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telephone support rage and complaints

16th January, 2017 - 12:01 am (7 Comments)

It’s been nearly a year since BT first soft launched their new ‘BT Call Protect‘ service to tackle nuisance calls (here), which allows their home phone customers to divert unwanted calls to a junk voicemail box. The good news is that the “first of its kind in the UK” service is finally available to use.

banned and forbidden uk internet censorship

11th January, 2017 - 3:10 pm (5 Comments)

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has today joined ISPs, civil rights groups and others to warn that the UK’s new Digital Economy Bill 2017 lacks “data sharing safeguards” and may damage the vital “right to privacy and the right to freedom of expression.”

spying on uk ISP internet traffic

21st December, 2016 - 11:04 am (14 Comments)

The Court of Justice of the European Union has struck a blow to the UK’s controversial Internet snooping Investigatory Powers Act 2016 by ruling that EU law does not allow “general and indiscriminate retention of traffic data and location data,” except for “targeted” use against “serious crime“.

censorship uk internet

15th December, 2016 - 4:46 pm (10 Comments)

A recent debate in the House of Lords on the forthcoming Digital Economy Bill has raised significant concern that the Government may be trying to censor social media websites (Twitter etc.), unless they adopt Age Verification. Otherwise ISPs might be forced to block them.


15th December, 2016 - 10:46 am (14 Comments)

A staggering 1 billion accounts belonging to Internet giant Yahoo! have been breached by a second major hack, albeit one that occurred in August 2013. Today BT Retail and other broadband ISPs that have used the firm for their email (e.g. Sky Broadband) are warning customers to change their passwords.

Netgear R8000 Router

14th December, 2016 - 10:48 am (1 Comment)

Do you own a modern NETGEAR broadband router (i.e. R6200, R6400, R6700, R7000, R7100LG, R7300, R7900 and R8000)? If so then we’ve got bad news because a major security flaw, which was first identified and notified to the manufacturer in August 2016, still hasn’t been completely fixed.

internet law uk

13th December, 2016 - 1:44 pm (13 Comments)

A little too lenient? The Norwich Youth Court has today handed down a Rehabilitation Order to a 17-year-old boy after he admitted to seven charges under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, two of which are in connection with last year’s cyber-attack on TalkTalk. They also took his iPhone away.

talktalk uk router

7th December, 2016 - 2:48 pm (7 Comments)

Last week several broadband ISPs in the UK were attacked by a new Internet worm called Mirai (here), which hijacked their routers. TalkTalk’s older DSL-3780 was one of the devices to be hit and the ISP was quick to patch the problem, but oddly they have not advised customers to change WiFi passwords.


1st December, 2016 - 10:31 am (2 Comments)

Earlier this week we reported on how routers supplied by the Post Office, TalkTalk and others were potentially vulnerable to a modified piece of malicious software called Mirai (here), which hijacks the device. Today we learn that around 1,000 customers of KCOM’s service in Hull have also been hit.

internet email

30th November, 2016 - 1:25 pm (0 Comments)

Customers of Virgin Media, specifically those who use the operator’s email platform, should by now be quite familiar with its history of flaky behaviour; most of which started after they migrated away from Google’s platform in 2015 (here and here). But it’s about to get interesting again.

router modem network cable snakes

29th November, 2016 - 9:24 am (17 Comments)

It’s spreading fast! A newly modified version of the malicious Mirai worm, which has recently been remotely infecting masses of different broadband routers at other European ISPs (900,000+ in Germany), may soon begin to hit devices in the United Kingdom too, such as TalkTalk’s D-Link DSL-3780 kit.

banned and forbidden uk internet censorship

28th November, 2016 - 1:49 pm (6 Comments)

The United Kingdom’s Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has criticised the Government’s sudden decision to include mandatory blocking of all “adult” websites into the forthcoming Digital Economy Bill 2017, which they say has “the potential to significantly harm the digital economy.”


28th November, 2016 - 9:04 am (2 Comments)

Internet security firm Kaspersky Lab has analysed 31 million WiFi hotspots from around the world and found that 22% have no security (i.e. no password or encryption), while a further 2.7% only adopt the weakest form of Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption that is easily hacked.

censorship internet button

21st November, 2016 - 8:35 am (46 Comments)

As expected the Government has officially announced that Mobile and fixed line broadband providers in the United Kingdom will soon be forced into the mandatory blocking of all “adult” websites; specifically those that fail to offer an adequate method of age-verification for their visitors.

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