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Israel To Get Massive Countrywide Optical Upgrade

December 27th, 2012 12:50 admin View Comments

Networking

A Google Fiberhood-style rollout in the U.S., says a Goldman-Sachs estimate, would cost in the neighborhood of $140 billion. Even for Israel, a country approximately the size of New Jersey, there’s a high pricetag (“billions of shekels”) for installing fiber optics dense enough to reach most of the population, but just a massive fiber-optic rollout is planned, with the project led by Swedish firm Viaeuropa. If the scheme succeeds, it will cover two thirds of the country over the next 10 years or so.

Source: Israel To Get Massive Countrywide Optical Upgrade

How Syria’s Rebels Communicate In the Face of Internet Shutdown

December 1st, 2012 12:29 admin View Comments

Censorship

jamaicaplain writes “In an extensive look at rebel communications, the New York Times reports that, ‘In a demonstration of their growing sophistication and organization, Syrian rebels responded to a nationwide shutdown of the Internet by turning to satellite technology to coordinate within the country and to communicate with outside activists. To prepare, they have spent months smuggling communications equipment like mobile handsets and portable satellite phones into the country.’”

Source: How Syria’s Rebels Communicate In the Face of Internet Shutdown

Syria Drops Off the Internet Grid

November 29th, 2012 11:02 admin View Comments

Government

hypnosec writes “Amidst the ongoing civil war, Syria has gone off the Internet as of a few hours ago, with all the 84 IP block within the country unreachable from the outside. Renesys, a research firm keeping tabs on the health of the Internet, reported at about 5:25 ET that Syria’s Internet connectivity has been shut down. The internet traffic from outside to Syrian IP addresses is going undelivered, and anything coming from within the country is not reaching the Internet. Akamai has tweeted that its traffic data supports what Renesys has observed.” Reader trickstyhobbit adds a report from Slate that the connection “appear[s] to have been knocked off line by heavy fighting earlier this morning. They are also reporting that the shutdown may have been intentional to aid in a government operation.”

Source: Syria Drops Off the Internet Grid

High Security Animal Disease Lab Faces Uncertain Future

November 15th, 2012 11:08 admin View Comments

Security

Dupple writes in with a story about the uncertain future of a proposed bio lab in the heart of cattle country. “Plans to build one of the world’s most secure laboratories in the heart of rural America have run into difficulties. The National Bio and Agro defense facility (NBAF) would be the first US lab able to research diseases like foot and mouth in large animals. But reviews have raised worries about virus escapes in the middle of cattle country. For over fifty years the United States has carried out research on dangerous animal diseases at Plum Island, just off the coast of New York. However after 9/11 the Department of Homeland Security raised concerns about the suitability of the location and its vulnerability to terrorist attack.”

Source: High Security Animal Disease Lab Faces Uncertain Future

China Telco Replaces Cisco Devices Over Security Concerns

October 26th, 2012 10:02 admin View Comments

China

hackingbear writes “China Unicom, the country’s second largest telecom operator, has replaced Cisco Systems routers in one of the country’s most important backbone networks, citing security reasons [due to bugs and vulnerability.) The move came after a congressional report branded Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. security threats in the United States, citing bugs and vulnerability (rather than actual evidence of spying.) Surprising to us, up to now, Cisco occupies a large market share in China. It accounts for over a 70 percent share of China Telecom’s 163 backbone network and over an 80 percent share of China Unicom’s 169 backbone network. Let’s wait to see who’s the winner in this trade war disguised as national security.”

Source: China Telco Replaces Cisco Devices Over Security Concerns

The Long Reach of US Extradition

October 19th, 2012 10:19 admin View Comments

Australia

CuteSteveJobs writes “The New Matilda reports how the U.S. is now able to extradite people for minor offences, and asks why foreign governments so willingly give up their nationals to the U.S. to ‘face justice’ over minor crimes committed outside US borders? Lawyer Kellie Tranter writes ‘the long arm of the Government is using criminal enforcement powers to enforce commercial interests at the behest of corporations and their lobbyists.’ A Former NSW Chief Judge said it was bizarre ‘that people are being extradited to the US to face criminal charges when they have never been to the U.S. and the alleged act occurred wholly outside the U.S.’ He said although copyright violations are a great problem, a country ‘must protect its nationals from being removed from their homeland to a foreign country merely because the commercial interests of that foreign country.’ Australia recently ‘streamlined’ its laws to make extradition to the U.S. even easier.”

Source: The Long Reach of US Extradition

U.S. Defense Secretary Warns of a Possible ‘Cyber-Pearl Harbor’

October 13th, 2012 10:31 admin View Comments

Government

SpzToid writes “U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta has warned that the country is ‘facing the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and [is] increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government.’ Countries such as Iran, China, and Russia are claimed to be motivated to conduct such attacks (though in at least Iran’s case, it could be retaliation). Perhaps this is old news around here, even though Panetta is requesting new legislation from Congress. I think the following message from Richard Bejtlich is more wise and current: ‘We would be much better served if we accepted that prevention eventually fails, so we need detection, response, and containment for the incidents that will occur.’ Times do changes, even in the technology sector. Currently Congress is preoccupied with the failure of U.S. security threats in Benghazi, while maybe Leon isn’t getting the press his recent message deserves?”

Source: U.S. Defense Secretary Warns of a Possible ‘Cyber-Pearl Harbor’

Geneticists And Economists Clash Over “Genoeconomics” Paper

October 10th, 2012 10:10 admin View Comments

Science

scibri writes “One side is accused of supporting ethnic cleansing; the other of being intellectually naive. Geneticists and economists are struggling to collaborate on research that explores how our genes influence and interact with economic behavior. Top economists are publishing a paper that claims a country’s genetic diversity can predict the success of its economy. To critics, the economists’ paper seems to suggest that a country’s poverty could be the result of its citizens’ genetic make-up, and the paper is attracting charges of genetic determinism, and even racism. But the economists say that they have been misunderstood, and are merely using genetics as a proxy for other factors that can drive an economy, such as history and culture.”

Source: Geneticists And Economists Clash Over “Genoeconomics” Paper

Starting Next Year, Brazil Wants To Track All Cars Electronically

October 3rd, 2012 10:41 admin View Comments

Government

New submitter juliohm writes “As of January, Brazil intends to put into action a new system that will track vehicles of all kinds via radio frequency chips. It will take a few years to accomplish, but authorities will eventually require all vehicles to have an electronic chip installed, which will match every car to its rightful owner. The chip will send the car’s identification to antennas on highways and streets, soon to be spread all over the country. Eventually, it will be illegal to own a car without one. Besides real time monitoring of traffic conditions, authorities will be able to integrate all kinds of services, such as traffic tickets, licensing and annual taxes, automatic toll charge, and much more. Benefits also include more security, since the system will make it harder for thieves to run far away with stolen vehicles, much less leave the country with one.”

Source: Starting Next Year, Brazil Wants To Track All Cars Electronically

Microsoft Calls For $5B Investment In U.S. Education

September 28th, 2012 09:12 admin View Comments

Education

Dupple sends this quote from ComputerWorld: “Congress should invest $5 billion in the country’s education system — particularly in math, science and technology education — over the next 10 years and pay for it with increased fees on high-skill immigration, a Microsoft executive said. The U.S. needs to push more resources into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education because technology companies are running into huge shortages of workers, said Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel and executive vice president. With most U.S. industries relying heavily on IT systems, other companies will soon start to see those worker shortages as well, unless the country focuses more on STEM education, he said during a speech at the Brookings Institution Thursday.’We need to do something new,’ he said. ‘We need to try something different.’”

Source: Microsoft Calls For $5B Investment In U.S. Education

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