Telecommunications


  • 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 ...

  • Russia successfully disconnected from the internet

    December 23, 2019

    The Russian government announced on Monday that it concluded a series of tests during which it successfully disconnected the country from the worldwide internet. The tests were carried out over multiple days, starting last week, and involved Russian government agencies, local internet service providers, and local Russian internet companies. The goal was to test if the country’s ...

  • “Smart base of the future” is first in military to use 5G

    December 17, 2019

    By mid-2020, Tyndall Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle will have a unique distinction: It will carry 5G service. It’s a happy distinction for a base known more for catastrophe of late. The base suffered significant structural damage in Hurricane Michael in 2018, when the Category 5 storm battered it with 160-MPH winds. In the ...

  • U.S. unveils procedure to shield telecom networks from national security threats

    November 26, 2019

    The United States on Tuesday set out a procedure to protect its telecommunications networks and their supply chains from national security threats, saying it would consider whether to bar transactions on a case-by-case basis. U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order in May declaring a national emergency and barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment ...

  • EU Warns Of State-sponsored Attacks On 5G Networks

    October 10, 2019

    European Union warns of 5G risk, particularly if a “supplier being subject to interference from a non-EU country” The European Union has issued a blunt warning about the future security of 5G networks, and urged operators not to rely too much on a single supplier. It carefully did not mention Huawei, ZTE or China by name, but the ...

  • Danish justice system rocked by flawed phone location evidence

    September 11, 2019

    Some 10,700 cases since 2012 are now up for review, after questions have arisen over the reliability of location data, or geolocation, from phone operators. Similar glitches have wreaked havoc in households in the United States and South Africa that have been wrongly identified as the locations of a raft of crimes, according to media reports. Danish police started looking into ...

  • Adwind Remote Access Trojan Hits Utilities Sector

    August 19, 2019

    Attackers are targeting entities from the utility industry with the Adwind Remote Access Trojan (RAT) malware via a malspam campaign that uses URL redirection to malicious payloads. Adwind (also known as jRAT, AlienSpy, JSocket, and Sockrat) is distributed by its developers to threat actors under a malware-as-a-service (MaaS) model and it is capable of evading detection by most major anti-malware ...

  • Sudan Military Council Appeals Court Ruling to Restore Internet

    July 15, 2019

    Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) asked the high court in Sudan to reverse its decision to restore internet services in the country, only days after the court ruled to restore them. Last Tuesday, a Khartoum court ordered telecommunication companies to restore the internet services in the country, pending a decision on the lawsuit filed by ...

  • For two hours, a large chunk of European mobile traffic was rerouted through China

    June 7, 2019

    For more than two hours on Thursday, June 6, a large chunk of European mobile traffic was rerouted through the infrastructure of China Telecom, China’s third-largest telco and internet service provider (ISP). The incident occurred because of a BGP route leak at Swiss data center colocation company Safe Host, which accidentally leaked over 70,000 routes from its internal ...

  • Huawei Signs Deal to Develop 5G in Russia Amid US Crackdown

    June 6, 2019

    The Chinese telecom giant has concluded a deal with one of Russia’s leading mobile and internet providers amid US pressure on Huawei. Citing security concerns and accusing the firm of being too close to the Chinese government, the US has barred Huawei equipment from American soil and is pressing allies to do the same. The Shenzhen-based ...

  • 5G Networks Spark Concerns For Enterprise Risks

    May 31, 2019

    The rise of 5G networks – and subsequent security risks – was the centerpiece issue discussed during the GSMA’s Mobile360 conference on 5G security this past week. While researchers warn that 5G security issues could literally be a matter of life or death for certain applications, the new technology is also triggering another type of concern: the risks that 5G ...

  • Google and Apple criticise GCHQ eavesdropping idea

    May 30, 2019

    A proposal by the UK security agency GCHQ to eavesdrop on encrypted messages has been strongly criticised by big tech firms and rights groups. Google and Apple were among 47 firms to sign an open letter, saying it was a “serious threat” to trust and security. The GCHQ plan would effectively mean that a copy of every encrypted ...

  • BBC live broadcast over 5G network cuts out due to technical problems

    May 30, 2019

    he UK launch of 5G on Thursday got off to a bumpy start when a live BBC broadcast over the network failed. BBC’s Clive Myrie was talking to a reporter in London’s Covent Garden about the launch of the next generation mobile technology. However, while using the 5G network to broadcast live, the feed cut out due ...

  • German quantum project on secure comms gains €165M funding

    May 29, 2019

    Anja Karliczek, German Federal Minister of Education and Research, last week announced in Berlin that QuNET, described as “a major initiative for a quantum network impervious to eavesdropping”, is to receive a total of €165 million in funding. The primary objective of QuNET is secure communications between governmental organizations in Germany. The planned seven-year project will ...

  • EU Security Official Calls For Loopholes In 5G Standards

    May 21, 2019

    Next-generation networks make it too difficult for security agencies to spy on targets, says EU counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove in leaked memo The European Union’s counter-terrorism coordinator has called for security loopholes to be implanted in 5G standards to make them more suitable for state surveillance operators and criminal prosecutors. The proposals by EU counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove ...

  • Lax Telco Security Allows Mobile Phone Hijacking and Redirects

    May 9, 2019

    As anyone who has called into a bank or utility provider lately knows, security for customer service routines – the prescribed ways in which support reps verify the identity of customers that call in – are being continually upgraded. Two-factor authentication, voice passwords, various security questions (“what was the name of your first pet,” for ...