U.S. Revokes China Telecom Americas’ Authority Due to National Security Concerns

The United States on Oct. 26 revoked the authority of China Telecom Americas to provide telecommunication services within the U.S., citing national security concerns. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ordered China Telecom to stop its operations in the U.S. within …

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Mobile Data Blackout Imposed in Nigeria as Part of Kidnapping Crackdown

Nigerian residents said that the authorities imposed a mobile network operations shutdown in Zamfara so that kidnappers in the area will be apprehended. Reuters reported that two Zamfara residents, who traveled to Sokoto state just to make phone calls said …

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T-Mobile Confirms Data Breach Exposes Personal Information of More Than 47.8M Million Customers

T-Mobile revealed on Wednesday that an investigation has been launched after discovering that the personal information, including social security numbers and driver’s license information, of more than 47.8M million current, former or prospective customers of the company had been leaked …

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Mass Internet Outage Downs Australian and Hong Kong Sites

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange and several Australian websites went down after a mass internet service outage. The outage was reportedly caused by glitches on the servers of Akamai, a CDN provider.  The Hong Kong Stock Exchange reported that its …

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French Emergency Hotlines Downed by Network Outage, Several Dead

French authorities are investigating at least four deaths that were attributed to the disruption of emergency hotlines. The French government summoned the head of the Orange telecom Stéphane Richard because of the sudden network outage that downed the hotline. The …

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Myanmar Orders Wireless Broadband Shutdown

The Myanmar Junta ordered internet service providers around the country to shut down wireless broadband services but gave no explanation why. Photos on social media have circulated showing messages from local providers Telenor and Ooredoo announcing the suspension. “The Myanmar …

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US Eyes Ban on Three Chinese Telecom Companies

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that they have considered barring Chinese-state-owned China mobile, China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd., and ComNet due to alleged security risks. The three companies would be subjected to a review and probe to determine …

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Myanmar Military Junta Shuts Down Mobile Data Access

Netblocks and Burmese social media users have reported that the military junta has been blocking mobile data access in the country for 31 consecutive days. “Update: Mobile data remains cut in #Myanmat even as fIxed-line (wifi) internet is restored from …

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Biden Administration Relists China’s Huawei as Threat to US National Security

The Biden administration has labeled five Chinese tech companies, including Huawei, as national security risks.  The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) classified five Chinese tech companies who pose an “unacceptable risk” to national security. These companies include major Chinese telecommunication …

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