with the norms of navel gazing and self-fascination that afflicts Silicon Valley.…

Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?

Thu, 2018-10-04 17:32
Classic. But in the meantime, folk can't make or receive calls

O2 customers have been reporting problems using their handsets on what's become a troublesome Thursday afternoon for the UK network operator.…

Palo Alto Networks buys security startup Redlock for $173m

Thu, 2018-10-04 15:10
Threat detection outfit gets new owners

Palo Alto Networks has gobbled Californian cloud security startup Redlock for $173m.…

Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

Thu, 2018-10-04 06:01
Meet Wi-Fi 6, the protocol previously known as 802.11ax

Wi-Fi, known for about two decades by its wonky Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers designation, IEEE 802.11, has adopted a new consumer-oriented naming scheme.…

Cisco Webex meltdown caused by script that nuked its host VMs

Wed, 2018-10-03 16:37
Comms software flinger confesses to ultimate snafu, trigger still under investigation

Cisco has confessed that the cause of the mega Webex outage last week – which it is still trying to clean up – was an automated script "which deleted the virtual machines hosting the service".…

Openreach sends full fibre to Coventry

Wed, 2018-10-03 11:33
Says it has hit 600,000 new connections

Full-fibre broadband has reached Coventry, Openreach has declared – while adding that had made 600k new FTTP connections.…

What's in the container, Cisco? A nice, plump SAP Data Hub

Wed, 2018-10-03 10:34
One Kubernetes to rule them all

Cisco's Container Platform, launched in January, is now certified to run SAP's year-old Data Hub management platform.…

Ofcom pokes probe into Vodafone and EE over network coverage numbers

Tue, 2018-10-02 16:45
One may have said too much, one may have said too little

UK communications regulator Ofcom has opened an investigation into Vodafone and EE for allegedly giving inaccurate data about mobile coverage areas.…

A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee

Mon, 2018-10-01 15:42
WWW daddy punts decentralised internet project

WWW creator Tim Berners-Lee has taken aim at the internet giants with his new decentralised web project Solid, which pushes for individuals, not firms, to control their data.…