Would you recruit an ex-hacker? Most IT professionals would

A survey conducted by IT recruitment specialists CWJobs.co.uk shows that 70% of IT professionals believe that hiring ex-hackers could be the solution to security problems. After all, who better to protect against intrusions than the people who do it daily?

The most high-profile case in my recent knowledge was that of infamous iOS “Jailbreaker” and PlayStation hacker GeoHot; who was snapped-up by social networking giant Facebook not long after an intense lawsuit by Sony.

Whilst the most common...

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Industry, Piracy, Research, Security.

Do we put too much faith in Apple (and others’) security features?

One of the highlight features of Apple’s latest iPhone, the 5S, is the inclusion of a unique fingerprint scanner – futuristically hidden underneath the device’s iconic “home” button. But are we putting too much faith in Apple (and others') security features?

According to an NBC survey, iPhones make up 58% of usage within the House of Representatives in the US – important positions; which require high security.

Yet the U.S. military did not authorise the use of Apple’s...

By Ryan Daws, 23 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Piracy, Security.

Latest revelations helped NSA store 200 million communications

Just when you think there cannot possibly be any more NSA revelations surrounding their controversial PRISM programme – we’re proven wrong. Whilst everyone remains fixated on the bigger picture, many of the smaller initiatives under the NSA’s umbrella remained unnoticed.

Meet Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium and Stormbrew. Whilst sounding like the names of local cider manufacturers; they were in fact partnerships allowing the NSA to scan 75 percent of...

By Ryan Daws, 22 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

Tips for landing a job: 1) Become a US whistleblower 2) Spend two months in an airport

Edward Snowden is a name you may be familiar with by now. TelecomsTech, and just about every other global publication has reported on the NSA whistleblower on several occasions.

While you'd be forgiven for thinking this is just another Snowden story, for Ed, the saga continues...

After spending over two months in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport; the people’s anti-hero has been given temporary asylum in Russia for up to a year. So what on earth will he do with...

By Ryan Daws, 02 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Industry, Security.

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...