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See How the NSA manipulated Cisco Routers

Photos surfaced showing an NSA facility where Cisco routers get upgraded with spy software while on their way to customers. Cisco reacts.

May 15 2014, 3:07am CDT | by

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See How the NSA manipulated Cisco Routers

Cisco has a problem with the NSA and the government. They are hurting their business. Why? The NSA has intercepted Cisco routers shipping to customers and have manipulated them to install backdoors. Photos have leaked in NSA documents released along the new Glenn Greenwald book "No Place to Hide." (Buy on Amazon)

The photos are from 2010 and show how NSA workers carefully open a sealed Cisco box. Another photo shows the work bench where the Cisco router get upgraded with a "beacon." After the upgrade the NSA repacked the router and sent it on to customer. See the photos on Ars Technica.

These photos are bad for Cisco. Their sales people now have to convince their customers that this is not going to happen anymore. There is no way of saying if the NSA is still doing this today.

Cisco's General Counsel Mark Chandler published an open letter asking the government to not interfere with the ability of companies to lawfully deliver internet infrastructure as ordered by their customers. Chandler acknowledges the tension between security and freedom, but citizens’ basic human rights need to be respected.


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Cisco says network virtualisation won't pay off everywhere

Source: The Register Hardware

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10 Things In Tech You Need To Know This Morning (TWTR)

Source: Business Insider

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Source: Business Insider   Full article at: Business Insider 1 day ago, 6:18am CDT

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How will the Internet of Things impact the wine business?

Source: Steve Heimoff

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Source: Steve Heimoff   Full article at: Steve Heimoff 1 day ago, 2:10am CDT

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Cisco to reveal UCS for small businesses

Source: The Register

New fabric interconnect for up to 15 servers emerges Cisco has quietly released details of a new version of its UCS servers and associated k ...
Source: The Register   Full article at: The Register 1 day ago, 12:01am CDT

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These 11 Colleges Have Minted A Ton Of Successful Tech Executives

Source: The Business Insider

Though many of tech's most successful entrepreneurs are college dropouts — Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Michael Dell, just to name a few — a degree can goes long way when it comes to starting a business.  Whether it's because of a strong business and engineering curriculum or a helpful alumni network, some top universities tend to produce more tech executives than others. We've rounded up some of the most powerful sc ...
Source: The Business Insider   Full article at: The Business Insider 1 day ago, 4:43pm CDT

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Cisco Executive: An Internet Troll Is Ruining My Life And Now I'm Fighting Back (CSCO)

Source: The Business Insider

What if you woke up one day and found that someone had posted a litany of unfounded accusations about you on a website? What if you tried to ignore the website but then discovered it was popping up at the top of search results on your name, keeping you from getting job offers, making people at work snicker about you behind your back, even interfering with some of your friendships? This is the nightmare facing Surya Panditi, Cisco ...
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San Francisco Manager Shares Career Advice For People Interested In A Tech Career

Source: CBS San Francisco

According to a recent story from the Silicon Valley Business Journal, San Jose remains the nation’s top city for tech workers. But many positions remain open in the Silicon Valley and take longer to fill despite the current economic boom. With increased competition for tech jobs, college graduates need as much advice as they can get. One of the best Silicon Valley professionals for career advice is Jan Lamorena, head of eBay’s ...
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University College of Bahrain deploys Cisco Meraki Wi Fi solutions through Kanoo IT

Source: AME Info

University College of Bahrain (UCB) has successfully upgraded their Campus Wi-Fi to a state of the art Cloud managed Campus Wi-Fi from Cisco –Meraki. The project included upgrading the wired and wireless networks across the entire campus and was completed in less than a month by Kanoo IT, a division of the E.K. Kanoo ...
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Source: Business Insider

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Here's Why 'The Internet Of Things' Will Be Huge, And Drive Tremendous Value For People And Businesses

Source: Business Insider

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