Smart metering – a new security consideration for service providers

Last month saw the UK Department for Environment and Climate Change (DECC) outline its plans for the installation of smart meters across the UK, gearing up to ensure it is on course for the scheduled 2014 mass roll out.

Despite the obvious benefits that this implementation of smart metering will bring, such large-scale operations are bound to come with major security management challenges.

The prime issue is how to secure digital communications between smart metering systems and utility service providers....

By Gary Clark, 31 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Infrastructure, Security.

China leads M2M growth, IPTV subscriber market (and global cybersecurity fears)

Despite growing cybersecurity concerns regarding China; the country can’t be stopped in terms of pushing technological boundaries – leading both global M2M growth and IPTV subscribers.

Throughout the second half of 2012, the number of cellular Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications increased nearly 5.5 million. To put this in perspective; that’s the same amount as the UK had in total by the end of last year.

This places...

Huawei to be reviewed in cybersecurity of critical UK infrastructure

The UK government will be looking into Huawei’s involvement in national infrastructure over the same cybersecurity fears which resulted in a ban of the manufacturer’s equipment in the United States after failing to prove the company has no association with the Chinese government.

TelecomsTech first reported on the US situation where – along with rival firm ZTE – “the two firms had failed to demonstrate the absence of Chinese...

By Ryan Daws, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, N America, Networks, Security, Telematics.

Honda’s (inadvertently) phishing iTunes users

Over at Netcraft - the Internet services company which provides data mining, defence against fraud and phishing, and security testing – an employee spotted an interesting phishing scam against iTunes users, which is hosted on Honda’s website.

The employee in question, Nicholas Hatter, contacted me about his findings.

Appearing to affect the Brazilian arm of the automotive giant; a page was hosted with a SSL certificate which redirects to a page that replicates iTunes...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Security.

UK prepares for cyber security war, recruits top firms

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on Friday that it will be partnering with BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, BT Group, Lockheed Martin and Hewlett Packard in an attempt to counter the rising cyber-security threat.

From rogue individuals, to hacktivist groups such as Anonymous, all the way to other governments themselves – such as the rising number of attacks thought to originate from China – concerns from the web are of rising worry and the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Security.

Interview: Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “Connected Cars”

This week Pavan Mathew, Global Head of Automotive Telematics at Telefónica, privileged me with an exclusive interview about a report released by the company on how the “Car industry must remodel itself to exploit the connected future.”

As we move towards a fully digital lifestyle we expect devices to be connected; with not just access to the wider world via the internet and services that entails, but also seamlessly with one...

Avoiding tax on Bitcoin? Think again, friend

Bitcoin has been getting plenty of coverage, ourselves included, but for those of you who don’t know, it’s essentially a decentralised virtual currency. Many people are under the illusion that because of this fact, it doesn’t accrue tax, but I’m sure the IRS would beg to differ.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report (PDF) which gives a clear example:

  • Bill is a Bitcoin miner....
  • By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Government, Industry, Networks, Research, Security.

    World War Web: Preparing for Cyberwarfare

    A question I’ve asked myself many times is: if a third World War were to occur today; just how different would it be?

    With everything internet-connected as part of the “Internet of Things”, are we leaving ourselves open, and what prevention measures are in place?

     

    The main issue these days is we expect our information to be easily available; but with a rise of decentralised and increasingly powerful hacktivist groups, alongside the usual...

    Looking to hide online? PRISM-break shows you how

    First off – if you’ve done anything illegal, go to the authorities now.

    For the rest of us, read onwards if you’re simply looking to stay safe online away from prying eyes; whether from hackers, crackers, or invasive privacy measures such as that pyramid-like named legislation you may have heard about.

    It’s from these latest concerns which website PRISM-break.org is born, showing the best – generally open source – alternatives to all the most popular...

    By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America, Security, Smartphones.

    “Provide clarification on PRISM”, says EU commissioner

    The past week I’ve written two articles regarding the US Government; allegations of spying using PRISM, and calls by involved companies for more transparency as a result.

    The Director of National Intelligence claims PRISM is solely for data-collection of non-US citizens; naturally, the EU’s commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, wants some clarification.

    In a...

    By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.