Quantum internet used for two years, becoming a reality
Utilising quantum mechanics to provide perfectly secure online communication is something security experts in particular have lusted over for years – well as it turns out, a government lab has been using just that for the past two.
A team at the Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico has developed a not quite “true” quantum internet solution, but it’s very close.
The core theology of quantum internet is through measuring the characteristic of an object such as a photon; it’s...
Stay safe with reliable public safety networks
The U.S. government is funding a program to improve public safety. It’s called FirstNet, which has $7B currently available to build a nationwide, public safety network using LTE.
The idea is to create a nation-wide broadband network, which helps police, firefighters, emergency medical service professionals and other public safety officials to do their job safely. In additional to federal funds, the state and local governments are contributing to this initiative. And private companies like Agile Network...
Which telecom providers “have your back” in data security?
The EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) has released its ‘Who has your back?’ report for 2013, its third edition. As a company whose tagline is “defending your rights in the digital world”, this document helps consumers understand the service providers they can trust.
Scoring is based on a star system out of a possible six:
1. Requires a warrant for...
Cellebrite introduces diagnostics tool designed to cut down phone repairs
Mobile forensics and data transfer provider Cellebrite has launched a multi-channel diagnostics tool, claimed to be the first in the wireless retail industry.
Debuted at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Cellebrite estimates that the tool will reduce the overall process of phone repairs and returns by up to 60%.
The solution systematically goes through all potential faultlines in a phone, including CPU and RAM performance, storage, memory and network capability. It also comes in an app format, though...
Exploring applications for mobile phone SIM cards
Huawei’s stock goes up and up as 2013 begins
End of year message from acting CEO reveals 2012 sales revenue in excess of $35bn (£21.8bn) and a net profit of approximately $2.4bn (£1.5bn)
It’s been an eventful 12 months for Chinese telecommunications vendor Huawei.
From becoming the largest worldwide vendor ahead of Ericsson in July, to being hauled in front of a US House Intelligence Committee for the potential use of spying codes in company equipment
Does ReVuln research show security worries for Smart TVs?
A video posted by Malta-based security firm ReVuln has shown potential security weaknesses in an unspecified Samsung Smart TV.
Rather chillingly titled ‘The TV is Watching You’, the video shows the researchers tampering with TV settings and channel lists, firmware and USB drives among other things which gives them “root” access to the smart TV – in other words, total control of it.
Worryingly, the researchers also found they could hack through the remote control if it’s...
Are foreign regulators discriminating against Huawei?
In the week that Huawei and ZTE denies being a threat to US national security, is it fair to say that Huawei is being discriminated against by overseas regulatory bodies?
According to Huawei’s Australia chairman John Lord, there were elements of disappointment and obfuscation when the Australian government banned the Chinese vendor from their $40bn+ NBN (National Broadband Network) in March this year.
Lord informed an Australian parliamentary intelligence committee of his worry that this would set a...
Cyber activity is keeping the CISO awake at night
By Andrew Kellett, Principal Analyst, Security
The most worrying issue for C-level security professionals, and the thing that often keeps them awake at night, is the fear of the unknown.
The chief information security officer (CISO) is the person in direct line of fire when security breaches occur, and given the deteriorating state of information security, taking overall responsibility for security-related issues is a perilous role.
During the last 12 months several leading organisations have admitted...