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The below wireless news is from a number of sources including: Hack a Day and The Register.

 
London has decent 5G availability but speeds lag behind Birmingham and Cardiff – research
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 23:00

5G in London is so far lagging behind Birmingham and Cardiff, according to research into the tech's early deployment.

According to mobile performance testers Rootmetrics , EE has the fastest median download speeds in the capital of 149.2Mbps, while Vodafone recorded 97.7Mbps.

But EE recorded much higher median speeds in Birmingham of 185.7Mbps , with Vodafone recording 112.2Mbps. Meanwhile, the providers recorded median speeds of 163.1Mbps and 113.6Mbps respectively in Cardiff.

However, the research found EE's 5G availability in London is more widespread than in other major cities.

"While 5G maximum download speeds in London trailed those in other major

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Microsoft joins Google and Mozilla in adopting DNS over HTTPS data security protocol
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 19:01

Microsoft has put its weight behind the DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) security protocol, greatly increasing the likelihood of it becoming a default internet standard.

In a post published Sunday on its networking blog, Microsoft engineers confirmed plans to adopt DoH as a default, explaining that it would “close one of the last remaining plain-text domain name transmissions in common web traffic.”

The DoH protocol encrypts requests from people’s browsers and as such prevents - or, more accurately, greatly limits - malicious actors ability to hijack, read and redirect people’s browser traffic. However, it has fallen foul of other internet companies - particularly

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Iran kills the internet for its people's own good as riots grip the Middle Eastern nation
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 12:12

Iran has been offline for three days after the government responded to widespread protests by killing the internet.

Anti-government protests started on Friday when the authorities announced a sudden 50 per cent increase in fuel prices. The protests quickly spread to over 100 cities and towns, reflecting deeper hostility to the authoritarian establishment. That establishment responded by cutting off the internet to 80 million people on Saturday night.

As a result it has been increasingly difficult to follow what is going on inside the country or how many people have been injured or killed. The government has acknowledged three deaths,

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5G SIM-swap attacks could be even worse for industrial IoT than now
Saturday, 16 November 2019 11:21

Claims that 5G offers “better security” for IoT may not ring true – with the technology remaining vulnerable to SIM-jacking attacks within private Industry 4.0-style deployments, according to infosec biz Trend Micro.

Industry 4.0 is the marketing phrase for “please buy our new networking thing and pay us to collect tons of data which may or may not be useful to your highly profitable manufacturing venture”. Some also call it industrial IoT, and those with longer memories will be spot on when they think of M2M.

Trend Micro thinks that there is a vulnerability within non-public 5G networks deployed to

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TalkTalk says it's yet to close deal on FibreNation as UK telecoms industry reels over Labour's nationalisation plans
Saturday, 16 November 2019 01:30

TalkTalk has yet to find a buyer for its infrastructure investment vehicle Fibre Nation, the business revealed in its results for the half year to 30 September.

The budget ISP had delayed the publication of its financials earlier this week, alluding to a pending sale of Fibre Nation as the possible reason. Fibre Nation was created last year, with the ambition of connecting three million homes to full-fibre via a £1.5bn investment it is yet to raise.

Today TalkTalk reiterated it was still in “ongoing advanced negotiations with interested parties regarding its FibreNation business.” It reported underlying earnings before interest,

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