Berners-Lee is attempting to fix the web (again) with Inrupt venture

World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee is attempting to fix his wonderful but problematic creation with his Inrupt venture.

The web enables us to access information and stay connected even when we’re stuck in our homes. At the same time, it provides a gateway to our lives, minds, and homes that is often taken advantage of by companies, governments, and hackers.

Berners-Lee has often been outspoken on the web’s problems.

Last November, the father of the...

Six ways blockchain will impact the telecoms industry

As the telecoms industry nears the new era of 5G and disruption, organisations need to focus on innovation and how to continue competing in the sector.

To become more efficient and customer-friendly, many companies are looking for new technologies to help reinvigorate and future-proof their business; preparing them for the inescapable disruption to come.

When it comes to streamlining operations, unlocking new business models, and reducing operational costs, there’s one...

Microsoft: Russia, China, and Iran have ‘stepped up’ cyberattacks

A new report from Microsoft shines a spotlight on powerful cyberattack campaigns which are currently targeting the US election.

The upcoming US presidential election was expected to be a prime candidate for interference. However, Microsoft notes that foreign activity groups have "stepped up their efforts” for this election.

Microsoft has discovered three key campaigns operating from three countries often linked with cyberattacks:

Strontium (Russian) –...

China begins imposing its ‘Great Firewall’ on the citizens of Hong Kong

China’s strict internet censorship is coming to Hong Kong following the passing of a controversial security law.

The so-called Great Firewall of China restricts what internet services and websites citizens can legally access. Google, for example, cannot be easily accessed in China as Beijing cannot control what information citizens can consume in the same way as national alternatives like Baidu.

Hong Kong is supposed to operate under a “one country, two systems”...

British PM Johnson faces off a major revolt over Huawei 5G decision

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has faced off a major revolt over his decision to allow Huawei in national 5G networks.

The PM faced his first major rebellion on Tuesday as fellow lawmakers expressed concerns about what the decision could mean for both the UK's national security and the country's relationship with Washington.

Johnson’s majority was slashed to 24 as rebels from the Conservative party backed an amendment tabled by Iain Duncan Smith to the...

FCC concludes some carriers broke the law by collecting users real-time location

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote a letter (PDF) to Congress on Friday in which he confirmed that some carriers broke federal law by collecting users’ real-time location data.

Pai did not name specifically which carriers allegedly broke the law but only wrote that the FCC’s enforcement bureau “concluded that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law.”

The FCC was asked to launch an investigation after a Motherboard report exposed how...

Five major US telcos are vulnerable to SIM swapping attacks

A study conducted by Princeton has found that five major US telcos are vulnerable to "SIM swapping" attacks.

SIM swapping is an increasingly common attack whereby a fraudster persuades a customer’s operator to port their number to a new SIM. In doing so, the fraudster can often access that person’s accounts using two-factor authentication.

The researchers from Princeton each signed up for 10 prepaid accounts on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, US Mobile, and...

China forces new mobile network subscribers to provide facial scans

A controversial law which forces new mobile subscribers in China to first provide scans of their face has now been implemented. To sign up for a new plan, Chinese consumers will still need their national ID card but will now also be forced to supply facial scans. First announced in September, Beijing says it’s taking the step to “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace.” The measure is designed to reduce fraud. However, privacy campaigners believe it's also...

Data-sharing agreement between the UK and US sets off alarm bells

A piece of legislation called the CLOUD Act has been the root of much debate in the past few days over its privacy implications.

The CLOUD Act requires social media services like Facebook to hand over private messages sent using communications networks. Previous attempts by Western governments to snoop on private conversations have been met with backlash by citizens.

Under former UK PM Theresa May’s government, a proposal was made that encrypted communications...

Bolton: Johnson’s government will look at Huawei from square one

US national security advisor John Bolton has said during a UK visit that new PM Johnson's government will look at the Huawei issue "from square one".

Bolton is the most senior US government official to visit PM Johnson since he took office last month. The US has strongly warned its allies, especially those such as the UK in the 'five-eyes' intelligence relationship, against allowing the use of Huawei equipment in 5G networks.

“They [UK officials]...