Telecommunications


  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...