Telecommunications


  • VoIP.ms phone services disrupted by DDoS extortion attack

    September 20, 2021

    Threat actors are targeting voice-over-Internet provider VoIP.ms with a DDoS attack and extorting the company to stop the assault that’s severely disrupting the company’s operation. VoIP.ms is an Internet phone service company that provides affordable voice-over-IP service to businesses around the world. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Russia’s Yandex suffers biggest cyberattack yet

    September 8, 2021

    Russian Internet corporation Yandex revealed on Tuesday that the company’s servers experienced the biggest known denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in Russia’s online space last weekend. Cloudflare, an American web infrastructure firm and a partner of Yandex confirmed the record large scale of the cyberattack. The spokesperson for Russia’s tech giant mentioned that a part of the nation’s ...

  • UK VoIP telco receives ‘colossal ransom demand’

    September 2, 2021

    Two UK VoIP operators have had their services disrupted over the last couple of days by ongoing, aggressive DDoS attacks. South Coast-based Voip Unlimited has confirmed it has been slapped with a “colossal ransom demand” after being hit by a sustained and large-scale DDoS attack it believes originated from the Russian cybercriminal gang REvil. This morning, it ...

  • Comcast RF Attack Leveraged Remotes for Surveillance

    September 2, 2021

    More details about a now-patched vulnerability in Comcast’s XR11 voice remotes have emerged, which would have made it easy for a threat actor to intercept radio frequency (RF) communications between the remote and the set-top box, effectively turning the remote into a surveillance device. The XR11 remotes are some of the most common around, with more ...

  • Ransomware: It’s only a matter of time before a smart city falls victim, and we need to take action now

    August 27, 2021

    Ransomware attacks are going to get worse – and one could eventually take out the infrastructure of an entire 5G-enabled smart city, a cybersecurity expert has warned. Cyber criminals deploying ransomware regularly target government services. Not only do public sector IT budgets mean networks are less secure against attacks, but said networks are also used to ...

  • Nokia subsidiary discloses data breach after Conti ransomware attack

    August 23, 2021

    SAC Wireless, a US-based Nokia subsidiary, has disclosed a data breach following a ransomware attack where Conti operators were able to successfully breach its network, steal data, and encrypt systems. The wholly-owned and independently-operating Nokia company, headquartered in Chicago, IL, works with telecom carriers, major tower owners, and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across the US. Read more… Source: ...

  • Govt hackers impersonate HR employees to hit Israeli targets

    August 17, 2021

    Hackers associated with the Iranian government have focused attack efforts on IT and communication companies in Israel, likely in an attempt to pivot to their real targets. The campaigns have been attributed to the Iranian APT group known as Lyceum, Hexane, and Siamesekitten, running espionage campaigns since at least 2018. In multiple attacks detected in May and ...

  • T-Mobile says hackers accessed user data but won’t confirm SSN breach of 100 million customers

    August 16, 2021

    T-Mobile is looking into allegations that a hacker stole 106GB of data containing the social security numbers, names, addresses and driver’s license information for more than 100 million people. In a statement to ZDNet, T-Mobile said it is “aware of claims made in an underground forum and have been actively investigating their validity.” Teams at T-Mobile ...

  • Risks in Telecommunications IT

    July 29, 2021

    Telecommunications is just one aspect of a 200-year-old field of research in IT. In our latest report, “Islands of Telecoms: Risks in IT,” we liken this field to what seems to be separate islands that are in fact connected by a larger landmass underneath an ocean of IT. Indeed, the features of telecommunications might seem ...

  • Ecuador’s state-run CNT telco hit by RansomEXX ransomware

    July 17, 2021

    Ecuador’s state-run Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicación (CNT) has suffered a ransomware attack that has disrupted business operations, the payment portal, and customer support. CNT is Ecuador’s state-run telecommunication carrier that offers fixed-line phone service, mobile, satellite TV, and internet connectivity. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Biden gave Putin list of 16 critical infrastructure entities ‘off limits’ to cyberattacks

    June 17, 2021

    President Biden told reporters Wednesday he gave President Vladimir Putin a list of 16 critical infrastructure entities that are “off limits” to a Russian cyberattack. Those entities include energy, water, health care, emergency, chemical, nuclear, communications, government, defense, food, commercial facilities, IT, transportation, dams, manufacturing and financial services. “We’ll find out whether we have a cybersecurity arrangement ...

  • Hackers can exploit bugs in Samsung pre-installed apps to spy on users

    June 10, 2021

    Samsung is working on patching multiple vulnerabilities affecting its mobile devices that could be used for spying or to take full control of the system. The bugs are part of a larger set discovered and reported responsibly by one security researcher through the company’s bug bounty program. Since the beginning of the year, Sergey Toshin – the ...

  • Threats From a Compromised 4G/5G Campus Network

    May 27, 2021

    Over the past two decades, industrial sectors and everyday users have reaped the benefits of advancements in telecom technologies. At present, the catalyst and basis for future changes is 5G. A sign of this continuing development and influence for some industries is their investment in non-public networks (NPN), also commonly referred to as campus networks. The ...

  • How Myanmar’s military moved in on the telecoms sector to spy on citizens

    May 19, 2021

    In the months before the Myanmar military’s Feb. 1 coup, the country’s telecom and internet service providers were ordered to install intercept spyware that would allow the army to eavesdrop on the communications of citizens, sources with direct knowledge of the plan told Reuters. The technology gives the military the power to listen in on calls, ...

  • Google teams up with Stop Scams to tackle financial fraud in the UK

    May 8, 2021

    Google has joined Stop Scams and outlined new measures to try and clamp down on financial fraud in the United Kingdom. On Friday, Vice President and MD of Google UK & Ireland, Ronan Harris, said that Google is the first major tech giant to partner with Stop Scams UK, an industry-led group that aims to tackle ...

  • Security crucial as 5G connects more industries, devices

    April 14, 2021

    More networks, industries, and machines will be interconnected as 5G become more widely available, making security an even bigger challenge for businesses in Asia-Pacific. Along with this, they also will have to deal with the increased complexity of managing 5G infrastructures, including the use of network slicing. Beyond just providing consumers with faster data speeds, the ...

  • Man Arrested for AWS Bomb Plot

    April 12, 2021

    A Texas man has been charged with plotting a bombing of Amazon Web Services in a quest to allegedly “kill off the internet.” Seth Aaron Pendley was arrested in Ft. Worth after allegedly attempting to get an explosive device from an undercover FBI employee in a sting. The feds were alerted to Pendley after a concerned ...

  • New Advancements in 5G, Autonomous Vehicles to Drive Market Growth

    March 31, 2021

    Various giants in the 5G and connected car industries have recently announced new technological advancements that could drive further growth in the autonomous vehicle market. Sony, NTT DOCOMO, Hyundai, Singtel, and Ford just unveiled their latest ventures that could lead to better technologies- a move that can improve connected cars of the future. The Sony Corporation partnered ...

  • Hackers are targeting telecoms companies to steal 5G secrets

    March 16, 2021

    A cyber-espionage campaign is targeting telecoms companies around the world with attacks using malicious downloads in an effort to steal sensitive data – including information about 5G technology – from compromised victims. Uncovered by cybersecurity researchers at McAfee, the campaign is targeting telecommunications providers in Southeast Asia, Europe and the United States. Dubbed Operation Diànxùn, researchers ...

  • Russia: Majority of governmental agencies’ websites go live after failure

    March 10, 2021

    Websites of the majority of Russian government authorities have recovered after the failure occurred on Wednesday. Websites of the Kremlin, the government, Russian media watchdog, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Economic Development, Security Council and Russian Investigative Committee resumed operations. Furthermore, the State Duma and the Ministry of the Interior websites restarted operations earlier. It was ...