Telecommunications


  • 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 ...

  • Europol: New Major Interventions To Block Encrypted Communications Of Criminal Networks

    March 10, 2021

    Judicial and law enforcement authorities in Belgium, France and the Netherlands have in close cooperation enabled major interventions to block the further use of encrypted communications by large-scale organised crime groups (OCGs), with the support of Europol and Eurojust. The continuous monitoring of the criminal use of the Sky ECC communication service tool by investigators ...

  • Cracking of encrypted messaging service dealt major blow to organised crime

    March 9, 2021

    The cracking of a previously-unbreakable encrypted messaging service popular with criminals involved in drug trafficking and organised crime delivered a major victory for the justice system on Tuesday. The cracking of the expensive messaging app, called “Sky ECC,” was what allowed over 1,500 police officers across Belgium to be simultaneously deployed in at least 200 raids, ...

  • TDoS Attacks Take Aim at Emergency First-Responder Services

    February 22, 2021

    Telephony denial-of-service (TDoS) attacks, which affect the availability and readiness of call centers, are hitting critical first-responder facilities, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). A TDoS attack is designed to prevent incoming and outgoing calls, by flooding a target with junk calls. “The objective is to keep the distraction calls active for as long as ...

  • Singtel breach compromises data of customers, former employees

    February 17, 2021

    Singtel has confirmed that personal details of 129,000 customers, as well as financial information of its former employees, have been compromised in a security breach that involved a third-party file-sharing system. Credit card details belonging to the staff of a corporate client and information tied to 23 enterprises, including suppliers and partners, also have been ...

  • Cybersecurity Risks of Connected Cars

    February 16, 2021

    As the use of connected cars becomes more common, the technologies that power or support these vehicles continue to evolve. This provides a host of benefits, but just like any other technology, this new territory comes with some risks. In our paper, we add some substantial information to our research from last year, in order ...

  • France links Russian Sandworm hackers to hosting provider attacks

    February 15, 2021

    The French national cyber-security agency has linked a series of attacks that resulted in the breach of multiple French IT providers over a span of four years to the Russian-backed Sandworm hacking group. ANSSI (short for Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information) has not been able to determine how the servers were compromised. Therefore, it ...

  • Singtel, QIMR Berghofer report Accellion-related data breaches

    February 11, 2021

    Singtel and the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute are the latest companies to disclose data breaches caused by a vulnerability in the Accellion FTA secure file transfer software. Accellion is a developer of secure file transfer products that allow organizations to transfer sensitive files with people outside of their organization. In mid-December, Accellion announced that they became ...

  • Brazilian authorities start probe as 102 million consumers are exposed in new leak

    February 11, 2021

    Brazil’s National Data Protection Authority (ANPD, in the Portuguese acronym) has informed today (11) that it has started an investigation into the country’s second largest data leak of the year. The investigation relates to the exposure of data relating to more than 102 million mobile phone lines from two mobile operators, which, according to Brazilian news ...

  • Hezbollah’s cyber unit hacked into telecoms and ISPs

    January 28, 2021

    A Hezbollah-affiliated threat actor known as Lebanese Cedar has been linked to intrusions at telco operators and internet service providers in the US, the UK, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, and the UAE. The year-long hacking campaign started in early 2020 and was discovered by Israeli cyber-security firm Clearsky. In a report published ...

  • Xiaomi added to US list of alleged Communist Chinese military companies

    January 15, 2021

    Chinese hardware manufacturer Xiaomi has been added to a list of alleged Communist Chinese military companies by the United States Department of Defense. “The Department is determined to highlight and counter the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Military-Civil Fusion development strategy, which supports the modernisation goals of the People’s Liberation Army by ensuring its access to ...

  • Italian mobile operator offers to replace SIM cards after massive data breach

    January 5, 2021

    Ho Mobile, an Italian mobile operator, owned by Vodafone, has confirmed a massive data breach on Monday and is now taking the rare step of offering to replace the SIM cards of all affected customers. The breach is believed to have impacted roughly 2.5 million customers. It first came to light last month on December 28 when ...

  • T-Mobile data breach exposed phone numbers, call records

    December 30, 2020

    T-Mobile has announced a data breach exposing customers’ proprietary network information (CPNI), including phone numbers and call records. Starting yesterday, T-Mobile began texting customers that a “security incident” exposed their account’s information. According to T-Mobile, its security team recently discovered “malicious, unauthorized access” to their systems. After bringing in a cybersecurity firm to perform an investigation, T-Mobile ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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: ...

  • US charges Iranian hackers for breaching US satellite companies

    September 17, 2020

    Three Iranian nationals have been indicted on charges of hacking US aerospace and satellite companies, the US Department of Justice announced today. Federal prosecutors accused Said Pourkarim Arabi, Mohammad Reza Espargham, and Mohammad Bayati of orchestrating a years-long hacking campaign on behalf of the Iranian government. The hacking spree started in July 2015 and targeted a broad ...