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News has spread that the FBI has formed a Domestic Communications Assistance Center, which is tasked with developing a new electronic monitoring technology, including intercepting Internet, wireless, and VoIP communications.

The FBI has recently formed a secret surveillance unit in a grand goal of inventing a technology to let the police easily eavesdrop on Internet and wireless communications.

ESET announced the launch of ESET Mobile Security for smartphones with Android operating systems. Their solution for smartphones is now available for Android OS computers.

The solution for mobile devices ESET, previously only available for computers running Windows Mobile and Symbian, can now run on Android operating systems and is capable of protecting 70% of smartphone users against known and unknown threats.

A security bug in Apple's iOS enables hackers to take control of iPhone and iPad apps, using them to steal people's photos, contacts and even send SMS messages without the user’s knowledge, according to a prominent Apple hacker.

Researchers have devised a stealthy and cheap way to track the IP addresses of tens of thousands of Skype users, and link the information to their online activities such as peer-to-peer sharing. The method, which is explained in a recently published academic paper, works even when Skype users have reconfigured their accounts to accept calls only from people in their contact lists. It also works against Skype users who are not currently logged in, as long as they have used the VoIP client in the past three days.

When the massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack last March brought down the voice-over-IP (VoIP) call processing supplied by TelePacific Communications to many of its customers, it prompted the local-exchange services provider to enhance its security.

A German computer engineer said recently that he had deciphered the encryption code used to secure most of the world’s mobile Internet traffic and that he aimed to publish a guide to prompt mobile operators worldwide to improve their safeguards. Karsten Nohl, who posted online the algorithms used by mobile operators to encrypt voice conversations on digital phone networks last 2009, said during a press briefing he planned to show how he had intercepted and read the data during a presentation Wednesday.

A key U.S. Senate chairman said they need to pass legislation to shield customers from unauthorized third-party charges on their phone bills because U.S. telecom companies has failed to stop the practice. Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia said a one-year research by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee indicated that about US$2 billion a year in unknown fees show up on the landline phone bills of Americans, a problem known as cramming.

Together with computer experts, linguistics researchers at the University of North Carolina have demonstrated that even when encrypted, VoIP phone conversations are not as secure as popularly thought. The team recently released their findings at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in Oakland California.

For Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEC), no more selling third-party session border controller (SBC) technology, the company has released its own SBC to bring better Voice over IP (VoIP) security and reduce cost to OpenScape Voice customers. According to Michael Leo, senior marketing manager at SEC, the SBC was designed specifically for OpenScape to address security and interoperability issues plaguing many SIP-based VoIP traffic.

A tech writer of an Australia-based Internet security firm uncovered a 0-day bug in the popular VoIP client Skype that allows hackers to gain control of Mac OS X machines by sending an instant message. Gordon Maddern of Pure Hacking said he accidentally discovered the bug while chatting with a colleague through Skype about a certain payload.