Telecommunications


  • TalkTalk fined £100k for exposing personal sensitive info

    August 10, 2017

    Blighty’s Information Commissioner’s Office has whacked TalkTalk with a £100,000 fine after the data of the records of 21,000 people were exposed to fraudsters in an Indian call centre. The breach came to light in September 2014 when TalkTalk started getting complaints from customers that they were receiving scam calls. Typically, the scammers pretended they were ...

  • Satellite Phone Encryption Calls Can be Cracked in Fractions of a Second

    July 10, 2017

    Security researchers have discovered a new method to decrypt satellite phone communications encrypted with the GMR-2 cipher in “real time” — that too in mere fractions of a second in some cases. The new attack method has been discovered by two Chinese security researchers and is based on previous research by German academicians in 2012, showing ...

  • Virgin Media tells 800,000 users to change passwords over hub hacking risk

    June 23, 2017

    Virgin Media is advising more than 800,000 customers with a specific router to change their password immediately after an investigation found hackers could gain access to it. Virgin Media said the risk to customers with a Super Hub 2 router was small, but advised them to change both their network and router passwords if they were ...

  • Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

    June 16, 2017

    A UK-based computer hacker has admitted stealing hundreds of usernames and email addresses from a US military communications system. Sean Caffrey, 25, of Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, broke in and pinched the ranks, usernames and email addresses of more than 800 users of a satellite communications system and of about 30,000 satellite phones, back ...

  • Inmarsat launches solution to boost cyber security

    June 9, 2017

    Inmarsat is launching a unified threat management (UTM) solution to take away cyber security risks. The solution – which will be available later this year – will be embedded within existing hardware onboard and is described as a ‘virtual machine’ that can be provisioned at any time, to provide data inspection and protection for the cyber ...

  • Huawei appoints cyber security officer for Australia

    June 8, 2017

    Huawei has appointed a cyber security officer for its operations in Australia. Malcolm Shore, who started this month, has worked for the New Zealand government overseeing its information systems. He follows the example of John Suffolk, the former UK government chief information officer, who has been with Huawei as global cyber security and privacy officer ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Hackers Can Steal Your Passwords Just by Monitoring SmartPhone Sensors

    April 11, 2017

    Do you know how many kinds of sensors your smartphone has inbuilt? And what data they gather about your physical and digital activities? An average smartphone these days is packed with a wide array of sensors such as GPS, Camera, microphone, accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity, gyroscope, pedometer, and NFC, to name a few. Now, according to a team ...

  • Millions Of Smartphones Using Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip Can Be Hacked Over-the-Air

    April 4, 2017

    Millions of smartphones and smart gadgets, including Apple iOS and many Android handsets from various manufacturers, equipped with Broadcom Wifi chips are vulnerable to over-the-air hijacking without any user interaction. Just yesterday, Apple rushed out an emergency iOS 10.3.1 patch update to address a serious bug that could allow an attacker within same Wifi network to ...

  • 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 ...

  • Malware infecting Androids somewhere in the supply chain

    March 12, 2017

    Smartphones from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, ZTE, Oppo, Vivo, Asus and Lenovo have been spotted sporting malware they apparently carried when they were shipped. The malware discovered by Check Point Software Technologies included info-stealers, ransomware like Slocker; Loki, which shows “illegitimate advertisements” to generate revenue while stealing device information; and information stealers. Check Point says it found infections ...

  • 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 ...

  • iOS Cracking Tools Allegedly Stolen from Cellebrite Get Dumped Online by Hackers

    February 3, 2017

    We may finally have the answer to one of the big mysteries of 2016 – how did Cellebrite manage to help the FBI break into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone. The answer seems to be repurposing other existing cracking tools used to jailbreak iPhones. One hacker broke into Cellebrite’s servers last month, stealing 900 GB of ...

  • 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 ...

  • Hackers Hacked Phone Hacking Company

    January 13, 2017

    Cellebrite made the news several times in the last 12 months or so, pretty much because of the company’s phone hacking capabilities and its involvement in the San Bernardino scandal when it was asked to break into the iPhone used by a terrorist. This time, however, Cellebrite is making the headlines because of a different reason: ...