Huawei fires back, points to US’ history of spying on phone networks

Huawei fires back, points to US’ history of spying on phone networks

The US alleges that Huawei violated these laws by "buil[ding] equipment that secretly preserves the manufacturer's ability to access networks through these interfaces without the carriers' knowledge," the Journal article said.

FCC: Big Telco Broke the Law in Selling All Customers' Location Data

FCC: Big Telco Broke the Law in Selling All Customers' Location Data

According to Axios, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing fines against cell service providers, like AT&T and T-Mobile, for illegally selling data on the real-time location of their customers without the customers’ knowledge.

It’s Very Easy to Get Your Hands on Cell Phone Location Data

It’s Very Easy to Get Your Hands on Cell Phone Location Data

Photo-Illustration: Konstantin Sergeyev/Intelligencer; Photo: Alberto Cabanillas/Getty Images/EyeEm. If recent privacy scandals have taught us anything, it’s that industries reliant on monetizing user data have little or no enforcement procedures in place for preventing the abuse of that data.The most recent example of this comes from a large report from Motherboard concerning how telecom companies resell user location data.

Attack by Chinese hacker group targeted high-profile individuals around the world

Attack by Chinese hacker group targeted high-profile individuals around the world

A hacker attack of impressive magnitude targeted specific individuals of interest to the Chinese government as they moved around the world, in what appears to be the first such operation in the history of cyberespionage.

Again!? The NSA’s Phone Records Program Still Can’t Stay Within the Law

Again!? The NSA’s Phone Records Program Still Can’t Stay Within the Law

The NSA’s telephone record program, conducted under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, allows it to collect metadata of phone calls, including phone numbers, time stamps, and other identifying information.

China Telecom Swallows Huge Amount of European Mobile Traffic For Over Two Hours

China Telecom Swallows Huge Amount of European Mobile Traffic For Over Two Hours

On Thursday, a major data center in Switzerland, Safe Host, leaked more than 70,000 routes to China Telecom, which in turn announced the routes on the global internet, causing huge amounts of traffic destined for European networks to be rerouted through its own servers.

For two hours, a large chunk of European mobile traffic was rerouted through China

For two hours, a large chunk of European mobile traffic was rerouted through China

But instead of ignoring the BGP leak, China Telecom re-announced Safe Host's routes as its own, and by doing so, interposed itself as one of the shortest ways to reach Safe Host's network and other nearby European telcos and ISPs. Mobile operators in France, Holland, Switzerland affected.

AT&T Throwing FundRaiser For Senate Chair Ahead Of Privacy Hearings

AT&T Throwing FundRaiser For Senate Chair Ahead Of Privacy Hearings

The next day Wicker’s committee will hold its first hearing of the new Congress on crafting comprehensive data privacy legislation — a key issue for the telecom industry." The fact that a huge swath of folks don't see a problem here speaks to how Sisyphean the effort for meaningful privacy rules is going to be.

SS7 Cellular Network Flaw Nobody Wants To Fix Now Being Exploited To Drain Bank Accounts

SS7 Cellular Network Flaw Nobody Wants To Fix Now Being Exploited To Drain Bank Accounts

SS7 Cellular Network Flaw Nobody Wants To Fix Now Being Exploited To Drain Bank Accounts (Mis)Uses of Technology from the whoops-a-daisy dept Karl Bode Back in 2017, you might recall how hackers and security researchers highlighted long-standing vulnerabilities in Signaling System 7 (SS7, or Common Channel Signalling System 7 in the US), a series of protocols first built in 1975 to help connect phone carriers around the world.

Data Privacy Week: Confronting the Corporate Gaze

Data Privacy Week: Confronting the Corporate Gaze

The Privacy International Network is working to expose companies that fail to protect their customers’ data, analysing their terms of service and practices, exploring how users perceive social media platforms, and studying how these platforms are being leveraged for intelligence purposes. They researched the existing legal framework on telecommunications and privacy to explore how companies were protecting their customers’ data.

US asks foreign allies to avoid Huawei

US asks foreign allies to avoid Huawei

Officials have spoken to their counterparts and telecom bosses in Germany, Italy, Japan and other friendly countries where the Chinese company's equipment is already in use, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

China systematically hijacks internet traffic: researchers

China systematically hijacks internet traffic: researchers

China Telecom is able to divert the traffic by announcing bogus routes via the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) that governs data flows between Autonomous Systems, the large networks operated by telcos, internet providers and corporations.

UIDAI proposal for SIM cards impacts privacy

UIDAI proposal for SIM cards impacts privacy

On Friday, a joint statement said, “In fact, the DoT and UIDAI are in a process to bring out a completely hassle-free and digital procedure for issuing new SIM cards through a mobile app, which will be fully compliant of the Supreme Court judgement in the Aadhaar Case.”