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Hack turns Cisco desk phones into remote listening devices

Hack turns Cisco desk phones into remote listening devices

If you work in an office that uses one of the various Cisco branded IP phones, word has surface about a hack that might make you uncomfortable. Reports have indicated that Internet phones sold by Cisco Systems are vulnerable to hacks that can turn them into remote bugging devices allowing nefarious sorts to eavesdrop on calls and conversations close to the phone. Cisco warned about the flaw this week.

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Cisco reportedly chasing Linksys sale as consumer segment sours

Cisco reportedly chasing Linksys sale as consumer segment sours

Cisco is looking to shed home router division Linksys, according to tipster whispers, in the hope of exiting the low-margin consumer networking business and making back a little on its $500m 2003 outlay on the firm. The company has reportedly engaged Barclays to sniff out a potential buyer, insiders tattle to

Bloomberg, with TV manufacturers expected to be among those interested given the increasing role the internet plays in home entertainment.

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Cisco splashes $1.3bn in chase for the mid-tier

Cisco splashes $1.3bn in chase for the mid-tier

Cisco has gone on a shopping spree, acquiring cloud networking provider Meraki in a $1.2bn deal only days after a $125m grab at a data center management specialist. The latest deal will see Cisco use Meraki's technology to deliver large-scale enterprise tech to mid-scale businesses on a budget, including cloud-hosted features that would traditional demand a reasonably sized in-house IT department to manage.

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Cisco ditches ZTE over Iranian switch sales cover-up

Cisco ditches ZTE over Iranian switch sales cover-up

ZTE's bad day keeps getting worse; hot on the heels of a US intelligence report accusing the Chinese firm of presenting a significant security risk comes word that Cisco has ditched the manufacturer over Iranian sales allegations. Cisco Systems Inc. had been investigating ZTE since earlier this year, after claims that the Chinese company had contravened international embargoes and sold Cisco-branded networking equipment to Iran, Reuters reports. As a result, Cisco has ditched its sales partnership with ZTE.

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Cisco responds to Connect Cloud complaints

Cisco responds to Connect Cloud complaints

Cisco’s new cloud service, Cisco Connect Cloud, went live last week and caused quite the uproar after routers underwent an automatic firmware update. People owning the E2700, E3500 and E4500 router models couldn’t login after the update and were faced with a request to sign up for Cisco Connect Cloud if they wanted access restored. Some people ended up losing their advanced settings if they decided to reboot the router.

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Cisco announces Linksys 802.11ac router and Cloud Connect platform

Cisco announces Linksys 802.11ac router and Cloud Connect platform

Cisco announced the new Linksys EA6500 today, its first 802.11ac router with up to 1,300Mbps data rate on the 5GHz and 540Mbps on the 2.4GHz. The announcement of the EA6500 also comes at the same time as does the Linksys AC Universal Media Connector featuring 802.11ac connectivity to a maximum of four ethernet devices. Both the Media Connector and EA6500 router should be available in August or September.

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Cisco Cius tablet is dead

Cisco Cius tablet is dead

Cisco's attempt at entering the massively competitive tablet market has come to a quiet end. The company's Cius product has been set off to greener pastures without even making a serious dent in the industry. It was meant to be the leader in enterprise-focused tablets. But as you may already know, the iPad has kind of taken that title, and it took it before the Cius even had a chance to shine. It's the same reason the Blackberry Playbook never got a chance to spread its wings.

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Cisco blasts EC over Microsoft Skype openness

Cisco blasts EC over Microsoft Skype openness

Cisco has taken time out from axing unpopular and overpriced teleconferencing systems to complain about Microsoft's acquisition of Skype, challenging the EC with demands for greater priority for open video standards. Although Cisco doesn't oppose the acquisition, video conferencing chief Marthin De Beer wrote on the company's official blog, it does believe the European Commission shirked on insisting Microsoft must adopt open standards that won't prevent rival services from intercommunicating.

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