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Opinion on Mobile Payment #4: $600bn global remittance market is “terra incognita” for classic banks

In previous articles, I shared my opinion on the fact that mobile banking does not have a USP yet in developed countries. But there is an extraordinary one in a huge market (I mentioned the first CSP, Omantel alklowing for easy money transfers as the first one globally to allow banking business between private / residential users of their service as a notable exception from the rule). About a year ago, RBS and Barclays have been motivated to stop their remittance-business, due to lack in governance. The likes of Western… Read more Opinion on Mobile Payment #4: $600bn global remittance market is “terra incognita” for classic banks

When the teapot has a critical vulnerability

This opinion piece sums up nicely, what many conversations have shown to be the concern of the experts about those neat little items we feel have some added value due to their connectedness. We tend to trade a couple of minutes of leisure time against the risk of our household appliances being the attack vector for all kinds of crimes and attacks. Given the many webcams households have deployed and which are not only open to malevolent visitors from the internet due to faulty, neglecting, cheap implementation or even bad… Read more When the teapot has a critical vulnerability

People Hire Hackers To Get The Job Done – Business Insider

  Just a few years ago, I was able to overhear a conversation between a hacker and an interested person. This would-be client asked the hacker whether he would be able to hack into the Blackberry he had obtained via court order from a business partner gone bad. I was pondering about the consequences of this happening, both legally and also ethically. Obviously, the borders of moral are fuzzy these days, with everyone and their uncle spying on anyone else if they can, and noone having a bad conscious in… Read more People Hire Hackers To Get The Job Done – Business Insider

Surveillance in Oslo Government Quarter shows inadequate mindset to issues

Heise and Aftenposten  both report on IMSI catchers that have been detected in Norways government quarter. Now, given that anybody with a few thousand Euro in their hands can build such an IMSI catcher (which is capable of catching much more than just an IMSI, the unique mobile identification number of a cellphone, but can actually serve as a listening device to conversations and tape streams of voice-data), it is not neglect that is to be seen. In fact, it is an inability to see attacks while they are happening… Read more Surveillance in Oslo Government Quarter shows inadequate mindset to issues

Vodafone Weighing Takeover of Malone’s Liberty Global

With quite a bit of a shock going through the market regarding the Telefónica/BT deal, it didn’t take Vittorio Collao long to have a similarly heavy deal on the table. Vodafone seems to be weighing takeover of  Liberty Global according to Bloomberg: “Vodafone Group Plc (VOD) is exploring a combination with John Malone’s Liberty Global Plc (LBTYA) that would create Europe’s largest phone, Internet and TV company, worth more than $130 billion, people with knowledge of the matter said.” At least, the shares of vodafone won 2.9% on the London… Read more Vodafone Weighing Takeover of Malone’s Liberty Global

AT&T, Verizon agree to VoLTE interoperability in 2015

Things are moving quick in the mobile world. Interoperability is an issue in the Voice over LTE world, as it has always been in cellular communication. Currently, the standards that were pretty constant in the “old world” of GSM, have been drifting apart fairly quick, and the TMF has been asked to push “the toothpaste back into the tube” by making standards globally accepted, while many carriers rather enter into bilateral agreements than spend time on standardization issues. Nevertheless, TMF have been fairly good at doing precisely that. Yet, here… Read more AT&T, Verizon agree to VoLTE interoperability in 2015