Weekend Reads 060421

Comcast recently conducted its first test of the DOCSIS 4.0 technology and achieved a symmetrical 4-gigabit connection. The test was enabled by a DOCSIS 4.0 chip from Broadcom.

Ultimately, the incident stemmed from a ransomware infection in which a well-known threat actor took volumes of corporate data in just two hours and made their demands including the threat to block and encrypt the company’s network.

Last week, someone began began posting classified notices on LinkedIn for different design consulting jobs at Geosyntec Consultants, an environmental engineering firm based in the Washington, D.C. area. Those who responded were told their application for employment was being reviewed and that they should email Troy Gwin — Geosyntec’s senior recruiter — immediately to arrange a screening interview.

Seagate has been working on dual-actuator hard drives—drives with two independently controlled sets of read/write heads—for several years. Its first production dual-actuator drive, the Mach.2, is now “available to select customers,” meaning that enterprises can buy it directly from Seagate, but end-users are out of luck for now.

The purpose of cloud migration is to move your on-premise network to a bigger network operated by someone else. It replaces and improves network security, but it is not designed to tackle the inter-network security issue.

Cloud service providers are now required to understand their obligations towards data protection and privacy to accordingly adapt and amend their services, contracts and processes.

As businesses move to a remote workforce, hackers have increased their activity to capitalize on new security holes. Cybercriminals often use unsophisticated methods that continue to be extremely successful.

Although largely driven by economies of scale, the development of the modern cloud also enables increased security. Large datacenters provide aggregate availability, reliability, and security assurances.

I am old enough to have lived through multiple technical cycles. When I started professionally, CASE tools were the rage, and OS/2 was still a thing. I even worked on a mainframe for a bit.

She asked what I meant by making a mark. That meant, I confided, that people would long remember my contribution by name. She said that if that is my philosophy of life, I am likely to be disappointed.

The DNS Operations, Analysis, and Research Centre (DNS-OARC) convened OARC-35 at the start of May. Here are some thoughts on a few presentations at that meeting that caught my attention.

And you thought toilet paper shortages were bad in the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, or board and plywood prices are high and getting insane at the local hardware depot that you already spent too much money at.

Today, we are sharing details around our discovery of Half-Double, a new Rowhammer technique that capitalizes on the worsening physics of some of the newer DRAM chips to alter the contents of memory.

There are several definitions available, but generally speaking, an event is anything that occurs that’s relevant to your cybersecurity situation, whereas an incident has more malicious or negative connotations.

Quantum computers, if they mature enough, will be able to crack much of today’s encryption. That’ll lay bare private communications, company data and military secrets.