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DDoS attack? Mad dash to file forms? No, errant network switch crashed Australian tax service
Tuesday, 16 July 2019 05:47

On Friday, with tax-return season underway, the websites of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) suddenly went TITSUP (Totally Inefficient Tax Service: Under Performing), causing anguish to thousands of Aussies.

Issues affected the ATO portal used to file tax returns, the myGov website, and even the Government Department of Human Services – which had set a Centrelink income reporting deadline of 1700 on Friday and was forced to extend it .

Services were only confirmed to be restored on Saturday morning. Hours into the outage, the organization revealed the culprit – a “technical issue” with a networking switch, unrelated to increased

UK says no way to US calls for no Huawei on 5G networks: MPs find 'no technical grounds' to exclude Chinese giant
Tuesday, 16 July 2019 00:55

The UK's Science and Technology Select Committee said it can't find any "technical grounds" for chopping Huawei out of the UK's 5G and other telco networks, but said government should consider "ethical" issues and its relationship with "allies".

The committee of Commons MPs wrote in a letter (PDF) to Minister of Fun* Jeremy Wright that Huawei's involvement in the 5G network posed no techie issues, excepting, of course, the not-so-minor point that if the country pulls the Chinese firm's kit from either its current or future networks, it could cause "significant delays".

BT's EE 3G and 4G networks, for example,

Virgin Media blocks Imgur, literally tens of people rage at UK ISP
Monday, 15 July 2019 23:55

UK internet service provider Virgin Media has insisted it does not block entire domains "as a matter of course" after it stopped its customers from viewing the whole of Imgur this morning – on the say-so of the Internet Watch Foundation.

Britons attempting to view pictures from the file-sharing site were greeted with dire warnings telling them they couldn't access content "because this page may contain indecent images of children".

As a user-generated content site, Imgur.com hosts the best and worst of the internet, from pictures of cute cats to pornography. It's entirely within the realms of possibility that someone,

Prospect union urges members at BT: Say yes to pay and grading shakeup revisions
Monday, 15 July 2019 21:16

Prospect the union has advised BT employees to approve the so-called People's Framework, a programme of change that includes a revamp of pay and grading structures, following months of discussions.

Previously, 96.3 per cent of BT workers who are Prospect members voted against the proposals in a ballot on 13 March . At the time, the union said that the framework did "nothing to enhance the security transparency and visibility of what BT is offering its workforce".

On Friday, Prospect said it had been locked in "difficult and extremely protracted" talks with the company, but has received a fresh offer

Having flogged off its data centers, AT T cozies up to Microsoft, IBM to keep it running
Thursday, 18 July 2019 05:29

In a cloud war, the US telco opts for the Swiss model, stays neutral


Satya Nadella, left, and his new best buddy John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications

AT&T has announced “strategic alliances” with both IBM and Microsoft, as it looks to capitalize on cloud computing without getting its hands dirty.

In the beginning of 2019, the world’s largest telco completed the sale of its data center business to Brookfield infrastructure, offloading 31 facilities for $1.1bn, to become the foundation of an independent colocation business called Evoque.

Now, AT&T is making inroads with major cloud vendors, hoping to take advantage

Oh look. Vodafone has extended its ultrafast 5G network to deliver... Wi-Fi?
Wednesday, 17 July 2019 21:30

Mobile connectivity provider Vodafone has expanded its 5G network to another eight British towns and cities.

The amazing wireless tech of the far-flung future is now available in Birkenhead, Bolton, Gatwick, Lancaster, Newbury, Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton – even though there isn't much you can do with a 5G network at the moment since only a handful of mobile devices support the new standard.

Telco standards peeps at 3GPP plan to emit Release 16 AKA the Standalone standard – in December next year.

The recent rollouts have all been "non-standalone" 5G deployments – meaning the network is supported by

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