Telecommunications


  • Australia: Communications department flags idea of tying telco licences to cyber capability

    December 11, 2020

    The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, and Communications has run up the flagpole the idea of inserting security provisions into the Telecommunications Act to require telcos to safeguard their systems as a condition of their licence to operate. Writing in a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) review of the ...

  • New law unveiled to make UK 5G network safer

    November 24, 2020

    A bill that would give the government greater powers to shut out high-risk vendors from the UK’s telecoms infrastructure will be put before parliament on Tuesday. At the beginning of the year, ministers determined that additional safeguards should be put into place to protect the UK’s 5G and gigabit-capable networks and exclude ‘high risk’ vendors from ...

  • 5G security a priority in our EU cyber centre bid, Spain says

    November 19, 2020

    Spain has begun jockeying for its candidacy to host the new European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre (ECCC), noting that the country’s track record in 5G and connectivity as reasons why it should be considered a frontrunner. A selection of EU member states has recently put forward their candidacies to host the new cybersecurity ...

  • Australia’s critical infrastructure definition to span communications, data storage, space

    November 9, 2020

    The federal government on Monday published an exposure draft on the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020. It seeks to amend the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 to implement “an enhanced framework to uplift the security and resilience of Australia’s critical infrastructure”. The Australian government’s Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy currently defines critical infrastructure as: ...

  • UK: Uzi and AK-47 machine guns seized after police crack Encrochat phone network

    October 21, 2020

    Four machine guns were seized in London, Warrington and Manchester after an encrypted global phone network was cracked. Two AK-47 assault rifles along with an Uzi and a Skorpion submachine gun were recovered after the National Crime Agency (NCA) launched an investigation earlier this year. It came as part of Operation Venetic, the UK response to the ...

  • Belgian telcos leave Huawei out in the cold for 5G rollouts

    October 12, 2020

    Orange and Proximus have both chosen to use Nokia and Ericsson equipment for their respective 5G rollouts in Belgium. The move will see both Orange and Proximus drop Huawei gear, which had previously been used as part of the telcos’ 4G networks. The two telcos will use Nokia equipment to roll out 5G and progressively renew existing ...

  • 4G, 5G networks could be vulnerable to exploit due to ‘mishmash’ of old technologies

    October 2, 2020

    The next-generation wireless technology is expected to account for 21% of all wireless infrastructure investments over 2020. Pilots and official rollouts are underway worldwide — despite the disruption caused by COVID-19 — and many vendors now offer 5G-supporting devices in preparation for transitions from 4G to 5G. See also: 5G: BT picks Nokia to power networks ...

  • Germany tightens 5G network security, may informally exclude Huawei

    September 30, 2020

    Government sources told media that an agreement had been reached to extend scrutiny of the governance and technology of 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) vendors, in addition to scrutiny of core network vendors. According to the German newspaper Handelsblatt, the coalition government agreed on the approach after two years of discussions. Under this plan, vendors will ...

  • This is how an old television took out an entire village’s broadband for 18 months

    September 23, 2020

    Whether you are in a remote setting or living in a densely-populated city, the sudden disappearance of your internet connection can be incredibly frustrating. For the 400 residents of Aberhosan, a small rural village near Machynlleth, Wales, the loss of broadband and problems with their BT lines have occurred for 18 months, with signals simply vanishing ...

  • European ISPs report mysterious wave of DDoS attacks

    September 3, 2020

    More than a dozen internet service providers (ISPs) across Europe have reported DDoS attacks that targeted their DNS infrastructure. The list of ISPs that suffered attacks over the past week includes Belgium’s EDP, France’s Bouygues Télécom, FDN, K-net, SFR, and the Netherlands’ Caiway, Delta, FreedomNet, Online.nl, Signet, and Tweak.nl. Attacks lasted no longer than a day and ...

  • New FritzFrog P2P botnet has breached at least 500 enterprise, government servers

    August 19, 2020

    A P2P botnet newly-discovered by researchers has struck at least 500 government and enterprise SSH servers over 2020. On Wednesday, cybersecurity firm Guardicore Labs published research into FritzFrog, a peer-to-peer (P2P) botnet that has been detected by the company’s sensors since January this year. According to researcher Ophir Harpaz, FritzFrog has attempted to brute-force SSH servers belonging ...

  • Re­VoL­TE attack can decrypt 4G (LTE) calls to eavesdrop on conversations

    August 12, 2020

    A team of academics has detailed this week a vulnerability in the Voice over LTE (VoLTE) protocol that can be used to break the encryption on 4G voice calls. Named ReVoLTE, researchers say this attack is possible because mobile operators often use the same encryption key to secure multiple 4G voice calls that take place via ...

  • China is now blocking all encrypted HTTPS traffic that uses TLS 1.3 and ESNI

    August 8, 2020

    The Chinese government has deployed an update to its national censorship tool, known as the Great Firewall (GFW), to block encrypted HTTPS connections that are being set up using modern, interception-proof protocols and technologies. The ban has been in place for at least a week, since the end of July, according to a joint report published ...

  • Chinese tech companies could face trouble in Europe

    August 8, 2020

    Huawei. TikTok. Who’s next? The United States government this week launched a new phase in its campaign to push back on Chinese technology firms, announcing efforts to block cloud and software companies from China from thriving in the West. The move was flanked by a decision Thursday to block business dealings with social media company TikTok and ...

  • How hackers could spy on satellite internet traffic with just $300 of home TV equipment

    August 6, 2020

    Security vulnerabilities in satellite broadband communications could allow cyber attackers to intercept unencrypted web traffic using nothing more than a few hundred dollars worth of home television equipment. By exploiting the vulnerabilities, it’s possible for an attacker to spy on on sensitive communications from thousands of miles away, with virtually no risk of being detected. A cybersecurity ...

  • Japan starts work on global quantum crypto network

    July 29, 2020

    Japan is poised to start work on global quantum key distribution service and associated infrastructure. Toshiba today announced that Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications has named it the lead contractor on the project and that it aims to build a wide-area network that can accommodate over 100 quantum cryptographic devices and 10,000 users around ...

  • Ransomware gang demands $7.5 million from Argentinian ISP

    July 20, 2020

    A ransomware gang has infected the internal network of Telecom Argentina, one of the country’s largest internet service providers, and is now asking for a $7.5 million ransom demand to unlock encrypted files. The incident took place over the weekend, on Saturday, July 18, and is considered one of Argentina’s biggest hacks. Sources inside the ISP said ...

  • Huawei 5G ban: UK networks must strip out equipment by 2027

    July 14, 2020

    UK mobile networks have been told they cannot buy any more 5G equipment from Huawei after the end of this year, and that they must remove the Chinese networking company’s technology from their 5G networks by the end of 2027. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Following US sanctions against Huawei and updated technical advice from our ...

  • BT boss warns of outages and security risks if UK ditches Huawei

    July 13, 2020

    The chief executive of BT has said it would be impossible to strip Huawei products out of the UK’s telecommunications network within the next decade. Philip Jansen also warned of “outages” and possible security risks if the sector was told to curtail all business with the Chinese technology company during the building of the 5G network ...

  • UK to phase out Huawei gear from 5G networks

    July 6, 2020

    Britain is set to phase out Huawei equipment from its 5G mobile networks this year, the U.K. press reported over the weekend. If so, it marks a major U-turn in the government’s position on the Chinese telecommunications giant. The government is drawing up plans to strip Huawei gear from Britain’s next-generation networks by the end of ...