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censorship online

19th June, 2018 (6 Comments)

The European Parliament will tomorrow vote on a reformed Copyright Directive, which among other things features provisions mandating online platforms to install automated upload filters that many fear could result in significant “over-blocking” of lawful content (censorship) and restrictions on news linking.

fibre optic cable uk

12th June, 2018 (6 Comments)

BT claims to have built the UK’s “first practical quantum-secured high-speed fibre network“, which harnesses quantum encryption and can transfer data at a speed of 500Gbps (Gigabits per second). The network runs over a distance of 120km via multiple exchanges between BT Labs in Ipswich and Cambridge University.

internet_united_kingdom

11th June, 2018 (11 Comments)

The UK Government’s Security Minister, Ben Wallace, has called for a new system of Digital IDs in order to end “mob rule” on the internet by preventing people from being able to “hide behind anonymity” online. You know, like Russia, Syria and China have tried repeatedly to do. Should we be more like them?

router broadband isp disconnected

7th June, 2018 (7 Comments)

Last month security researchers found that a sophisticated and “likely state-sponsored” malware, dubbed VPNFilter, had become widespread and was infecting business devices from Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR and TP-Link. Sadly the code is now also hitting kit from ASUS, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL and ZTE.

talktalk dlink dsl3780 router broadband isp

23rd May, 2018 (4 Comments)

One of the older D-Link based ADSL2+ broadband routers from UK ISP TalkTalk has been found to still be vulnerable to a security exploit, which was first notified to the provider all the way back in 2014. This enables a hacker to gain access to your wireless (WiFi) network by sniffing out the WPS password.

draytek 2762 broadband router

21st May, 2018 (11 Comments)

Taiwan-based telecoms kit manufacturer DrayTek has announced that a large number of their popular wireless routers are vulnerable to a new security exploit, which enables an attacker to remotely change the device’s DNS and DHCP settings in order to hijack your internet traffic or steal personal data.

uk internet scam

9th May, 2018 (3 Comments)

Broadband ISP TalkTalk and Action Fraud have today published the results of their latest joint research, which attempts to identify the most common online scams (within the last year) and the areas in the UK that are most frequently targeted. Fraud related to online shopping or auctions tops the table.

fibre optic yellow cable connector spool

3rd May, 2018 (2 Comments)

Security researchers working for VPN Mentor have tested “many random” GPON ISP routers and discovered that all were vulnerable to two new exploits that could enable a hacker to hijack the device. Related routers are used by Gigabit “full fibre” (FTTH/P) broadband providers around the world.

internet uk spying and monitoring

27th April, 2018 (3 Comments)

The High Court of Justice (Queen’s Bench Division) has today ruled that a key part of the controversial 2016 Investigatory Powers Act, which would force broadband ISPs to log the internet activity of all their customers for up to 12 months, is unlawful and must be amended.

hyperoptic hyperhub zte h298a

25th April, 2018 (0 Comments)

Fibre optic broadband ISP Hyperoptic has patched a major security flaw in their ZTE built H298N and H298A (pictured) “HyperHub” routers, which could have allowed an attacker to remotely take over the device by using a simple phishing message and website link.

TalkTalk Logo 2017

20th April, 2018 (24 Comments)

A number of TalkTalk’s broadband ISP customers in the UK have raised concerns after the provider sent them an alarmist warning email, which without providing any useful details claimed that they “may have downloaded a virus on one or more of your devices” (phishing emails adopt a similar approach).

router broadband isp disconnected

17th April, 2018 (17 Comments)

Another day, another security scare. A joint statement by the FBI, DHS and UK NCSC has warned that the Russian Government are now actively conducting “malicious cyber activity” with the aim of compromising network infrastructure devices such as switches, firewalls and even home broadband routers etc.

internet information technology

16th April, 2018 (3 Comments)

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned UK telecoms operators against using hardware and services provided by ZTE – a Chinese state-owned enterprise – because of the “potential risks to the UK’s national security.”

security of broadband isp routers

12th April, 2018 (1 Comment)

A new survey of 2,205 UK internet users (conducted between 22nd Feb to 22nd March 2018) warns that 82% of respondents have never changed the default admin password for their broadband ISP router and 86% have never updated its firmware. This could make them more vulnerable to hackers.

banned from the internet cross

26th March, 2018 (6 Comments)

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has started their consultation on the Government’s controversial internet age verification system, which will target websites or “apps” that contain pornographic content. Sites that fail to comply could find themselves being blocked by large broadband ISPs.

censorship internet button

12th March, 2018 (10 Comments)

The government has quietly delayed their new age verification rules until the end of 2018, which was set to be targeted at websites and “apps” that contain pornographic content. Broadband ISPs would also be required to block sites that fail to comply with the new rules.

security internet connected uk devices

7th March, 2018 (6 Comments)

The UK Government has today published a new policy paper that seeks to improve the security of internet connected devices in our homes (e.g. TVs, toys, smart speakers) by, among other things, calling for “tough new security measures that last the lifetime of the product.” Good luck with that.

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