A Look Inside the Mind of a VoIP Fraud Hacker

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When you think “hacker,” you may think about individuals like those behind the infamous DNC email leak this summer in light of the 2016 presidential campaign. Or, you may recall the hackers who were behind the massive attacks on Internet performance company Dyn. To business leaders, however, hackers come in…


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Russia hacked hundreds of Western, Asian companies – security firm

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A U.S. cybersecurity firm says it has gathered evidence that the Russian government spied on hundreds of American, European and Asian companies, the first time Moscow has been linked to cyber attacks for alleged economic – rather than political – gains. According to the firm, CrowdStrike, the victims of the…


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Aruba gets nod for Voice-over-WiFi test bed

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Aruba Networks’ wireless LAN has received a thumbs up from the WiFi Alliance as part of that organization’s WiFi Certified Voice-Enterprise and WiFi certified WMM-Admission control programs to drive standards-based certification of wireless infrastructure with client devices for enterprise voice over wireless LAN deployments. The WiFi Alliance, having already worked…


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Polycom snags Indian enterprise collaboration network deal

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Polycom (Nasdaq: PLCM) will be providing its RealPresence solutions and an enterprise video collaboration network for 75,000 globally located employees of India-based Essar Group, The Economic Times reported. Essar Group is deploying Polycom in its head office in Mahalaxmi and three other offices in Mumbai which will then be connected…


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Blawg Review #322

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CRACK… By striking my bone gavel, I call this special Blawg Review meeting of the Skull and Bones Society to order. Ever since the passing of Demosthenes in the year 322, and since the founding of our Society here at Yale in 1832, we honor eloquence. So, today, it is…


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Genesys celebrates first full quarter after sale from Alcatel-Lucent with 13% revenue gain

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Last October, Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) sold its Genesys call-center business for $1.5 billion and, in the process, lost over $500 million in annual revenue from the division. Genesys just wrapped up its first 100 days as a stand-alone company, and it’s a good bet AlcaLu is looking fondly at its…


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Genesys celebrates first full quarter after sale from Alcatel-Lucent with 13% revenue gain

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Last October, Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) sold its Genesys call-center business for $1.5 billion and, in the process, lost over $500 million in annual revenue from the division. Genesys just wrapped up its first 100 days as a stand-alone company, and it’s a good bet AlcaLu is looking fondly at its…


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Cisco tops AlcaLu, Juniper amid robust U.S. provider spending

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Wall Street may be hammering Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO)–the company’s share price has stuttered since it released earnings results last week, closing Friday at $16.47, down from a high of $21.30 in recent months–but new data suggest Cisco may currently be the strongest performer in the service provider routers and carrier Ethernet…


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Cisco, Tata team for Russia’s first public telepresence room

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Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) teamed with Tata Communications (NYSE: TCL) and BizKomm, a Cisco registered partner in Russia,  to launch the public telepresence room in Moscow’s Monarch business center. The room offers an immersive experience, using full-size high-definition images. Tata Communications was tapped to offer channel provisioning and management of the service…


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Polycom demos Avaya-ready RealPresence at IAUG confab

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Unified communications solutions provider Polycom Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM) will showcase its end-to-end video and voice collaboration solutions this week at the International Avaya Users Group (IAUG) Global Education Conference in Boston. Polycom announced it will demonstrate its Avaya-ready RealPresence Platform for universal video collaboration, among other telepresence and video solutions. The…


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FCC initiative redoubles efforts for ‘smart and streamlined’ regulations

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The Federal Communications Commission on Friday released its plan to take a fresh look at old regulations so to root out industry mandates that may be inconsistent, redundant, outdated or needlessly impede U.S. global competitiveness and dissuade industry investment. Genachowski Part of the administration’s Campaign to Cut Waste, the regulatory…


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Wireline faces tepid revenue growth through 2016, analysts say

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Business spending on wireline services will remain essentially flat for years to come, as wireless revenues make modest gains, a newly released telecom market forecast indicates. The U.S. wireline market “will increase slowly,” from revenue of $162.9 billion at the end of 2011, to $167.9 billion by the end of…


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Onvoy’s VoIP-PSTN petition seeks originating access charges

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Onvoy Voice Services is urging the Federal Communications Commission to allow local exchange carriers (LECs) to assess originating access charges on traffic within a carrier’s MTA, or major trading area. Jones The Minneapolis-based, privately held wholesale-services provider has a pending petition for reconsideration or clarification of the landmark 2011 USF/ICC Transformation Order.  Specifically,…


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Unlikely coalition targets prison phone call rates

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Decrying the “exorbitant rates” for telephone calls placed from most state prisons and correctional institutions, a broad coalition of civil-rights groups and conservative leaders called Friday on the Federal Communications Commission to examine the harm caused by interstate prison phone call rates. Pressing the FCC to protect prisoners and their families…


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Acme Packet rolls out a trio of new platform choices for session delivery network solutions

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Acme Packet (Nasdaq: APKT) has rolled out a series of new solutions for its session delivery network portfolio aimed at providing a broad range of platforms to its customers. During its annual Interconnect customer conference, the company introduced new virtualization-based session border controller (SBC) solutions. The Net-Net Enterprise Session Director-Virtual…


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Reports: Hewlett-Packard to cut 30,000 jobs

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More reports are surfacing that Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ), which is in the midst of its latest restructuring, could cut as many as 30,000 jobs as it struggles to find equilibrium. Whitman The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg News, among other media outlets, have reported that sources familiar with the plans…


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LifeSize unveils two all-in-one videoconferencing options

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Logitech (Nasdaq: LOGI) division LifeSize this week launched a pair of all-in-one HD videoconferencing options aimed at the expanding market of companies looking for mid-priced, high-performance solutions. Both make set up easy by integrating video, audio and presentation capabilities, and both use LifeSize video technology as their engines, the company…


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Comcast’s new Skype on Xfinity is a proposition with little value

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Comcast and Skype on Wednesday announced that the partnership they debuted last June at The Cable Show in Chicago finally was bearing fruit. The cable operator said it’s now offering customers in Boston and Seattle a new service, Skype on Xfinity, which will allow users to make and receive video calls…


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Survey: Hurdles to UC adoption remain despite wide interest

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A new survey shows that larger companies, and companies with a higher percentage of workers who telecommute, are most likely to see greater value in unified communications technologies. The survey, from CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the IT industry, showed that 80 percent of companies are interested in UC. click…


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IntelePeer SIP trunking Avaya compliant

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Cloud-based communications company IntelePeer announced its IntelePeer CoreCloud SIP Trunking services are compliant with Avaya Session Border Controller for Enterprise R.4.0.5 and Avaya Aura Communication Manager 6.0.1. The announcement means IntelePeer has expanded the number of Avaya UC products it supports, adding onto its compatibility with Avaya’s IP Office that…


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