EU referendum may have been influenced by hackers

In April last year, Britain made the historic decision to leave the European Union. A website allowing people to register for the referendum deciding whether the UK remained a member of the EU bloc collapsed just hours before the vote, prompting speculation it was hacked to influence the result.

A report from the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs select committee said there were “indications” the website had been targeted by a botnet causing a DDoS (Distributed...

By Ryan Daws, 12 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Disruption, Government, Networks, Public Services, Security.

UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it’s “unacceptable” authorities can’t bypass encryption

The debate over whether authorities should have the means to bypass encryption under the ruse of national security has been reignited after UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd says it’s “completely unacceptable” the government cannot easily access communications.

Critics will note government calls to expand intrusive surveillance measures often follow terrorist attacks like the tragic events in London which resulted in five deaths and over twenty injured last week after ISIS fanatic...

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Government, Privacy, Surveillance.

EU creates a €500m fund dedicated to broadband infrastructure

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The European Commission has announced the creation of a €500m fund dedicated to keeping Europe's broadband infrastructure competitive on the world stage – with initial funding coming from the EIB (European Investment Bank) and three National Promotional Banks and Institutions (NPBIs)

Günther H. Oettinger,...

By Ryan Daws, 12 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Consumers, Europe, Government, Infrastructure.

WEA system used for the first time in a terror investigation

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Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) is a service used by the Federal Communications Commission to send alert messages to mobile phones in a geographic area. In the past, WEA has been used on several occasions to warn of severe weather events such as the 2015 New York blizzard and Hurricane Sandy, but it was used for a terrorist investigation for the...

By Ryan Daws, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Government, Mobile.