Sprint’s ties with Huawei may complicate T-Mobile merger

Congressional lawmakers want the pending Sprint–T-Mobile merger examined over the former's possible Chinese government links.

According to a report from Bloomberg, the lawmakers are concerned that Sprint is majority-owned by Japan’s SoftBank… and SoftBank has worked with Huawei, which the US government has deemed a national security threat.

It’s a rather tenuous link, but it seems the...

Trump’s administration calls on the FCC to block China Mobile

Trump’s administration continues to be wary of Chinese telecoms firms as it asks the FCC not to grant a license to China Mobile.

Citing national security concerns, the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recommended the FCC deny China Mobile Ltd’s application to offer telecommunications services from within the United States.

State-owned China Mobile is the world’s largest phone carrier by subscribers, with over 902 million users as of June 2018. The...

By Ryan Daws, 03 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Mobile, N America, Operators, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

WiFi receives a security boost as WPA3 certification begins

WiFi devices have used the WPA2 protocol for over a decade, but that will start to change as the WiFi Alliance begins WPA3 certification.

WPA2 was launched in 2004 so, 14 years later, it’s ripe for replacement.

The latest protocol adds several new protections. One of the major improvements aims to prevent hackers cracking the password by repetitively making guesses.

So-called ‘dictionary attacks’ using infamous cracking apps such as Cain and Abel,

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, IoT, Security, Standards, WiFi, Wireless.

Huawei appears to cut research funding in Australia

Huawei appears to be cutting research funding in Australia as it continues to face problems in the country over national security fears.

The company’s Australian financial reports show a drop in research spending from $81,000 in 2016 to zero last year. For comparison, back in 2015, the company spent $8.3 million – and $10.1 million the year before that.

The company denies any reduction in research spending.

A spokesman for Huawei said it’s provided more than $1 million of IoT equipment...

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Research, Security.

Symantec has discovered Chinese hacking of telecoms and satellites

Cybersecurity firm Symantec has exposed Chinese hacking of satellite communications and telecoms in the United States and Southeast Asia.

The company’s AI-based Targeted Attack Analytics (TAA) system helped researchers expose a hacking campaign from a group called Thrip.

On the surface, Symantec said the activity looked innocuous. TAA alerted Symantec’s investigation team and set them on the path to discovering the attack from a group the company has been monitoring since 2013.

“This is...

By Ryan Daws, 20 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Satellite, Security, Surveillance.

Australian MP is next to call for a ban on Chinese 5G equipment

Australian Labor MP Michael Danby has become the latest politician to call for a ban on buying 5G network equipment from Chinese firms claiming they are ‘controlled’ by the government.

Speaking to parliament last night, Danby requested Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull take a similar stance as in his tenure as communications minister when he barred Huawei from bidding for the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Mr Danby said:

“Now he [Malcolm Turnbull] and his government must...

By Ryan Daws, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Security, Surveillance.

Why cybersecurity solution spending will reach $134 billion

The online security market is expanding globally, and for good reason. The dramatic increase in connected devices has created a huge attack surface for cyber criminals. Whether their motive is mischief, or theft, the impacts can be far-reaching and very costly.

As an example, the downtime cost on Amazon’s North American sales operations as a result of the 2016 'Dyn' cyberattack - ~211 minutes of service disruption - resulted in a loss of $32 million.

Most companies don't have the...

By David H. Deans, 17 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Research, Security.

UK’s GCHQ carried out a major cyber offensive against ISIS

GCHQ’s Jeremy Fleming has used his first public speech as director to reveal the intelligence agency carried out a major cyber offensive against ISIS.

"The outcomes of these operations are wide-ranging," he told the Cyber UK conference in Manchester. "In 2017 there were times when Daesh found it almost impossible to spread their hate online, to use their normal channels to spread their rhetoric, or trust their publications."

Beyond causing disruption to the group’s spread of...

By Ryan Daws, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security.

How demand for IoT data security solutions is gaining momentum

Internet of Things (IoT) technology deployments have increased across the globe, as more CIOs and CTOs explore new commercial applications. However, many organizations continue to seek IoT solutions that include comprehensive data protection capabilities.

Security continues to be a major concern for IT professionals when deploying IoT projects within their organizations, according to the latest worldwide market study by 451 Research.

When asked to rank which technologies or processes their organizations...

By David H. Deans, 22 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Networks, Security.