WPA3 will make Wi-Fi safer and easier

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WPA3 certification is ready – 14 years after WPA2 got on the run.

There are several good reasons to choose wired networks rather than wireless variants, but today Wi-Fi is so good and widespread that most people go for these solutions.

Security – It’s a good deal of confidential information in the air, to say so – is taken care of by a protocol with the nickname Wi-Fi Protected Access, or simply WPA.

Unfortunately, the original WPA was not so sure, so already in 2004, we got WPA2, which is still holding. But neither WPA2 is infallible, and now the Wi-Fi Alliance, which is the gang behind these standards, has now pulled the WPA3 screen.

This is what will be next-generation wireless technology security technology, and will probably be with us for the next couple of years – if it does not prove to have any security holes that are impossible to seal.

Will allow easier passwords

Just like previous iterations of WPA, the new WPA3 comes in versions for both corporate and private markets. WPA-Personal, as the latter is called, is the version that will take common houses and homes.

The major news in WPA3-Personal is that the old password technology that uses a “Pre-shared Key” (PSK) in WPA2 is replaced by something called “Simultaneous Authentication of Equals” (SAE).

This will not change how users log on to a wireless network, but will make it impossible for any attackers to download an encrypted Wi-Fi password and try to break this on their own computer.

SAE will require that any attempt to guess a password must go directly to the wireless access point, which allows such hacking attempts to be easily detected and blocked.

Wi-Fi Alliance believes that this will be so effective that people can now choose easier Wi-Fi passwords so they can actually remember them.

Another improvement with WPA3 is so-called “forward secretion”, which prevents anyone from accessing old data if a password should nevertheless be broken. Things already sent on the network will still be illegible.

One last thing worth collecting is the new “Easy Connect”, which will make it both easier and safer to connect devices that do not have good display or input capability – which are typical of “things online” Dingser like smart light bulbs and smoke detectors.

Connecting a new dings could then be as easy as scanning a QR code with the mobile phone, but naturally requires that different actors use it.

Will take time, full conversion to WPA3 will by no means happen overnight.

Because WPA3 does not allow the wireless network of our home, including all our things – like mobiles, tablets, laptops, refrigerators, TVs, smoke detectors, door bells, etc. – must also be put in place. It will be a continuous process that will last for years.

However, for most of us, this will not have any significant practical significance, as WPA3 equipment will not have any trouble working with WPA2 equipment. However, it will be without the newer security features.

WPA3 certified hardware is currently available to manufacturers. So if you are looking for something new networking equipment, it may be smart to check if WPA3 is already in place or possibly through a firmware upgrade.

It will probably take a couple of years before WPA3 will be required to get all new products Wi-Fi certified.

Venezuela is blocking access to the Tor network

Tuesday 26 june 2018

Just days after new web blocks were placed on local media outlets

Venezuela has blocked all access to the Tor network, according to an Access Now report citing activists within the country. Coming just months after a new round of web blocks within the country, the latest block includes both direct connections to the network and connections over bridge relays, which had escaped many previous Tor blocks.

According to network metrics, Tor access in Venezuela had recently spiked in response to recent web blocks placed on local news outlets. Unlike previous blocks, the latest restrictions could not be circumvented by using a censorship-resistant DNS server like those provided by Google and CloudFlare. For many Venezuelans, Tor seems to have been the only way left to access the restricted content.

“This is the latest escalation in Venezuela’s internet censorship efforts, as it blocks higher-profile sites with more sophisticated methods,” said Andrés Azpúrua of Venezuela Inteligente, in a statement provided through Access. “This is one of their boldest internet censorship actions yet.”

Designed to outwit state-level web censorship, the Tor network routes traffic through a dense network of relays, making it nearly impossible for governments to trace what content is being loaded. More recently, Tor has supported a broader ecosystem of hidden services accessible only through the network, most notably the Silk Road and other cryptocurrency-powered drug markets.

In April, officials from the United Nations officially condemned web censorship in Venezuela alongside the broader detention of journalists. “Even under a state of emergency, the regulation as well as limitation or restrictions on web-sites and television signals transmitted over the internet are disproportionate and incompatible with international standards,” the official statement said.

WHO: Computer game addiction gets status as a mental disorder

Monday, June 18, 2018

In the latest international update of the WHO list of mental disorders, “Gaming Disorder” is categorized as a personal disorder. The World Health Organization believes that this will help the world’s country do more to identify the problem so that it contributes to better public health.

The decision is scientifically based, says the head of the WHO Department of Mental Health, Shekhar Saxena. He also says that in many parts of the world both the need for and demand for treatment for such game addiction is alike.

Critics believe that WHO’s decision can lead to unnecessary concern among parents, as well as stamping children and young people who spend time on computer games.

Others hope that this will cause the problem to be taken more seriously. They emphasize the importance of detecting game addiction quickly as children and young people at risk do not usually seek help on their own.

In 2014, the message was that there was no difference between little and much

Intel’s 28-core sample processor was highly overclocked

Sunday, June 10, 2018

“A pure forget about” not informing journalists, Intel claims.

Updated 8.6: According to Toms Hardware, Intel has now admitted that the 28-core processor running at 5 GHz during the Computex demonstration was overclocked to the extreme using an extremely powerful cooling solution. Intel claims it was an “overlook” that they did not inform journalists about this.

As is known, AMD only announced the same day its new 32-core Threadripper. Do not believe Intel is shaking a bit in my legs at the moment?

Intel just launched its first processor at a clock speed of over 5 GHz, and the milestones will only continue to fall forward if we believe the company. By the end of the year, Intel plans to release a new extreme processor with crazy 28 kernels.

The upcoming processor has not yet been named, but was presented at the company’s Computex press conference this week. During the demonstration, one saw how the 28 cores worked for a total of 7334 points in Cinebench R15 with an average frequency of 5 GHz.

By comparison, our Threadripper 1950X achieved 16 kernels that cost almost 9000 kroner 3001 points in the same test. Intel’s most powerful current extremist processor, Core i9-7980XE, manages approximately 3400 points with its 18 kernels. However, this costs 20,000 kroner.

Intel has not said anything about a specific launch date, but claims that the 28-core will be on the market by the end of the fourth quarter, which indicates the last three months of the year. We also do not know if the processor was overclocked to 5 GHz during the presentation, or whether it would run at a base speed of 5 GHz out of the box. (Now we know it – it was hotly overclocked!)

As power consumption will undoubtedly be high, there will be high demands on the motherboard to accommodate this new processor. However, it is not known whether the processor is compatible with current motherboards, but in that case, the LGA2066 plot (X299 chipset) is most relevant. Intel also has yet to say if whether the processor consists of one or two processor chips. AMD’s Threadripper is known as two processors clustered into a “package.”

Microsoft pays 60,1 billion NOK for company

Monday, June 4, 2018

Microsoft announces Monday that it has entered into an agreement to purchase $ 7.5 billion IT company GitHub in Microsoft shares.

At today’s rate it is equivalent to NOK 60.1 billion.

“Microsoft is a” first developer “company, and by combining the forces with Github, we are strengthening our commitment to freedom of development, openness and innovation,” says CEO Satya Nadella in a press release.

“We acknowledge the social responsibility we undertake with this agreement and will do our best to ensure that all developers are able to build, innovate and solve the world’s most pressing challenges,” explains Nadella.

The agreement is expected to be completed in 2018.

Facebook defends itself new NYT accusations over data access

Monday 4 june 2018

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Sunday rejected claims by the New York Times that it had allowed Apple and other major device makers “deep” access to users’ personal data saying any such links were tightly controlled and largely subject to users’ consent.

Facebook shares fell with 1.3 percent to $191.50 before the bell on Monday, in what was otherwise an upbeat start for Wall Street.

The software referred to by the newspaper was launched 10 years ago and was used by about 60 companies, including Amazon (AMZN.O), Apple (AAPL.O), Blackberry (BB.TO), HTC (2498.TW), Microsoft (MSFT.O) and Samsung (005930.KS), Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships Ime Archibong wrote in a blog post.

The Times said that Facebook allowed companies access to the data of users’ friends without their explicit consent, even after declaring that it would no longer share such information with outsiders.

Some device makers could retrieve personal information even from users’ friends who believed they had barred any sharing, the newspaper said.

“Contrary to claims by the New York Times, friends’ information, like photos, was only accessible on devices when people made a decision to share their information with those friends,” said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships.

Facebook has been under scrutiny from regulators and shareholders after it failed to protect the data of some 87 million users that was shared with now defunct political data firm Cambridge Analytica.

The data scandal was first reported in March by the New York Times and London’s Observer.

Archibong also said that these cases were “very different” from the use of data by third party developers in the Cambridge row.

Roskilde municipality, 107 servers went down for counting: The municipality lost 82,000 public documents

Saturday 2 June 2018

The error should have occurred in a storage rig provided by Hitachi.

Two errors in two minutes

First the main desk went down. So two minutes later, the backup solution went down with the same mistake, KMD states in a document that the Danish online newspaper has accessed.

– It all resulted in 107 servers going down for counting. Three of these belonged to the municipality of Roskilde, named in the document. It was only the Danish municipality that lost data in the incident.

Error in code line

The data loss affected 16 325 inhabitants. 10 179 of these had active cases with the municipality, where the case papers were lost.

According to KMD, there should be an error in a code line that made sure that the backup did not work properly.

The reason why this has not been discovered is that the code error, which has been found retrospectively, has made it seem as if the systems worked as they should, is stated in the statement.

This code error thus made sure that no backup of the data has been produced and they are lost forever, writes Version2.

Telia summoned in Sweden – wants blockade of The Pirate Bay

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

But the telecommunications company disputes the claim.

In Norway, several broadband providers, after a verdict from Oslo District Court, have for a long time terminated access to The Pirate Bay. In Sweden, the “game” is still ongoing. Licensees made sure that the firm Bredbandsbolaget had to close access, which recently also affected Telenor users, and now they go after Telia.

Requires Telia to follow suit

The film and television industry in Sweden strives Telia hoping that the telecommunications company will block the pirate sides FMovies, Nyafilmer, Dreamfilms and The Pirate Bay, writes IDG.

Per Strömbäck, spokesman for the Film and TV industry’s cooperation committee, said to the website that he is surprised that Telia has not already blocked access.

“We won last year when the court ruled that the ISPs are bound to block these types of pages and services. After the verdict, we expected several ISPs to follow the ruling, but when it was not done, we were forced to take the case further, he told IDG.

Telia thinks the claim is incorrect

The licensees also want to seal a hole that allows the pirate sides to circumvent the verdict by exchanging the domain. The group wants Telia to block all access to the mentioned pirate sites, regardless of the domain, writes the Swedish news media.

Telia will dispute the claim from the licensees.

– We believe that the claim from the licensees is incorrect and that it lacks support in the law. It must be lawmakers and the court that decide what is illegal and what to block, but it is good that the case is being tried legally, “said Irene Krohn, Press Officer in Telia Sweden, in a statement to the website.

The telecommunications company has 36 percent of the broadband market in Sweden.

Intel will launch a jubilee processor with a turbo speed of 5 GHz

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Soon it is 40 years since 8086 was introduced. The VideoChardz website writes that retailers have begun bringing up Intel i7-8086K in the range.

Turbo at 5 GHz

On June 8, 1978, Intel launched the iconic 8086 processor and it is the one honored with a new launch. According to reports, this jubilee process will actually be more powerful than the i7-8700K top processor, which has clock speeds of 3.7 GHz (base) and 4.7 GHz (turbo), respectively.

i7-8086K clocks at 4.0 GHz (base) and full 5.0 GHz in turbo, writes the site. Otherwise, the two processors share similar features as 12 threads, 12 MB L3 cache memory, LGA 1151-2 socket and a 14-nanometer process. The number of kernels is not confirmed, but is likely to be six.

At the price it appears that the newcomer will be somewhat more expensive than i7-8700K. Some online stores have set a price of $ 480, which in the US is $ 70 more than i7-8700K. In Norway, the latter processor starts at around NOK 3400.

Google makes big changes

Tuesday 22 May 2018

Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Photos, Gmail, Calendar, Translator, Play, Maps and much, much more. We are all becoming increasingly dependent on filing services, whether it’s Apple’s infrastructure, Microsoft’s Azure Sky, or any of the many other service providers.

But no matter what you prefer, you probably have to relate to Google’s huge offer of cloud services. To have access to both images, documents, mail and everything else on all platforms, regardless of your personal preferences for brand loyalty, is undeniably quite practical.

Google One

The night to May 15th, the news was that Google is making changes to some of its cloud services – initially the actual cloud storage. Google Drive (Google Drive in English) changes name to Google One and resets subscription prices in the same slumber. And contrary to what is common when big technology companies make such a crunch, it’s not a question of raising prices. Google does the opposite here. Sky storage in Google One will be cheaper than before.

Google will also open in the future for sharing your storage with up to five family members. Google One users will also get upgraded accounts to romp in. So far, we only have US prices, but it would be astonishing to us if they differ a lot from those offered to us here in Norway.

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