According to the latest [Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report](http://www.verizonenterprise.com/DBIR/) all but four per cent of the security incidents analyzed by researchers could be accounted for by just nine basic attack types. That's pretty useful information for enterprise looking to prioritize their approach to security in terms of establishing a stronger security posture. So, as far as the nearly 80,000 incidents that were analyzed to form the basis of the report, what were these nine basic patterns then? Verizon states that the nine threat patterns are: 1. Miscellaneous errors (such as sending an email to the wrong person for example) …

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While they have, in past years, enjoyed glorious recognitino such as the iconic ["Worst Company in America"](http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/2010/04/comcast_wins_consumerist_worst.html) award, Comcast isn't letting its data-caps go away anytime soon, and while they have raised some of their caps in some markets, it's apparent the motive of the entire movement is far from bandwidth-related. Last month, Comcast stopped kicking around the idea of [data caps](http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/09/comcast-data-caps-hit-test-cities-range-from-300gb-to-600gb/) and instead pushed it into high gear, launching the capped services in various test markets, with limits ranging from 300GB to 600GB. The caps, designed to help quell bandwidth usage with their customers, seems to be suicidal from …

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For the last two years a transition has been apparent between the various mobile phone carriers in the United States. On one end, AT&T and Verizon have seem extreme growth, together covering nearly 2/3rds of the current market share. On the other, Sprint & T-Mobile have been begging for growth, and stand as a far cry to the immense growth the two larger carriers have seen. As a result, stagnation has become apparent in both T-Mobile and Sprint, but has been much more visible for the latter as the company, unlike T-Mobile, is publically owned and traded. However, that's about …

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After a few hours searching and not finding an answer, does anyone know _if_ thunderbird can be configured to work with Verizon DSL (Actiontec) wired model/router)? Simularly, can Ubuntu be configured to work with verizon dsl? Verizon tech reps say they have no knowledge of a solution. Mostly I get "connection timed out" message with all parameter variations I've tried.

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16523[/ATTACH]Skype, the Luxemborg-based internet video phone service, filed for its initial public offering (IPO) on Monday (August 9) to list on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The value was tentatively set at $100 million, a number analysts suggest is merely a rough estimate set to help the Securities and Exchange Commission calculate a filing fee. They have yet to release a sales date or price. The filings reported that in 2010, Skype has already generated more than $406 million from its over 560 million registered users, up 41% year-over-year. These numbers are staggering considering that only 6% of its users actually …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]18613[/ATTACH]The term Net Neutrality has been the subject of heavy discussion for the past several years. The freedom to go where and when we want to on the internet is about to slip away. Big telecoms and internet giants like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner and even Google have met with the government and came up with a set of rules that will allow them to regulate and prioritize what we see on the internet (to say the least). Yesterday Steve Wozniak, the engineer that co-founded Apple Computer, Inc. wrote an open letter the FCC imploring them to keep the …

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Until Motorola came out with the [URL="http://phones.verizonwireless.com/motorola/droid/"]Droid[/URL], they were the forgotten cell phone company, but it wasn't that long ago that everyone wanted one of their phones: [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_RAZR"]the Razr[/URL]. This was in 2004, in the days before the iPhone when smart phones were found only in the pockets of executives and sales people. The Razr was thin and sleek and it flipped open in a very cool way. But after that, Motorola all but disappeared -- until now. It's clear that Motorola recognized this was an opportunity and they have seized it, building a great feature-filled phone running Google's Android …

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[ATTACH=right]16607[/ATTACH]Earlier this week, information and telecommunications giants Google and Verizon were nice enough to work out a deal on Net Neutrality, outlined in a "joint policy proposal" for Congress. [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story303180.html"]As we reported[/URL], one of the most controversial parts of the proposal is the suggestion that service providers should be permitted to engage in "reasonable network management." In the past, providers like Comcast have gotten in trouble for slowing or prioritizing certain types of traffic. Open Internet advocates say such network management will lead to an Internet with multiple tiers of service that can be abused and would be a major …

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The big mystery of what exactly Verizon and Google were talking about behind closed doors was solved this afternoon when about 1:45 p.m. ET, the two telecom companies issued a joint policy proposal, announcing a compromise on net neutrality. Their [URL="http://www.scribd.com/doc/35599242/Verizon-Google-Legislative-Framework-Proposal"]suggestions[/URL] are legislative framework for policymakers, they said. "Google and Verizon have been working together to find ways to preserve the open Internet andthe vibrant and innovative markets it supports, to protect consumers, and to promote continued investment in broadband access. With these goals in mind, together we offer a proposed open Internet framework for the consideration of policymakers and …

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In a new development to [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story302325.html"]news earlier today[/URL] that Verizon and Google were nearing an agreement that might end net neutrality, both companies have now released statements to the contrary. In Google's case, the statement came as a [URL="http://twitter.com/googlepubpolicy/statuses/20393606477"]Tweet[/URL] around mid-day Thursday. "@NYTimes is wrong. We've not had any convos with VZN about paying for carriage of our traffic. We remain committed to an open internet," the Tweet said.[ATTACH]16425[/ATTACH]Verizon had posted a similar [URL="http://policyblog.verizon.com/BlogPost/740/NewYorkTimesStoryisMistaken.aspx"]statement[/URL] on its Policy Blog shortly before that. "The NYT article regarding conversations between Google and Verizon is mistaken.  It fundamentally misunderstands our purpose," David Fish wrote. …

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Rumors surfaced today saying Verizon and Google are reportedly close to making a deal that could end net neutrality. The [URL="http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100805/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_google_verizon"]Associated Press[/URL] reported that the two companies, which have been in talks for close to a year, may reach an agreement in the coming days. If such an agreement were reached, it would change the face of the Internet as we know it, giving telecommunications companies the ability to choose the speed and order of content delivery. It could mean faster services, but at a price to both the online sites that want their content to be top-priority and Internet …

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Apple had a great week last week when it launched the iPhone 4 to much fanfare. [URL="http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jun/29/business/la-fi-iphone-sales-20100629"]1.7 million units[/URL] reportedly flew out the door in the first three days alone setting sales records. People [URL="http://www.pcworld.com/article/199761/hundreds_wait_in_line_as_iphone_4_goes_on_sale.html"]waited in long lines[/URL]; reportedly longer lines than for the iPad debut or the iPhone 3G last year, but the glow was only momentary. The initial good sales news was quickly followed by [URL="http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/handheld/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225701876"]reports of supply issues[/URL], then came the [URL="http://www.pcworld.com/article/200206/apple_cant_wish_away_iphone_4_antenna_woes.html"]antenna news[/URL]--that you could get lousy reception if you didn't hold it correctly. Just the other day came rumors of a possible[URL="http://mashable.com/2010/06/29/verizon-iphone-january/"] Verizon iPhone[/URL] at the …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]15613[/ATTACH]Many iPhone users had a great deal of issues with AT&T since iPhone4 (which is 3G) was released last week. I don't want to get ahead of myself here but [URL="http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-06-29/verizon-wireless-said-to-get-iphone-in-january.html"]Bloomberg Business Week is reporting[/URL] that the iPhone will be available through Verizon Wireless come January 2011. It is not clear if Apple will be releasing an updated model or not. Originally there were leaks that Verizon will have the iPhone in Q3/2010 but customers will have to wait a little longer. Apple and Verizon both declined to comment on a release for Verizon and iPhone. What we do know …

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Hey there, I am trying to setup a Site-to-Site VPN between my home and my co-located server in LA as well as a second colo server in Denver. I am running Verizon (home) FIOS, from what I have read in the past is that Verizon residential FIOS blocks some ports for proper VPN use. Before I get two far let me explain my current setup. At home I have a Windows 2003 server running Routing & Remote Access. From the Verizon router I DMZ'd the server. In LA and Denver I am also running Windows 2003 with Routing & Remote …

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Apple today announced that it will begin shipping iPhones for CDMA networks, such as those offered by Verizon and Sprint, ending a three-year monopoly in the U.S. held by AT&T since iPhone's inception. Once the phones becomes available later this year, iPhone users in the U.S. that don't wish to be stuck with AT&T's network will have an alternative to importing an "unlocked" phone from the black market or learning [url=http://www.daniweb.com/news/story235171.html]how to jailbreak the iPhone[/url]. For AT&T, which operates a GSM network, the iPhone has been responsible for much of its growth since 2007 and vaulting it into the leading …

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The cheap Netbooks you see advertised at discount stores might not turn out to be so cheap after all. If you see a Netbook advertised at $100 or less, beware--it will end up costing you many times the regular price of $275-$400 USD. As I predicted in my post, "[URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4188.html"]Branded Netbooks[/URL]," vendors (Phone companies and ISPs) are selling subsidized Netbooks with service subscriptions. Don't allow yourself to fall into these traps. Netbooks advertised for $100 are associated with some costly fine print. For example, I saw one in my local Sunday paper advertisement section for $100*. Do you see that …

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Word emerged this week that Apple was in talks with Verizon and everyone assumed it was it about the iPhone, but buried at the end of a BusinessWeek article, [URL="http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/apr2009/tc20090429_594307.htm?campaign_id=rss_tech"]AT&T's iPhone Dilemma[/URL], is an interesting nugget: [QUOTE]Apple has also shown Verizon a larger, more computer-like device dubbed by one person as a "media pad."[/QUOTE] That Apple is talking to other carriers seems indisputable at this point and has been widely reported, but what they are talking about is unclear. The natural assumption is that they are negotiating iPhone distribution, competition if you will for the current exclusive carrier, AT&T, but …

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Rumors are rampant over a proposed Verizon-Nokia deal on a 4G mobile device, as equity options traders snapped up calls (options to buy a given stock at lower prices) in anticipation of a big run-up in Nokia’s stock. Nokia is trading at: $8.76, up a tick or two from the previous close. Expect that to change in the next few days, unless the companies involved step in an squash the rumors. Elsewhere, is there money in Star Wars-like t-laser technology? The Motley Fool things so, and its poster child is Newport Technologies. I listened to a half-hour broadcast on Newport, …

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Is there hope for stocks in 2009? At all? A University of Iowa business professor things so, and he claims he has the data to prove it. It’s all about upside potential – and the fact that Wall Street has already baked a lot of the bad news into the trading mix. Says Todd Houge, assistant professor of finance at U. of Iowa's Tippie College of Business, “despite a long string of bad economic numbers in the past two months, most major stock indices are continuing to trend up from the lows they hit in November.” Houge makes his case …

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Are small company software stocks – especially medical technology companies -- a safe, even profitable, haven for investors these days? Could be – especially if you’re looking to forego higher-risk plays like oil and financials – that your focus should be on smaller med tech companies, one institutional investor advises. “Two great investment debates are occurring at this moment, one over financials and the other over oil – and I choose not to get involved,” says Manny Weintraub, a former Managing Director of Neuberger Berman and Founder, Principal, and Portfolio Manager of Integre Advisors. “I’m telling my clients that it’s …

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It’s Tuesday and all eyes on Wall Street are on Yahoo, where new CEO Carol Bartz is expected to lower expectations for Yahoo going forward as the tech behemoth issues its Q4 earnings results. We’re in the midst of the tech earnings season right now and there have been surprises and there have been some disasters. Guidance, meaning where Yahoo bean-counters think the company is going financially, should be held low – that gives Bartz a better chance to exceed expectations and get investors buying Yahoo stock again. One piece of good news from Yahoo already this morning. It’s news …

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If your company CEO is walking around with bags under eyes, clutching a balance sheet in one hand and a bottle of Chivas in the other, it could be because she can’t get financing to keep the company going. Business Week has a great article on this topic, pointing out that the TARP money that is going to banks and lenders – about $350 billion in all – isn’t being used to loan out money to businesses. That was the idea when Congress scared the country half to death with talk of a financial meltdown if banks didn’t have money …

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Stocks are mixed today, which isn't really bad news considering the overseas selloff we saw on Sunday night and early Monday morning. Helping U.S. markets was decent news from the housing sector, where home sales were up 2.7% for September, with some of the country's hardest-hit regions like the southwest, showing the biggest gains. If the home-buying consumer can start chipping away at some of the home inventory out there, that could boost the economy at a time when we need it most. Overall, there are about 345,000 unsold homes sitting on the market. That number has to decline for …

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One of my favorite things about Twitter is how people can use it to live-blog conferences they're attending. Case in point: today, I've been watching [URL="http://twitter.com/thornley"]Joseph Thornley[/URL], provide live commentary from the Canadian Institute Conference on Social Media. I've been learning about how the City of Calgary manages social media tools for [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQrh2M0vLG4"]employee recruitment[/URL] and retention. That's right, retention. Some nuggets from the conference: "Social media must be part of a [URL="http://twitter.com/thornley/statuses/933211780"]larger strategy[/URL] to get the most value from it. It should not stand isolated on its own." "If you have employees who waste time on Facebook, it's a [URL="http://twitter.com/thornley/statuses/933222208"]management …

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According to the San Fransisco Chronicle Verizon and google are making a deal to make Google the default browser for all Verizon mobile phones. Eflux Media says that Verizon will get part of the adwords revenue. Almost everyone loves Google but having Google as your only browser choice for your phone could be found to others as a Google take over. The only part of this deal that Verizon still is hesitant to is that Google will keep all search history, Verizon is also very skeptical about Googles new Operating system [URL="http://code.google.com/android/"]Android [/URL] which is suppose to come out some …

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Internet Broadband subscribers are being peeled away by cable television and there’s really not much the phone companies can do about it, analysts say. That could move a lot of money around on Wall Street. According to Leichtman Research Group, cable companies added 887,000 high-speed Internet subscribers in the 2nd quarter of 2008 – about twice the number of new subscribers added in the same quarter of 2007. The firm says that 76% of new subscribers went to cable companies – a telling sign. According to Leichtman, cable companies now have 35.3 million broadband customers, compared with 29.7 million at …

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A good friend of mine thinks that data technology access kingpin Qualcomm can be to the wireless market in the 2010’s what Microsoft was to software in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Granted, Qualcomm is smack in the sweet spot – the premier provider of high-speed data access products and services at a time when wireless technology, especially cell phones, have become pervasive worldwide. Qualcomm has built a great business providing wireless providers with mobile communications technologies. The company is well managed, has a virtual monopoly on its product, has little debt, and has about $12 billion in cash on hand. …

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Three questions for the week, plus a new opportunity for profit growth in the technology market . . . 1. What Will the Fed Do? - The Federal Reserve is in a fragile position, as is the economy. With the Fed scheduled to announce its next move on interest rates tomorrow morning, what will they do? Raise rates and risk further slowing the economy? Or lower rates and open the door for higher inflation? Most likely it will do neither, but even that could have a big impact on investors. 2. Yahoo's Jerry Yang Safe at Home - The much …

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I was going to write that the Q2 quarterly numbers (not just in the tech sector but across the board) were better than most experts predicted. For the most part, that’s true. U.S. companies have performed fairly well for the past quarter, thanks especially to increased sales overseas and a boost from the taxpayer stimulus packages that went out last spring. So far, 61 percent of the Standard & Poor's 500 index companies reporting results so far have surpassed projections, and 72 percent of them were able to top last year's sales figures. What’s killing the market right now, which …

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AT&T’s stock is up two percent today after announcing that second quarter revenues rose 30 percent – an uptick that many pundits are ascribing to its booming wireless business. Me? I’d say that, more directly, the high profile partnership with Apple and the iPhone have fueled that boom in wireless sales. AT& T is the telecom carrier for the iPhone and that had to contribute to AT&T adding 1.3 million new customers to its wireless consumer base. AT&T says that 40 percent of those new customers are new iPhone buyers. Even as the stock rises, investors should notice that AT&T …

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