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Attack of the Internet of Things

Did you know that many of the connected devices around the world can be made to attack computers and websites? Well, it happens all the time. I don’t mean physically, like a connected toaster going over and jumping up and down on your tablet. But someone can design a virus that infects a thermostat, garage door opener, camera, games console, car navigation system, or electronic device that is connected to the Internet.

The second major Comcast service outage this month left thousands of Comcast customers without service across the country. Many people took to Twitter to ask if Comcast had tried turning off the internet and turning it back on again. One report said that two major fiber lines had been cut. There are some on Twitter who were wondering if possibly a mouse had chewed the fiber-optic cable that caused the problem. Comcast is currently engaged in a battle with Disney Studios over Fox Studios which it looks like they will lose.

Comcast Business Phone System

On Wednesday thousands of businesses across America lost their phone service due to an issue at Comcast. Many businesses were still tweeting that their landlines were down more than 24 hours later on Thursday afternoon. Businesses from New England to Florida to California to Washington state were all reporting issues with their phone service.

According to Comcast most people had been restored by Wednesday afternoon but Thursday afternoon companies were still tweeting things like:

"Comcast has let us down again! Our phones are on the fritz but we are open so stop on in!"

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By Wayne Porter
Here is your recap of cable and Internet industry news from around the US and the world this week:

Big Data Companies Get Another Broadside on GDPR

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The Company People Love to Hate

Comcast consistently ranks as one of the most hated companies in the US. Just do a search for “Comcast hated” or “Comcast Sucks.” There are actually quite a few websites with variations on the words “Comcast” and “sucks.” You must really dislike a company to go to the trouble of creating a website about it. There are also Facebook, Reddit and other social media pages reflecting consumer disgust with the company. We are not going to link to all of them here as it would make the article too long.

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Here is your recap of cable and Internet service industry news from around the US and the world this week:

By Wayne Porter -

In days of old, the pirates were hardy, seagoing folk, who overtook ships, pillaged, and plundered. Sometimes they took hostages and held them for ransom. These days criminals don’t even need to leave their house to pillage and steal from people all over the world. They can even take your computer hostage and ask you for ransom. Welcome to the age of ransomware. It is important to learn about the dangers and be able to protect yourself online.

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By Wayne Porter

Here is your recap of cable and Internet service industry news from around the US and the world this week:

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Here is your recap of cable and Internet service industry news from around the US and the world this week:

Idgit Pai, FCC Chairman

By Wayne Porter -

Ajit Pai was appointed as the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission earlier this year by President Trump. Pai hasn't exactly been secretive about his desire to dismantle consumer protections despite the fact that it's the sole reason the commission was created. After several unsuccessful attempts to undermine net neutrality during the Obama administration, it's clear that Pai's focus hasn't wavered. So, how much do we actually know about Ajit Paii, anyway?

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