2019/01/29: Stingrays (AKA IMSI catchers) are a widespread class of surveillance devices that target cellular phones by impersonating cellular towers to them (they're also called "cell-site simulators").
IMSI catchers are so easy to build and operate that they have leapt from police agencies to criminals, and foreign and corporate spies, exposing us all to potential surveillance from all quarters.
That's why it was so important that the new 5G mobile protocol be designed to foil IMSI catchers, and why the 3rd Generation Partnership Project, or 3GPP (the body standardizing 5G) updated the Authentication and Key Agreement (AKA) to resist IMSI catching techniques.
But new research from ETH Zurich and Technische Universität Berlin has revealed a critical flaw in AKA, a defect that not only allows attackers to track the number of calls and texts being sent while a user is connected to the fake tower, but also a count of calls and texts from before the device was compromised. More importantly, the attack allows for fine-grained location tracking.
1999/11/23: "a recent study has shown that AM radio may be causing problems for ADSL. According to this story at Network World, interference from AM stations can slash high-speed bandwidth by 40% on approximately 15% of ADSL connections. While AM interferes with download speeds, it does not affect upload speeds. AM frequency only affects ADSL and its subsets (not SDSL), including rate adaptive DSL and G.lite. "
Cari colleghi...". Così ieri ha esordito Human Resources Italy, in una delle sue rare email dove si rivolge ai dipendenti anche lingua italiana, per dirci ancora una volta che per ragioni bla bla bla..., anche questo anno circa 400 persone (332 adesso + 53 della R&D già pianificati nel 2017 + i trasferimenti del personale da Pisa a Genova), volentemente o nolentemente, dovranno lasciare la Ericsson.
Does anybody still think of a phone as a way of just making calls? According to Informate Mi less than 10% of the time you spend on a phone is spent giving calls. That's because phones have evolved from single function device to
Has anyone spanned the Atlantic with floating microwave masts yet? We're not sure...
Facebook and Google are building an 8,000 mile fiber optic cable across the Pacific Ocean.
I fatti: il 16 maggio scorso, la multinazionale svedese Ericsson Telecomunicazioni indica, sul piano industriale, la necessità di adeguamento degli organici. 385 esuberi sul territorio nazionale, cifre che purtroppo si aggiungono a quelle degli anni precedenti per un totale di 13 procedure di licenziamento collettivo dal 2007 ad oggi. I siti maggiormente interessati sono quelli
The social media firm's latest big idea - to allow users in developing nations free net access if they use its app - should be resisted, writes John Naughton
Somewhere across the Atlantic, inside a European company that runs a wireless network for smartphones and computer tablets, an executive is trying to drop "the bomb" on Google.
Short Message Service (SMS), more colloquially known as 'text,' is a protocol used for sending short messages over mobile networks. The first SMS was sent in 1992; By 2010, SMS was the most widely used data application, adopted by 80 percent of mobile subscribers. Then, came the rise of the smartphone. Smartphones paved the way
It'll get properly serious once Google comes in
SIM cards can do more than just authenticate your phone with your carrier. Small apps can be installed and run directly on the SIM separate from and without knowledge of the phone OS. Although SIM Applications are common in many parts of the world, they are mostly unknown in the U.S. and the closed nature of the ecosystem makes it difficult for hobbyists to find information and experiment.
This piece on net neutrality came out in 2014; The specific threat it talks about was defeated, but now (early 2017) it looks like Trump will be voiding net n
Al Presidente della Regione Liguria Claudio Burlando Al Sindaco di Genova Marco Doria Ai Parlamentari eletti in Liguria Oggetto: situazione azienda
Centoquaranta lavoratori con il fiato sospeso. Sono ingegneri e tecnici dipendenti della divisione Ricerca e sviluppo di Ericsson, con sede a Vimodrone, in provincia di Milano. La decisione della multinazionale svedese di cedere alla società indiana Hcl il ramo d'azienda - specializzato in ricerca su prodotti a microonde - non li lascia tranquilli. E neanche
Pay-for-play is fine for Web users? That's not what the FCC said in 2010.
2014/02/19: the term balkanization itself creates problems. Depending on whom you ask, balkanization can be a positive or negative process. For some, the term represents a move toward freedom from oppression. For others, it is a reminder of centuries of bloody struggle to hold together a region that ultimately ended in violent fragmentation, which makes use of the word offensive to some. Fragmentation of the Internet is the term we’ll use, but maybe a creative mind somewhere will find a better, more evocative way to describe it.
The question is: What does fragmentation mean, exactly? Is it the end of the Internet if domain names can no longer only be written using the Roman alphabet? If so, the Internet ended in 2009, when ICANN approved alternative alphabet domain names. Is it fragmentation if people around the world using Weibo and Yandex in lieu of Google and Twitter? Or is it data localization and national routing – subjecting data transfers to national boundaries? This debate is a lot more complex than most headlines suggest. The Internet is more than Facebook and it is more than the Web itself—more than the content people access every day. However, popular discussion tends to lump these various dimensions together. It obscures the fragmentation efforts that truly undermine the openness and interoperability of the network.
Over the past three weeks the so-called "Trans-Atlantic Divide" on privacy between the US and Europe has widened significantly. This shift could indicate new dynamics in the global push on America to institute more meaningful privacy safeguards for non-US persons.