MoJ apologises for IT failures

23 January 2019

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Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said it is ‘disappointed’ that its suppliers have so far failed to resolve the IT failure that has plagued the justice system over the past few days and apologised to those affected by the ‘network issues’.

Network access was restored to circa 180 MoJ sites on Tuesday as the ministry worked with Microsoft and Atos to find alternative ways to access the network. These included rerouting traffic and installing additional capacity.

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KCOM supports calls to ban ISPs from making ‘fake fibre’ claims

23 January 2019

KCOM MD Sean Royce says portraying FTTC as full fibre is “frankly wrong.”

KCOM MD Sean Royce says portraying FTTC as full fibre is “frankly wrong.”

KCOM has backed calls by the Fibre To The Home Council Europe to stop internet providers making misleading fibre broadband claims.

Sean Royce, MD of the Hull-based comms firm, says some ISPs are being allowed to misrepresent their broadband as ‘full fibre’ despite their services using old copper wiring. He believes comparing FTTH broadband to FTTC is like comparing a “jet plane with a horse and cart”.

“We strongly back the FTTH Council Europe’s demands to clamp down on misleading advertising which portrays FTTC broadband as full fibre. It must be very confusing for customers who think they’re getting a full fibre service when, in reality, their broadband is limping the last leg of its journey to the home on old copper wiring. To be able to advertise this as fibre is frankly wrong.”

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BT and Deloitte to support police force digital transformation

16 January 2019

Protected against attack: the programme includes the creation of a National Management Centre to help safeguard police forces from cyber threats.

Protected against attack: the programme includes the creation of a National Management Centre to help safeguard police forces from cyber threats.

BT and Deloitte have been awarded contracts to help deliver the National Enabling Programmes (NEP) initiative for policing, including the National Management Centre (NMC) for Policing. The programmes aims help police and crime commissioners across England and Wales to buy and use ICT more effectively.

 

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Multi-purpose attack Thingbots "threaten internet stability and human life"

14 January 2019

Thingbots can be co-opted by hackers to become part of a botnet of networked things.

Thingbots can be co-opted by hackers to become part of a botnet of networked things.

IoT devices are now the top attack target for cyber criminals, surpassing web and application services and email servers, according to new research by F5 Networks.

“IoT devices already outnumber people and are multiplying at a rate that far outpaces global population growth,’ says David Warburton, senior EMEA threat research evangelist at F5. 

“Increasingly, lax security control could endanger lives as, for example, cellular-connected IoT devices providing gateways to critical infrastructures are compromised.”

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