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Internet Society says opportunity to sell .org to private equity biz for $1.14bn came out of the blue. Wow, really?
Tuesday, 03 December 2019 19:01

Analysis The price tag for one of the internet’s largest and most important domain-name registries has finally been revealed: $1.135bn.

That is how much unknown private equity company Ethos Capital, funded by the investment vehicles of US billionaires, has offered the Internet Society (ISOC) to take over the .org registry; a move that has caused weeks of controversy that show no sign of slowing.

The figure was finally revealed by CEO of ISOC Andrew Sullivan at a webinar late last week. “I have only just now received permission to disclose a new piece of information, that we have not been

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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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Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election
Friday, 15 November 2019 20:35

Labour will today pledge to give the good folk of Britain free broadband by 2030 by part-nationalising BT - if the political party gets elected.

Under the move, Labour has said it will integrate the broadband-relevant parts of the London-listed company into a new public entity, British Broadband.

That includes its broadband division Openreach, parts of BT Technology, which oversees the backhaul network, BT Enterprise, which retails broadband to business, and BT Consumer, which flogs broadband to individuals.

It said there will be a one-off capital cost to roll out the full-fibre network of £15.3bn in addition to the government's

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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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