SME’s inaction on cybersecurity is bad for business

SME cybersecurity – should they care? Small retailers and businesses aren’t doing enough on cybersecurity. This, at least, is what emerges from a survey published recently from domain provider 123 Reg, who canvassed 13,000 online retailers and discovered that 10% of them aren’t taking any steps whatsoever to protect their customers’ personal data. This is a […]

House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee report on Cyber Security

House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee report on Cyber Security and all that jazz Email came through from ITSPA this morning regarding the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee report on  Cyber Security: Protection of Personal Data Online Contents In general, the report focused on the need for increased […]

I break my silence on the Snooper’s Charter

my latest observations on the snooper’s charter I have in the past been very vocal when it comes to the snooper’s charter. Especially when I was more active in the ISP industry. Having throttled back a bit I let others, the professionals, have their say and stuck to my own counsel. Just received a summary […]

Is encryption the answer to data loss?

Is encryption the answer to data loss?  Voipfone CEO Colin Duffy thinks not The TalkTalk hack and subsequent data loss – and to a lesser extent the Vodafone hack only a few days later – bring the issue of data security and telecommunications into the news. In the media, much emphasis has been placed on the […]

Secure data stolen from Lloyds Bank datacentre

lloyds bank data theft I note Police are investigating the disappearance of a storage device that contains people’s names, addresses, sort codes and account numbers, after it was taken from a data centre in July (Telegraph). Some thoughts here. Why would the Telegraph store this kind of info unencrypted on a data device? Indeed why would they store […]

Global village – a world where everyone knows everyone else

Online privacy is a thing of the past My son Tom is currently editing the next broadbandrating.com video. You will have to wait and see what it is all about but if follows on from last week’s pig racing (if you haven’t seen that vid click on the link – it’s very good). The next vid is taking […]

Anderson Report on Terrorism Legislation

Anderson Report on Terrorism Legislation The Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, David Anderson QC, yesterday published his report into investigatory powers. The Anderson report on terrorism legislation is almost 400 pages long and includes 124 recommendations so you need some stamina to plough through it. Following the report’s publication Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, gave […]

Snooper’s Charter a honeypot for security breaches

Snooper’s Charter security breach – an “accident” waiting to happen. The Snooper’s Charter, they aren’t going to get away from that name, is the proposed law where the Government seeks to legitimise spying on all our internet communications. They of course have very legitimate reasons for wanting to do this – national security, prevention of […]

Snoopers Charter Revisited – here we go again

Gets tedious doesn’t it, this constant battle to introduce defend against the Snooper’s Charter. You will all have seen from the Queen’s Speech (gawd bless ya Ma’am) that the Comms Data Bill (Snooper’s Charter) has been reincarnated into the Investigatory Powers Bill (Snooper’s Charter). Page 64 is what you are looking for. Details yur if you can’t […]

Mcafee offers – how to choose anti virus software

How to choose anti virus software As regular readers will know I don’t use Microsoft software anymore. I’ve suffered from so many problems in the past that with the advent of Chromebook and the cloud I exist happily with my head up there in the fluffy stuff. This is not the case for all members […]

Caller ID Is Broken – How Can We Fix It?

CLI spoofing doesn’t have to be as big a problem as it is. In the third of this week’s posts on VoIP fraud guest editor David Cargill has Matt Anthony, Vice President of Marketing at Pindrop Security as a contributor. There was once a time when people trusted the number that showed up on their Caller […]

Telecom Fraud – Investment in Prevention and Detection initiatives not always available.

IRSF- International Revenue Share Fraud This week we have David Cargill as guest editor. David runs the Operations Working Group at  the Internet Telephony Sevice Providers’ Association (ITSPA) and takes a special interest in VoIP Fraud. David has invited a number of experts to contribute guest posts on fraud related subjects. This ties in with the ITSPA/trefor.net […]

PABX fraud is on the up – by Manuel Basilavecchia of Netaxis

PABX fraud growth This week we have David Cargill as guest editor. David runs the Operations Working Group at  the Internet Telephony Sevice Providers’ Association (ITSPA) and takes a special interest in VoIP Fraud. David has invited a number of experts to contribute guest posts on fraud related subjects. This ties in with the ITSPA/trefor.net Workshop on Wednesday […]

ITSPA Spring Workshop in association with trefor.net

It’s that time of year again – the ITSPA Spring Workshop in association with trefor.net Another hand picked packed programme with something to suit all:) This ITSPA Spring Workshop is going to cover two hot topics: WebRTC and VoIP fraud. We have an exciting competition announcement and a real live voip hacking demo to look forward to. […]

IP Phone Security

IP Phone Security ensures IP Telephony is not compromising the business She’s back again. Guest editor Lesley Hansen discusses what needs to be considered in ip phone security design. VoIP or IP phone security is a hot topic. Security attacks continue to evolve and attackers find ever more sophisticated ways of attacking systems. VoIP is […]

Can you confirm your company name is self?

01213540949 Was sat on the terrace around the pool yesterday when the phone rang. It was a Birmingham number – 01213540949. I’m not sure I know anyone in brum and toyed with the idea of not answering. I was after all going to be paying for the international leg. I clicked on the green bouton (for […]

Eurostar fails Hotmail fraud detection test

Eurostar email fails Hotmail fraud detection test I have a hotmail account. I don’t use it much. It gets newsletters from the golf club and the occasional Eurostar communique. It was to check the timing of a forthcoming trip to gay Paree that I came across the Hotmail fraud detection test. I like the idea […]

Julian Huppert MP proposes that the next government implements an online rights framework of principles

Online rights framework will help safeguard privacy The internet is increasingly key to our daily lives and a crucial part of public policy making with ramifications across all areas. However, too often what we get from politicians is poorly thought through kneejerkery. I’ve seen this myself, on far too many occasions. Just to pick up […]

Unknown Roku streaming stick on network, Virgin Media, DEAct & Spotify

Roku streaming stick @virginmedia An unknown Roku streaming stick is on my network and I can't access my router settings to block them…should I be worried? — Joel Murray (@joelmurray) February 8, 2015 Interesting one this. A Roku streaming stick has to be plugged into your TV. It’s a bit like a Chromecast but different. One […]

I blog about nail polish – what’s wrong with your filters?

  Web filters block list includes fashion blog https://twitter.com/SmashleighJayne/status/559720386112552960 https://twitter.com/SmashleighJayne/status/559720218155835394 https://twitter.com/SmashleighJayne/status/559722059660795904 https://twitter.com/SmashleighJayne/status/559722582921207808 The point about this is that the only reason Ashleigh-Jayne found about about this is because she is a TalkTalk customer. TalkTalk’s own web filters block list had her site down as being adult only. Now maybe parents wouldn’t want little girls (or […]

Pretty graphic reaction to ISP porn blocking

Thought I’d slip this one in – adult content filter eh 😉 I don’t know John Harvey but he seems a fairly forthright kind of guy. From Yorkshire maybe. It’s not so much that you are telling your ISP anything when you opt out of the adult filter, or whatever it’s called. We doubt that […]

A quick guide to problems that will arise if we implement further internet surveillance measures

Snoopers Charter revisited The aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo murders has lead to goverment and opposition calling for more internet surveillance. Here are a few points for your consideration. Storing this data will inevitably result in it being hacked, left on a train/taxi on a laptop/memory stick and details of a government minister affair with […]

Theresa May anti terrorist stuff

Government proposing to introduce legislation to make ISPs keep IP address details for customers. This one periodically raises its head. In order to properly police the growing terrorist threat the Government wants ISPs to keep records of who had which IP address and when. When this sort of legislation gets  introduced the government normally pays […]

Potential TalkTalk Router Security Flaw?

Interesting tweet describing a potential TalkTalk router security flaw Picked this one up on Twitter. It describes a potential TalkTalk router security flaw. I can’t for the life of me think how this scenario happens unless somehow TalkTalk are using the same IP address for more than one router – I guess with Dynamic IP […]

Virgin Media net nanny parental controls make internet unusable

Virgin Media net nanny parental controls cockup On Saturday Twitter was awash with complaints from Virgin Media customers unable to surf their weekend entertainments. Apparently the Virgin Media net nanny parental control system had gone tits up. Presumably during some maintenance. Some Tweets for your info – then scroll down for some thoughts on the […]

SBCs – Maintaining Your Network’s VoIP Security

Session Border Controllers (SBCs) can greatly enhance VoIP security, all but eliminating toll fraud while also maintaining voice connectivity. Trefor.net welcomes VoIP Week contributor Simon Horton, the Director of Sales, EU for Sangoma. The term SBC (short for Session Border Controller) is liberally used in the VoIP industry today, but from my travels around the telecom channel […]

VOIP BYOD

Those who build or sell VoIP systems need to begin coping with BYOD, because soon enough it will inevitably be on your system’s spec sheet. Trefor.net welcomes VoIP Week contributor Paul Hayes, ProVu Communications Ltd.’s Product Development Director Whether you’re a developer of IP PBX or a provider of hosted VoIP telephony services, you need to […]

VoIP Security and Your IP Phone

Concerns about massive growth of telephone tapping incidents has led to a growing demand for IP telephone handsets that provide VoIP security. Trefor.net welcomes VoIP Week contributor David Kirsopp, Technical Director snom UK Ltd An IP-PBX can be reached from potentially anywhere in the world, and your communications network is vulnerable if not properly secured. As such, making sure […]

Why are the Major Telcos Afraid of encrypted voip?

A significant disconnect exists between the reality of today’s IP communications and the security concerns and needs of the customer (read encrypted voip). Trefor.net welcomes VoIP Week guest contributor Peter Cox, UM Labs Ltd. Founder and CEO. One of UM Labs’ long-standing customers is using our product to provide encrypted VoIP connections from remote users […]