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security internet connected uk devices

16th October, 2018 (1 Comment)

Internet Service Providers (ISP) have warned that the Government’s push to improve cyber security and thus turn the UK into the “safest place to be online” could be at risk, unless they tackle the “convoluted regulatory system” and avoid creating “unnecessary complexity” (e.g. duplication of reporting and responsibilities).

website hyperlink link secure

15th October, 2018 (4 Comments)

A new survey has warned that the Government’s increasing moves to force home broadband ISPs into censoring (blocking) internet websites could result in 64% of UK people changing their broadband provider for one that’s less intrusive.

nordvpn_computers_vpn

11th October, 2018 (14 Comments)

Internet speed testing giant Ookla (Speedtest.net) has named NordVPN as the first Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider to receive its new Speedtest Recommended Badge, which is said to be in recognition of the platform’s fast connection speeds.

spying on uk ISP internet traffic

13th September, 2018 (10 Comments)

The European Court of Human Rights has today ruled that the United Kingdom’s mass surveillance programmes, which came to light in 2013 after ex-NSA employee Edward Snowden leaked significant details to the press, were unlawful and “incapable of keeping the ‘interference’ to what is ‘necessary in a democratic society’“.

censorship internet button

12th September, 2018 (9 Comments)

The European Parliament has today voted to approve a mildly softened version of Article 11 (aka – “link tax“) and Article 13 (aka – “upload filters“) in their proposed new Copyright Directive, which among other things places restrictions on the sharing of news content and threatens mass automated internet censorship.

plusnet uk

4th September, 2018 (19 Comments)

Customers of budget broadband ISP Plusnet appear to have experienced a turbulent weekend after a major migration of their billing system, which the provider had described as being “one of the biggest projects the company has undertaken“, suffered bugs and a small personal data leak.

world wide internet traffic

28th August, 2018 (0 Comments)

Great Britain might take a drubbing for its lack of ultrafast pure fibre optic (FTTH/P) broadband ISP infrastructure but a new study by Qrator Labs suggests that at least our underlying internet links appear to be fairly resilient to faults, with England, Scotland and Wales collectively ranking 2nd best in the world.

vodafone mobile security uk agent

15th August, 2018 (6 Comments)

Mobile operator Vodafone has announced that “where possible” they are now trying to block international Wangiri scam calls before they even reach users. On top of that they’re also pledging to “reimburse any victim who has incurred a charge” as a result of calling such a number.

virgin media superhub 3 router

14th August, 2018 (22 Comments)

After nearly two years Intel has finally published an advisory and formal CVE entry for a flaw in their Puma 5, 6 and 7 chipsets that resulted in various broadband ISP routers, such as Virgin Media UK’s Hub 3.0 (ARRIS TG2492S/CE), suffering from a mix of latency spikes and a DDoS security vulnerability.

three uk mobile broadband

30th July, 2018 (7 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK has warned about a wave of mobile phone-based scams, which is seeing fraudsters use “new tricks” to fuel Smishing (SMS Phishing) and Wangiri (one ring and cut) style scams that aim to steal personal information from customers across all major Mobile Network Operators (MNO).

network security uk

19th July, 2018 (11 Comments)

The fourth annual report from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) Oversight Board has identified “shortcomings” in Huawei’s engineering processes, which they say have “exposed new risks in the UK telecommunication networks.” A number of operators, such as Openreach (BT), make use of kit from the Chinese firm.

internet and uk computer law

11th July, 2018 (6 Comments)

The Government has today published its response to the recent consultation on proposed amendments to the controversial 2016 Investigatory Powers Act, which among other things would force broadband ISPs to log the Internet Connection Records (ICR) of all their customers for up to 12 months.

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 (12 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 (5 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.

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