Fibre Channel hasn't been exciting since storage area networks were young, hot, and pretty. But the protocol is still around, still has devotees, and just got an upgrade.
A seventh generation of Fibre Channel has been in the works for years, with a theoretical speed of 64Gbit/s. But while the likes of Broadcom had delivered 64G Fibre Channel switches in September 2020, according to our sibling site Blocks and Files, putting the update to work was a tad tricky for lack of a host bus adapter (HBA) that could connect a server or array to a seventh-gen switch.
Until yesterday, when Broadcom delivered the HBA for which a very small section of the world has been waiting, and boasted it can now deliver "a complete portfolio of products that enable an end-to-end 64G data path."
5G IoT operator OQ Technology has inked a deal with satellite firm NanoAvionics to build what OQ boss Omar Qaise described as a "flying cell tower in orbit."
Assuming that cell tower had a volume of 30cm x 20cm x 10cm and weighed 6kg.
The 6U satellite is the second mission for NanoAvionics with OQ Technology and will be the latest addition to the latter's Low Earth Orbit constellation. The plan is to provide basic commercial IoT and Machine to Machine (M2M) services, using 5G connectivity, to customers with a focus initially on Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America.
NHS Education for Scotland has awarded AWS a £15m contract to host its National Digital Platform, an architecture to share data across the nation's health service.
The education and training body within NHS Scotland said that the platform would be designed to "create and deploy real time data at the point of care", "operate to a predictable architecture to enable new and innovative products to be developed and implemented" as well as "enable the use of data at scale for quality improvement and to support research and innovation", according to a tender notice.
The cloud infrastructure biz is set to host the data platform, including repositories of structured and unstructured clinical data, web services to power web and mobile applications, an integration layer, and web app. The platform is intended to enable the creation and use of information at source and facilitate the interoperability of existing and new healthcare technologies following the publication of the Digital Health and Care Strategy for Scotland in 2018.
Hong Kong’s Legislative Bureau has proposed amendments to local laws that that strengthen penalties for doxxing, and empower its Privacy Commissioner to request content removal from platforms and legally enforce compliance.
Doxxing became an issue in Hong Kong after the 2019 introduction of a law that would have made it easier for locals to be tried in Chinese courts. Protests against the law saw activists publish personal information about police and court staff.
From June 2019 until September 2020, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data handled over 4,700 doxxing cases. Of those doxxed, 35 percent where police officers or their family, four percent were public servants and government officials, 30 percent expressed support to the government or the police, and 32 percent voiced opposition to the government or police. Another 1,000 cases have popped up between September 2020 and April 2021.
Column Nearly a decade ago I decided to try my hand as a cryptographer. It went about as well as you might expect. I’d gotten the crazy idea to write a tool that would encrypt Twitter’s direct messages - sent in the clear - so that your private communications would truly be private, visible to no one, including Twitter.
Writing the code turned out to be surprising easy; as I wrote it all in Python, I had libraries to handle the Twitter integration, and the cryptography. I read up a bit on the theory, put the pieces together, and with a bit of debugging “CrypTweet” was up and running.
Next step: sharing my brand-new code with the world, spruiking it as the privacy solution every Twitterer needed.
Think IBM has assembled a massive silo of source code for teaching machine-learning programs about programming.
Dubbed Project CodeNet, the set contains, we're told, 14 million code samples totaling 500 million lines in more than 55 programming languages, from Java, C, and Go to COBOL, Pascal, and FORTRAN. Truth be told, more than three-quarters of it all is in C++ and Python.
This source code wasn't taken from production nor in-development applications: it was collected from entries submitted to two programming contests organized in Japan: Aizu and AtCoder. In these contests, competitors are challenged to write the necessary code to turn a given set of inputs into a set of desired outputs. About half of the samples work as expected, and the rest are labeled as either wrong solutions, non-building, or buggy.
The verb “To Google” may soon have new meaning, as the ads-and-search giant has added the ability to “Google” money across borders with its Pay app.
The new offering is only for US-based users, for now, and allows the Pay app to hook into payment networks operated by Western Union and Wise.
Google hasn’t explained how the experience works for recipients. The Register will assume it doesn’t differ from Western Union’s options to have cash dispensed by an agent or deposited in a bank account, or Wise’s requirement to open an account. For Pay users, Western Union and Wise will appear as just another destination option.
China’s Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission has named 84 apps it says breach local privacy laws and given their developers 15 days to “rectify” their code.
The Commission has posted two lists of apps it says need fixing, fast.
The first names 36 apps that breach user security by gathering and/or sharing more data than they need or doing so without users’ consent. Top of the list is web giant Tencent’s “mobile phone manager”, accused of harvesting and sharing more data than it needs. Most of the other apps on the first list share similar problems.
South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Energy and Infrastructure has ordered a review of the cybersecurity preparedness of the nation’s energy infrastructure.
Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Moon Seung-wook convened a meeting yesterday, saying it was needed considering the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline that shuttered one of the USA’s main oil transport facilities.
“In the wake of the disruption, it is necessary to thoroughly examine whether cybersecurity preparations and countermeasures for our energy-related infrastructure are properly in place,” the minister said, before calling on operators of oil pipelines, power grids, gas pipelines, and emergency response systems to check the status of their systems and report back on their findings.
Salesforce is digging itself out of a multi-hour outage right now that it has blamed on a DNS issue.
"Salesforce is experiencing a major disruption due to what we believe is a DNS issue causing our service to be inaccessible," CTO Parker Harris said in a statement. "We recognize the significant impact on our customers and are actively working on resolution.
A dozen Wi-Fi design and implementation flaws make it possible for miscreants to steal transmitted data and bypass firewalls to attack devices on home networks, according to security researcher Mathy Vanhoef.
On Tuesday, Vanhoef, a postdoctoral researcher in computer security at New York University Abu Dhabi, released a paper titled, "Fragment and Forge: Breaking Wi-Fi Through Frame Aggregation and Fragmentation" [PDF].
Scheduled to be presented later this year at the Usenix Security conference, the paper describes a set of wireless networking vulnerabilities, including three Wi-Fi design flaws and nine implementation flaws.
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