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Will Blockchain Race to the Front of the Disruption Line in IoT?Arti Loftus
IoT Evolution –September 22, 2017 - The Internet of Things (IoT) is continuously transforming the lives of people through its innovation and intelligence. From Smart Homes to Smart Farming, IoT is everywhere and expanding beyond our ability to measure it...Given the pace of innovation and change, the current state of the Internet and centralized security models are unlikely to support the true potential of IoT and IIoT.
Given current architectural models, servers can become overloaded, endpoint security can be missed, leading systems more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Blockchain proponents are suggesting blockchain is part of the answer, as this technology decentralizes security and helps prevent attacks. Decentralized control of transactions and sessions is more scalable that the traditional solutions in place today...
Data flowing from sensors and embedded processors can change the way urban planners lay out Smart Cities, or IT teams support Smart Hospitals. Blockchain technology is a transparent singular system for various uses, with encryption enabling security and anonymity. It provides an accurate data-set at all times, eradicating the need for a central governing authority. Full StoryNew Bluetooth vulnerabilities expose billions of devices to hackingDuncan Riley
SiliconAngle –September 21, 2017 - Billions of Bluetooth-enabled devices are exposed to a number of recently discovered vulnerabilities that allow a hacker to access and take control of devices, install malware and undertake other malicious activities, according to newly published research.
Discovered by security firm Armis Labs Inc. and dubbed â€œBlueBorne,â€ the vulnerability affects major mobile, desktop, and IoT operating systems, including Android, iOS, Windows and Linux. Itâ€™s spread over the air and attacks devices via an open Bluetooth connection without the need for a device to be paired.
The attack takes advantage of at least eight newly discovered vulnerabilities present in a standard Bluetooth driver installation. Once through the door, hackers can not only attack the targeted device but also use it for â€œman in the middle attacks,â€ a form of attack where the device is used to attack other devices on a network... Full StoryIn wake of Equifax breach, Linux Foundation unveils open source CHAOSSR. Danes
SiliconAngle –September 20, 2017 - â€œAn unmanageable messâ€ is how Paul Gillin, senior editor for Wikibon Inc. and SiliconANGLE Media Inc., described the open-source software community last year. Both proprietary legacies and open-source-native companies have since tried to bring order to the confusion. Now, the open-source community has resolved to pull itself together...Equifax itself has blamed open-source Apache Struts software for last weekâ€™s breach, which affected at least 143 million people...
In the nick of time, open-source leaders have joined forces on Community Health Analytics for Open-Source Software, or CHAOSS, a new Linux Foundation project announced on September 11. The project provides transparency and health and security metrics for open-source projects, [Linux Foundation Executive Director] Zemlin explained... Full StoryW3C Publishes Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) as a W3C RecommendationPress Release
W3C.org –September 20, 2017 - Furthering its
goal to make the Web a first-class platform for media and
entertainment, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published
Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) as a W3C Recommendation or
Web standard. EME is an Application Programming Interface (API)
that allows plugin-free playback of protected (encrypted)
content in Web browsers, which works seamlessly on all major
platforms. W3C's Media Source Extensions (MSE) provides the API
for streaming video while its companion Encrypted Media
Extensions (EME) provides the API for handling encrypted
content. The combination of MSE and EME is the most common
practice today that allows Web developers to stop using plugins
to deliver commercial quality video over the Web... Full StoryBroadband Forum launches first ever open-source projects in HelsinkiEllen Tannam
Silicon Republic.com –September 19, 2017 - The Broadband Forum has published the first standard for distributed virtualised customer premises equipment (vCPE) as it continues to accelerate its work on open broadband, cloud central office (CloudCO) and software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN).
The architecture of broadband is changing, and with it brings the promise of open networking, improved day-to-day network maintenance and simplified deployment of advanced services to millions of subscribers.
The virtual Business Gateway (vBG), made public in Helsinki on 14 September, will accelerate the delivery of new-generation standardised and interoperable business services, such as enterprise-class firewall and wide-area network optimisation...Dubbed a landmark specification, its completion comes at the same time work commences on two major software projects for open broadband and makes major headway on its CloudCO project...The second key project is Broadband Access Abstraction Open Source, which addresses the requirements, architecture, design and software required to support the virtualisation of access device functionality. This enables an open and interoperable interface for access equipment from different vendors.
The open-source nature of the project is a vital element, as it will be managed under the forumâ€™s agile open-broadband software initiative, allowing for member and non-member participation to create a fast feedback loop between the specifications and the source code that supports them.
Both new projects are the first open-source initiatives undertaken by the Broadband Forum and are s..pearheaded by groups of key operators and their manufacturer partners. Full StoryANSI Seeks Feedback on Chinaâ€™s Latest Revision of Standardization Law
ANSI.org –September 15, 2017 - ANSI Seeks Feedback on Chinaâ€™s Latest Revision of Standardization Law seeks comments on the latest version of Chinaâ€™s standardization law draft by September 18, 2017.
The National Peopleâ€™s Congress released the newest draft revision of the law, which serves as the groundwork for Chinaâ€™s ongoing standardization reform initiative. The law is intended to promote scientific and technological progress, improve the level of economic and social development, enhance the quality of products and services, ensure the safety of people's health and life and property, and strengthen standardization...Stakeholders can submit comments to ANSI via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments should reference specific articles in the law and are due to ANSI no later than September 18, 2017, so that we may consider them prior to the comment deadline of September 24, 2017... Full StoryRead it! Five StarsJMB
Amazon Reader Reviews –September 15, 2017 - One of the most delightfully thrilling thrillers I have ever read. Most cyber stories fall apart when you know something about cyber. Andy's doesn't. They don't get much better than this. Full StoryEthereum's ERC-20 Token Standard Has Been FormalizedRachel Rose O'Leary
CoinDesk –September 14, 2017 - The standard that governs how new cryptographic tokens can be launched on top of the ethereum blockchain has been been finalized.
Revealed today by the open-source project's developer team, the ERC-20 standard establishes a common set of rules for tokens issued via ethereum smart contracts, and currently serves as the basis for the many tokens that have been released through initial coin offerings (ICOs).
The standard has now been formalized on the ethereum GitHub page, meaning that going forward, all tokens built on ethereum should conform to the standard... Full StoryOpen Connectivity Foundation And Open Mobile Alliance Announce Liaison AgreementPress Release
OCF/OMA –September 13, 2017 - The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) today announced a liaison agreement for working on device management for IoT. This agreement will explore collaboration involving OMAâ€™s LightweightM2M (LwM2M) standard, a device management protocol designed for sensor networks and the demands of a machine-to-machine (M2M) environment, with OCF Specifications.
Device Management allows network operators, service providers or corporate information management departments to carry out end user device configuration procedures. OCFâ€™s strategic collaboration with OMA brings a mature and established solution for remote management of IoT devices and reinforces OCFâ€™s role as a driving force for harmonization and consolidation within IoT interconnectivity... Full StoryHDR10+: the new HDR standard that's taking a leaf out of Dolby's bookJon Porter
TechRadar –September 12, 2017 - Weâ€™re only part of the way into the era of HDR televisions, and we already have way too many standards to be dealing with. First came HDR10, then Dolby Vision, and more recently Hybrid Log Gamma and Advanced HDR.
If you already thought the situation was confusing then buckle up, because youâ€™re going to have to get familiar with another standard pretty soon. Itâ€™s name is HDR10+, and it wants to bring the same advanced functionality of Dolby Vision to an open standard... Full Story