Researchers map out Netflix’s servers across the globe

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Netflix delivers a lot of video. Now researchers from Queen Mary University of London have mapped out where the servers that send out all of that data are located. 

A map of where the study found Netflix servers.

A map of where the study found Netflix servers.

Image:  Queen Mary University of London 

Last year, the video streaming giant made up 37 percent of internet traffic (with similar numbers over the past few years), but it’s been (sort of) unclear as to how it delivered that traffic so efficiently. 

Five researchers from QMUL’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science attempted to figure it out by loading Netflix videos on university computers, localizing the requests to different regions with a browser extension, and then studying the traffic delivered by servers in those areas.  Read more…

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Apple will host Xcode on Chinese servers following malware attack

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Apple’s developer software Xcode will soon be available to Chinese developers.

First spotted by Apple Insider, this news comes on the heels of a malware attack on apps in the App Store.

Last week, security researchers at Palo Alto Networks discovered the infected apps and publicized an analysis report detailing the malware’s spread and impact. Xcode is a set of software tools developers use to create iOS apps, but a modified version of Xcode containing the malware, dubbed XcodeGhost, made its way into the App Store.

As Palo Alto Networks explains, the standard Xcode installer is nearly 3GB, which means it could take even longer to download large files from Apple’s servers in other countries. In response to this, some Chinese developers choose to download the software from other sources or obtain copies from colleagues. It’s also hard for developers to detect malware like XcodeGhost because it’s deeply hidden. Read more…

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