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Virgin-Media-Plume-HomePass-WiFi

20th September, 2021 (19 Comments)

Broadband ISP Virgin Media (VMO2) has today announced that they’re making Plume’s new HomePass smart home service available to all UK households (including those areas not yet covered by their network), which combines a WiFi 6 (802.11ax) based Mesh network boosting system with security features, such as Wi-Fi based motion detection.

virgin media superhub 3 router

18th September, 2021 (36 Comments)

Broadband ISP Virgin Media UK (VMO2) has confirmed to ISPreview.co.uk that they’ve yet to fix a long-running security issue in their HUB 3.0 routers (ARRIS TG2492), which among other things could be used to “silently unmask” the actual, ISP issued, IP address of Virtual Private Network (VPN) users.

Manufacturing BT Hollow Core Fibre Cable

13th September, 2021 (0 Comments)

Telecoms giant BT and Lumenisity, a spin-out from Southampton University, has taken two of their recent developments in the UK and today combined them in order to conduct the “world’s first” trial of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD), a method of ultra-secure communications, over hollow core fibre optic cable.

smartphone with incoming call from unknown person

9th September, 2021 (14 Comments)

The UK Government has today announced that their planned data reform, which covers a multitude of areas (many of which are outside our focus), will also set out plans to impose tougher penalties and fines for nuisance calls and text (SMS) messages. But it’s unclear how much impact this will actually have.

The Sun - Solar Flare and CME

8th September, 2021 (17 Comments)

Once every 100 years or so our sun emits a massive Coronal Mass Ejection (CMEs) and these can be enough to cause damage to certain electrical systems, satellites and power grids etc. But a new study has also warned of an “internet apocalypse” because the next such event could knock out critical submarine fibre optic cables.

Voipfone-broadband-and-voip-uk-logo

1st September, 2021 (44 Comments)

Customers of both Voipfone’s UK business broadband and Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) services are reporting to ISPreview.co.uk that the provider has suffered significant service disruption for the past day or two, which appears to be at least partly the result of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) assault against their systems.

BT-Cloud-Voice-Yealink-W60-Handset

14th August, 2021 (33 Comments)

Businesses that decide to sell their unwanted BT Cloud Voice handsets on eBay need to take extra care because some models, such as the Yealink W60P phones, may retain the prior customer’s account credentials. As a result, those who purchase them could find that they’re able to make calls on another person’s account.

29th July, 2021 (2 Comments)

A new cross-party “super committee” has today begun to scrutinise the UK Government’s new Online Safety Bill (Online Harms), which aims to have Ofcom clampdown on “harmful” online content (e.g. hate speech, bullying, terrorism, conspiracy theories etc.), while precariously trying to balance that with freedom of speech.

Censorship image of hands bound by rope

22nd July, 2021 (10 Comments)

The House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee has today published the outcome of its recent inquiry into freedom of expression, which warns that the UK Government’s new Online Safety Bill (Online Harms) is a “threat to free speech” due to its clampdown on “legal but harmful” content and “would be ineffective.”

DrayTek-3910-Fibre-Router

12th July, 2021 (9 Comments)

Customers using several high-end fibre (SFP / VPN Firewall) routers from popular Taiwan-based manufacturer DrayTek, specifically their Vigor 3910 (retailing at c.£690) and Vigor 2962 (c.£380) models, need to grab the latest security update ASAP. Otherwise, they risk leaving themselves exposed to a “critical” new exploit.

dns domain name system logo uk isp

21st June, 2021 (31 Comments)

In a possible sign of things to come, Sony has won a key court case in Germany that could force Domain Name Service (DNS) providers, such as Quad9 and eventually others too (Google Public DNS, OpenDNS, Cloudflare etc.), to block access to a website due to internet copyright infringement (piracy).

11th June, 2021 (2 Comments)

Customers of UK broadband ISP BT, specifically those with one of the operator’s Mini Whole Home Wi-Fi systems (mesh repeaters) and a custom DNS setup on their personal network, have been told to expect a firmware patch, again, after complaining that their connections were making masses of DNS lookups to Google and Microsoft.

connection internet network u _problem

8th June, 2021 (10 Comments)

Customers of various UK broadband ISPs and mobile operators are today reporting that they’re unable to access major online newspapers, government and other websites, with many facing the “Error 503 Service Unavailable” message. Fingers are currently being pointed at Amazon’s cloud services and another cloud provider, Fastly.

31st May, 2021 (12 Comments)

In a new interview AVM, which is a well-known German manufacturer of home networking products (e.g. FRITZ!Box broadband routers for UK ISPs), has spoken to ISPreview.co.uk about how they’re responding to some of the year’s biggest challenges – from COVID-19 to 6GHz WiFi and a global shortage of semiconductor chips etc.

28th May, 2021 (27 Comments)

Full fibre broadband ISP Truespeed, which is currently building a Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network across rural areas of South West England (here), has been criticised by a number of customers for their questionable approach to WiFi security, as well as other access restrictions on their bundled router.

three_uk_5g_map_april_2021

19th May, 2021 (28 Comments)

Mobile operator Three UK has today issued a progress update on their various 4G and 5G (mobile broadband) network upgrades, which among other things reveals that they’ve now added their 1400MHz band to boost 4G speeds to over 1900 sites and have introduced a new anti-SPAM filter to protect text (SMS) messaging.

18th May, 2021 (20 Comments)

The Head of Technical Cyber Security at A&O IT Group, Richard Hughes, has today warned UK consumers to be careful when buying cheap WiFi Smart Plugs from Amazon, eBay or AliExpress because some devices were found to harbour significant security vulnerabilities that could leave end-users exposed.

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