Telecommunications


  • Russian mobile telecom giant MegaFon down in Moscow & other cities

    May 19, 2017

    One of Russia’s three largest cellphone operators, MegaFon, has faced network troubles on Friday, according to comments from clients on social networks. Service has been affected in Moscow, Ryazan, Nizhny Novgorod and other cities. “At the moment, there are massive difficulties with network connection.We are working on it. We apologize for any inconvenience caused,” the company posted ...

  • Investigatory Powers Act: Back doors, black boxes, and tech capability regs

    May 8, 2017

    The Home Office has launched an under-the-radar consultation on a critical step in the implementation of the Investigatory Powers Act (IP Act): the regulations on technical capability notices. The Open Rights Group has recently revealed details of the proposed regulations. Under the IP Act, a technical capability notice can be issued to a telecommunications operator by the secretary of state ...

  • After years of warnings, mobile network hackers exploit SS7 flaws to drain bank accounts

    May 3, 2017

    Experts have been warning for years about security blunders in the Signaling System 7 protocol – the magic glue used by cellphone networks to communicate with each other. These shortcomings can be potentially abused to, for example, redirect people’s calls and text messages to miscreants’ devices. Now we’ve seen the first case of crooks exploiting the ...

  • Russian-controlled telecom hijacks financial services’ Internet traffic

    April 28, 2017

    On Wednesday, large chunks of network traffic belonging to MasterCard, Visa, and more than two dozen other financial services companies were briefly routed through a Russian government-controlled telecom under unexplained circumstances that renew lingering questions about the trust and reliability of some of the most sensitive Internet communications. Anomalies in the border gateway protocol—which routes large-scale ...

  • TalkTalk hack attack: Two men plead guilty to customer data theft

    April 27, 2017

    Two men have pleaded guilty to hacking into TalkTalk’s website in October 2015 and stealing thousands of customer records containing sensitive data. Matthew Hanley, 22, of Devonshire Drive, Tamworth admitted to three offences under the Computer Misuse Act. The Metropolitan Police said that he confessed to breaching TalkTalk’s site, had obtained files that would enable the ...

  • What Is SS7? Legislators Ask FCC To Examine Security Flaw In Communications Infrastructure

    March 28, 2017

    Democratic Representative Ted Lieu of California and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon are asking the Federal Communications Commission to address a known cell phone security vulnerability that poses serious concern to users around the world. At issue is Signaling System 7 (SS7), which suffers from a security flaw that, when exploited, allows hackers to intercept ...

  • Nato to spend £2.6 billion on satellites, cyber security and drones

    March 27, 2017

    Nato will announce plans to spend €3bn (£2.6bn) on upgrading its satellite and computer technology over the next three years, a senior official has said. As the alliance adapts to new types of warfare it hoped the technology will deter hackers, as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) acknowledges conflicts are increasingly fought out online rather than in the air, on land or at sea. The ...

  • New Data: High Cyber Security Maturity in IT, Telco, Finance, but Health Care and Energy Lag Behind.

    March 2, 2017

    Australia’s first cyber security collaboration platform – Security Colony (securitycolony.com) – today released its “Vendor Risk Assessment” tool, enabling any organisation to risk assess their internet facing sites, and receive a profile reflecting their cyber security maturity. To demonstrate the system, scores were calculated for each of the ASX 100 companies. Analysed by industry, the average ...

  • UK crime agency arrests suspect in Deutsche Telekom cyber attack

    February 23, 2017

    British authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a cyber attack that infected nearly 1 million routers used to access Deutsche Telekom’s (DTEGn.DE) internet service, German federal police said on Thursday. Britain’s National Crime Agency detained the 29-year-old Briton at one of London’s airports on Wednesday, the police said in a statement. Deutsche Telekom welcomed the ...

  • NCC, NSCDC hold talks on critical infrastructure protection

    February 7, 2017

    Operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have said they will replicate what they have been doing to protect Oil and Gas pipelines nationwide for the telecommunications sector if the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) provides the opportunity for them to do so. This was the declaration of the Acting Deputy Commandant General (Protection ...

  • Major UK Telecom Seeks Blockchain Security Patent

    February 3, 2017

    One of the UK’s largest telecoms is seeking a patent for a security system aimed at preventing malicious attacks on blockchains. British Telecommunications (BT) PLC submitted a patent application last July for “Mitigating Blockchain Attacks” to the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The application, released on 2nd February, details both a system and methods for ...

  • Apple iPhone 7 is being hardened to handle military-grade secrets

    January 25, 2017

    The iPhone 7 is being turned into a phone capable of safeguarding military-level secrets for the UK armed forces. Telecoms giant BT is hardening the security of the device to allow UK military personnel to use it to discuss ‘secret’ matters and for storing sensitive data. Describing the iPhone 7 as the “device of choice” for the ...

  • Cyber security experts harp on protection of IT infrastructure

    November 6, 2016

    Cyber Security Experts, weekend, took into consideration, reasons government and organisations should protect their communication infrastructure. Some of the experts, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Facebook, Mr. Alex Stamos; President, Information Security Society of Africa-Nigeria (ISAAN) Dr. David Isiavwe, among others said that organisations, boards and CEOs need to be proactive in dealing with cyber ...