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New Microsoft Windows 10 update non-options

Posted by Rob Slade on September 22, 2016

We interrupt the security and quantum computing series to bring you news of Microsoft’s latest decision about how your computers will work. (Those wise or lucky enough to use Linux or Macs can sit in the corner and chortle quietly to yourselves.) Last week was patch Tuesday, and, as usual, the machine rebooted itself, and […]

Security implications of quantum computing

Posted by Rob Slade on September 10, 2016

Recently there has been a spate of media articles on how quantum computing is going to destroy the security world as we know it. These articles are all based on one report that has estimated how long before quantum computers are effective at cracking RSA encryption. On the one hand, this isn’t news. We’ve known […]

China launches first quantum-enabled satellite

Posted by Rob Slade on August 17, 2016

(… or, maybe not) Aside from the fact that it allows me to make a quantum joke, this article allows me to rant about quantum cryptography. Ever since I have started to research the security implications of quantum computing, quantum crypto has bugged me. Yes, the theory is beautifully elegant, and (theoretically) allows us to […]

The IOC effect?

Posted by Rob Slade on August 13, 2016

The Streisand effect is well known in online circles. If you attempt to hide or censor something, you inevitably draw attention to it. The International Olympic Committee seems to have discovered, or created, a new law. The IOC has, in an attempt to control publicity and boost attention for it’s media “partners”/sponsors, banned all video […]

GDPR’s new rules on privacy – will the UK play ball?

Posted by Josh Townsend on May 23, 2016

In October of last year, the EU’s longstanding Safe Harbor agreement with the US was overturned, ultimately thanks to the activism of Maximillian Schrems, an Austrian law student. Known as the Schrems Ruling or Schrems Decision, the European Court of Justice ruled that the Safe Harbor agreement with the US was unconstitutional, and in fact […]

Static on the line means uncertainty for broadband industry in wake of Ofcom review

Posted by Monica Horten on March 10, 2016

As the UK regulator, Ofcom, wags its finger at BT, the UK broadband industry remains in a state of uncertainty. What prospect is there for a strategic leap to super-fast broadband as a national ‘right’? Share This:

If you don’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to fear

Posted by Kevin on February 26, 2016

If you don’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to fear. I have often expressed surprise and dismay at the apathy of the British voter. It’s almost as if we have a built-in desire to believe our politicians – we assume they tell the truth and we never question their motives. I take the opposite […]

What future for BT Openreach?

Posted by Monica Horten on February 24, 2016

What should be done with Openreach? Tomorrow Ofcom will present its conclusions from a review of the UK telecoms industry. In advance of the Ofcom announcement, this post considers some of the options. The regulator is widely  tipped to take a cautious ‘leave it as it is’ stance.  The wider public interest question is whether   […]

iPhone and the FBI backdoor

Posted by Kevin on February 17, 2016

Much is being written about the FBI’s court order instructing Apple to provide a backdoor into a terrorist’s iPhone. And much praise is being heaped upon Apple for its disinclination to do so. This disinclination is described by Tim Cook in a letter to Apple users: A Message to Our Customers. I think, however, it […]

Norse – and a lesson for all of us

Posted by Kevin on January 30, 2016

Hearing that Norse is apparently on the verge of imploding (see Krebs) reminded me of a conversation I had with Ilia Kolochenko, founder and CEO of High-Tech Bridge, last year. The gist of that conversation – paraphrased, not in his own words – is that security has become a safe haven for money men. The […]