• EU telecoms operators granted permission for ‘fair’ management of online traffic

    The Body of the European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC) and the European Commission (EC) have authorised the EU’s telecoms operators to apply exceptional traffic management measures to prevent impending network congestion from millions of extra home workers as a result of distancing measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    The EU bodies said they recognised that telcos were playing a critical role in the crisis response to Covid-19. They noted that many operators had already taken measures to cope with the abnormal traffic distribution linked to remote working and online education and were already redistributing network capacity on regional

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  • MP warns minister not to parrot civil servants’ lines on Post Office IT scandal

    A government minister has been told he has an opportunity to make a difference with justice for subpostmasters who had their lives ruined by a faulty IT system and bullying by the Post Office, but must stop parroting the civil service line to do so.

    Ever since subpostmasters won a huge court battle against the government-owned Post Office, they have been campaigning for justice with demands for a judge-led public inquiry, fairer damages and the quashing of criminal records for subpostmasters wrongly prosecuted for theft and false accounting.

    MPs are also calling for the executives at Post Office IT supplier

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  • Unpatched Zyxel storage devices co-opted into IoT botnet

    A remote code execution vulnerability in Zyxel network attached storage (NAS) devices that was uncovered back in February 2020 is being abused to infect unpatched devices with Mukashi, a descendant of the infamous Mirai internet of things (IoT) botnet.

    The critically rated vulnerability, CVE-2020-9054, is considered relatively trivial to exploit and has already been extensively weaponised. This is in spite of Zyxel having acted entirely responsibly through the disclosure process, and having made patches available to affected users.

    Ken Hsu, Zhibin Zhang and Ruchna Nigam of Palo Alto Networks’ Unit42 threat research unit have been monitoring the spread of

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