Security News

80% of Net Neutrality Comments to FCC Were Fudged
2021-05-07 13:56

A secret campaign by the broadband industry to offer support to roll back net neutrality resulted in fake comments comprising more than 40 percent of those sent to the FCC during the public comments phase of its decision, according to the report by the New York State Office of the Attorney General. On the other side of the debate, a 19-year-old college student who opposed the repeal of net neutrality managed to file more than 7.7 million pro-neutrality comments with the FCC by fabricating people's names and addresses using software.

FCC to Focus Efforts on 5G, Software and Cloud Service Vulnerabilities
2021-04-19 11:00

Last Thursday, Rosenworcel made a statement on future priorities by reestablishing the Communications, Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council with a focus on 5g networks and software and cloud services vulnerabilities. "That is why I am refocusing and revitalizing the FCC's Communications, Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council for the challenges of today and tomorrow. The damage from recent supply chain attacks, like the SolarWinds software breach, demonstrates our need for a coordinated, multifaceted, and strategic approach to protecting our networks from all threats."

Outgoing FCC Chair Issues Final Security Salvo Against China
2021-01-25 21:16

Outgoing Federal Communications Chair Ajit Pai has issued a final warning about Chinese telcos at the end of a tenure spent cracking down on companies like Huawei, ZTE and China Telecom. Pai, a former telecommunications industry lobbyist and in-house counsel for Verizon, told Reuters that managing security threats against U.S. networks from Chinese espionage will be the "Biggest national security issue that regulators will face in the next four years."

FCC grants Ossia additional equipment authorization for its next-gen Cota wireless power platform
2020-11-09 00:30

Ossia announced that the Federal Communications Commission granted Ossia an additional equipment authorization for its next-generation Cota wireless power platform. The FCC's approval authorizes wireless power delivery and data communications under Parts 18 and 15, respectively, of the FCC's rules and permits the system to be marketed and sold in the U.S. This FCC authorization marks the culmination of on-going efforts at Ossia to improve performance and capabilities of the platform as a launchpad to new applications and use cases.

Chinese Companies Huawei and ZTE Declared National Security Threats by FCC
2020-07-01 12:33

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday designated Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE as national security threats. By declaring the Chinese companies national security threats, the FCC is banning U.S. organizations from acquiring equipment or services using money from the agency's Universal Service Fund.

FCC Only Partially Improved Its Cybersecurity Posture, GAO Says
2020-04-27 15:33

7% of the recommendations were only partially implemented and 30% were not implemented at all as of November 2019, although the FCC is planning on fully implementing all recommendations by April 2021. "Until FCC fully implements these recommendations and resolves the associated deficiencies, its information systems and information will remain at increased risk of misuse, improper disclosure or modification, and loss," GAO notes in the newly published report.

Phone carriers must authenticate calls to fight robocalls, says FCC
2020-04-02 11:44

Rather, they enable carriers to authenticate calls, after which consumers will be able to tell if a number is likely to be a robocall. The FCC says STIR/SHAKEN should help to protect consumers against malicious caller ID spoofing, often used in robocall scams to trick us into answering our phones so telemarketers and/or scammers can bleat at us.

FCC Proposes to Fine Wireless Carriers $200M for Selling Customer Location Data
2020-02-28 22:12

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission today proposed fines of more than $200 million against the nation's four largest wireless carriers for selling access to their customers' location information without taking adequate precautions to prevent unauthorized access to that data. While the fines would be among the largest the FCC has ever levied, critics say the penalties don't go far enough to deter wireless carriers from continuing to sell customer location data.

Report: FCC to Fine US Carriers Over Location Data Sales
2020-02-28 15:33

The Federal Communications Commission Friday proposed fines against the nation's four largest wireless carriers for selling real-time mobile phone location data without taking reasonable measures to protect against unauthorized access to that information. In Friday statement, Paj said: "The FCC has long had clear rules on the books requiring all phone companies to protect their customers' personal information. And since 2007, these companies have been on notice that they must take reasonable precautions to safeguard this data and that the FCC will take strong enforcement action if they don't. Today, we do just that. This FCC will not tolerate phone companies putting Americans' privacy at risk."

Your mobile network broke the law by selling location data and may be fined millions... or maybe not, shrugs FCC
2020-02-04 00:56

The chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee - which oversees the FCC - Frank Pallone issued a statement: "Following our longstanding calls to take action, the FCC finally informed the Committee today that one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal privacy protections by turning a blind eye to the widespread disclosure of consumers' real-time location data. This is certainly a step in the right direction, but I'll be watching to make sure the FCC doesn't just let these lawbreakers off the hook with a slap on the wrist." For her part, Commissioner Rosenworcel put out a statement saying: "For more than a year, the FCC was silent after news reports alerted us that for just a few hundred dollars, shady middlemen could sell your location within a few hundred meters based on your wireless phone data."