Microsoft acquires GitHub for $7.5bn

Microsoft has splashed out again. They have just acquired open-source source code management and sharing platform GitHub for $7.5bn. GitHub has a community of 28 million developers and hosts 85 million repositories of code. GitHub is used to host some of the most significant open-source projects, including Ansible, Kubernetes and many others. Microsoft’s last major purchase was…

Wi-Fi encryption KRACK-ed with re-keying injection

On Monday, a coordinated disclosure announcement revealed that WiFi networks are at risk. The disclosure was found early with the discovery of the GitHub repository for the talking points on the issue. The security teams investigating the matter named it KRACK. They documented their findings on www.krackattacks.com. Ars Technica was the first to publish an article (Severe…

BBR improves Google Cloud Platform performance

Google has developed a new TCP congestion control mechanism. This has now been applied to the Google Compute Platform, having previously been added to YouTube and Google.com. This BBR (Bandwidth Bottleneck and Round-Trip Propagation Time) mechanism overcomes some of the challenges with other mechanisms. Google sees the challenges as being twofold, occurring in shallow buffered…