Wednesday, July 30, 2014

What I am reading 7/30/2014 - Dr. Evil goes corporate

Wired - Will All Those People Tweeting About Batman v Superman Go See It? -

Speaking only for myself - No!!.  Superman is a highly overrrated character and Batman has been done to death so I have no real desire to see the movie (just as I had no desire to see the latest Spiderman reboots).  Gal Godot in that Wonder Woman costume almost changes my mind, but not quite.

Register - Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere -

Cisco and VMware used to be the best of pals and are still happy to be seen in public together when discussing the VCE joint venture or the NetApp/Cisco/VMware Flexpod stack-in-a-box/reference architecture.
Behind the scenes, The Reg understands each considers the other an enemy when it comes to network virtualisation. Cisco must know that by pointing out that server virtualisation created some messes it is spreading FUD-by-association in the direction of VMware's NSX network virtualisation efforts. ®
I hope Cisco is right.  My job depends on many helper monkeys, such as myself, being required to maintain the network.  

Foreign Policy - The NSA's Cyber-King Goes Corporate -

The fact that Alexander is building what he believes is a new kind of technology for countering hackers hasn't been previously reported. And it helps to explain why he feels confident in charging banks, trade associations, and large corporations millions of dollars a year to keep their networks safe. Alexander said he'll file at least nine patents, and possibly more, for a system to detect so-called advanced persistent threats, or hackers who clandestinely burrow into a computer network in order to steal secrets or damage the network itself. It was those kinds of hackers who Alexander, when he was running the NSA, said were responsible for "the greatest transfer of wealth in American history" because they were routinely stealing trade secrets and competitive information from U.S. companies and giving it to their competitors, often in China.
Cue exploding heads... Now!

Krebs on Security - Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms that Built ‘Iron Dome’ Missile Defense System -
Three Israeli defense contractors responsible for building the “Iron Dome” missile shield currently protecting Israel from a barrage of rocket attacks were compromised by hackers and robbed of huge quantities of sensitive documents pertaining to the shield technology, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.
Obviously they should have hired Dr. Evil General Alexander to protect their secrets.  On the serious side, of course it was the Chinese.  Any guesses why?

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