Cisco dents Arista again with patent infringement ruling

A US trade judge ruled today that Arista Networks infringed on two Cisco switch patents – the second important victory the networking giant has won against Arista in their ongoing legal confrontation since it began in 2014.

U.S. International Trade Commission Judge MaryJoan McNamara issued the so-called “initial determination” on the case which now must be reviewed by the ITC. In the end should the ITC find against Arista its switches could once again be banned from import into the US. The ITC you may recall ruled against Arista in another part of this case and between June and August the company could not import those products. In November Arista announced that US Customs has given it permission to resume importing its networking gear in the United States.

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Your own motion could one day power your cell phone

Looking forward to the day when you don’t have to charge your cell phone or activity tracker?

That day might not be as far away as you think.

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a device they’ve dubbed a nanogenerator that lets motion charge a mobile device or a wearable.

A cell phone using this technology, for instance, would need no battery. Your own motion would provide power.

“What I foresee, relatively soon, is the capability of not having to charge your cell phone for an entire week, for example, because that energy will be produced by your movement,” said Nelson Sepulveda, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Michigan State University, in a written statement. “We’re on the path toward wearable devices powered by human motion.”

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Michigan to allow cars without drivers or steering wheels on its roads

The governor of Michigan today signed into law a series of bills that allows fully autonomous vehicles, including those without drivers and steering wheels, to begin using public roadways.

Flanked by a Ford Model T and a self-driving Ford Fusion, Gov. Rick Snyder signed four bills as part of the autonomous vehicles legislative package that allows the operation of autonomous vehicles on Michigan public roads. Before, only testing of the vehicles by manufacturers was permitted.

“As far as I know, Michigan is the first state to make it official that these types of vehicles can be used on public roads,” said Brandon Schoettle, a project manager with the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute.

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AirPods miss is not Apple’s first holiday sales flub

Apple’s inability to ship its new AirPods wireless ear buds before the holiday sales season wasn’t its first misstep in providing product at the end of a year.

Even so, one analyst discounted the damage done. “I think it’s a minor blow to the brand, but not a big one, long term,” said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. “[But] if there are continued hiccups then this, of course, changes.”

When Apple in September introduced the $159 AirPods alongside the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, executives said that the headphones would be available in October. But late that month, Apple confirmed that the AirPods were delayed. It did not offer a reason for the postponement or schedule a new ship date, instead saying, “We need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers.”

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Obama orders review of election hacks as Trump doubts Russia’s role

President Barack Obama has ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct a full review of the cyberattacks that allegedly tried to disrupt this year’s election, as his successor Donald Trump casts doubt over Russia’s possible involvement.

Obama’s homeland security advisor Lisa Monaco first mentioned the need for the review while speaking to reporters on Friday morning, according to Politico.

“We may be crossed into a new threshold, and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what this means, and to impart those lessons learned,” Monaco reportedly said.

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Ransomware attacks against businesses increased threefold in 2016

The number of ransomware attacks targeting companies increased threefold from January to September, affecting one in every five businesses worldwide.

According to a new report from security company Kaspersky Lab, the rate of ransomware attacks against businesses increased from one every two minutes to one every 40 seconds during that period. For consumers it was even worse, with the rate reaching one attack every 10 seconds in September.

During the third quarter of the year, there were 32,091 new ransomware variations detected by Kaspersky Lab compared to only 2,900 during the first quarter. Overall, 62 new ransomware families appeared this year, the company said.

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Attackers use hacked home routers to hit Russia’s 5 largest banks

Botnets made up of hacked home routers were used to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks against the five largest financial organizations in Russia.

The attacks occurred on Monday, Dec. 5, and were detected and mitigated by Rostelecom, Russia’s state-owned telecommunications company. The attacks peaked at 3.2 million packets per second (Mpps) and the longest attack lasted for over two hours, Rostelecom reported Friday.

The company did not provide a bandwidth measurement for the attacks, but 3.2Mpps is not that much. DDoS mitigation providers regularly see attacks that exceed 100 Mpps and a very large September attack against the website of cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs peaked at 665Gbps and 143Mpps.

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How this analyst targeted a phisher

Not unlike any other threat analyst, Marc Laliberte’s email inbox fills up minute by minute. Some of which has made its way past the spam filter. The WatchGuard employee decided to finally act upon a certain phishing attempt in hopes of teaching the bad guys a lesson.

Spear phishing is a type of phishing attack in which the perpetrator customizes their attack to a particular individual or group of individuals. The attacker gathers information on the victim and then tailors the attack to be more likely to fool the target. The would-be attack arrived as an email appearing to come from the finance employee’s manager, requesting an urgent wire transfer.

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