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For the privileged Americans that can get fiber internet to their home with blazing fast upload/download speeds, there might be more to worry about than blowing through their data allotment in a couple days. Reports are surfacing that various GPON home routers have flaws that could allow nefarious hackers to bypass all authentication on the devices. The method of bypassing authentication is as simple as attaching an image suffix to the URL of a GPON HTTP server. VpnMentor says that after the initial authentication is bypassed, a command injection vulnerability (CVE-2018-10562) to run commands on the device can be executed. These two critical vulnerabilities, when combined, can allow complete... Read more...
All this time, we thought it would be sharks with frickin' lasers that would cause mankind the most trouble. Nope. Instead of lasers, it's the same threat -- their teeth and appetite. Luckily, the situation isn't as dire as in Sharknado, but sharks are (or were, as the case may be) causing trouble in the ocean chewing through Google's fiber-optic cables that run underwater in the ocean. To combat the issue, Google has begun wrapping its underwater cables in Kevlar, the company said in a statement. And speaking of lasers, Google's fiber cables use lasers to send data through glass at high speeds of up to 1Gbps, or around 100 times faster than your average copper cable can transmit data. "Since... Read more...
Think about all the cables protruding from the back of your home theater setup. Now imagine if you could replace some of them with a single cable, one that offers enough bandwidth to transfer a full-length Blu-ray movie from your HTPC to your desktop in half a minute. This scenario is exactly what Intel is working on with its Light Peak fiber-optic system.It's also just the beginning. If all goes to plan, consumers can expect Light Peak to initially deliver data speeds of 10 gigabits per second, with plans to ramp up the speed so fast that you'd eventually be able to transfer the above-mentioned Blu-ray flick in only three seconds."Ten gigabits per second is pretty fast," said Roger Kay of Endpoint... Read more...
Fifteen separate projects to bring high-speed Internet to rural communities around the United States will be funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Many parts of the United States remain without high-speed options because the cost-benefit of building the infrastructure in far-flung places hasn't been high enough for private providers. So in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act last year, $2.5 billion was earmarked for the USDA to make high-speed Internet more universal - though not quite as universal as Finland has. The Commerce Department, through its National Telecommunications and Information Administration, is giving out another $4.7 billion for broadband.In fact, U.S. broadband... Read more...