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Voice Fraud – You Need to Act!

By: Simon Woodhead | Wednesday, 7 May, 2014 welcomes VoIP guest contributor Simon Woodhead, CEO of wholesale voice provider Simwood. In February, we published VoIP Fraud Analysis, a white paper that details Simwood’s three years of operating a Honeypot, coloured in by many years of real-world experience servicing wholesale voice clients of all sizes and seeing them compromised. Our research has been very well received in...

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Heartbleed – a pain in the proverbial

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 10 April, 2014

Big fuss doing the rounds over the Heartbleed bug. Google it. Every man and his dog1 is saying it is really bad and offering advice which basically says change your passwords oh and btw it might not make sense to change it yet because your specific service might not have patched their SSL. Now this is the problem. I...

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By: Peter Farmer | Sunday, 30 March, 2014

I’m not a lawyer. This is something of which I am proud. Nor am I a chartered accountant, this is something of which I am equally proud. People that are in Regulatory Affairs (telecoms or otherwise) often individually present a real Heinz 57 of backgrounds, abilities and skills. As far as I am aware, no-one leaves school thinking “I want to be...

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Bitcoin bet or bubble bursting?

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 25 February, 2014

Mt Gox is dead. Apparently. More than 750,000 Bitcoins missing, so they say.  Rumour mill an’ all. Careless that, or criminal. Either way someone has lost a lot of Bitcoin (Mt Gox has previous – see here from 2011). Now could be a good time to invest in Bitcoin. The price has dropped considerably. Mind you anytime could be...

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Edward Snowden – Facebook charges its users!

By: Peter Farmer | Friday, 21 February, 2014

Facebook charges its users! A dramatic byline….. ostensibly it hasn’t broken its vow that it is “free to use and always will be“, and there isn’t a pay-wall being erected around it. That said, with the hefty price tag it just paid for WhatsApp, it may well have to consider things!. But Facebook has always charged, as has Twitter,...

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To decapitate or not to decapitate – a political bet? Vodafone filter

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 19 February, 2014

An eagle eyed reader spotted this little piece of bemusement from Vodafone. His newsfeed this morning had an interesting enough looking headline “Labour to launch decapitation strategy against Clegg” meaning that they were going to have a go at unseating him in the next general election. Interest piqued, the reader clicked on the link only to come up against...

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Indian call centre scammers need to up voice quality

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 11 February, 2014

You see before you a partially disappointed man. Not very disappointed. Just partially so. I’m waiting in this morning so that there is someone in the house when two parcels get redelivered. The phone rang. It was an Indian call centre scammer. I was only recently pontificating on the fact that I didn’t seem to have had many scam...

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By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 31 January, 2014

I got an email from LinkedIn saying ‘ “xxxxx” (name withheld)  has requested to provide them with some feedback based on their personality using the short link below’. Apparently, according to them, is “a new way to identify yourself to the world including ratings & reviews from your peers that shows how awesome you are”. They look dodgy to...

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An evening with Julian Huppert MP – Internet Hero #fundraiser

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 15 January, 2014

I’m not in the least bit political. If I get involved on the periphery of Parliamentary discussions and debate it is because I occasionally see MPs trying to implement legislation that doesn’t make sense in our modern internet based world. This is often because MPs have so much information thrown t them that they have to resort to keeping...

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Gmail update – Google+ comment

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 12 January, 2014

Got an email yesterday from Google about a change to Gmail. Everyone probably got the same mail. Certainly the mainstream media made big news of it, in the tech sections. When you are sending an email from a gmail account you will now be offered Google+ account holders as recipients of the mail. One site, whose name is oft...

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Google blocking Microsoft Office365 mail as spam

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 2 December, 2013

I note from Twitter this morning that Google is blocking some emails from Microsoft Office365  to Gmail recipients as spam. The message reads: Our system has detected an unusual rate of unsolicited mail originating from your IP address  I note also that the ip address is ascribed to AS8075 (ours is AS8607  fwiw – pretty contemporary) otherwise known...

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Eventbrite security really on the ball – Adobe hack

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 18 November, 2013

Had an email from Eventbrite yesterday with the subject “Keeping your account protected”. Fair play to them. Eventbrite have looked at the 3 million user name email addresses recently hacked at Adobe and cross referred them to any in use on the Eventbrite platform. They have then let the Eventbrite users with these identical email addresses subs. I was...

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51 years old and still single? Well yes and no Facebook.

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 13 November, 2013

I’d be interested to see if anyone else gets this ad in their Facebook timeline. There’s no denying I am 51 years old – this Facebook knows. Facebook also knows I’m married mind you and very happily so I hasten to add. It’s one of those links you daren’t click on in case there’s some malware behind it though...

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More on Team Cymru

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 5 November, 2013

Seeing as  I mentioned Team Cymru (Teem Come-ree) yesterday I just noticed that I’ve had their quarterly newsletter (Cymru Quarterly) on my desk since June. This is a personalized high quality newsletter that I specifically signed up for. I remember when doing so they asked me a second time whether I really wanted the newsletter in hard copy. I...

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Government Minister responsible for leaking secrets to enemy spies?

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 17 October, 2013

I note that old Francis Maude, Cabinet Office minister, has taken his communications services into his own hands and  installed a WiFi connection. The Telegraph article doesn’t go into any great detail as to what the WiFi is connected to. You get the impression he has ordered a separate broadband line to his office. I was pondering on a...

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Gone phishing

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 30 September, 2013

Had a wonderful little phishing attempt over the weekend that I feel compelled to share with you. I wonder how many people got this one and what its success rate will be. I imagine these guys are running a business with a dashboard and KPIs. There must presumably be a ROI for them to bother. They do need a...

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Credit card – phone line scam from a friend of my sisters on Facebook

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 30 August, 2013

Credit card-phone line scam from a friend of my sisters on Facebook. I’ve just reposted it verbatim as it says everything it needs to say. It does make you wonder what on earth can be done to stop these. If everyone had an intelligent line that allowed you to block number withheld calls that might go some way towards...

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Government surveillance and the issue of personal privacy

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 20 August, 2013

The whole issue of government surveillance seems to have reached a crescendo over the last few days. It makes you wonder what the whole Draft Communications Data Bill was all about if “they” can already see everything. I don’t even know whether encrypted communications are particularly secure anymore. I thought they were but does government secretly have the capability...

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spam blocking strategies

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 13 August, 2013

I am pretty aggressive in protecting my gmail account from unwanted email. The Timico mail is beyond redemption after years of attending trade shows although my strategy of signing up as The Reverend or Lord Trefor Davies seems to be working. Any mail or phone calls I get for one of those titles gets shoved straight in the bin....

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The return of the “virus on your Microsoft PC” scam #speedytechies @TeamViewer

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 22 July, 2013

The “you have a virus on your Microsoft PC” scam is back. I thought they had locked up the people responsible and this was dead. Like everything related to the internet crime – spam, botnets they always find a way back. I got home from work on Friday and took a call from Anna of They apparently have...

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How would Huawei spy on your network?

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 22 July, 2013

Last week the talk was about a story about former head of the CIA and the NSA, Michael Hayden, who thinks Huawei are spying on networks that have installed their kit. Link here to the Register story though it appeared in a lot of places. One has to think about how Huawei might do this without the network operator...

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Maria Miller ISP Safety Summit

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 18 June, 2013

There’s been a lot in the news about the Government’s Safety Summit where a number of consumer  ISPs and online entities (such as Google) have been asked to attend a meeting to discuss how they can do more to prevent people accessing illegal online child abuse material. Sometimes when this kind of news hits our screens I don’t bother...

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School connectivity and filtering – google translate

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 14 June, 2013

Dropped the kids off at school today. I don’t normally do it. It’s out of my way and gets in the way of my early morning swimming regime. It’s the last GCSE so it was only fair that the run in would be comfortable. Let the lad get in the zone. I mentioned that last night I had sent...

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Should we regulate the cloud?

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 6 June, 2013

Today I am at a CIO event in London discussing the topic “Too important to be regulated and too important to be left alone” (Forbes) – Should we regulate the cloud? You could extend this question to encompass the whole internet. Really there is no difference between the internet and the cloud. When you think about it, as the...

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Snooper’s Charter update #CCDB – Nick Clegg kills it off

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 25 April, 2013

It’s been a week of publicity around the Snooper’s Charter. On Tuesday I attended a meeting with Julian Huppert MP where we talked about what is known about the expected redraft of the Draft Communications Data Bill. Home Secretary Theresa May is widely expected to include this as an item in the Queen’s Speech on May 8th. If it...

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Unwanted text messages from dodgy outfits

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 28 March, 2013

Just had two text messages in this morning. One made me smile. It was from Premier Inn (yes I no longer suffer Travelodge) reminding me of my booking and booking reference number. I thought that was good. “Like”. The other was from an extremely dodgy looking outfit saying “Government Legislation allows any unaffordable debts to be legally written off....

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How to achieve a PCI Compliant network

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 17 January, 2013

A lot of effort goes into achieving PCI compliance for a network. Without going into huge detail I thought some of you would like to know the type of work we had to do to get the badge. Implementation of secure LDAP cluster This consists of a master server and three read-only slaves, the master server is locked down...

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Parliament and Internet Conference – Privacy

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 26 October, 2012

The Parliament and Internet conference wound its annual way to Westminster yesterday. The conference usually comes up with a nugget or two and made the BBC news site with a comment from Andy Smith, PSTSA1 Security Manager at the Cabinet Office that he wouldn’t recommend using your real name when registering with sites like Facebook. Lord Merlin Errol also noted...

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More Draft Comms Data Bill analysis & Gary McKinnon

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 17 October, 2012

Gary McKinnon has been in the news this week. Unless you have just surfaced for internet air you will remember that he is the guy with Aspergers who hacked into the Pentagon computer and who the marshalls Feds in US of A wanted to extradite so that they could extract revenge. This post is not about Gary McKinnon or the...

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I could never be a politician – The Queen hath spoken

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 9 May, 2012

I could never be a politician. The Queen’s Speech today included a Lords Reform Bill, Draft Communications Data Bill, Banking Reform Bill, Energy Bill, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, Children and Families Bill, Pensions and Public Service Pensions Bill, Crime and Courts Bill, Croatia Accession Bill, Electoral Registration and Administration Bill, Defamation Bill, European Union (Approval of Treaty Amendment...

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