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Virgin Media Business: We want to be more disruptive than a wasp at a picnic

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Bullish Virgin Media Business is betting big on the channel as it looks to grow its current two per cent share of the broadband market.

Speaking at the Synaxon National Conference in Nottingham, Andrew Wilson, head of indirect partners at Virgin Media Business said the firm has made a £3bn investment in broadband provision under its Project Lightening scheme and plans to ‘invest heavily’ in the channel.

“We have never offered broadband through the channel before and this is a massive opportunity, a £92bn potential market,” he said. “We only have two per cent market share in the broadband space but we have the capability and we are looking for partners to embrace that opportunity. We want to be disruptive, we will be more disruptive than a wasp at a picnic.”

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DNS cockup locks Virgin Media customers out of ntlworld.com email

‘Domain name not found’. Oops

Virgin Media customers who retained their old @ntlworld.com email addresses are currently blocked from accessing their accounts after the cable company appeared to have made an embarrassing DNS blunder.

Legacy NTL account names have apparently been spitting out DNS errors when messages were sent to those email addresses since late on Monday afternoon.

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently: *****@ntlworld.com Technical details of permanent failure: DNS Error: Domain name not found.

The Register sought comment from Virgin Media. A spokesman told us:

Customers who use email addresses ending in @ntlworld.com are currently unable to send or receive emails. We are working to fix the problem and apologise for any inconvenience caused in the meantime.

He did not comment on what had gone wrong. El Reg understands that the problem should be resolved this afternoon.

Read More by Kelly Fiveash

Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

Wi-Fi cred-baring vuln lets attackers take full control

A Wi-Fi security flaw leaves Virgin Media subscribers’ wireless connections vulnerable to takeover by hackers.

The vulnerability, identified by IT consultant Paul Moore, means Virgin Media Superhub router/modem combo devices leak users’ passwords every time they reboot. The issue arises because the Netgear-manufactured device initially brings up the wireless network without any form of encryption, allowing it to accidentally leak its Wi-Fi password in the clear to anyone nearby.

 “After the seven-second window, the router takes the Wi-Fi card offline, enables encryption and brings the card back up,” Moore explains. “That’d be great, if we hadn’t already broadcast the encryption key to everyone nearby.”

Moore added:  That’s akin to reading your password aloud while you change it.

Moore warns that hackers can take advantage of the vulnerability by forcing a device within range to reboot before snaffling the password. He wrote a proof-of-concept script that could automate this task while acting as a worm going from one router to another.

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