THE WRAP: Net goes to war over secrets

Robert Clark
10 Dec 2010

This week cyberwar broke out over WikiLeaks, while Sprint handed out big network contracts.

A hacker alliance called Anonymous took down the Visa and Mastercard sites in DDoS attacks after they cut off support for WikiLeaks.

While Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblowing site, was held in jail on rape charges, it continued to release daily batches of leaked State Department cables.

Subsea cables featured heavily in the department’s list of key US assets abroad.

A senior Pentagon official said that attacks on intellectual property were now a major security threat.

Announcing $5 billion contracts for Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung, Sprint said it would scrap its Nextel iDEN network.

Indian operator Aircel handed 3G contracts to Nokia Siemens and ZTE.

Police raided the home of former Indian telecom minister Andimuthu Raja as they probed the 2G spectrum scandal.

European telcos called on US internet firms to pay for the cost of extra bandwidth generated by their traffic.

New Zealand awarded the first NZ$200 million ($154.2m) contracts for the national Ultrafast Broadband (UFB) project to utility firms, overlooking incumbent Telecom NZ.

A Toshiba plant suffered a power failure of less than a second that is expected to cause a fall in shipments of chips for iPhones and other devices.

Intel set up a new netbook and tablet division and says its chips will be in 35 tablets early next year.

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