What are all these fake cell phone towers?

Interest in CryptoPhone's secure devices has skyrocketed since Edward Snowden's revelations of the NSA's mass surveillance programs. As part of their research, CryptoPhone’s mobile security team was able to find and fix 468 vulnerabilities in stock Android and has also found that the version which comes supplied on the Samsung Galaxy S3 they tested with is leaking data somewhere between 80 - 90 times per hour.

Fake cell phone towers can often be detected by CryptoPhone's devices. A...

By Ryan Daws, 04 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Security.

Gemalto to facilitate telcos’ identity services offerings

Gemalto recently announced the release of its LinqUs Mobile ID platform. This platform helps telcos offer online authentication services at the three security assurance levels (as specified by the GSMA) to their subscribers using any SIM-enabled mobile device. This announcement comes at a time when the industry desperately needs alternate means to grow revenues, with telcos having seen slower growth and declining average revenues in recent years.

The Mobile ID platform provides an opportunity for telcos to...

By Ovum Research, 01 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Security.

Citizen Lab exposes malware network used by police worldwide

At the University of Toronto you can find Citizen Lab who, in collaboration with computer security firm Kaspersky, has exposed a massive network of mobile malware targeting all phone types. It is sold by an Italian firm for use in police forces around the world.

'Remote Control System' (RCS) can infiltrate Android, iOS, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and even BlackBerry devices. Most mobile malware targets Android, due to its market-share, but many industry experts warn other...

By Ryan Daws, 27 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Devices, Industry, Research, Security.

British government breaks the law by forcing data retention, but the need for it may be greater than ever…

A law enforced by the British government since the previous Labour administration, known as the Data Retention Act of 2009, has forced companies to breach citizens’ fundamental right to privacy and is now facing a high court challenge from the EU which would force it to be removed from law.

It was first enacted in response to the 2006 EU data retention directive, which required member states to store citizens’ telecoms data for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 24 months. The current...

By Ryan Daws, 25 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, Security.

The $400bn economic impact of Cybercrime

Cybercrime is an increasingly serious issue, especially with the rise of vital services and devices being connected to networks. Look no further than Ubisoft's recently-released console title, Watch_Dogs, to see a portrayal of the devastation which can be caused when such systems are taken advantage of. The UK is taking the issue seriously, with a recent Queen's speech focusing on implementing life sentences for serious cybercriminals whose actions "result in loss of life, serious...

By Ryan Daws, 10 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Security.

Vodafone exposes government wire-tapping

We now know that no matter what technology we use, if it's connected, then it's probably able to be tapped by the government. NSA leaker and now fugitive/hero, Edward Snowden, revealed a torrential amount of details about the abilities of the United States spying program on international citizens.  

Few companies have come forward about their own involvement and the scale in which their networks and services have been compromised, we can only guess this is for fear of getting on the...

By Ryan Daws, 06 June 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Industry, Security.

Microsoft backs customer data privacy rights against the FBI

After the outcry regarding the majority of America’s tech giants’ involvement in the National Security Agency’s controversial PRISM program – many companies pledged to push for more “transparency” when it comes to the data government’s are requesting.

Microsoft in particular pledged it would do all it can to legally protect its customers from government data requests. In a

By Ryan Daws, 23 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Industry, Security.

UK telecoms infrastructure supports US drone operations

An investigation has revealed the UK’s telecoms infrastructure is playing a key role in supporting the US military network through provision of the core communications backbone used by controversial drone operations overseas.

Human rights experts say the UK’s involvement is the digital equivalent of permitting the US government to launch air strikes from airforce bases in the UK – something which the UK has in the past been criticised for permitting.

The international connection is provided...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Networks, Security.

Telcos requested user data at ‘jaw-dropping’ rates but won’t say how many disclosed…

Government agencies request user data from telecoms companies at “jaw-dropping” rates according to Canada’s privacy watchdog. In 2011 alone, nearly 1.2 million requests were made to gain access to the data but the companies involved refuse to say how many were granted.

Privacy experts say the sheer number of requests is “staggering” in scale. David Fraser, a privacy lawyer with McInnes Cooper, said: “I would have been surprised at 100,000”.

The information was...

By Ryan Daws, 30 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Operators, Security.