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18th June, 2015 - 10:00 am (0 Comments)

The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has today revealed the final shortlist of potential winners for their annual Internet Hero and Internet Villain gongs at the forthcoming 2015 Internet industry awards and it’s no surprise to find that both lists are once again being dominated by Internet snooping.


8th June, 2015 - 8:15 am (0 Comments)

Researchers working at the University of Washington appear to have become the first to harvest power using signals from home WiFi devices operating in the 2.4GHz radio spectrum band (note: an Asus RT-AC68U router was used for the demo), which allowed them to power several devices including a tiny camera.

internet law uk

5th June, 2015 - 10:32 am (0 Comments)

The High Court in London will today hear the opening arguments of a Judicial Review that has been launched against the controversial Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIP), which among other things governs how much information the security services can collect from UK Internet and phone providers.

security of broadband isp routers

2nd June, 2015 - 4:21 pm (0 Comments)

A new security audit, which was manually conducted by a group of security researchers as part of their IT Security Master’s Thesis at a Madrid University in Spain, has uncovered multiple vulnerabilities with 22 different home and office broadband routers, including popular brands like Huawei, Netgear, Zyxel, D-Link, Linksys, Belkin and Sagem.

internet privacy and security uk isp

29th May, 2015 - 11:07 am (7 Comments)

The United Nations special rapporteur for protecting and promoting freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, has published a new report that warns the United Kingdom and other countries against adopting measures into law that would add a backdoor for Internet encryption, which it said risked “weakening everyone’s online security“.

the queen uk

27th May, 2015 - 11:49 am (8 Comments)

The annual Queens Speech (State Opening of Parliament), in which a man with a big black rod bangs on a door and a poor old lady with a heavy head ornament gets to speak unexcitedly about forthcoming Government policy, has unsurprisingly confirmed that stricter UK Internet snooping laws are on the way.. again.

westminster uk government

9th May, 2015 - 8:12 am (21 Comments)

The political landscape today is radically different from how it began the week, with the Conservatives having successfully won a slim overall majority. But what does that mean for broadband connectivity and Internet access in the United Kingdom? We take a quick, politically neutral, look.


1st May, 2015 - 9:09 am (0 Comments)

The City of York in England has become the first in the world to achieve a new “Friendly Wi-Fi” accreditation (not hard to do because it’s only just been created in the UK), which means that their free public wireless Internet hotspots employ strict filtering (censorship) to block “inappropriate material” (porn and child abuse).

danger uk internet security problem

29th April, 2015 - 9:37 am (1 Comment)

An unknown number of broadband routers that make use of the 802.11a/b/g WiFi controllers from Realtek, such as some older models of D-Link and TRENDnet kit, appear to be exposed to a vulnerability that allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on related hardware.


4th April, 2015 - 11:19 pm (14 Comments)

The Conservative Party has revived a proposal to introduce strict age verification checks on adult Internet content, particularly pornographic websites, if they win the coming General Election. But making a workable solution won’t be easy.

bt hub 4 frontside

27th March, 2015 - 10:15 am (6 Comments)

Customers of BT’s consumer broadband service should avoid using the ISPs Home Hub routers for business style VoIP phone setups because of a seemingly deliberate built-in weakness that, no matter what security settings you choose on the hub, it will always leave port 5060 open.

talktalk uk router

27th March, 2015 - 3:47 am (2 Comments)

Customers of TalkTalk’s home broadband service in the United Kingdom, specifically those who use one of the ISPs older D-Link DSL-3680 routers (check the model code on the back), should be aware that for some people the hardware might be vulnerable to an easily performed remote DNS hijack.


20th March, 2015 - 8:45 am (0 Comments)

One of Cisco Systems better known Penetration Tester’s, Kyle Lovett, has this week warned a UK security conference that more than 700,000 ADSL broadband routers from various different manufacturers and countries are still vulnerable to a Directory Traversal attack that was first uncovered in 2011.


11th March, 2015 - 9:44 am (4 Comments)

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) has published an interesting new note that examines Internet anonymity technologies, such as TOR and the so-called “DarkNet” websites (e.g. SilkRoad), which can be used to support freedom of expression by circumventing censorship and yet also act as a tool that is exploitable by trolls, criminals and terrorists.

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