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Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits
Thursday, 06 December 2018 22:06

Customers of O2, GiffGaff and virtual operators who use Telefonica's network in the UK have been hit by a spectacular outage across the country. Transport information services have also been affected.

Ericsson, whose central user database caused O2's 2012 25-hour mega-outage , told The Reg : "We are aware of the issue and are working together with our customers to solve it as soon as possible."

Phone calls and texts have been partially restored, but the networks involved can't yet offer 4G data. Reports began to be filed with DownDetector at around 4am, and O2 acknowledged the problem on Twitter

Huawei CFO poutine cuffs by Canadian cops after allegedly busting sanctions on Iran
Thursday, 06 December 2018 12:34

The chief financial officer and deputy chairwoman of Huawei has been arrested in Canada – and could face extradition to the US on charges of violating trade sanctions against Iran.

The Canadian Department of Justice said Meng Wanzhou, who also goes by the name Sabrina Meng, was collared by police in Vancouver over the weekend at the request of Uncle Sam, which hopes to haul her into a court in the States. She will face a hearing later this week, we're told.

Meng Wanzhou of Huawei

Sabrina Meng, in happier times

"Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Vancouver on December 1. She is sought for

UK's BT: It's not unusual to pull Huawei from our core mobile networks
Thursday, 06 December 2018 05:04

BT and Huawei said today that reports the Chinese kit-maker's products would not be used on EE's 3G and 4G core mobile ops – and that it was out of the running for any bids for the 5G core – should surprise no one.

top of the bt tower

BT to splash £550m integrating EE. Firm shrugs: Cheap!


The UK's incumbent telco chalked up any inclusion of Huawei kit at the core to its purchase of EE two years ago, telling The Reg : "In 2016, following the acquisition of EE, we began a process to remove Huawei equipment from the core of our

The curious tale of ICANN, Verisign, claims of subterfuge, and the $135m .Web dot-word
Saturday, 08 December 2018 09:46

Analysis An ugly struggle over the .Web top-level domain may soon spill into public view again, after one of the companies vying for control of the dot-word demanded an independent review of DNS overlord ICANN's handling of the saga.

More than two years ago, the internet infrastructure industry was agape when an unknown company paid $135m for the rights to sell .web internet addresses: the sum paid was three times the previous record paid for a new dot-word, and seven times the average auction price for a top-level domain.

All that money went directly into the coffers of ICANN, a

It's a, it's a, it's a SYN flood: Quick, ditch that packet
Saturday, 08 December 2018 05:30

Networks roundup What if all you had to do to block SYN-based denial-of-service attacks was drop the first incoming SYN packet?

That intriguing idea was put forward this week, in this Internet-Draft .

SYN floods are a basic “cheap and cheerful” DDoS – an attacker with a botnet handy gets the machines to send TCP SYN messages (these are the first requests in the handshake that establishes a new TCP connection) to the victim. The target host sends an ACK and waits for the client ACK – which the attacker never sends (a "half-open" connection). Eventually, the incoming SYN flood

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers
Friday, 07 December 2018 20:42

Comment It's a bit of a cliche that "everything's connected", but O2's stunning outage yesterday – chalked up by Swedish kitmaker Ericsson to an expired software certificate – is a reminder of how true that is.

Payment terminals croaked, bus displays went blank. Strangers blinked at each other in the street, like Robinson Crusoe waking up at Westfields. Fearful drivers cancelled their journeys, and took the train instead. We only realise how pervasive machine-to-machine (M2M) mobile data connections are in our lives until they stop working, and it’s only going to become much more pervasive.

It would be prudent of the

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