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Today, we are discussing some of our more complex, heuristic techniques to detect malicious use of this vital protocol and how these detect key components of common real-world attacks. These analytics focus on behavior that is common to a variety of attacks, ranging from advanced targeted intrusions to the more mundane worms, botnets and ransomware. Such techniques are designed to complement more concrete signature-based detection, giving the opportunity to identify such behavior prior to the deployment of analyst driven rules. —John Booth @Azure

List of Third Parties (other than PayPal Customers) with Whom Personal Information May be Shared

There appears to be a huge disconnect here between the EU’s professed concern for keeping Europeans safe — as expressed in the one-hour rule — and the EU’s actual refusal to keep Europeans safe in the offline world. The result is that Europeans, manipulated by an untransparent, unaccountable body, will not be kept safe either online or off. And what if the content in question, as has already occurred, may be trying to warn the public about terrorism? —Judith Bergman @ Gatestone

Ransomware has long been a headache for PC and smartphone users, but in the future, it could be robots that stop working unless a ransom is paid. Researchers at security company IOActive have shown how they managed to hack the humanoid NAO robot made by Softbank and infect one with custom-built ransomware. The researchers said the same attack would work on the Pepper robot too. —Danny Palmer @ZDNet

O3b (other three billion) is an MEO-satellite Internet service provider. Greg Wyler founded the company, and it was subsequently acquired by SES, a major geostationary-orbit (GSO) satellite company. (Wyler moved on to found future LEO Internet service provider OneWeb). —Larry Press @CircleID

Last September, at SNIA’s Storage Developer’s Conference, I presented a prototype of the Project Denali SSD. Project Denali drives provide the flexibility needed to optimize for the workloads of a wide variety of cloud applications, the simplicity to keep pace with rapid innovations in NAND flash memory and application design, and the scale required for multitenant hardware that is so common in the cloud. —Laura Caulfield @Azure

President Donald Trump blocked Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd.’s $117 billion hostile bid for U.S.-based Qualcomm Inc. earlier this week, citing national security concerns after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS) raised similar questions. This is the first time a U.S. president has used executive powers to block a private company’s acquisition. Why are President Trump and CFIUS so concerned with this particular acquisition? It all boils down to a race against China over 5G technology. —Helen Raleigh @The Federalist

Unless you live in a pineapple under the sea with a talking sponge, you’re probably familiar with the never-ending parade of cute animal pictures sent by text and email—friend to friend, email list to subscriber—and everywhere you look on social media. Hackers are counting on that. —Adam Levin @Marketwatch

Much of the discussion about GDPR focuses on the sticker shock of potential fines, which are only part of the significant changes this regulation introduces for businesses that collect or process personal data. —Tom Bienkowski @Arbor

Modern web-scale data centers are thirsty for bandwidth. Popular applications such as video and virtual reality are increasing in demand, causing data centers to require higher and higher bandwidths — both within data centers and between data centers. In this blog post, we will briefly discuss the current challenges in the optics space as well as some of the key technical aspects of the Voyager’s DWDM transponders. In part two of this series, we will cover why Voyager is a unique, powerful and robust solution. — Dian Patton @Cumulus

It’s a bit of an understatement to say that networking and distributed computing IT infrastructures are undergoing change. It’s fairly easy to point to well-entrenched trends like disaggregation, software-defined networking (SDN), and DevOps and understand that the fundamental ways in which infrastructure is architected, deployed, and operated are evolving faster than ever before. But what is driving all of the change? —Nitin Kumar @Juniper

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