Articles by Michael Hall 

WiMax Must be Legit: The IP Attorneys are Circling

Network News Break: The surest sign a technology is legit is probably when companies start scrambling to set up licensing toll gates. Welcome to the big time, WiMax. Also: A mystery worm for which there may or may not be patches, 802.11i is soup, Microsoft submits an anti-spam standard to the IETF, and some irc-some holes for your firewall.

Everthing Old is New Again, and More Secure

Network News Break: You might have written FTP off as yesterday's old, insecure news. Now it's back and PGP-hardened. Also: The instant messaging wars continue (is your network secure?)

Flash: Sometimes Common Sense Isn't Sexy

Network News Break: Leading ISPs have some terrible news for the rest of us: There is no anti-spam death ray. Also: There's a big bug in the ISC's DHCP, e-gov security certification considered, your one-stop newsfeed source for CERT advisories, Intel's revised wireless plans, and another practical reason to use mod_gzip.

XP SP 2 Will Break Your Network. It's About Time.

Network News Break: XP SP2 is looming, it's going to disrupt your network, and your users are going to panic: What took Microsoft so long? Also: Motorola hops on the WiMax bandwagon, VoIP is so six months from now, Cisco goes MAN, and major ISPs write your anti-spam checklist for you.

Cisco's Self-Defending Network Takes Shape

Network News Break: Cisco's vision of a self-defending network took more form today as a bevy of NAC-supporting products were announced and the company moves ahead with third-party outreach. Also: Your enterprise IM choices just narrowed by one as AOL and Yahoo reconsider their IM strategies, and SUPERCOMM kicks off in Chicago.

Mounting Spam Problems? Complacent Users Probably Aren't Helping

Network News Break: You know spam's a problem, maybe your boss doesn't: Doing your job too well can cause its own problems. Also: New almost-WiMax gear and the siren call of lock-in, MaXXan's new smart SAN switch, broke phishers duly fined, and a new law to battle spyware.

Proxim and Intel Scramble the WiMax Gear

Network News Break: Proxim and Intel have announced plans to have WiMax kit on the market by early next year. Let the foot race begin. Also: Cisco eats a rival, Linksys releases an 802.11g range extender, and Novell steps in to save a struggling open source IPSec project.

Akamai's Side of the DDoS Story: Measurement Service Got it Wrong

Network News Break: Akamai has issued a press release regarding yesterday's DDoS attack, but its strident rebuke of a Web measurement service's numbers sidesteps key issues. Also: Iomega releases point-n-click NAS, CAN-SPAM is an expensive and likely failure, and phishing rang up losses of as much as $1.2 billion last year.

Akamai Staggered: Is It a Distributed Single Point of Failure?

Network News Break: Akamai, the content distribution outfit of choice, took one on the chin this morning slowing or knocking out some of the Web's biggest sites. Is it the single point of failure IP was designed to avoid? Also: Juniper rolls into Cisco country, the FTC agrees that giving spammers a mailing list is a bad idea, Microsoft releases XP SP2 RC1, and a Bluetooth worm wriggles onto smartphones.

Comcast Blocks Port 25: Why Was it Ever Open?

Network News Break: ISP Comcast has taken to blocking port 25 when it detects spam-like traffic levels. It's a good move the company says has reduced spam coming out of its net by 20 percent. Why isn't the block default behavior? Also: MIMO pushes WLANs further, HP spruces up its network management tools, and just in time for VoWLAN, we get a crash course in question-asking.

New Security Report is Good News/Bad News for Net Admins

Network News Break: We're happy to report that computer break-ins are down and intellectual property theft is costing corporations less. But that's the good news. Networking pros will want to pay close attention to the bad. Also: Another telco gets port-blocking religion, Microsoft's suing Spammers to be Named Later, and Intel manages to get some useful WiMax concessions from China.

Corporate AIM: Come for the Whiteboard, Stay for ID Management

Network News Break: The gee-whiz factor of AOL's latest IM announcements overshadows some useful security functionality. Also: Cisco patches a DoS vulnerability in CatOS, Microsoft mulls an out-of-cycle bug fix, CVS mends a few fences, and modern-day Pinkertons roam the 'net frontier dressed up like girls.

The State of 'Net Security: Nasty, Brutish, and Whiny

Network News Break: It feels good to threaten spammers with Gitmo time, but without security-minded admins, what's the point? Also: AOL tells e-mail hosts it's time to deploy SPF... or else, spim menaces instant messaging users, broadband use is on the rise, spam costs are going up, Korgo is getting meaner, and PhatNet provides a handheld network monitor.

Netgear's Non-Fix: Another Black Eye for Off-the-Shelf WAPs

Network News Break: Netgear has thoughtfully patched a back door in one of its products with... another back door. Also: Cisco and Trend Micro team up to secure Cisco gear against viruses, domain registrations are on the rise, Gartner's not so convinced about host authentication, and Apple rolls out a wireless toy you might soon see dangling from outlets around your cube farm.

Microsoft to Make XP SP2 Free for All

Network News Break: Microsoft says it's going to release XP ServicePack 2 for everybody... even the pirates. Also: Wi-Max standards in more depth, software to help with messaging archive compliance, a wardriver is faced with prison time, and why server authentication isn't the be-all, end-all of anti-spam measures.

An Idea for Hunting Down Rogue WAPs

Network News Break: If you're concerned about users introducing unsecured wireless points of entry into your network, our mailbag might help point you toward how to button things down. Also: Linksys brings RADIUS protection to its wireless gear, and EmergeCore is out to bundle an IT team in a box.

WiMax: How Far Ahead of the Curve is Too Far?

Network News Break: Alvarion's pushing a WiMax implementation out the door to a lot of fanfare, but the standard's not soup, and that raises some questions. Also: There's a keylogging worm to look out for, is Microsoft's patch policy to blame? And Sun pushes ahead on identity management, despite gloomy early predictions.

Security Drives Cisco's Self-Defending Bottom Line

Network News Break: The razor business is about razorblades, and the router business, apparently, is now about services: Cisco's unveiled a new price structure for the previously no-cost Firewall Services Module. Also: A popular piece of wireless gear from Linksys is sporting a moderately severe security hole, Google's updating its search appliance, and Nortel says VoIP and 3G are driving sales higher than expected.

No WLAN On Your Nets? Wi-Fi Security's Still a Concern

Network News Break: Even if you don't even have a WLAN operating on your nets, the combination of cheap, consumer-friendly Wi-Fi gear and lousy security interfaces can cause problems. Also: AT&T says it can see DDoS attacks from a mile off, Intel releases Centrino drivers for Linux, and anti-virus vendors report there are still viruses in the world.

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