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The easiest way to understand the concept is with an example. Consider a passive optical fiber network where up to 32 homes share the same neighborhood fiber. In the most common GPON technology, the customers on one of these neighborhood nodes (called a PON) share a total of 2.4 gigabits of download data.

The push to develop and deploy applications faster has evolved from simply a goal for developers to a business-level priority that affects every organization’s bottom line. To meet this goal, companies have begun to de-silo development, operations, and security, moving toward a DevSecOps model to deliver

In a survey of 603 free and open source software (FOSS) contributors, the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) and the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard University (LISH) discovered that the average FOSS developer only spent 2.3% of their time on improving the security of their code.

Chris Lewis joins EFF hosts Cindy Cohn and Danny O’Brien as they discuss how our access to knowledge is increasingly governed by click-wrap agreements that prevent users from ever owning things like books and music, and how this undermines the legal doctrine of “first sale” – which states that once you buy a copyrighted work, it’s yours to resell or give it away as you choose.

Exfiltration is the action of exporting sensitive data out of the network by connecting to an external destination and/or using covert channels. The latter is commonly used to exfiltrate information while being undetected or avoid any measure in place to stop the migration of data.

In our previous post we discussed the changes to the Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) architecture to scale to multiple cloud deployments to improve round-trip-times (RTT) by dynamically steering traffic to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Kubernetes cluster closest to the request.

In April 2020, APNIC announced the initial release of Registration Data Access Protocol (RDAP) to the cloud using the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in the Sydney region. Today, we’d like to announce the expansion of this service to a multi-regional cloud deployment with the addition of new Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) clusters hosting RDAP in Singapore and North Virginia.

Hey, did you get that sketchy email? You know, the one from that malicious hacker trying to fool us into clicking on some malware? Boy, these criminals are relentless. Wait, what? You clicked on it? Uh-oh.

A couple of vulnerabilities that a security researcher from China-based Singular Security Lab disclosed at this week’s Black Hat Europe 2020 virtual event has highlighted once again why it’s dangerous for organizations to underestimate the threat from old, overlooked bugs in commonly used software products.

If you live in a city where AT&T is the incumbent telephone company, the chances are high that the cable company is now a broadband monopoly. Unless some other ISP is building fiber, you no longer have a choice of broadband provider – it’s the cable company or nobody. When AT&T announced that it is no longer connecting DSL customers as of October 1, the company has fully ceded its historic telephone properties to its cable company competitors.

Amazon Web Services has begun designing its own rack-level uninterrupted power supply (UPS) units for its data centers, a move that will dramatically improve the power efficiency of its cloud computing operations, the company said this week.

Millions of Americans have spent this year working from home, and employers have realized just how smoothly things can get done when they trust their staff to work remotely. But for those fortunate enough to work from home, will COVID-19 have a lasting effect on how we do our jobs? Or will millions of commuters return to cities if and/or when vaccines are made available?

Consumers in the U.S. face an infuriating lack of transparency when it comes to purchasing broadband services. Bills are convoluted, featuring complex pricing schemes. Roughly 7 in 10 U.S. adults surveyed by Consumer Reports who have used a cable, internet, or phone service provider in the past two years said they experienced unexpected or hidden fees. Unsurprisingly, 96 percent of those who had experienced hidden fees found them annoying.

The first part of this report on the handling of large DNS responses looked at the behaviour of the DNS, and the interaction between recursive resolvers and authoritative name servers in particular and examined what happens when the DNS response is around the Internet’s de facto MTU size of 1,500 octets.

Figure 1 depicts measured last-mile queuing delay for two major ISPs, Comcast in the US (AS7922) and NTT OCN in Japan (AS4713). The x-axis shows the time of the day (UTC) and the y-axis is the median last-mile queuing delay in milliseconds.

This has created a new phenomenon known as “Zoom fatigue,” the “tiredness, anxiety, or worry resulting from overusing… virtual platforms” like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, and Facetime.

Google used to have a simple motto: Don’t be evil. Now, with the firing of a data scientist whose job was to identify and mitigate the harm that the company’s technology could do, it has yet again demonstrated how far it has strayed from that laudable goal.

In one form or another, C has influenced the shape of almost every programming language developed since the 1980s. Some languages like C++, C#, and objective C are intended to be direct successors to the language, while other languages have merely adopted and adapted C’s syntax. A programmer conversant in Java, PHP, Ruby, Python or Perl will have little difficulty understanding simple C programs, and in that sense, C may be thought of almost as a lingua franca among programmers.

With social media devouring traffic, ad revenue collapsing, and layoffs ripping through the industry, paywalls are helping publications survive.