Another SIM Farm Spammer Raided Last week ICO seized hundreds of SIM cards, whilst raiding a SIM farm in offices in Wolverhampton. It’s estimated that the equipment was being used to send somewhere between 350,000 and a million messages. Sad to say, then, that it will be but a drop in the bucket! Computer equipment and paperwork… Read More


EU Data Retention Directive Invalid The EU’s highest court, the Court of Justice has ruled the EU Data Retention Directive invalid.  The full ruling can be found here. “It entails a wide – ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without… Read More


Ovivo is no More Ovivo has shuffled off this mortal coil, absolutely no surprises there – the pricing model was pretty weak. They weren’t even directly connecting to Vodafone – they were going through an aggregator – someone else taking a percentage. Few have made ad supported work, but we have been here so many,… Read More


You Couldn’t Make it Up It’s starting to sound like something from Monty Python. No one expects the Spanish Inquisition GCHQ. Our chief weapon is surprise, and snooping. Our two chief weapons are surprise, snooping and building a database of the whole population, etc. All we need now is the “and near fanatical devotion to the… Read More


SMS Text Messages: A Goldmine to Exploit Another day, another piece of the Snowden papers. This is probably the least surprising revelation from the Snowden papers. Texts are sent in the clear, and always have been. i.e. there is no encryption in the SMS standard. Vodafone are reported to be “shocked and surprised”, although I’m… Read More


In the Interests of National Security? A very interesting article came to light over the weekend. Aftenposten.no (Norway’s Evening News – their largest newspaper) runs a story on GSM and A5/1, the encryption standard within GSM, reporting how the British requested weaker encryption. We have the Washington Post reporting that the NSA can break one… Read More


A Very Brief History of Telecoms We’ve been writing a description of how our VSIM hosting service works. To help understand it’s helpful to take a lightning speed, but somewhat technical, tour of the history of telecoms. I’ve conflated a few steps to smooth our journey a little! We’ve come a long, long way since… Read More