AT&T is the first major ISP to confirm that it is suspending all broadband usage caps for millions of American customers.
Karl Bode, Vice »
Telecom experts told Motherboard this morning that broadband caps and overage fees don’t serve any real technical purpose, and are little more than a glorified price hike on uncompetitive markets. We in turn reached out to ten of the nation’s biggest ISPs, only one of which (Mediacom) was willing to go on the record.
In the wake of that report, AT&T has confirmed to Motherboard that the company will be suspending all usage caps until further notice.
“Many of our AT&T Internet customers already have unlimited home internet access, and we are waiving internet data overage for the remaining customers,” a company spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, Bloomberg is reporting that Housebound Italian kids are straining networks with Fortnite, with an increase to “internet traffic of more than 70%.”
Security researchers at SRLabs are sounding the alarm that telecos are implementing the Rich Communication Services (RCS) standard in ways which allow phone networks to be attacked.
Joseph Cox, writing for Vice’s Motherboard »
SRLabs estimated RCS is already implemented by at least 100 mobile operators, with many of the deployments being in Europe. SRLabs said that all the major U.S. carriers—AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon—were using RCS.
SRLabs didn’t find an issue in the RCS standard itself, but rather how it is being implemented by different telecos. Because some of the standard is undefined, there’s a good chance companies may deploy it in their own way and make mistakes.
“Everybody seems to get it wrong right now, but in different ways,” Nohl said. SRLabs took a sample of SIM cards from a variety of carriers and checked for RCS-related domains, and then looked into particular security issues with each. SRLabs didn’t say which issues impacted which particular telecos.
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