Telecommunications


  • FCC formally declares Huawei, ZTE ‘national security threats’

    July 1, 2020

    The Federal Communication Commission has declared Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE “national security threats,” a move that will formally ban U.S. telecom companies from using federal funds to buy and install Huawei and ZTE equipment. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said that the “weight of evidence” supported the decision. Federal agencies and lawmakers have long claimed ...

  • Ripple20 vulnerabilities will haunt the IoT landscape for years to come

    June 16, 2020

    Cyber-security experts have revealed today 19 vulnerabilities in a small library designed in the 90s that has been widely used and integrated into countless of enterprise and consumer-grade products over the last 20+ years. The number if impacted products is estimated at “hundreds of millions” and includes products such as smart home devices, power grid equipment, ...

  • Old GTP protocol vulnerabilities will also impact future 5G networks

    June 15, 2020

    Vulnerabilities in the GPRS Tunnelling Protocol (GTP) will continue to impact mobile operators even as they migrate to 5G infrastructure. In reports published last week and in December 2019, cyber-security firms Positive Technologies and A10 Networks detailed a series of vulnerabilities in this legacy mobile protocol. These include: Disclosure of subscriber information (including location data, used for user tracking) Spoofing, which ...

  • Hackers breached A1 Telekom, Austria’s largest ISP

    June 11, 2020

    A1 Telekom, the largest internet service provider in Austria, has admitted to a security breach this week, following a whistleblower’s exposé. The company admitted to suffering a malware infection in November 2019. A1 said its security team detected the malware a month later, but that removing the infection was more problematic than it initially anticipated. From December ...

  • Slovak police seize wiretapping devices connected to government network

    June 10, 2020

    Slovak authorities have arrested four suspects on Tuesday as part of an investigation into a series of suspicious devices found connected to the government’s official IT network. According to local news site Aktuality, the equipment is believed to have been used for wiretapping purposes and would have allowed threat actors to intercept both internet and telephony ...

  • 90 attacks on phone masts reported during UK’s lockdown

    May 25, 2020

    Around 90 attacks targeting the UK’s telecommunications infrastructure have been reported during the coronavirus lockdown. The incidents, which surged over the Easter weekend, are believed to be motivated by conspiracy theories linking COVID-19 to the deployment of 5G masts. Derbyshire Police has called for witnesses to come forward over the most recent suspected arson attack, which targeted ...

  • A Broadband Engineer Who Was Spat on by a 5G Conspiracy Theorist Is Infected With Coronavirus

    May 7, 2020

    The attacks on network workers are getting more frequent, brazen, and violent. It was the second week of April, and Michael Demetroudi, an apprentice network engineer based in Wood Green in north London, was having a bad week. He had already endured two attacks from conspiracy theorists who believed 5G was connected to the spread of coronavirus. ...

  • What does the Virgin Media-O2 merger mean for the UK?

    May 7, 2020

    O2 and Virgin Media have announced they are to merge to create a new media and telecoms giant. Here is a look at what the deal could mean for businesses and customers in the UK. What is happening? The parent companies of O2 and Virgin Media have confirmed they are in discussions over the tie-up, which would create ...

  • Coronavirus: The 5G conspiracy theory just won’t go away – here’s why it’s nonsense

    April 21, 2020

    As a scientifically impossible conspiracy theory linking the deployment of 5G radio antennas to the coronavirus pandemic refuses to go away, Sky News explains why it is nonsense. According to the conspiracy theories the symptoms of COVID-19 are caused by electromagnetic radiation and not by a virus. These claims have now been tied to dozens of attacks ...

  • US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): Guidance On The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

    March 28, 2020

    As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in ...

  • UK Data Centers Plead for Critical Status for Contractors as Coronavirus Takes Hold

    March 27, 2020

    The data center industry has been lobbying the British government to give formal clearance to contractors maintaining the digital infrastructure that is keeping the economy running as the lockdown steadily intensifies in defense against the coronavirus. Britain’s liberal response to the crisis, instead of banning all but a few key workers from going to work, permitted ...

  • 4G networks vulnerable to denial of service attacks, subscriber tracking

    March 26, 2020

    Every 4G network is susceptible to a form of denial-of-service (DoS) attack, researchers say. We are in the early stages of a rollout of 5G, the next-generation wireless technology that will replace 4G, offering improved speeds and latency in the process. However, on occasion, security problems in these protocols rear their heads — and Positive Technologies (PT)’s latest ...

  • It’s time to track people’s smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

    March 23, 2020

    Tracking and limiting the movements of overseas travelers, and others suspected to be COVID-19 coronavirus carriers, has proved an essential tool in controlling the pandemic. That’s according to Professor Marylouise McLaws, a technical adviser to the World Health Organization’s Infection Prevention and Control Global Unit. McLaws – a professor at the University of New South Wales’ School ...

  • The SIM highjackers: how criminals are stealing millions by highjacking phone numbers

    March 13, 2020

    SIM swappers arrested by Spain, Austria and Romania as police gears up against this growing threat It is a common story: the signal bars disappears from their mobile phones, they call the phone number – it rings, but it’s not their phone ringing. They try to login to their bank account, but the password fails. They ...

  • Virgin Media admits breach exposed 900,000 customers’ personal information after database was left unsecured for ten months

    March 5, 2020

    The personal information of 900,000 Virgin Media customers was left exposed online for 10 months enabling a third-party to access the data, it has emerged. The company said the breach did not happen due to a hack but occurred because its database was incorrectly configured, allowing unauthorised access. The information in the database did not include passwords ...

  • Secure 5G networks: Questions and Answers on the EU toolbox

    January 29, 2020

    Why is the cybersecurity of 5G networks important? As a major enabler for future digital services, 5G will play a key role in the development of our digital economy and society in the years to come. From personalised medicine to precision agriculture, from smart energy grids to connected mobility, 5G will potentially affect almost every aspect ...

  • Huawei set for limited role in UK 5G networks

    January 28, 2020

    The UK has decided to let Huawei continue to be used in its 5G networks but with restrictions, despite pressure from the US to block the firm. The Chinese firm will be banned from supplying kit to “sensitive parts” of the network, known as the core. In addition, it will only be allowed to account for 35% ...

  • Airports Council International and The Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center enter cooperative agreement

    January 23, 2020

    Airports Council International (ACI) World and A-ISAC announced today they have signed an agreement that better enables ACI members to join the A-ISAC for access to airport-specific cyber threat intelligence and actionable data that will enhance their ability to build cyber resiliency. Both organizations play an active role in supporting the global aviation network; by increasing ...

  • DISA Defending, Improving DOD Network, Director Says

    January 16, 2020

    The Defense Information Systems Agency’s mission is to provide, operate and defend global command and control and information-sharing capabilities for the entire Defense Department, national-level leaders and coalition partners, the agency’s director said. Navy Vice Adm. Nancy A. Norton, who also serves as commander of the Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network, spoke at ...

  • Dutch govt wants to protect telecom sector against hostile suppliers

    December 24, 2019

    The Dutch government published the Decree on Security and Integrity of Telecommunications (Bvit) on 5 December. The decree lays down the legal possibility to exclude a supplier from Dutch networks based on evidence or suspicion the company wants to undermine networks. The government is also working on another measure: the Decree on the unwanted control ...