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internet spying eye

12th June, 2019 (6 Comments)

A legal challenged brought by Liberty in the UK High Court has pointed to the “undoubtedly unlawful” bulk retention of largely innocent peoples communications data (telecoms and internet) by MI5, which stems from an apparent failure to adhere to the safeguards set out in the Government’s 2016 Investigatory Powers Act (IPAct).

broken uk internet connection and running man

25th May, 2019 (37 Comments)

Concerns are growing that many consumers, broadband ISPs and mobile operators in the United Kingdom could be impacted much more severely than first thought after the President of the USA, Donald J. Trump, signed an executive order to “prohibit transactions posing an unacceptable risk to the national security of the USA.”

TalkTalk Logo 2017

22nd May, 2019 (3 Comments)

The fallout from a 2015 cyberattack against TalkTalk’s UK website, which exposed the personal data of 156,959 customers to hackers, appears to be continuing after a new report alleges that the broadband ISP failed to correctly inform 4,545 customers that their data had been compromised (instead they were told it was NOT exposed).

security of broadband isp routers

1st May, 2019 (14 Comments)

The Government has today launched a new consultation on their proposal to introduce new laws that would seek to improve the security of internet connected devices, such as smart TVs, broadband ISP routers, smart speakers and other Internet of Things (IoT) style devices. But “initially” these will only be voluntary.

website warnings uk internet isp

25th April, 2019 (13 Comments)

The co-founders of NewsGuard, which analyses and ranks websites in order to identify whether or not they’re trustworthy for news content, are reported to be discussing with broadband ISPs the possibility of introducing a new system that would alert users when they try to access an untrustworthy site.

5g uk mobile broadband

24th April, 2019 (17 Comments)

Mobile operators Three UK, Vodafone, EE (BT) and O2 are to be officially told by the Government that they will be banned from deploying hardware and software from Chinese tech giant Huawei into the core of their future 5G based mobile broadband networks, although non-core 5G kit (antennas etc.) will be exempt.

blocked uk website parental control

22nd April, 2019 (30 Comments)

The UK Government, broadband ISPs and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are set to meet on the 8th May 2019 in order to discuss Google’s forthcoming implementation of encrypted DNS (DoH – DNS over HTTPS), which politicians fear could break their internet censorship plans.

blocked website parents network level isp filter

17th April, 2019 (49 Comments)

The UK Government has sent final terms to Age Verification Providers for the related BBFC certification scheme, which sets strict rules for how such providers must verify a user’s age before allowing them to access a porn site. As before, broadband ISPs must block websites that fail to comply. The system will begin in July 2019.

blocked_internet_content_website_uk_isp

16th April, 2019 (6 Comments)

A new study has examined the impact of network-level filtering (Parental Controls) from the largest UK broadband ISPs, which are enabled-by-default and help to protect children from seeing “adult” content. Unfortunately they’ve also blocked access to many safe sites too, including charities, school and social support services.

dns domain name system logo uk isp

11th April, 2019 (22 Comments)

A significant change is on the way that could improve the security of the internet’s Domain Name System (DNS) by adopting DNS over HTTPS (DoH), although this could also create lots of new problems for broadband ISPs and mobile operators (e.g. disrupting UK Government required censorship systems) that may be hard to overcome.

three uk mobile broadband

10th April, 2019 (3 Comments)

Mobile network operator Three UK has managed to integrate Callsign‘s enhanced customer protection technology into their service, which is a customer authentication and ID verification system that could improve SIM-swap and call-divert fraud detection for users on their 3G and 4G network.

internet and uk computer law

8th April, 2019 (16 Comments)

The UK Government is to publish a new ‘Online Harms White Paper‘ that proposes to establish a regulator for internet content, which among other things would be tasked with forcing websites to remove bad content (e.g. hate speech, fake news) and even blocking or imposing fines upon those that fail to comply.

wifi internet security

28th March, 2019 (16 Comments)

Chinese-based IT company Huawei, which supplies a good chunk of the broadband ISP and mobile network kit being used by UK providers (routers, cabinets etc.), is under increased pressure after the fifth annual report from the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) oversight board found “new risks” and limited progress.

censored access internet

27th March, 2019 (15 Comments)

The Government has reportedly said that its controversial new internet age verification system – targeted at commercial websites and “apps” that contain pornographic content – might not be enforced on 1st April as predicted last year and may not now be ready until later this year.

telephone uk red ringing broadband

27th March, 2019 (14 Comments)

A new survey of nearly 4,000 UK residents has found that 36.41% of respondents had at some point received a call on their home phone line from someone they suspected, or knew for certain, was a scammer impersonating a representative of broadband ISP BT. One victim was even conned out of £34,000 from their bank.

5g uk mobile broadband

26th March, 2019 (0 Comments)

The seemingly endless debate over the use of Huawei’s kit in mobile networks has today resulted in the European Commission (EC) recommending a set of new “operational steps and measures,” which have been designed to help mobile operators to ensure a “high level of cybersecurity of 5G networks across the EU.”

censored access internet

14th February, 2019 (27 Comments)

Despite what the politicians say, there’s no getting around the fact that last night’s agreement on a new EU Copyright Directive between the European Parliament and Council – particularly Article 11 (“link tax“) and Article 13 (“upload filters“) – is going to harm the sharing of online news and deliver mass automated censorship.

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