Telecommunications


  • Cisco Duo says a third-party data breach stole MFA SMS logs

    April 16, 2024

    Cisco Duo has confirmed some sensitive customer data was stolen after a third-party cyber-incident. In a breach notification letter sent to affected customers, Cisco Duo said that its telephony provider, which it didn’t name, was compromised on April 1 2024. Unidentified threat actors mounted a phishing attack against the third party, through which they stole login ...

  • AT&T data breach: Millions of customers’ data found on dark web

    March 30, 2024

    AT&T announced on Saturday it is investigating a data breach involving the personal information of more than 70 million current and former customers leaked on the dark web. According to information about the breach on the company’s website, 7.6 million current account holders and 65.4 million former account holders have been impacted. An AT&T press release ...

  • The ‘AT&T breach’ – what you need to know

    March 20, 2024

    Earlier this week, the data of over 70 million people was posted for sale on an online cybercrime forum. The person selling the data claims it stems from a 2021 breach at AT&T. Back in 2021, a hacker named Shiny Hunters claimed to have breached AT&T and put the alleged stolen data up for sale for ...

  • DIANA, NATO’s innovation accelerator, doubles the size of its transatlantic network

    March 14, 2024

    On Thursday (14 March 2024), NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) announced a major expansion of its transatlantic network of accelerator sites and test centres. DIANA’s network will now comprise 23 accelerator sites (up from 11) and 182 test centres (up from 90) in 28 Allied countries, augmenting DIANA’s capacity to support innovators ...

  • Three underwater data cables providing Internet through Red Sea are cut amid Al Houthi militant attacks

    March 4, 2024

    An incident in the Red Sea has cut three underwater sea cables providing internet and telecommunications around the world as the waterway remains a target of Yemen’s Houthi militants, officials said on Monday. A statement by Hong Kong-based HGC Global Communications acknowledged the cuts but did not say what caused the lines to be severed. Read more… Source: ...

  • Hackers stole ‘sensitive’ data from Taiwan telecom giant

    March 1, 2024

    Hackers stole “sensitive information” including military and government documents from Taiwan’s largest telecom company and sold it on the dark web, the island’s ministry of national defence has said. The confirmation of the democratic island’s latest major data leak followed a report by local news channel TVBS on the hack of telecom giant Chunghwa Telecom. Read more… Source: ...

  • AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon users hit by massive cellular outage in US

    February 22, 2024

    Mmajor cellphone outage affected users across the US early Thursday — even stopping some police departments from being able to receive 911 calls. AT&T seemed to have experienced the largest number of issues, with nearly 32,000 reports at around 4:30 a.m., according to data from DownDetector, which tracks outages by collating status reports from sources including ...

  • Cybersecurity for satellites is a growing challenge, as threats to space-based infrastructure grow

    February 20, 2024

    In today’s interconnected world, space technology forms the backbone of our global communication, navigation and security systems. Satellites orbiting Earth are pivotal for everything from GPS navigation to international banking transactions, making them indispensable assets in our daily lives and in global infrastructure. However, as our dependency on these celestial guardians escalates, so too does their ...

  • State of Emergency: How Minnesota hospitals, state officials prepare for cyber attacks

    February 13, 2024

    The State of Minnesota stores and protects data on some six million residents, and that’s only one cache of sensitive information under the close watch of Minnesota IT Services (MNIT). “It’s everything from highways and highway traffic control systems, we run the zoo. We run everything in between,” John Israel, chief information security officer at MNIT, ...

  • Pakistan cuts off phone and internet services on election day

    February 8, 2024

    Pakistan has temporarily suspended mobile phone network and internet services across the country to combat any “possible threats,” a top ministry said, as the South Asian nation commences its national election. In a statement, Pakistan’s interior ministry said the move was prompted by recent incidents of terrorism in the country. The internet was accessible through wired ...

  • Pakistan: Balochistan decides to ‘restrict’ internet service in ‘sensitive polling booths’

    February 5, 2024

    The caretaker government in Balochistan has decided to keep the internet service restricted in the sensitive polling booths in certain areas of the province in the lead-up to the February 8 polls amid dire security risks due to a spike in terrorist attacks. Balochistan caretaker Information Minister Jan Achakzai on Sunday night announced the decision, citing ...

  • Satellites and the specter of IoT attacks

    January 26, 2024

    In the vast expanse of space, satellites orbit silently, serving as the connected backbone of our modern world. A fast-proliferating network of satellites forms the critical infrastructure that supports global communication, navigation, weather forecasting, defensive operations and more. Today’s global space economy is huge, forecasted to total more than $600 billion annually in 2024. Internet of ...

  • Web monitors say Gaza week-long internet outage is longest yet

    January 18, 2024

    Internet monitoring firms say a near-total internet blackout in Gaza is reaching its seventh day, the longest outage of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict so far. Doug Madory, the director of internet analysis at Kentik, told TechCrunch in a Signal message that this is the “longest internet blackout ever and longer than all of the previous blackouts ...

  • Orange suffers cyber attack affecting clients’ internet access in Spain

    January 3, 2024

    The Spanish unit of telecoms provider Orange on Wednesday suffered a cyber attack that affected an undisclosed number of clients who could not access certain websites, a company spokesperson said. The unauthorized access to Orange’s IP network coordination centre has been mostly solved and was neutralized by Orange, the second largest telecoms provider in Spain, the ...

  • Mint Mobile reveals another major data breach

    December 29, 2023

    American mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Mint Mobile has confirmed suffering a data breach affecting an unknown number of its customers. The company revealed the news in an email sent to its customers, in which it explained “We are writing to inform you about a security incident we recently identified in which an unauthorized actor obtained ...

  • A cyberattack targets Albanian Parliament, cellphone provider and air flight company

    December 27, 2023

    Albania’s Parliament said on Tuesday that it had suffered a cyberattack with hackers trying to get into its data system, resulting in a temporary halt in its services. A statement said Monday’s cyberattack had not “touched the data of the system,” adding that experts were working to discover what consequences the attack could have. It said ...

  • Seedworm: Iranian Hackers Target Telecoms Organisations in North and East Africa

    December 19, 2023

    Iranian espionage group Seedworm (aka Muddywater) has been targeting organizations operating in the telecommunications sector in Egypt, Sudan, and Tanzania. Seedworm has been active since at least 2017, and has targeted organizations in many countries, though it is most strongly associated with attacks on organizations in the Middle East. It has been publicly stated that Seedworm ...

  • Xfinity discloses a data breach but doesn’t say how many users are affected

    December 18, 2023

    Xfinity is notifying customers of a “data security incident” it says resulted in the theft of customer information, including usernames, passwords, contact information, and more. In a notice on Monday, Xfinity says “there was unauthorized access” to its systems from October 16th to October 19th, 2023. Xfinity traces the breach to a security vulnerability disclosed by ...

  • Kyivstar explains network failure by hacker attack, subscriber data not compromised

    December 12, 2023

    A failure in the network of Ukraine’s largest telecoms operator Kyivstar, which occurred on Tuesday morning, was caused by a hacker attack, but subscriber data was not compromised, the company involved law enforcement agencies and special government services in eliminating the failure, and promises compensation to customers. “On the morning of December 12, the Kyivstar communications ...

  • New Tool Set Found Used Against Organizations in the Middle East, Africa and the US

    December 1, 2023

    Unit 42 researchers observed a series of apparently related attacks against organizations in the Middle East, Africa and the U.S. The researchers will discuss a set of tools used in the course of the attacks that reveal clues about the threat actors’ activity. Unit 42 team is sharing this research to provide detection, prevention and hunting ...