Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban which cost the company $3bn

Following a temporary reprieve from President Trump’s ZTE ban which the company estimates cost it $3 billion, the Senate has now voted to reinstate it.

The U.S. Senate vote to reinstate the ban may not make it into law – it first has to clear the House, and then avoid being vetoed by President Trump.

ZTE is one of China’s biggest telecoms companies and became

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, China, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, N America, Networks, 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.

Rubio: Congress would support blocking Chinese telecoms firms

Despite the latest decision from Trump’s administration to reverse the ban on ZTE, Republican Senator Marco Rubio has raised concerns after saying a bill to stop Chinese telecoms companies from operating in the US would garner super-majority support in Congress.

At the start of this month, Chinese telecoms giant ZTE was banned from operating in the US — reportedly due to violations of export restrictions and making repeated...

By Ryan Daws, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, N America, Surveillance.

UK surveillance ruled unlawful by Court of Appeal

The extent of the UK government’s surveillance powers is staggering, but it may be forced to scale them back following a ruling they’re unlawful.

Some of the powers in question were introduced as part of the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA) which was passed into law as emergency legislation in 2014. A couple of years later, the Investigatory Powers Act was enacted which Edward Snowden called 'the most extreme surveillance in the...

By Ryan Daws, 30 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Surveillance.

Mobile networks are too vulnerable for smart cities – users at risk of surveillance

An analytical report has revealed serious vulnerabilities in current and future mobile networks which makes them unsuitable for smart cities and puts users at risk of surveillance.

The cybersecurity experts at Positive Technologies discovered security flaws in the 4G network core known as the EPC (Evolved Packet Core) which can be exploited through vulnerabilities in the GTP protocol.

GTP (GPRS Tunneling Protocol) is a group of...

By Ryan Daws, 10 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, IoT, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Security, Smart Cities, Surveillance.

China jails man selling VPNs to circumvent its ‘Great Firewall’

China’s notorious internet censorship doesn’t appear to be loosening anytime soon as a man gets nine months in jail for selling VPNs.

The recently unveiled court decision revealed Deng Jiewei, a 26-year-old man from Dongguan, was sentenced for selling two VPN services on his website. He reportedly made nearly 14,000 yuan (£1642) before he was detained by police last August.

While Jiewei was sentenced in March, the court documents only circulated on Chinese social media...

By Ryan Daws, 05 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: China, Connectivity, Government, Surveillance.

DoJ demands the details of visitors to a Trump protest website

The Department of Justice (DoJ) is demanding the details of all visitors to a website that helped to organise an anti-Trump protest. It’s seeking IP addresses, contact information, email content, and even photos.

DreamHost, the website’s hosting provider, is refusing to comply with the request. The company is due in court later this month.

"The website was used in the development, planning, advertisement and organisation of a violent riot that occurred in Washington...

By Ryan Daws, 15 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Surveillance.

NATO: Cyber attacks like WannaCry, Petya could invoke Article 5 and trigger a military response

NATO has warned cyber attacks like WannaCry and Petya could trigger Article 5 of the treaty and be met with a military response from members after the organisation said there are signs the aforementioned incidents were state-sponsored.

Article 5 is the basic principle of collective defense. An attack on a NATO member is deemed an attack on all members and, if invoked, ties others to a collective response. It has only been triggered once in NATO’s history by the United States...

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Security, Surveillance.

WikiLeaks: How the CIA tracks your exact location

New documents released by WikiLeaks detail how the CIA is able to locate you if you’re using any WiFi-enabled Windows PC or laptop.

The project, known as ELSA, infects a target Windows PC with malware. By using the device’s WiFi chip, the malware scans for all the nearby public WiFi networks and their strengths. This list is then cross-matched with the databases of WiFi networks held by the likes of Google and Microsoft to work out where the person is.

ELSA has likely grown more...

By Ryan Daws, 30 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Surveillance.

Australia joins ‘Five Eyes’ partner UK in calls for weaker encryption

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has been vocal in her calls for weaker encryption, but Australia is adding its voice ahead of a meeting of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence alliance.

Taking a similar stance to the UK, Australia wants to clamp down on terrorists using the ‘cyberspace’ for propaganda, recruitment, and organising attacks. Cybersecurity experts have criticised the calls as the deliberate weakening of encryption could leave organisations and individuals more...

By Ryan Daws, 26 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Privacy, Surveillance.