Japan to probe citizens’ IoT devices in the name of security

Smart devices were targeted by more than one-half of cyberattacks detected in the country in 2017. Japan has approved a plan to test the security of around 200 million Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices in the country in a bid to beef up their cyber-resilience, according to a report by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK World. Armed with lists … More Japan to probe citizens’ IoT devices in the name of security

Wi-Fi or Ethernet: Which is faster and which is safer?

There is a lot of debate about Wi-Fi speeds and whether they can offer higher potential speeds than a cable connection, but in practice Ethernet connections turn out to be not only faster but also safer. The era of technology we exist in leads us (and in some cases forces us) to be connected at … More Wi-Fi or Ethernet: Which is faster and which is safer?

Why we should fight for Net Neutrality

On Thursday 14 December 2017 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal the rules, known as Net Neutrality, that regulate Internet Service Providers (ISPs), the companies that connect us to the internet. What is Net Neutrality and why should we care? The principle behind Net Neutrality is simple: it requires ISPs to treat all data on … More Why we should fight for Net Neutrality

New FinFisher surveillance campaigns: Are internet providers involved?

New surveillance campaigns utilising FinFisher, infamous spyware known also as FinSpy and sold to governments and their agencies worldwide, are in the wild. Besides featuring technical improvements, some of these variants have been using a cunning, previously-unseen infection vector with strong indicators of major internet service provider (ISP) involvement. FinFisher has extensive spying capabilities, such as … More New FinFisher surveillance campaigns: Are internet providers involved?

Spiderman pleads guilty to knocking 900,000 German broadband routers offline

It seems that Spiderman is in a spot of trouble, tangled in a web of his own making. Back in November 2016, over 900,000 Deutsche Telekom broadband customers found themselves unable to access the internet, after their routers were hijacked by a malicious hacker attempting to recruit routers into a destructive botnet. Vulnerable Zyxel and Speedport routers … More Spiderman pleads guilty to knocking 900,000 German broadband routers offline

British man arrested after 900,000 broadband routers knocked offline in Germany

A 29-year-old man has been arrested at Luton airport by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) in connection with a massive internet attack that disrupted telephone, television and internet services in Germany last November. As regular readers of We Live Security will recall, over 900,000 Deutsche Telekom broadband customers were knocked offline last November as … More British man arrested after 900,000 broadband routers knocked offline in Germany