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Euronews: Telenor Suffers Hack Attack

Paul Rainford

Telenor ASA, Ipanema Technologies and Nokia Siemens Networks are in the frame for today's snapshot of the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • Telenor has been the victim of a major hack, reports this Norwegian news site, citing the Aftenposten newspaper. Several top executives at the company had the contents of their PCs emptied, and some had their machines taken over remotely. Telenor has extensive interests in central and eastern Europe, where many such attacks originate.
  • Nokia Siemens Networks is deploying its circuit switched fallback (CSFB) technology for Polish operator Polkomtel. CSFB automatically switches customers with LTE-capable devices to Polkomtel's 3G network to make voice calls.
  • Applications acceleration specialist Ipanema is the latest vendor to pin itself with the virtualization badge: The French outfit has announced the virtual|engine, a version of its software that runs across virtual platforms. While the initial version runs on the VMware Inc. ESXi hypervisor, Ipanema is planning to support other virtualization platforms such as Linux KVM.
  • Dailymotion, the French video streaming service that is owned by France Télécom – Orange, is being eyed up by Yahoo Inc., according to this All Things D report. The search giant could be interested in as much as 75 percent of Dailymotion, which is estimated to be worth around $300 million.
  • In the latest performance of the telecom patents Punch 'n' Judy show, a German court has ruled in favor of Nokia Corp. in its battle with High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) over use of a power-saving technology, reports Reuters. The case was just one of 22 that the handset maker brought against its Taiwanese rival in Germany. (See Intellectual Property Boom.)
  • Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) is getting into the M2M (machine-to-machine) game, with the help of digital security specialist Gemalto. Gemalto's Cinterion machine identification modules (MIMs) will be integrated by du into a range of M2M projects, embracing oil, gas and healthcare, among other sectors.
  • German data center and hosting specialist United Internet AG is one of the investors that have pumped $19.5 million into ProfitBricks, an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) startup based in Cambridge, Mass.
  • Cable & Wireless Worldwide has teamed up with Virgin Media Business Ltd. to bid for a slice of the action in the Scottish government's Scotland Wide Area Network (SWAN) program. The six-year contract could be worth up to £325 million ($491 million). — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    Ray Le Maistre
    Ray Le Maistre,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    3/20/2013 | 5:46:27 PM
    re: Euronews: Telenor Suffers Hack Attack
    It appears to be based in both locations, according to its press release...

    "Headquartered in Berlin, Germany and Boston, Mass., ProfitBricks can be found online at-áhttp://www.ProfitBricks.com."
    User Rank: Light Beer
    3/20/2013 | 4:56:23 PM
    re: Euronews: Telenor Suffers Hack Attack
    I think ProfitBricks is based in Berlin, Germany rather than in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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