Articles about Voip

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Phone hacking blitz hammers's poor VoIP handsets

UK businesses are getting disproportionately targeted by a surge of attacks against Voice over IP (VoIP) systems. The growing use of VoIP technology in business and a greater availability of hacking tools that dumb down the process of hacking into systems has led to an increase in attacks worldwide. UK-based systems are being …
John Leyden, 16 Jun 2015

Telecity London data centre outage borks VoIP, websites, AWS...

Update 2 Telecity has suffered a major outage at one of its London data centres this afternoon, which knocked out a whole host of VoIP firms' services, made Amazon wobble and borked its Direct Connect service. A source told The Register that the outage, which happened at around 2pm, knocked out four floors at Telecity's Sovereign House …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Nov 2015
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'Untraceable' VoIP caller ID-spoofing website accepts Bitcoin

A new VoIP service allows you to hide who you are by being web-based, having no registration checks, allowing you to spoof caller identity, and pay by Bitcoin. Bitphone calls itself the Bitcoin Payphone. As well as taking Bitcoin, the service accepts more than forty other altcoins. Users can pay with a Bitcoin transfer from a …
Simon Rockman, 28 Jul 2015
Nanu VoiP over mobile data

Nanu nanu! Mork calling Orson on VoIP over 2G

A Singaporean outfit called Gentay Communications has launched “nanu”, an ad-funded VoIP-over-mobile-data service it says will succeed where others have failed. Ad-funded phone calls are an old idea, but have hardly ever met with success. Last March, for example, free mobile network operator Ovivo went titsup. Gentay's founder …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Aug 2014

BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

Flaws in a BT Home Hub set-up are being blamed for helping facilitate a VoIP scam. El Reg reader Keith Harbridge, an independent IT consultant, said his client, a firm of solicitors, is just one of number of companies stung by the scam, which occurred in early March. Independent security consultants at Pen Test Partners …
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2015
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Silent Circle takes on Skype, Viber, mobile telcos with crypto-VoIP

Silent Circle has launched a global encrypted IP voice calling service that will go up against over-the-top services Skype and Viber, among others. The idea here, however, is that it will feature a way to communicate privately. It's more bad news for mobile carriers, which are already beating off roaming-revenue pinchers in the …
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2014

Vietnam-lovin' VoIP man's 50-nation tally couldn't hold him back

The eXpat Files In this instalment of The eXpat Files, we meet Joshua Puckett – a native of Maryland, USA – who, at 23, has managed to work in 50 countries, with extended stays in Switzerland and Hungary. How did this half-man-half-Boeing pull it off? Read on to learn about his very mobile lifestyle, the best bars in the world and how to blag a …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2015

Running Cisco's VoIP manager? Four words you don't want to hear: 'Backdoor SSH root key'

Cisco has warned Unified Communications installations can be remotely hijacked by miscreants, thanks to a hardwired SSH private key. In an advisory, the networking giant said unauthenticated attackers can log into its Unified Communications Domain Manager (Unified CDM) software as a root-level user by exploiting a default SSH …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Jul 2014
Viber logo tech titan snaps up 'VoIP-tastic WhatsApp' firm Viber

Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten will slurp messaging app Viber for $900m in cash as it continues its plans for world domination. The firm behind offers services from shopping to online video and is now adding messaging and VoIP to its repertoire courtesy of Viber, which is run from Cyprus by Israeli entrepreneur Talmon …
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Protection at last: Operation Emergency UPS succeeds for Telecity

UK internet hub Telecity has successfully completed emergency maintenance on power equipment at its Sovereign House facility. It was Telecity’s third shot at repair work in a week. Telecity has now, The Reg understands from sources, installed systems allowing for the safe switch-over of customers’ servers and storage to …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Nov 2015
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RIM adds VoIP digivoice calls to BBM youngster-messaging ware

BlackBerry Messenger 7 will support VoIP calls as well as messaging, and is available now to download to BlackBerry OS 6 or better, with 5 to follow soon. It's a beta version, but adds a Voice Call button to the BBM experience, when the other party has the software installed and is connected to a Wi-Fi network, instantly turning …
Bill Ray, 14 Nov 2012
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Terrorists 'build secure VoIP over GPRS network'

Terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba has developed its own VoIP network that connects its members over GPRS networks, according to the Times of India. UK and US authorities have both declared Lashkar-e-Taiba a proscribed terror organisation. The group's aims include India ceding sovereignty over Kashmir. Members of the organisation …
Simon Sharwood, 01 May 2012

Eclipse staggers to feet, gets smacked by second DDoS

Internet provider Eclipse has been hit by a DDoS attack, the second wave of an attack which began on Monday. In an email sent to customers seen by The Register, Eclipse said: "We are currently experiencing another occurrence of the DDoS attack which occurred on Monday the 23rd. This means that internet based services may not …
Kat Hall, 25 Nov 2015

Ofcom issues stern warning over fake caller number ID scam

Telecoms regulator Ofcom is warning customers of the dangers of CLI spoofing – the process which allows incoming calls to display fake originating numbers on recipients' phones. The organisation has pointed out that there are valid reasons for spoofing – “for example, a caller who wishes to leave an 0800 number for you to call …
Simon Rockman, 07 Sep 2015

Data retention soggy with SPAM

Telcos will be required to retain data on spam, failed email, and borked voice over IP phone calls under the Australian Federal Government's looming data retention plan. Data retention comes into effect 15 October. It requires telecommunications providers retain metadata information on subscribers but not the content of …
Darren Pauli, 01 Sep 2015

Phone scamming up 30 percent last year: Report

Retail and finance call centre phone scamming in the US is up 30 percent according to research. The 2014 findings are based on some 86 million scam calls a month picked up by Pindrop Security in which attackers aimed to obtain personal information on potential victims. The phone security company says one in 2200 calls are …
Darren Pauli, 18 Jun 2015
   An outage has knocked TalkTalk’s website offline, along with internal systems.  The company tweeted that it was working on addressing the problems  <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are aware of issues affecting our website and help pages at the moment. We're working to restore this asap. <a href=""></a></p>— TalkTalk (@TalkTalkCare) <a href="">August 21, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>  On Twitter it has asked customers to call after 1pm, and the internal VoIP and data systems are affected.  The Website has been up and down intermittently and callers  re being told that the internal systems are slowly coming up.  A customer services person told The Register that the outage was caused by an upgrade to the systems and that the diagnostic systems were also being upgraded so  customers were being asked to call back in “one to two hours”. While access to customer systems had been down they were now back up.

TalkTalk not talking much as systems take a tumble

An outage has knocked TalkTalk’s website offline, along with internal systems. The company tweeted that it was working on addressing the problems: We are aware of issues affecting our website and help pages at the moment. We're working to restore this asap. — TalkTalk (@TalkTalkCare) August 21, 2015 …
Simon Rockman, 21 Aug 2015
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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

Update British broadcaster Sky UK has won round two in its trademark infringement battle with Skype. The European Union General Court found on Tuesday that the two names are too similar and could cause confusion. In 2012 and 2013 the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) upheld Sky’s complaint, but Skype then …
Jennifer Baker, 05 May 2015
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OMG: RIM adds VoIP to its stealth social network

As of today teenagers and other BlackBerry users will be able to make free voice calls to each other - if they're on RIM's stealth 'social network in hardware', BBM. RIM announced the news last month, but the updated app is now available in its App World store. Users of version 7 of BBM version 7 will be able to make calls over …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Dec 2012
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Intel puts cash behind Wi-Fi-first smartmobes

Chipzilla's mobile phone silicon is so popular it's taken the step of funding a network operator to buy a custom-made smartphone based on its SoFIA chipset. Nobody's talking how much money FreedomPop is getting from Intel Capital, but it will be enough to create a “Wi-Fi optimised” smartphone that will switch to cellular …
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Badware in the firmware all over the place

This is really no surprise: embedded system vendors aren't good at carrying out quality assurance on their firmware images, and their embedded Web server software is what you'd expect from something written in the last 20 minutes of Friday afternoon. And it'll be no surprise to The Register's readers that the bugs land in all …
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Telefonica touts new free VoIP app to cut off rival Skype

Telefonica, owner of the O2 brand, has launched VoIP service TU Me across all its territories, and for all punters with an iPhone, as the telco bets on the future direction of mobile use. The new service comes out of Telefonica's purchase of Jajah, and follows on from trials of "O2 Connect" last year. However the VoIP call and …
Bill Ray, 09 May 2012
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Microsoft scares the bejesus out of Skype users with x12 price hike

Several Reg readers were stunned by an email from Skype on Friday, which told them they were going to be paying a lot, lot more for their paid-for VoIP subscriptions. "We're writing to let you know about an upcoming change to the price of your Skype Number subscription. The new price for your Skype Number will be 19.14 GBP …
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2015

Use Skype if you want to report a crime, say cops

Police in Peterborough, UK, are asking Brits to report crimes via Skype chats. Officers in the east-of-England city, population 185,000, will grapple with Microsoft's video-chat software in lieu of face-to-face visits. Meeting people in their homes takes up too much valuable police time, we're told. The 999 emergency line …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Oct 2015

Fingers crossed tomorrow morning for Telecity's third repair shot

UK internet hub Telecity on Thursday plans its third shot at fixing a power systems problem that fried customers' servers. According to an email seen by The Reg, Telecity’s chiefs have scheduled a three-hour window between 01.00 – 04.00 GMT on 26 November to fix wonky power phasing at the firm's Sovereign House data centre. …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2015
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Microsoft puts arm round Salesforce, pair skip gaily into the cloud

Microsoft and Salesforce are extending their strategic partnership with a further integration of their software and CRM clouds. Salesforce is to be pushed together with Microsoft’s Skype for Business, OneNote, Delve and Windows 10, the companies said late on Wednesday. Skype for Business and OneNote are being integrated with …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Sep 2015
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Google whips out pocket cannon, fires VoIP patent sueball at BT

Google is suing BT in the US and the UK over allegations Blighty's national telco infringed four patents. The search giant typically leaves it to its Android phone-making pals, or its Motorola Mobility division, to drag rivals (read: Apple) into court over patents. But today, for the first time ever, it's seeking direct revenge …

Telecity fails with car park net rescue plan. In fact, things got worse. Again

Internet hub Telecity has failed to overcome the recent power fault responsible for frying computer hardware and denting UK internet traffic. The data centre and colocation centre provider's plan was to employ a static transfer switch to transfer load to a mobile DR system installed especially in the Sovereign House car park, …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Nov 2015
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YOUR Cisco VoIP phone is easily TAPPED, warns CompSci prof

Computer scientists claim security vulnerabilities in Cisco VoIP phones allowed them to eavesdrop on calls and turn devices into bugging equipment. Ang Cui has demonstrated how malicious code injected into 14 of the networking vendor's Unified IP Phone models could be used to record private conversations - and not just those …
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2013
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O2 to trial VoIP over Wi-Fi

O2 has announced it is going to try some VoIP services, under the brand of O2 Connect, while in America T-Mobile has opened up its Bobsled service to compete with Google Voice. O2 Connect is just a trial run to see how the services work and how users react to them. The trial is invitation only, though those attending Wired 2011 …
Bill Ray, 14 Oct 2011
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Deploying VoIP in real life

Missed our recent live Regcast, Deploying VoIP in real life? Never fear: the on-demand version is available now for your viewing pleasure. Moderator Tim Phillips discusses the promise of VoIP, and if and how it can be made a reality with Josie Sephton from Freeform Dynamics and James Hone from Thus. In the webcast the panel …
Team Register, 27 Oct 2009
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (of the net). Make your vote count

Which tech company do you most love to hate? Why not nominate them for ISPA’s tech villain of the year award? The British Internet Services Providers’ Association holds annual Internet Hero and Internet Villain awards and is once again asking the public for their nominations. Last year, GCHQ was crowned the internet industry’ …
Jennifer Baker, 02 Jun 2015
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Telecity fix nixed: Borked UK internet hub 'had no UPS protection'

Telecity cancelled its plans for a second shot at fixing the stricken power supply in its Docklands internet hub at Sovereign House. Engineers for the data centre operator were due to try fixing the broken system again on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, sources told The Register. However, The Reg has learned, these plans …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Nov 2015
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Charter Comms to wed Time Warner Cable in monster merger

Charter Communications has confirmed plans to merge with Time Warner Cable in a cash and shares deal worth $78.7bn. The earlier rumoured price of $55bn covers the cash element of the sale, while the remaining $23.7bn will be made up of Charter Communications shares. Charter additionally said it planned to acquire Bright House …
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Microsoft's Twilio VoIP cloud deal buffs Apple and Amazon

Despite owning loss-making voice chat biz Skype, Microsoft is cuddling up to the Amazon-friendly Twilio to float a Windows Azure-powered communications hub. Microsoft and Twilio will announce on Wednesday that the startup's voice call and messaging libraries for PHP, Java and .NET have been designed to work “flawlessly” with …
Gavin Clarke, 02 May 2012

Fancy 10 Gbps home broadband? Broadcom's built the guts of it

While network operators around the world squeeze the last drops of sweat out of their copper, silicon vendors like Broadcom have an eye firmly on a fibre future. The company, currently in the throes of a takeover by Avago technologies, has announced a reference design to help its OEMs build kit to the emerging Ethernet Passive …

Telecity's engineers to spend SECOND night fixing web hub power outage

Updated Telecity engineers will tonight make a second attempt to fix broken power systems at its critical Sovereign House internet facility. They will be working 24 hours after their first efforts failed and resulted in a second power outage. The internet service giant had planned to repair and fully fix the power supply in the early …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Nov 2015
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On VoIP for business

Small businesses are often reluctant to take the plunge and switch to VoIP - and this isn’t just about upfront cost of change, and potential disruption. A big part is linked to the absence of more granular information on how to actually go about an implementation, and knowing what is appropriate in different circumstances and …
Team Register, 18 Aug 2009
Crypto fingers

Encrypt voice calls, says GCHQ's CESG team ... using CESG encryption

While the world was distracted by the UK Pry Minister's ban-working-encryption, log-everything-online Investigatory Powers Bill, the civil service was urging government and enterprises to adopt better cryptography for voice calls. CESG, “the information security arm of GCHQ, and the national technical authority for information …
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Deploying VoIP in the real world

webcast So you want to some cash on your business telco bills, and are wondering if VoIP might be an option - but you're too busy to do the research? We've got just the tonic for you. On 21 October, at 2pm BST, we squeeze some VoIP experts into the Reg studios who will give you the low-down on the choices, challenges and consequences of …
Team Register, 06 Oct 2009
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A journey through VoIP

Regcast Last week James Hone of Thus joined Freeform Dynamics’ Josie Sephton in the Reg studio to discuss how you get from your current set-up to a VoIP solution in a few easy steps - from concepts through to requirements definition and implementation. For those of you considering VoIP as a solution for your business, this should be the …
Team Register, 18 Sep 2009
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M2 drops on knee, offers scrip ring for iiNet's hand

A second bidder has entered the competition to acquire Australia's second-largest fixed-line internet service provider iiNet, raising the possibility that initial predator TPG might not have things its own way. The Australian Financial Review reckons the bid was received by iiNet on Friday, and offers shares (but no cash) but …
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AT&T lets 3G VoIP onto iPhone

At long last, AT&T has opened up the American iPhone to VoIP calls over its 3G wireless network. Previously, the US wireless giant had only allowed iPhone VoIP via WiFi net connections. Big Phone announced the change on Tuesday, six weeks after telling the US Federal Communications Commission it would "take a fresh look" at …
Cade Metz, 07 Oct 2009
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Google battles MicroSkype with 'open' VoIP protocol

Google has moved its Google Talk VoIP infrastructure to Jingle, the voice and media signaling protocol that seeks to provide an open-standard alternative to the proprietary protocols used by the Microsoft-owned Skype and other VoIP technologies. With an email on the XMPP Standards Foundation mailing list, Google's Peter Thatcher …
Cade Metz, 24 Jun 2011
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Oman cuffs 212 for selling VoIP calls

This year, police in the Arab nation of Oman have raided 121 internet cafes throughout the country and arrested 212 people for providing VoIP services, according to a local report. "Around 212 accused of various Asian nationalities have been arrested since the beginning of the year [until October 26]," a senior police officer …
Cade Metz, 20 Nov 2009
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US VoIP subscribers 21 million strong

The US Federal Communications Commission reports that there are 21 million VoIP subscriptions stateside, and that the vast majority of them are residential customers. But it didn't count Skype subscribers. These figures were announced by the FCC to accompany the release of its highly detailed 31-page report, "Local Telephone …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Jun 2010

Microsoft: We bought Skype. We make mobiles.. Oh, HANG ON!

Analysis Microsoft has given us a glimpse of Windows progress this week – and it was generally well received – particularly the one-year "grace period" allowing Windows 7 holdouts to climb on board for free. While price won't induce Enterprise customers to upgrade, lower retraining costs will –and the majority will wait to see what the …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Jan 2015
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Telenor Norway projects 2020 switch-off for its 3G network

Norwegian telco Telenor has outlined plans for switching off 3G, which may be a model for other operators. Norweigians love 4G so much that the Telenor group is looking to ape America in the growth of 4G. CEO Berit Svendsen (pictured) says that the network will follow the raid adoption of 4G found in the US and Asia. Telenor’ …
Simon Rockman, 04 Jun 2015
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Apple lets 3G VoIP onto iPhone

Apple is now allowing VoIP-over-3G apps, after a change to the new beta version 3.2 of its iPhone SDK, released yesterday in concert with the announcement of Cupertino's long-awaited iPad. The news comes by way of a press release from iCall, a second from Fring, and a third from Acrobits, all providers of VoIP services for the …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Jan 2010
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How to keep track of your flexible workers

It has been two years since Yahoo! chief Marissa Meyer hauled her remote working employees back into the office, intent on eliminating flexible working. The concept is becoming more popular, though, whether people like Ms Meyer like it or not. In June 2014, an amendment to the UK’s Children and Families Act came into effect. …
Robin Birtstone, 23 Jul 2015