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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Aussie researchers find easy way to steal sensitive data via USB 

    Be careful what you plug into your computer.

    Australian researchers are warning that USB interfaces can be easily used to silently capture sensitive user data such as keystrokes from computers by monitoring electric crosstalk leakage.

    Yang Su, Yuval Yarom, and Damith Ranasinghe from the University of Adelaide, together with Daniel Genkin from the University of Pennsylvania, tested 50 different computers and external USB hubs and found that nine out of ten devices were vulnerable to the crosstalk issue

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    AFP is sharing a lot more telco data with other countries 

    AGD publishes first report on data retention scheme.

    The amount of telecommunications metadata the Australian Federal Police shared with 21 countries skyrocketed over 2015-16.

    The Attorney-General’s Department today published its annual report

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Maersk’s NotPetya losses could hit $378 million 

    Three businesses hard hit by attack.

    Danish shipping giant AP Moller-Maersk will book losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars after three of its businesses fell victim to the NotPetya destructive malware attack in June this year.

    In its interim report

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on November 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    IT consultant on trial for insider trading at bank 

    Allegedly netted millions for two years.

    A technology project consultant working for a New York City bank is on trial for allegedly passing on confidential information to friends, who used it to earn millions from insider trading activities.

    The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleges

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on November 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    NBN Co cuts energy used by aggregation, FTTN nodes 

    Early results from power reduction drive.

    NBN Co has raised the ambient temperature inside its aggregation nodes and found a way to automatically switch off unused line cards in node cabinets under a broader push to reduce energy costs across the network.

    The facilities engineering efforts were briefly revealed in the network builder’s latest annual report, but iTnews can now offer more detail on several of the key projects.

    One of the initiatives saw the company adopt a “higher temperature point in our aggregation node sites to reduce our energy consumption”.

    The aggregation nodes are NBN Co’s TANDs (Ten Access Nodes/Depots). The TANDs provide “core networking and data management capabilities” and can be found in five capital cities.

    The operating temperature of the TAND aggregation nodes has been increased from 18 to 21 degrees Celsius.

    “We have done this by improving airflow management using hot/cold aisle air containment measures, including the installation of doors at the end of aisles, to more effectively and efficiently manage equipment cooling,” an NBN Co spokesperson told iTnews.

    The operators of data centres and similar facilities have generally relaxed traditionally stringent rules on how hot they allow their facilities to operate.

    The limit has traditionally been imposed by the equipment makers themselves; operating gear outside the vendor’s recommended temperature range would void the warranty.

    NBN Co’s annual report showed the company is also looking deeper into its network to cut energy consumption.

    The annual report suggested NBN Co is “building capability to turn off idle equipment” within its fibre-to-the-node DSLAMs and optical line terminals (OLTs).

    It is understood the capability will allow NBN Co to automatically identify and power off idle line cards across its network until they are needed for production use.

    Currently when a new street node is provisioned, all line cards within the node are active and powered on.

    However, they may not be utilised fully until end user demand for services connected to that node increases.

    In addition, some line cards are designated “spares” that can be hot-swapped if another line card fails.

    NBN Co is targeting “considerable” energy savings from powering down line cards across the network, though it did not elaborate on its targets.

    Elsewhere, NBN Co said it was “incorporating energy efficient requirements into equipment
    Sourcing” for its forthcoming fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) network.

    It also said it was “sourcing more energy efficient video wall screens” for the company’s National Operations Centre (NOC).

    NBN Co said that some of the actions were overseen by an ‘energy and carbon
    leadership committee’ that had been set up to help “develop an energy efficient and low
    energy cost NBN”.

    Correction, 5/10, 10.29am: The article incorrectly defined the aggregation nodes as the hosts of NBN Co’s 121 points of interconnect. The aggregation nodes are in fact TANDs (Ten Access Nodes/Depots) rather than PoIs.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on November 29, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Nokia cuts jobs as VR camera development stalls 

    Halts work on $58,000 virtual reality camera. Nokia plans to reduce up to 310 jobs from its Nokia Technologies unit and halt development of its “OZO” virtual reality camera and hardware, the Finnish company said on Tuesday.The unit has about 1,090 employees and the potential cuts are expected to affect staff in …

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on November 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Cisco buys BroadSoft for $2.2bn 

    In software push.

    Cisco Systems will buy software company BroadSoft for US$1.7 billion (A$2.2 billion) in a deal that boosts Cisco’s collaboration tools and helps the company diversify its offerings away from switching and routing.

    Shares in BroadSoft, which specialises in software used by major cable and telecommunications networks, rose 1.35 percent after Cisco offered US$55 per share for the company, giving shareholders a premium of 2 percent to last Friday’s closing share price.

    The offer price is more than 25 percent higher than where BroadSoft shares were trading before August reports that the company was exploring a potential sale.

    The purchase gives Cisco a stronger foothold in selling products to big telecom firms which can then provide integrated mobile, video, voice and other forms of electronic communications to their small and medium-size business customers.

    Rob Salvagno, Cisco’s vice president of corporate development, said BroadSoft’s cloud-based products will improve Cisco’s collaboration portfolio. Cisco’s current products in that unit such as WebEx are based on premise.

    Cisco shares also rose about 1 percent.

    “This is a smart acquisition that gives Cisco more firepower to sell into its massive installed base over the coming years,” said Daniel Ives, chief strategy officer at research firm GBH Insights.

    The deal, valued at US$1.9 billion including debt, is expected to close during the first quarter of 2018, the companies said in a statement.

    After the deal, BroadSoft employees will join Cisco’s unified communications technology group.

    Cisco, like other large technology companies, has been focusing on high-growth areas such as security, the internet of things and cloud computing.

    BroadSoft provides software and services that enable mobile, fixed-line and cable service providers to offer unified communications over their IP networks.

    BroadSoft has historically sold its products to large telecommunications companies such as Verizon Communications and AT&T, which then resell the software to their business customers. Cisco and BroadSoft share a lot of customers, Salvagno added.

    The BroadSoft deal is Cisco’s second major acquisition this year following a US$3.7 billion deal for privately held AppDynamics in March.

    “With BroadSoft, Cisco will be able to cover a wider swath of the market,” Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White said.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on November 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    ASIC skills up on data exfiltration via wi-fi 

    ‘Emerging’ vector for market crime.

    The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is investing in its capability to investigate “technology-related crime” such as unauthorised use of wi-fi to access or exfiltrate data.

    Outgoing ASIC chairman Greg Medcraft today said market crimes perpetrated with the aid of technology were an “emerging risk” and area of enforcement that the commission was looking at.

    “An emerging risk is technology-related crime where people will hack into a wireless network at a law firm to gain inside information and then potentially offer that for sale on the darknet,” Medcraft said.

    “This area of market crime is probably one that we really need to be on to going forward.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on November 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    AirTrunk opens $200m Sydney data centre 

    Linked gallery: Behind the scenes at AirTrunk’s Sydney data centre “Mammoth” facility built in just 10 months.

    Startup data centre provider AirTrunk has launched its “mammoth” 64,000 square metre Sydney facility after spending more than $200 million and 10 months on the first phase of the construction.

    The first phase boasts 20MW of capacity and AirTrunk today announced it was breaking ground on a second phase, which will add 10MW when it launches in mid-2018.

    AirTrunk claims to be Australia’s largest carrier-neutral data centre. By contrast, NextDC’s S1 facility is 12MW and Digital Realty’s Erskine Park facility is 6MW.

    The massive Sydney facility took 460,000 hours of work over 44 weeks, using 1350 tonnes of steel, 9000 cubic metres of concrete and 50km of cable.

    The site’s master plan includes scope for more than 80MW of IT load and 30 modular data halls across four construction phases, and will employ 180 staff at its completion.

    AirTrunk is also launching a site in Melbourne with a maximum capacity of 50MW, and is already eyeing expansion into Asia.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on November 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Behind the scenes at AirTrunk’s Sydney data centre 

    Startup data centre provider AirTrunk launched its new Sydney facility on Wednesday 20 September (read the full story here).

    The 64,000 square metre facility in the Sydney suburb of Huntingwood cost more than $200 million to construct and took 44 weeks to build.

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