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Testing for vulnerable IoT devices

Want to insure your IoT devices are not part of a botnet? Clicking a few links is all it takes to test for some common vulnerabilities.


Friday's Internet DNS outage and me

Two computers in the same neighborhood, connected via the same ISP, have two very different outcomes, depending on their DNS servers.

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DDoS attack against Dyn could indicate a new use of old criminal tech

Attacks against DNS service provider Dyn resumed after a two-and-a-half hour lull, and could indicate a new application of an old criminal technology, experts say.

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Easy-to-exploit rooting flaw puts Linux computers at risk

The maintainers of Linux distributions are rushing to patch a privilege escalation vulnerability that's already being exploited in the wild and poses a serious risk to Linux based servers, desktops and other devices.

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19% off HooToo Shuttle Type C Hub With Charging, HDMI Output, Card Reader, 3 USB 3.0 Ports - Deal Alert

Charge or power your laptop while connecting multiple peripherals, transferring data, or even extending/mirroring your screen to an external display in 4k. This all-in-one adapter is currently discounted 19% on Amazon.

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Politics keeps the U.S. from securing private-sector networks, says former CIA chief Robert Gates

Gates, a former U.S. Secretary of Defense, regaled the IT audience at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo with tales of old tech, including helicopter pilots having to grab film capsules before they hit the ground.

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25% off ARRIS SURFboard SB6190 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem - Deal Alert

The SURFboard SB6190 is the first Gigabit+ Cable Modem available in retail. It's capable of download speeds up to 1.4 Gbps, and is compatible with major US Cable Internet Providers like Xfinity by Comcast, Time Warner, Cox,...

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Cisco revs up storage connections for data centers and WANs

Cisco is boosting the speed of its long-distance storage links for disaster recovery and business continuity. It’s also introducing higher speeds for IP storage networks in data centers and rolling out software to simplify storage...

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Facebook's 100-gigabit switch design is out in the open

Facebook’s 100-gigabit switch design has been accepted by the Open Compute Project, a step that should help to foster an open ecosystem of hardware and software on high-speed networking gear.

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31% off Roost Smart 9V Battery for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms, 2-Pack - Deal Alert

The Roost Smart Battery mimics the form of a 9V battery, installs in minutes, and lasts for more than 5 years. Using your home's WiFi, Roost will communicate when its battery is running low, so you can take action to avoid those...


57% off RAVPower FileHub Wireless Hard Drive, WiFi Bridge & Sharing Media Streamer - Deal Alert

This action packed file hub is highly rated, and dramatically discounted now on Amazon.

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Qualcomm's 5G preview: High frequencies, 5-gigabit speed

5G networks will be five times as fast as the quickest LTE technology by using the highest cellular frequencies ever, according to Qualcomm, which provided a glimpse of a next-generation modem at its 4G/5G Summit.

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40% off ZIPP Mini WiFi + Bluetooth Multi-Room Wireless Speaker - Deal Alert

Enjoy audio content streamed to your ZIPP MINI wireless speaker using your home WiFi network, or from your device using Bluetooth. Pair up to 6 for music around your house, or in the same room for an immersive listening experience....

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Cisco bolsters Spark collaboration with Worklife acquisition

Cisco Spark helps users in real-time track calendars, create agenda templates, and collaborate on note-taking.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month tips for online security

Precautions to ponder during this special month -- with some help from the FBI

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Google, IBM, and others team up to hasten data transfers in computers

The OpenCAPI Consortium and Gen-Z are announcing new ports and protocols that will give computers faster memory, storage, and processors.

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31% off SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive - Deal Alert

From a global leader in flash memory technology, the SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive is an ultra-small, low-profile drive with a storage capacity of 128GB, and enough speed to transfer a full-length movie in less than 30 seconds....

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White House releases money for small-satellite broadband, smart cities

The U.S. government will invest tens of millions of dollars in smart-city technologies and in small-satellite broadband as part of a $300 million package focused on innovation.

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Cisco patches critical authentication flaw in conferencing servers

Cisco Systems patched a critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to gain access to Cisco Meeting Server deployments, which are used in enterprise environments for video and audio conferencing.

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