EncryptoTel:Digest of the week(12.10.18)
Spy equipment from China, 5G networks and instant messengers are mastering the blockchain.
China quietly attacked the United States with telecommunications equipment.
One of the largest cyber scandals of recent years has flared up in the United States. According to Bloomberg, US intelligence agencies discovered that for several years China had been implanting chips no larger than rice grain into motherboards used for espionage and supplied this equipment to major US companies and organizations. Among the buyers of “spyware” equipment were such giants as Apple, Amazon, the military and government departments, a certain “big bank”, etc.
Microchips were placed next to the controller to gain access to computer memory. The main supplier of such equipment is the Chinese manufacturer Super Micro Computer, which has more than 900 customers in 100 countries. They expectedly refuted all the allegations that appeared in the media, but on condition of anonymity, Apple and Amazon employees confirmed that chips were found in the equipment from Super Micro Computer.
This week, the scandal has developed: it turned out that the equipment controlled by Chinese intelligence was used by a “major US telecommunications company,” Bloomberg writes, without naming the company. The equipment was disabled only in August 2018. Cybersecurity expert Yossi Applebaum, who spoke about this, added that the chips were found not only in Super Micro Computer products, but also from other Chinese manufacturers. This means that all American companies (and not only American ones) that use equipment manufactured in China were at risk.
US is becoming a leader in 5G
“During my 35-year career, I haven’t seen such a revolutionary technology,” admitted by John Donovan, CEO of AT & T, the American mobile operator, who was talking about the prospects of 5G technology. — Communication in the 5G world will take place in real time. And that will fundamentally change the architecture itself.”
By the end of the year, AT & T plans to deploy 5G networks in 12 US cities, and by the beginning of 2019 their number should increase to 19. Last week, the deployment of 5G networks was discussed at the White House. The meeting was attended by 4 major US mobile operators — AT & T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, as well as congressmen and employees of Donald Trump’s presidential administration.
“The 5G race is a sprint, not a marathon,” said Congressman Greg Walden, chairman of the subcommittee on communications and technology at the US Congress. According to Senator John Tune from the same subcommittee, the development of 5G in the US is projected to attract up to $ 275 billion in new investments for the country’s economy and create up to three million new jobs.
5G networks are the fifth generation of mobile communication technologies that allow data to be transmitted at a previously unimaginable speed — up to several gigabits per second. In addition, 5G reduces the signal delay to one millisecond against 10 milliseconds on 4G networks.
EU tightens Internet censorship
The European Union has created a working group called the European Problematic Use of the Internet (EU-PUI) Research Network. The goal of the new commission is to strengthen the fight in the EU against websites with prohibited and harmful, according to European lawmakers, content — gambling and pornography. It is curious that the responsibility of the new working group includes the study of how excessive use of social networks affects the health of users, especially their mental state.
“Dubious use of the Internet is a serious problem. Almost everyone uses the Internet, but information about what risks it carries is still missing. Research has often been limited to individual countries or particular problematic behaviors, such as reliance on online games. Therefore, we don’t know the real extent of the problem, ”- Naomi Feinberg, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Hertfordshire, who heads the working group.
The idea, which, perhaps, sets a goal to protect the health of EU citizens, was perceived ambiguously. Many have suggested that such an approach could lead to restriction of personal freedoms, such as, for example, limiting the time that EU residents can spend on Facebook or Twitter per day. A similar restriction is already in effect, though not in Europe, but in one of the countries of the African continent. In Uganda, in June 2018 a tax was imposed on the use of Facebook and WhatsApp messenger — 200 Ugandan shillings per day, or about five US cents.
Another large instant messenger launches its own blockchain.
The popular South Korean messenger Kakao announced the launch of a testnet of his own blockchain Klaytn. The development belongs to the subsidiary company of the Ground X messenger. 10 invited partners are currently connected to the testnet. In the future, the blockchain platform will become the main one for Kakao services and will allow creating decentralized applications.
According to their White Paper, Klaytn uses a hybrid consensus that combines the concept of consensus nodes (CNs) and ranger nodes (RNs). Consensus nodes belong to network partners that form a private blockchain with their help. They form transaction blocks and verify them. Ranger node in the future is any user who connects to the platform and performs the role of re-checking transactions and blocks. This approach will speed up the transfer of transaction blocks through the network to less than 1 second, and raise the performance of the entire network to 1,500 transactions per second. The launch of the Klaytn core network is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.
Just to remind you, that in addition to the acclaimed Telegram, which promised to create a TON blockchain ecosystem and collected more than $ 2.5 billion through their ICO, Line messengers from Japan and Chinese WeChat are interested in the blockchain. At the same time, Japanese Line has already launched its own blockchain with LINK cryptocurrency in late August.
Encry published the first version of telecom blockchain
The open blockchain platform Encry recently introduced its test network for public testing. A distinctive feature of the platform, made from scratch, is a special emphasis on the telecommunications sector of the market.
The current release of Encry Core v. 0.9.2 already introduced the following functionality:
Equihash test consensus
“Prism” scripting language (non-Turing complete smart contracts),
Custom assets issuing,
Improved mining logic,
Updated network layer
The ability to save test network data in LevelDB, PostgreSQL databases and much more.
It is assumed that the future platform will combine high performance, flexibility and functions necessary for telecom solutions. Very soon, the first Encry-based user cases will be integrated into the already running cloud telecommunication infrastructure of EncryptoTel PBX.
Encrypto Telecom Team took a part at Global Blockchain Conference at the end of September in Boston.
Global Blockchain Conference in Boston assemble hundreds of IT specialists and investors.
AI in procurement, blockchain in telecom, and deep learning in tourism were among the topics discussed at a major technology conference that took place at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center this September 25–28, 2018.
The discussion involved all industry verticals — Finance, Retail/E-Commerce/M-Commerce, Healthcare/Pharma/BioTech, Energy, Education, Insurance, Manufacturing, Telco, Auto, Hi-Tech, Media, Agriculture, Chemical, Government, Transportation, etc.
The list of speakers included representatives of Google, SAP, TripAdvisor, blockchain startups, and others. Thus, George Bezerra, director of TripAdvisor, revealed how natural language processing and deep learning can help catching fraudsters, while Marcell Vollmer, chief digital officer of SAP, discussed how AI will change the face of procurement. Telecom industry will also face revolutionary changes after blockchain implementation, and this was the topic of discussion involving representatives of blockchain-based telecom project EncryptoTel, which works with cloud virtual PBX focused both on individuals and businesses.
The conference was attended by worldwide famous thinktanks and experts from the industry, as well as executives, developers, team leaders, and administrators from various fields of knowledge.
Participant had an unparalleled opportunity for networking with other entrepreneurs interested in advancing, extending or implementing the blockchain technology. Furthermore, workshops and startup pitches will embellish the in-depth scope of the event.