In brief DEF CON's 'Spot the Fed' game is going to be a little easier than usual this year: the head of the US government's Homeland Security is giving a keynote.
On Friday, the infosec conference organizers confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas will give a talk on Friday, August 6. The news has left some DEF CON veterans perturbed.
The United States Department of Defence (DoD) has re-iterated that it thinks drones made by Chinese firm DJI represent a security risk, after an internal document suggesting the opposite leaked to the press.
DJI found itself in further strife in 2020, when it was added to the USA's lists of entities with which commerce and trade were forbidden. At least the company wasn't entirely alone: in 2018 the US banned the procurement of commercial off-the-shelf drones by US government agencies, regardless of where they were made.
China's Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission and Cyberspace Administration have set out a plan for massive adoption of IPv6.
A Notice on Accelerating the Large-scale Deployment and Application of IPv6 posted last Friday calls for China to have 700 million active IPv6 users by 2023, plus 200 million Internet of Things devices using the protocol.
Also by 2023, home wireless routers will be required to enable and fully support IPv6 by default, with 30 per cent of the national fleet using the protocol. Other consumer devices will be required to bake in IPv6. Half of mobile traffic will use the newer protocol and 15 per cent of metropolitan area network traffic will be routed by IPv6.
Cloudflare on Friday accused competitor Amazon Web Services of massive markups and hindering customer data portability, even as it invited the cloud services giant to join its discount data initiative known as the Bandwidth Alliance.
"AWS’s bandwidth pricing is bonkers," said CEO Matthew Prince, via Twitter. "And they stand alone in the industry not discounting when their customers send traffic to peered networks."
Prince and Nitin Rao, SVP of global infrastructure at Cloudflare, elaborated on that claim in a blog post that argues AWS is charging customers orders of magnitude more than its costs and makes a mockery of its parent company's mission statement that Amazon strives "to offer our customers the lowest possible prices…"
Alphabet today launched its latest tech startup, Intrinsic, which aims to build commercial software that will power industrial robots.
Intrinsic will focus on developing software control tools for industrial robots used in manufacturing, we're told. Its pitch is that the days of humans having to manually program and adjust a robot's every move are over, and that mechanical bots should be more autonomous and smart, thanks to advances in artificial intelligence and leaps in training techniques.
This could make robots easier to direct – give them a task, and they'll figure out the specifics – and more efficient – the AI can work out the best way to achieve its goal.
Bug of the week Google has fixed a bug in Chrome OS version 91.0.4472.165 that surfaced on Monday and prevented some users from being able to login to their systems.
Chrome OS downloads updates automatically but doesn't apply them until reboot, so only those who restarted their Chromebooks to ingest the force-fed broken update were affected.
Earlier this week, the internet titan on its Google Workplace status page said, "Our engineering team has identified an issue on Chrome OS 91.0.4472.165. The rollout of this version was halted."
Updated Around 10 per cent of Rackspace staff, predominantly in the US it seems, got an unwelcome email this week informing them they were being let go.
Not that the work they do isn't needed. In an paperwork submitted to the SEC on Wednesday, Rackspace disclosed that 85 per cent of the positions being cut will be backfilled by workers in "offshore service centers." That'll be where wages are lower and labor laws more lax, presumably.
"The rebalance in workforce is a component of a broader strategic review of the Company’s operations that is intended to more effectively align the Company’s resources with its business priorities in high growth areas," Rackspace said.
Welcome back for another compendium of tomfoolery from this week for those who enjoy a bit of light-hearted piffle. And let's face it, who doesn't?
This week's modifications are all about soothing users whose nerves have likely been shredded by the recent arrival of HiveNightmare.
A couple from the US who run a small ecommerce publication have launched legal action against eBay accusing the company of a "coordinated effort to intimidate, threaten to kill, torture, terrorize, stalk and silence" them to muzzle their coverage.
The allegations – made in a complaint lodged in the US District Court of Massachusetts this week – are the latest chapter in a long-running case that has already resulted in guilty pleas from a number of former employees in what has become known as the "eBay cyberstalking case".
Lawyers acting on behalf of the owners of EcommerceBytes – an online trade publication that covers the ecommerce industry run by journalists Ina and David Steiner - said the intimidation was so bad they were in fear for their lives.
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