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Global Mobile Roaming Hub Accessible From the Internet and Vulnerable, Researchers Find

posted onJune 4, 2014
by l33tdawg

The GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX) network, which carries roaming traffic among hundreds of mobile operators worldwide, contains Internet-reachable hosts that run vulnerable and unnecessary services, recent security scans reveal.

The scans were performed over a period of several months by Stephen Kho and Rob Kuiters, a penetration tester and an incident response handler from KPN, the largest telecommunications provider in the Netherlands.

NSA director expected to be no-show at KPN security conference

posted onSeptember 10, 2013
by l33tdawg

Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency (NSA), is no longer expected to keynote a cyber security conference scheduled to convene on Tuesday.

On Monday, KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company that is hosting the “Masters in Security” congress, announced the news on its website.

The change in plans came just days after major media outlets published documents, leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, which revealed details on NSA's years-long mission to undermine encryption methods widely used to secure communications sent over the internet.

140,000 KPN ADSL customers still using default password

posted onJuly 6, 2012
by l33tdawg

In Holland, a major ISP known as KPN has found a major security flaw for their customers. It seems that the Usernames were easy to guess because it was comprised of the persons zipcode + street address. All customers have had the same default password of 'welkom01'.

On a customers account management page there is an option to change the password, but up to 140,000 users never did. Anyone with minimal effort could log onto the account management of business ADSL subscribers.

KPN issues '2 million apologies' after details of 537 customers posted online

posted onFebruary 14, 2012
by l33tdawg

Dutch telecoms company KPN has offered “two million apologies” in a national advertising campaign to pacify 2m subscribers who were unable to access emails on Friday and Saturday as it overhauled its systems following an earlier cyberattack.

The email shutdown is the latest blow for the former national telephone monopoly, which issued a profit warning in January due to falling market share and faces a competition inquiry over alleged price-fixing on mobile rates.