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Arelion DDoS Threat Landscape report reveals cyber warfare mirroring trends in ground war

Stockholm,  April 25 2024 – Arelion has today announced the findings of its latest DDoS threat landscape report with a unique perspective on key global DDoS trends observed in 2023 from traffic data on its #1 ranked Internet backbone, AS1299. The report investigates the overall impact of DDoS attacks, the evolution of specific attacks vectors and the significance of major social and geopolitical events in a cyberattack context. The findings reveal that cyber warfare is now an established part of nation state conflict and is not limited to just governmental assets. The ground war in Ukraine reflects attack trends in countries such as Russia and Ukraine – and neighbouring countries like Poland.

Commenting on the report, Mattias Fridström, Chief Evangelist at Arelion said:

“While the findings of this year’s report have also revealed that there is an overall decline in packets-per-second and that attack duration is down, it shows that hackers are increasingly working smarter, not harder.” He explains, “Larger, more intensive attacks over slightly shorter periods ultimately cause the same damage overall and, with improved DNS amplification, fewer packets-per-second are needed for an effective attack, which is one less thing that could trip the existing defenses of an organization.”

“As such, the need for a basic level of customer protection to mitigate the abundant smaller attacks, together with a solid insurance policy for the larger ones is as great as ever. Arelion, with its key role in the global Internet community, continues to work on this kind of ‘passive DDoS protection’ – an important tool in the war of attrition against malicious DDoS traffic.”

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Zain KSA and Enea announce world-first next-generation signaling overlay security technology innovation

Enea, a world-leading telecom network security specialist and Zain KSA, a pioneering mobile telecommunications and digital services provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced a collaboration to pilot the world’s first mobile network signaling overlay technology, which significantly extends signaling firewall capabilities. The patent-pending signaling security overlay was conceived in Enea’s Technology Research unit during 2023 with patents filed in December 2023.

“The emergence of cloud and virtualized infrastructures, along with the proliferation of private networks and APIs, has introduced new complexities and vulnerabilities in mobile networks, significantly increasing the risk of sophisticated cyberattacks,” commented Anders Lidbeck, CEO of Enea. “This partnership builds on our long-standing relationship with Zain KSA, and emphasizes our shared commitment to enhancing network security and embracing innovation.”

Eng. Abdulrahman Al Mufadda, COO of Zain KSA, added, “At Zain KSA, we are dedicated to driving the digital transformation goals of all our customers through advanced, reliable, and secure ecosystems. Zain KSA’s collaboration with Enea reflects our dedication to securing and advancing our network infrastructure. By being the first to test this promising technology, we are cementing our position at the forefront of telecom innovation, furthering our commitment to providing secure and cutting-edge solutions to our individual and business customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

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Digital Virgo and Team Queso continue their collaboration for the third consecutive year

Digital Virgo continues its firm commitment to the highest level of gaming content. To this end, the company has renewed, for the third consecutive year, its collaboration agreement with one of the world’s leading eSports teams, Team Queso. In this way, Team Queso will continue to generate premium and exclusive content for DV Content, Digital Virgo’s solution aimed at the content ecosystem. News, gameplays, tutorials and much more from the best professional gamers.

“In this new season together with Team Queso, we want to evolve and give more visibility to new content formats such as our Masterclass, where experts in the Gaming ecosystem will shed light on the advances in Web3, or the future of eSports in a video pill format,” says Enrique Galán, Product & License Manager at Digital Virgo.

“With this new renewal, it is undeniable that the partnership between Digital Virgo and Team Queso is a solid alliance, dedicated to delivering the best in gaming content and with a strong commitment to the gaming community. Together, we are excited to continue elevating the fan experience, bringing knowledge and quality entertainment to the global community,” Alicia Morote, co-founder of Team Queso.

Infobip Shift Miami secures growing attendance in its second year

Miami, US, April 24, 2024 – Infobip Shift Miami, the American edition of the Infobip developer conference, this week brought together a diverse technology-sector audience on the shores of Florida. The conference, now in its second year, secured growing attendance with more than 400 attendees and top speakers from the developer industry and an expanded program across two days.

Infobip Shift Miami impressed attendees with speakers discussing the latest API developments on the stage of the Perez Art Museum. Founders and CEOs of successful companies, such as Matt Biilmann from Netlify and Christine Spang from Nylas, led the line-up of more than 20 software experts. Other speakers included experts from well-known companies, such as Camunda, Data Protocol, Akamai, Cisco, Nokia and Infobip.

Nikola Radišić Head of the Infobip Shift team: “The expansion of the program was the biggest evolution this year, driven by feedback and interest from the developer community. We secured more partners and exhibitors this year, as well as speakers and attendees from more than 300 different companies. We saw growing national attendance with guests coming from tech hubs such as San Francisco and New York, as well as Miami and the surrounding region. It’s not easy to stand out in a busy event schedule, so the popularity of Shift Miami this year demonstrates how our American audience has recognized the quality Infobip Shift delivers. We now have a solid foundation on which to build future editions.”

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Telenor Linx and 4T enter agreement on Direct Carrier Billing for mobile subscribers in Denmark

4T, owned by the mobile operators Nuuday, Telenor, Telia and 3, and Telenor Linx announces that the parties have entered into a five-year agreement for a Mobile Payment Platform for the Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) market in Denmark. The platform, managed by Telenor Linx, is the hub connecting all Danish MNOs and service and content providers offering their users to pay via their mobile bill or prepaid account.

“Telenor Linx was the best match for us in our growth ambition. It’s important for a local player like us to partner up with a large global DCB platform provider knowing the Danish market as Telenor Linx. Running the DCB service as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) from Telenor Linx, gives us a cost-efficient way to access industry best practices. We have high expectations and are confident that Telenor Linx is our right partner for the future”, says Henrik Lindberg Moesgaard, CEO of 4T.

“We are very pleased that 4T has chosen our managed DCB platform service, partnering up together for the future. Telenor Linx platforms are built by Telco for Telcos which puts us in a prime spot for delivering cutting-edge capabilities to 4T and the mobile operators. With our experience we are supporting and enhancing the strict Danish market rules protecting the mobile operators and end users. We are eager to partner with 4T to bring the Danish DCB offering to the next level and a solid position for the future”, says Stig Waagbø, CEO of Telenor Linx.

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VOX Solutions voted by Mobile Operators as Tier 1 Vendor in SMS Monetisation

Hong Kong, April 23, 2024 – VOX Solutions, a leading innovator in the telecom sector, proudly announces its prestigious recognition as a Tier 1 vendor in the 2024 SMS Monetisation Market Impact report by ROCCO Research. This recognition is the outcome of the voting of 273 Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) who provided their perspectives on critical aspects of SMS monetization, resulting in VOX Solutions being recognized as Tier 1 out of 28 rated vendors.

The ROCCO report, esteemed for its in-depth analysis and insights into the SMS monetization industry, assesses vendors based on feedback coming directly from MNOs globally. Evaluation criteria include factors such as reliability, customer service, flexibility, and value for money. Achieving Tier 1 status highlights VOX Solutions’ exemplary performance in these areas, cementing its status as an industry trailblazer.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by ROCCO and the global telecom community as a Tier 1 vendor in SMS Monetisation,” said Ehsan Ahmadi, CEO of VOX Solutions. “This accolade is a testament to our team’s dedication, hard work, and our continuous drive to excel in serving our customers. We remain committed to pushing the boundaries of innovation and delivering solutions that not only meet but surpass the evolving needs of the telecommunications sector.”

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