UK Goverment Confirms WannaCry Speculation

Last week reports emerged of the UK government confirming their suspicions of WannaCry being a state sponsored attack involving North Korea.

Earlier this year, just after WannaCry came to prominence I wrote an article What is WannaCry.  In which I speculated due to the nature and style of attack, it did not appear to follow the traditional Ransomware style. What I mean by this is, from the outset WannaCry was targeting and effecting core infrastructure as well as the Public sector in the UK. Resulting in WannaCry becoming somewhat of a disruption, as a rule Ransomware attacker aim to make the process of decrypting the data as smooth and straight forward for the victims as possible. This is likely due to them being after one thing, money. Mozilla conducted an investigation as part of there Online Life is Real Life podcast series a from their investigation they rated Ransomaware customer services. This highlights how the process of ransomware cannot be to complicated as it will reduce and limited their overall ability to collect the ransom

But there are numerous article floating around the web that indicate WannaCry made between $20,000 – $100,000. For an attack of this level that impacted hundreds of thousand of people it was a very poor take.
But the level of chaos and “denial of service” that WannaCry caused indicated to myself that their was more to it than just the money. I am aware that the traditional sence a denial of service or DDoS is targeting web services and flooding them with packets. But in this case WannaCry effected ATM machine as well as computer within hospitals, effectively denying service to them.

Of course the North Koreans released a statement to the effect of them having no involvement and that these accusations are nothing but wild speculation. But it is important to consider that this “speculation” was floating around from the beginning of WannaCry and was stated by a number of security research teams that looked into WannaCry. As well as this, the UK government would not make these accusations without a substantial level of evidence.

The north Koreans have in te past been accused of other attacks, mainly the attack on Sony. This attack was alleged to have happened due to the upcoming release of movie The Interview.

Please let me know your views on the North Koreans involvment in WannaCry in the comments below.

 

 

5G Receives More Funding

Earlier this week I wrote about my prediction for home routers to be deployed using mobile data SIMs to connect them to the internet. Well yesterday an article was published by the BBC that states 5G is receiving £16m to fund ‘trail hubs’ these hubs will most likely be in the key cities of the UK and will proved the basic infrastructure that can lead to further development and implementation of the 5G network.

It also goes to state how 5G should be delayed some time after 2020, this ties in nicely to the prediction I made that mobile data would be able to provide home routers connectivity within the next 5 years.

And in the final part of the information on the 5G funding it states that the government wants there to be better mobile data coverage on country roads and on railway lines than is currently present. As someone who lives in a fairly rural areas there is nothing more annoying that using your phone to stream music while your driving and also providing you with navigation and for you to lose the connection. This is not only irritating in regards to the music but can potentially cause a number of issues if you are unable to get your maps application to give you directions. I feel an investment in these ares would be significantly helpful as in some rural areas EDGE connection is the best you will be able to receive making your smart phone a not so smart phone.

 

Original article: HERE

 

Home Routers Use Mobile Data Connections

I recently read an article that suggested 5G (5th Generation) mobile data could potentially be mainstream in the next 5 years. That led to me thinking for some rural areas, or possibly just areas with limited infrastructures the possibility of height speed Internet without the fiber connection.

I aware that there are currently providers that offer satellite Internet, and that can offer very hight speeds and consistency but it also has limitation, the first one being the price. Satellite internet is much more expensive than normal broad band making it an unrealistic goal for a lot of people. and the second limitation would be that due to the nature of the satellite there needs to be a reception disk placed on your property that can receive the incoming signal. For built up areas this again would not be a viable option.

So then the thought that by using mobile data, the same as a personal hotspot from your phone or a mobile dongle could open up the playing field for people to get hight speed Internet. I have seen that there are some routers that currently offer this ability but they again are enterprise grade or not really general consumer ready. One issue that would have to be considered if this was to be implemented would be the strain on the network, and although most places in the UK now have 4G it has been a few years to get coverage to most areas.

Data plans would be another issue, I recently read that T-Mobile are going to start offering a new totally unlimited data plan to play month subscribers, okay,  so these mobile contacts are fairly pricey but when you take of the cost of the phone and the text and calls unlimited data SIM could work out around the same speed as using an ISP. With all the money currently being sunk into the telecommunications infrastructure at the moment as well it could have a lot of potential to be implemented on a 4G network.

I would like to see a system like this to start being spoke about or implement by either the big mobile data providers or ISP, although I feel the ISP might see it as a costly investment it could open up the potential market to people who are otherwise still using a dial-up connection.

So as my prediction states in the next 5 years we will start to see technologies such as this being implement, or at least being beta test or developed. I appreciate that 5G is currently working in a controlled lab at the moment but with the development already at that stage 5 years is a long time!