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17th April, 2014 - 3:24 am (4 Comments)

One of the more puzzling aspects of the on-going political debate over Internet censorship (Parental Controls) is the issue of Age Verification, which has some politicians aggressively calling for a system that can verify an Internet user’s age before the ISPs network-level filters can be disabled. But is it even possible and do we really need it?


11th April, 2014 - 9:29 am (0 Comments)

The Open Rights Group (ORG) has written a new open letter that calls upon BT, Sky Broadband, TalkTalk and Virgin Media to clarify their positions on the storing of personal customer data / access logs, which follows a decision by the European Court of Justice to rule that the EU’s Data Retention Directive was now “invalid“.


8th April, 2014 - 9:46 am (3 Comments)

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has delivered a significant victory to privacy advocates after it ruled that the EU’s Data Retention Directive, which requires member states and their phone / Internet providers to keep a basic access log of all website, email and phone call activity for up to 2 years, was now considered “invalid“.


2nd April, 2014 - 9:21 am (1 Comment)

A new report from Nominum, which provides ISPs with DNS based analytics and monetization solutions, has claimed that 24 million home broadband routers, including many in the UK, could be exposing ISPs and their users to becoming unwitting participants in massive Internet DNS-based Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.


2nd April, 2014 - 7:51 am (4 Comments)

Customers of budget broadband provider TalkTalk recently found their access to the hugely popular image sharing website – imgur.com – to be slow or virtually unusable due to the ISPs implementation of the Internet Watch Foundation’s (IWF) voluntary child abuse block list.


1st April, 2014 - 1:30 am (7 Comments)

Broadband ISPs in the United Kingdom have unanimously agreed to support a new Government initiative that aims to make the Internet friendlier to those under the age of 5, and Justin Bieber, by removing or changing any and all content depicting or involving adults (aka – “adult content“).


28th March, 2014 - 8:35 am (2 Comments)

The Authority for Television On Demand has called on the Government to reinforce in law the requirement for UK operators of adult websites, specifically those that peddle pornography, to put workable Age Verification in front of R18 content or risk having their funding sources blocked. Now they just need to figure out the “how“.


19th March, 2014 - 8:24 am (5 Comments)

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which examines the expenditure, administration and policy of the Government’s related department, has published its latest (6th) Online Safety report and found that website blocking by UK ISPs was “highly unlikely to be a suitable approach” for tackling adult pornography or violent material on the Internet.


18th March, 2014 - 8:10 am (6 Comments)

The growing crisis on Europe’s border between Ukraine and Russia, which centres on a dispute over ownership of the Crimea territory, took an unusual twist yesterday after it was spotted that Sky Broadband and other UK ISPs appeared to be restricting access to Ukrainian news site Tsn.ua. Oddly Sky claims it was blocked for being on a “white list” of websites (note to Sky: normally you unblock those).


17th March, 2014 - 3:33 pm (2 Comments)

UK members of the hugely popular WordPress.com website, which allows users to setup their own blogs using WP’s Content Management System (CMS), have been reporting a variety of access a usability problems with the service since the beginning of last week. A big finger of blame is now being pointed at TalkTalk’s Internet filtering.


17th March, 2014 - 8:34 am (0 Comments)

Internet users that have chosen to replace their broadband ISPs own Domain Name Servers (DNS) with Google’s free Public DNS alternative, which translates IP addresses into human readable form and vice versa, had a bit of a shock over the weekend when their traffic was redirected (hijacked) and sent to BT’s Latin America division in Venezuela and Brazil.


13th March, 2014 - 2:03 pm (3 Comments)

The United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office is investigating a potentially serious data security blunder with BT Mail, which is an Internet email service delivered by Openwave Messaging (formerly Critical Path), after a whistle-blower warned that the service “exposed user credentials en masse“.


11th March, 2014 - 3:50 pm (7 Comments)

The NetGear-based SuperHub (VMDG485) broadband routers, which are supplied by cable provider Virgin Media, appear to be suffering from a new security flaw that means your administrative settings web page and WiFi passphrase is left exposed for around 7 seconds when the device reboots.


11th March, 2014 - 2:49 pm (21 Comments)

As consumers we have a right to be huffy at our ISPs when something goes wrong. But is the Internet provider still to blame if, as in the recent cases of AAISP and now PlusNet, your home broadband router ends up being hijacked by a DNS redirection exploit?

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