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Submission + - Whitehouse Petition to breakup ISP monopolies. (whitehouse.gov)

andrewcaveman writes: I'm the IT Manager for an global startup company. Finding reliable, well supported and fast service is almost impossible in the US. Even in major cities such as Boston, I can't keep T-1 phone service running without issues for more than 2 month before the last mile of Verizon copper causes some problem. This results in lost sales for our company. No matter what service I go through, I am still stuck at the mercy of Verizon since they own all the lines. There has not been any competitive innovations in with ISPs in over 10 years. Google fiber is the most promising, but I can't wait for it. With the government subsidies that have gone towars expanding communications in the past 5 years, why do we now have even less options? Why can't the government do what they suppose to do and break them up?

Submission + - Iran v USA - the world's first cyber-war has started (techworld.com)

Qedward writes: Techworld security editor and blogger John Dunn on the world's first cyberwar, looking through Stuxnet, Duqu, Gauss and Flame malware through to the current situation. He begins:

"It sometimes hides behind hacktivism. But 75Gbps peak DDoS on US banks is no amateur protest...

We can say with a growing sense of certainty that the world’s first cyberwar is upon us, unfolding behind the scenes with a rising level of intensity, so far pretty much ignored by all but the need-to-knows.

On one side are the US and its European and Middle-Eastern allies, on the other Iran and perhaps its proxies in Syria, Lebanon and a handful of more isolated groups across the non-aligned Islamic world.

Is this really a cyberwar? Certainly, although it is not official and likely never will be. If you rank sustained state-to-state exchanges across the Internet as defining a digital campaign then this is surely the real McCoy even if everything looks normal from the outside.

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