Asavie: Telecoms sector reports being targeted most by cyberattacks

A study conducted by Asavie into the challenges presented by COVID-19 to businesses has found that cyberattacks are the leading concern.

While an increase in home working has opened up new opportunities and productivity benefits, it’s also added new security challenges. Hackers are taking advantage of security gaps.

30 percent of the businesses in the study declared that enabling remote work and secure VPNs was a challenge. Many employees have become their own IT...

Canadian telcos may need to fight to get Huawei equipment compensation

Canada’s telecoms operators may be in for a fight to get compensation if the government bans Huawei’s equipment.

Ottawa is currently deciding whether to follow its allies such as the UK and Australia in banning Chinese vendor Huawei’s telecoms equipment.

Reuters reports that Ottawa’s government doesn’t appear to be willing to offer compensation if Huawei’s equipment is banned.

“I’m not sure there is a solid legal case that we would have to...

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) –...

India is the latest country preparing to ban Huawei from its 5G

India is set to become the latest country to ban Chinese telecoms vendors Huawei and ZTE from its 5G networks.

New rules will prevent any bids from countries which India shares a land border with under amended investment rules that cite concerns over national security.

Earlier this year, a brutal clash between Chinese and Indian troops at a decades-old disputed Himalayan border left a trail of fatalities – many soldiers were beaten to death with barbed wire clubs, or...

FBI claims Iran is using BIG-IP exploit to attack US private and government networks

The FBI has warned that Iranian hackers are using the BIG-IP exploit to attack US private and government networks.

In the security alert, the FBI did not name any specific group or campaign but ZDNet's sources told the publication "the group is tracked by the larger cyber-security community under codenames such as Fox Kitten or Parasite."

The alert suggests the hackers are taking advantage of the CVE-2020-5902 vulnerability discovered in...

French Finance Minister: ‘We won’t ban Huawei from investing in 5G’

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has said the country will not ban Huawei from investing in 5G, in stark contrast to the UK.

Speaking to France Info radio, Le Maire said that sensitive locations would be protected by there would not be a “blanket ban” on Huawei.

The position is similar to the UK’s initial approach when the country permitted Huawei to have a role in national 5G networks back in January. At the time, the UK also attached conditions that Huawei...

Huawei has been officially banned from the UK’s 5G networks

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has informed MPs of the government’s decision to ban Huawei from the UK’s 5G networks.

The Chinese vendor’s equipment must be removed from Britain’s networks by 2027 but operators are banned from purchasing Huawei’s equipment from 31st December.

"This has not been an easy decision, but it is the right one for the UK telecoms networks, for our national security and our economy, both now and indeed in the long run," Dowden...

Ex-officials claim cyber attack on Australia was revenge for Huawei ban

Former Australian officials claim a “state-based” cyber attack was launched on the country in revenge for banning Huawei’s telecoms equipment.

Australian PM Scott Morrison announced last week that a suspected state-sponsored cyber attack targeted critical infrastructure and the government.

"We know it is a sophisticated state-based cyber actor because of the scale and nature of the targeting," Morrison said at a press briefing.

Morrison stopped at...

Cybersecurity expert warns MPs that delaying 5G will harm Britain

A cybersecurity expert has warned that delaying the 5G rollout due to concerns about Chinese vendors poses a greater threat to Britain.

Emily Taylor, CEO of Oxford Information Labs, told a sub-committee examining the security of the UK’s 5G network:

“The risk to the country is, if we decide we are so unhappy with the idea of a high risk vendor being in our infrastructure – despite the fact that vendor has been in our infrastructure for the past 15 years – we are...