ETSI releases a global standard for securing smartphones

ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) has released a new global standard for securing smartphones.

The standard – TS 103 732, or, more catchingly, “Consumer Mobile Device Protection Profile” – claims to identify key security and privacy risks for user data and provides appropriate protection.

Alex Leadbeater, Cybersecurity Chair at ETSI, said:

“Following the excellent improvement in security achieved with ETSI EN 303 645 for consumer...

Germany warns that Open RAN poses a security risk

Germany doesn’t agree with the assessment that Open RAN (O-RAN) provides a more secure alternative to certain vendors.

A US-led campaign warning that Chinese vendors such as Huawei led many governments to ban or restrict the use of such equipment in national infrastructure. The exile of vendors that have provided equipment for multiple generations of networks has been costly for operators and set back their rollouts.

O-RAN has been hailed as the solution to deliver...

Nokia enters the SaaS market with multiple services

Nokia has entered the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market with the announcement of multiple services.

A trio of services have been announced with the aim of capitalising on a SaaS addressable market – comprising CSPs and enterprises – with a value of $3.1 billion and an annual growth rate of approximately 25-30 percent.

Raghav Sahgal, President of Cloud and Network Services at Nokia, said:

“The convergence of 5G, cloud native software, and SaaS creates a...

FCC bans China Telecom from operating US services

The FCC has actioned a Trump-era recommendation to ban China Telecom from operating services in the United States.

China Telecom Americas is based in Virginia and sells mobile services which target Chinese Americans, tourists, and businesses.

In April last year, the Trump administration’s Justice Department recommended that the FCC revoked China Telecom Americas authorisations to provide international telecoms services to and from the US. The department went on to note...

BT launches AI-powered security platform Eagle-i

BT has launched a “transformational” security platform called Eagle-i that aims to counter rapidly increasing threats.

Over the past six months, BT has identified an increase in malware traffic of more than 50 percent. Cybercriminals are seeking to take advantage of the global shortage in security professionals and enterprises need solutions to keep pace.

Eagle-i combines AI with BT’s network insights to predict, detect, and neutralise security...

Microsoft stopped a record 2.4 Tbps DDoS from around 70,000 devices

Microsoft swiftly put a stop to a record-breaking 2.4 Tbps DDoS attack that originated from around 70,000 compromised devices.

The DDoS targeted an unnamed Azure customer and would have been 140 percent higher than a 1 Tbps attack Microsoft stopped in 2020.

The latest attack would have even set a new record after surpassing a 2.3 Tbps attack that Amazon Web Services halted in February last year.

In a summary of DDoS attacks last year, Microsoft highlighted...

Hacker calls T-Mobile’s security ‘awful’ after stealing 54M customers’ data

A hacker who stole the data of 54 million T-Mobile customers has called the carrier’s security “awful”.

John Binns, a 21-year-old American who now lives in Turkey, claimed responsibility for the hack on Thursday to the Wall Street Journal.

Binns claims he was able to gain access to the data of customers through a publicly exposed router.

"I was panicking because I had access to something big," he said. "Their security is awful."

Binns probed...

Nokia aims to counter 5G security risks with new certification program

Nokia is setting out to counter 5G security risks early with a new professional-level course and certification.

5G is set to be used for more critical applications than any previous generation with use-cases including autonomous transport, manufacturing, drones, emergency response, and even remote surgery. Keeping those networks secure can quite literally mean life or death.

Geert Van Wauwe, Chief Security Officer at Nokia, said:

“5G will empower new services...

Let’s be FRANC, the UK wants to be a 5G OpenRAN pioneer

The UK Government has launched a £30 million scheme to cement the country’s leadership in developing the next generation of 5G networks.

FRANC (Future RAN Competition) will help to fund innovative R&D projects across the UK to help speed up the adoption of OpenRAN (Open Radio Access Network) technology. Projects vying to claim a share of the funding are encouraged to make proposals that will help to fast-track viable solutions and encourage further business and government...

Nokia Deepfield finds most DDoS attacks originate from under 50 hosting companies

Research from the network intelligence experts at Nokia Deepfield has found that the majority of DDoS attacks originate from fewer than 50 hosting companies.

The researchers analysed a large sample of networks and traced the origins of most DDoS attacks (by frequency and traffic volume).

Nokia Deepfield undertook the research following its observation that DDoS traffic increased 40-50 percent following the implementation of COVID-19 lockdown measures. Since then, the...