Monthly Archives: April 2009

TeliaSonera Selects Infinera for US Network

The international carrier arm of Scandanavian giant TeliaSonera (news) has chosen to deploy gear from Infinera (INFN: chart, news) in its US network.  This is the second Tier-1 European carrier customer announced by Infinera, the first was Deutsche Telecom last summer.  Like all gear makers, Infinera has seen revenues recede due to carrier spending, but while existing customers may be delaying expansions they have been doing pretty well with new customers, and that will give them some extra mojo when the rebound finally arrives.

Now, I had forgotten that TeliaSonera still had dark fiber in the US, as most European carriers returned their fiber when the last bubble burst.  TeliaSonera, however, apparently kept their fiber and continued to operate it, albeit quietly, as a part of their restructured international network.  That fiber has its roots, I believe, in a swap with Williams Communications Group back in 2000.  Under that deal, Telia gained the rights to fiber on the Williams backbone and Williams gained dark fiber/wavelength rights on the Telia network in Europe.  Williams never actually used their fiber IRUs in Europe, but Telia supposedly lit it with Lucent gear and called it the ‘Viking’ network in early 2002.  That was just in time for the bottom to fall out of the bandwidth market of course, and Viking fell off the radar soon thereafter – for me at least.

TeliaSonera International Carrier’s “Viking” network probably, therefore, now lies entirely within the footprint of Level 3 Communications (LVLT: chart, news).  Does anyone know if this is still the case?  As one of the earliest and largest Infinera customers, Level 3 knows this gear inside out and TeliaSonera doesn’t have a large workforce at its disposal in the US – I wonder if Level 3 is helping them with the upgrade…

Swedish MP Wants His ISP To Delete Personal Data

Swedish MP Karl Sigfrid is very much against the recently implemented anti-piracy law (IPRED). A member of the Moderate Party, Sigfrid has written to his ISP asking them to no longer keep records associated with the activities of its customers, in order to neutralize IPRED. So far the ISP has refused, saying they need to keep their customers ’safe’.

Under IPRED it will be easier for copyright holders to get the personal details of alleged file-sharers from ISPs. This week we reported how some Swedish ISPs are effectively neutralizing the tough IPRED legislation by deleting records and not gathering future data about their customers’ Internet usage. Earlier legislation said that it’s not compulsory for ISPs to keep such data and major ISPs Bahnhof and Tele2 use this to stand up for their customers’ privacy.

Now Karl Sigfrid, an MP with the Moderate Party and opponent of IPRED, is urging other Internet providers to follow this lead and refuse to log data that can be revealed under IPRED – no data logged means there is nothing to reveal.

Sigfrid has sent a letter to his ISP Bredbandsbolaget, urging them to stop storing data;

“As a customer I ask you to stop storing information on the IP address that you assign me. The data need not be stored by law, and other Internet providers have already decided to discontinue storage.

Since you store my IP address, I can not operate an open wireless network without exposing myself to risk of having my identity extradited to the copyright holder. This is because I can not check if anyone else is guilty of illegal up-or downloading through my account.

A letter from a copyright holder and a possible lawsuit is a major inconvenience for those who have done nothing illegal, especially since a customer can ask his ISP to take legal action to protect their clients’ right to private communications.”

So far Bredbandsbolaget has refused to comply and has said that it will continue to log the activities of its customers. A request for another major ISP Telia to stop logging resulted in the same response, with both companies claiming that they will continue to log for the “security of our customers”.

“Our task is to make sure that our customers are safe on the Internet. In order to do this we have to keep records for a short amount of time, maximum three weeks. We will not automatically give away any records but will investigate any such request very thoroughly and also appeal,” said Georgi Ganev, CEO of Bredbandsbolaget.

Ganev said that Tele2’s claimed decision to stop logging will compromise the security of its customers. “If they claim that they will be able to uphold security and at the same time immediately delete records, then I’m confused. It is impossible,” he said.

IFPI lawyer Peter Danowsky is completely against ISPs stopping their logging and has attacked them, accusing them of assisting with illegal behavior. “It is astonishing that someone who claims to be a serious telecoms company wants to contribute to breaches of the law, which is the meaning of what they do,” he said, while completely failing to mention that these ISPs are operating entirely within the law.

Quite how these logs improve customer security is not clear, but for those permanently using a VPN (like this writer) there are no logs whatsoever to refer to – and I haven’t noticed any reduction in my security at all.

In the meantime, Karl Sigfrid is encouraging everyone to copy his letter and send it to their own ISP.

Swedish ISPs vow to erase users’ traffic data

Having apparently been scared off illegal file sharing in large numbers by a new Swedish law that went into effect April 1, pirates in that country now have a new safe harbor to escape law enforcement.

Having apparently been scared off illegal file sharing in large numbers by a new Swedish law that went into effect April 1, pirates in that country now have a new safe harbor to escape law enforcement.

Three Swedish Internet service providers, among them Tele2, one of the country’s three major broadband operators, have stated that they will erase traffic data to protect their customers’ privacy.

“It’s a strong wish from our customers, so we decided not to store information on customers’ IP numbers anymore,” Niclas Palmstierna, CEO of Tele2, told Swedish national news agency TT Tuesday morning.

The information is crucial in investigating piracy. When surveying the Internet to spot computers involved in uploading or downloading copyright-protected material, it’s easy to capture these computers’ IP data. But to identify the person using the computer, it is necessary to ask for the ISP, as IP numbers normally are assigned dynamically by the provider. The new so-called IPRED law in Sweden, based on an EU directive, gives copyright owners the right to ask for customers’ identity from ISPs, if a court agrees.

Strong indications showed that total Internet traffic in Sweden decreased by 30 to 50 percent the day the law took effect, and traffic still remains low, as indicated by traffic exchanged between ISPs in major Swedish network exchange Netnod.

Tele2’s decision to erase traffic data follows a similar decision by ISPs All Tele and Bahnhof.

The move in itself is not against the law. On the contrary, European law on electronic communication (PDF) demands that ISPs only store traffic data for a limited time period to handle billing, inter-operator traffic, and security issues. The law then requires them to erase that data as soon as possible.

Copyright owners are upset nonetheless. “It’s astonishing that someone who claims to be a serious communication operator wants to assist in crime, which is implied by what (ISPs) are doing” when they erase data, lawyer Peter Danowsky told the Swedish daily newspaper SvD.

Danowsky represented the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in the high-profile Pirate Bay case. Four men were sentenced to prison for assisting in making 33 copyright-protected files available over the Internet. (The IFPI represented a number of record labels in the litigation.)

“Major portions of the Internet traffic derive from illegal file sharing, which makes it an important revenue source for the ISPs,” Danowsky added.

The downturn in Swedish Internet traffic results in lowered costs for ISPs, while revenues remain the same as prescription fees are flat rate. But long-term revenues are at stake, as demand for high bandwidth could decrease.

Other major ISPs in Sweden declare they will not follow Tele2’s decision. They say they need traffic data to handle security issues. But data will be stored only for a few weeks.

Telia Sonera, the country’s largest ISP, tells SvD that it stores data for “a short period”, whereas another major ISP, Norwegian Telenor, says it stores data for a maximum of three weeks. So copyright owners that want traffic data must turn to a court very quickly after securing evidence on illegal file sharing if they want a chance to get at the identity behind an IP number.

According to Swedish police, the operators’ move to erase traffic data will also make other cybercrime investigations more difficult, Swedish national news agency TT reports.

Meanwhile, the first case under the new IPRED law drags on. Five audio-book publishers have turned to the law to get at the identity behind an IP number allegedly used for illegal file sharing, but the ISP Ephone refuses to hand over the information, declaring that the evidence is too weak.

The court now says the material from the parties is extensive and that it largely will be up to the parties to decide how long the court’s decision will take, according to the daily SvD.

TeliaSonera Sells Its SmartTrust Stake

TeliaSonera has signed an agreement with Giesecke & Devrient to sell its shareholding, 24 percent, in SmartTrust.

Giesecke & Devrient is acquiring 100 percent of the shares from SmartTrust’s current owners.

SmartTrust is a provider of software for managing applications on SIM cards and mobile phones, headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Giesecke & Devrient is a technology supplier of the field of smart cards, providing Smart-card-based solutions for telecommunications, electronic payment, healthcare, ID, transportation and IT security (PKI).

TeliaSonera AB discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Swedish Securities Markets Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instrument Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 12 CET on April 22.

TeliaSonera provides telecommunication services in the Nordic and Baltic countries, the emerging markets of Eurasia, including Russia and Turkey, and in Spain.

MP urges internet providers to sidestep law on file sharing

Internet service providers should delete the IP-addresses of their customers. In this way could the Ipred-law, the EU anti-file sharing directive, be sidestepped. This is urged by parliamentarian Karl Sigfrid of the Moderate Party.

Yesterday did one of Sweden’s largest internet service providers, Tele 2, decide to follow in the footsteps of several smaller rivals and delete customer records. In this way they will sidestep the new Ipred-law which can force internet providers to give away the IP-addresses of their customers. They find support for this action in an older law that prescribe that it is optional for internet providers to keep customer records over the internet activities of their customers.

MP Karl Sigfrid of the Moderate Party has been against the implementation of the EU directive Ipred into Swedish law from the start. Now he urges other large internet providers to follow the example of Tele 2.

“I have myself sent an e-mail to my internet provider Bredbandsbolaget and asked them to stop keeping records of IP-addresses”, says Sigfrid to news agency TT.

Karl Sigfrid believes that more internet service providers soon will stop with keeping this kind of records.

But thus far they have not been ready to give such a notice. Both Comhem as Bredbandsbolaget today said that hey will continue to keep records of the activity by their customers. Telia said the same thin yesterday. All of them say that the reason is the security of their customers.

“Our task is to make sure that our customers are safe on internet. In order to do this we have to keep records for a short amount of time, maximum three weeks. We will not automatically give away any records but will investigate any such request very thorough and also appeal, says Georgi Ganev, CEO of Bredbandsbolaget.

According to him does also Tele 2 have to keep some kind of record of their customers internet activity in order to uphold security.

”The difference will not be that huge in effect. If they claim that they will be able to uphold security and at the same time immediately delete records, then I’m confused. It is impossible”, he says.

Kreipimasis į Lietuvos visuomenę, Vyriausybės vadovą, Generalinį prokurorą ir Energetikos ministrą dėl persekiojimo

Pranciškus Jurgutis
Pajūrio investicijų valdymo centro prezidentas

Nuo 2006 m. esu persekiojamas Lietuvos teisėsaugos, nors mano įmonių grupės yra nukentėjusios dėl neteisėtų veiksmų. Ne kartą neoficialiuose pokalbiuose teigta, kad bus daromas viskas, jog būčiau sunaikintas kaip verslininkas.

2006 m. lapkritį prieš mane ir žmoną Marytę Jurgutienę VMĮ pavedimas buvo pradėti Panevėžio AVMĮ patikrinimai. Esminių pažeidimų nerasta. Veliau vykdyti ir mano valdomų bendrovių mokestiniai patikrinimai. Taip pat pažeidimų nerasta.

2006 m. prieš mane pradėta kurpti baudžiamoji byla. Neva, aš nurodęs apmokėti UAB „Klaipėdos hidrotechnika“ tuometinio Klaipėdos miesto vyriausiojo prokuroro S. Stulpino organizuotų vaisių sąskaitą už 1397,02 litus. 2009 m. balandžio 21 d. dėl to kaltinimo įvyko teismo posėdis. Buvo nušalintas kaltinimą palaikės ir bylą vedęs prokuroras M. Dūda. Paaiškėjo, kad neteisėtai buvo klausomasi mano ir mano ginančio advokato E. Morkūno pokalbių. Tai yra grubiausias teisėtvarkos sistemos normų pažeidimas.

Rengiant šia bylą mano namuose Klaipėdoje ir sodyboje Klaipėdos rajone darant spaudimą, o gal ir norint surasti papildomų kompromatų, buvo atliekamos kratos. Bandyta primesti, kad aš neteisėtai poliklinikoje gavau nedarbingumo lapelį. Jokio neteisėto veiksmo nebuvo, tyrimą nutraukė. Tačiau kyla įtarimų, kad prisidengus nedarbingumo lapeliu, mano namuose bandyta „ką nors rasti“ tik ne ne nedarbingumo lapeli, nes to oficialaus dokumento kopija buvo poliklinikoje.

Mano telefoniniu pokalbių buvo klausomasi keletą metų. Per tuos pokalbius pažeidimų neužfiksuota. Susidaro įspūdis, kad vykdant pasiklausimus rinkta informacija apie mano valdomų bendrovių veiklą. Veliau inicijuojant teisėtvarkai, prisidengiant buvusiu vienos bendrovės vadovu ir juriste, bandyta perimti vienos mano valdomų bendrovių akcijas.

To nepavykus padaryti bei teisme byrant sukurptai bylai dėl j 1397,02 litų, 2009 m. balandžio 22 d. mano valdomoje UAB „Kruonio HAE statyba“ atlikta krata. Tai daryta prisidengiant kompanijos „Alstom Power Sweden“ pareiškimu neva suorganizavau jų AB „Lietuvos elektrinė“ vykdytos statybos, kur UAB „Kruonio HAE statyba“ buvo subrangovas, dokumentų – statybos žurnalų vagystę. Tai daugiau nei keistas pareiškimas. Susidaro įspūdis, kad išplovus pinigus teisėsaugos rankomis kaltę bandoma suversti UAB „Kruonio HAE statyba“. Tyrimą vykdo Trakų rajono prokurorė Indrė Petkevičiūtė, sankciją atlikti kratą davė šio rajono apylinkės teismo teisėja Ramunė Valiulytė, krata atliko Elektrėnų policijos komisariato tyrėjas Egidijus Muka.

2009 m. balandžio 22 d. UAB „Kronio HAE statyba“ vykdant kratą, jau laukė Kauno ONTT pareigūnai su sankcija 48 val. sulaikyti mane. Jei būtų kas nors rasta, iš karto bučiau buvęs suimtas, įkalintas keliems mėnesiams, viešai apdrabstytas purvais, nes laukė jau ir žurnalistai. Kyla įtarimas, kad teisėtvarka yra suinteresuota tirti švedų pareiškimą tam, kad suėmus mane, būtų galima sutvarkyti skolos reikalus taip, kaip reikalinga kompanijai „Astom Power Sweden“. Iš pokalbių su švedais mums susidaro įspūdis, kad statyboje yra išplauti pinigai. Švedai statybas AB „Lietuvos elektrinė“ vykdė užsakymą gavę be konkurso, pastatyti objektai neveikia, pinigai pradanginti, švedai rengiasi dingti iš Lietuvos.

Tarp UAB „Kruonio HAE statyba“ ir kompanijos „Alstom Power Sweden“ vyksta ginčas dėl apmokėjimo už atliktus darbus. Švedų kompanijos skola už AB „Lietuvos elektrinė“ atliktus darbus UAB „Kruonio HAE statyba“ sudaro 1 mln. Litų. Švedų kompanija statybas Lietuvos elektrinėje vykdė pažeisdama Lietuvoje galiojančias statybos norma. Už ES pinigus, Lietuvos elektrinės paskolas objektai buvo statomi be statybos leidimo, sufalsifikavus oficialius dokumentus.

Teisėsauga grubiai braunasi į dviejų kompanijų ūkinius reikalus taip iš esmės nutraukdama vykstančias derybas. Tai meta šešėlį dėl Lietuvos energetikai vystyti skirtų pinigų panaudojimo.

UAB „Kruonio HAE statyba“ yra kreipusis į Elektrėnų policijos komisariatą, Kauno apygardos prokuratūrą, Trakų prokuratūrą, kad ištirtų ar teisėtai AB „Lietuvos elektrinė“ išėmė leidimą kompanijai „Alstom Power Sweden“ pradėti statybas. Iš Ignalinos atominės elektrinės uždarymo lėšų vykdoma statyba, kuri finansuojama per Europos rekonstrukcijos ir plėtros banką, buvo pradėta vykdyti be tinkamai parengto techninio projekto. Tačiau Elektrėnų policijos komisariatas vilkina šio mūsų pareiškimo tyrimą. Apie tai, kad statybos AB „Lietuvos elektrinė“ vykdomos neteisėtai esame informavę Lietuvos Respublikos Vyriausybę, Generalinę prokuratūrą, Ūkio ir Energetikos ministerijas, AB „Lietuvos elektrinė“ vadovą P. Noreiką. Prašėme, kad ES lėšų panaudojimo teisėtumą ištirtų Valstybės kontrolė. Tačiau pagal mūsų pareiškimus jokie tyrimai nevykdyti, nors susidaro įspūdis, kad AB „Lietuvos elektrinė“ statybose bandoma neteisėtai „išplauti pinigus“.

Viešai kreipdamasis į Lietuvos visuomenę prašau sudaryti valstybinę komisiją, kuri ištirtų vedų kompanijos „Alstom Power Sweden“ AB „Lietuvos elektrinė“ vykdytas neteisėtas statybas, pinigų panaudojimą, įvertimtų Lietuvos teisėsaugos veiksmus dėl ūkinio subjektų veiklą.

Respublika, 2009.04.27

Prokuratūros išvada: “Lietuvos telekomas” nieko nesekė

„Teisėsaugos pareigūnų tyrimas nesutrikdė įmonės veiklos“

Swedish ISPs ignoring requests to block The Pirate Bay

After the recent Pirate Bay lawsuit and sentence, there has been a lot of noise made about the questionable attitude of the website, regarding complying with their fines. It seems Swedish internet service providers aren’t too keen either; according to ZeroPaid, they’re refusing to block the website because, “the ruling applies to those charged and convicted, not to them.”

Patrik Hiselius, a lawyer for the ISP Telia Sonera, has said, “”In part, this is not a legally binding decision, but above all, this is a judgment against Pirate Bay and nothing that effects any service provider. We will not take any action (to block) the contents if we are not compelled to do so.” Other ISPs, Bredbandsbolaget and Com Hem, have agreed with that statement and refuse to block the site. Bredbandsbolaget has said that it is not the ISPs job to tell customers which sites they can and cannot visit.

“I am against anything that contradicts the principle of a free and open Internet,” said Jon Karlung, managing director of Bahnhofs. “We will not censor sites for our customers; that is not our job.” This is an interesting take on things, although if it’s the law at the door telling them to, perhaps it’s best they comply. What do you think, Neowin? Are they taking the right step, or a foolish one? Have at it!

Finland blasts Sweden over TeliaSonera bonuses

The Finnish government resents Stockholm’s decision to suspend TeliaSonera management’s bonuses, Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter quoted a Finnish official as saying on Thursday.

The Finnish government is TeliaSonera’s second-biggest owner after the Swedish one.

At TeliaSonera’s annual general meeting earlier this month, the Swedish government overruled the board’s proposal and removed the management’s bonuses.

Swedish ISPs Ignore Request to Block The Pirate Bay

The recent conviction of the founders of Swedish BitTorrent tracker site The Pirate Bay has apparently emboldened the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), who was part of the entertainment industry team suing the site for copyright infringement-related damages, to demand ISPs in that country begin blocking access to the site by customers.

But, according to reports, the ISPs have refused to comply with the request, saying that the ruling applies to those charged and convicted, not to them.

“In part, this is not a legally binding decision, but above all, this is a judgment against Pirate Bay and nothing that effects any service provider,” said Patrik Hiselius, a lawyer at ISP Telia Sonera to the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper. “We will not take any action (to block) the contents if we are not compelled to do so.”

ISPs Bredbandsbolaget and Com Hem echoed his sentiments, with the former emphasizing that it’s not the job of an ISP to dictate what sites customers can or cannot visit.

“We will not censor sites for our customers; that is not our job,” added Jon Karlung, managing director of Bahnhofs. “I am against anything that contradicts the principle of a free and open Internet.”

I suppose the IFPI thinks it easier to intimidate people than to try and follow the rule of law.

Kudos to the aforementioned ISPs for standing up to the IFPI.

So mess with Telia login

Då TeliaSonera skulle skicka ut inloggningsuppgifter till en kunds e-mailkonto hamnade det på fel adress. Skandal, tycker IT-chefen Thomas Wennersten som var den som upptäckte misstaget – och fick en annan persons uppgifter skickade till sig.

Döm om Thomas Wennersten förvåning då han öppnade sitt brev från TeliaSonera. Brevet innehöll inte bara hans egna användarnamn och lösenord, som han beställt till sitt e-mailkonto. Nej, i brevet fanns också användarnamn och lösenord till en annan, för Thomas Wennersten främmande, person.
– Det låg två besked, i ett kuvert. När jag kollade upp vem den andra personen var visade det sig vara en person som bor ett par kilometer bort, säger Thomas Wennersten som till vardags är IT-chef på Trollhättan stad.

Thomas Wennersten tyckte att det var otroligt ansvarslöst från TeliaSoneras sida. Hade informationen hamnat i fel händer skulle den så klart kunna utnyttjas till allehanda bedrägerier. När Thomas Wennersten ringde upp TeliaSonera för att påpeka misstaget möttes han av ett svalt intresse.
– Jag blev kopplad ett par gångar och hamnade till slut i en evighetslång telefonkö. Till slut gav jag upp och la på, säger han.

När ringde upp TeliaSonera för att få en förklaring får vi prata med Hans G. Larsson som är informationsansvarig.

Vad var det som gick snett?
– Vi har nu undersökt det inträffade och kommit fram till att felet måste ha berott på att vi haft inaktuella adresser till båda dessa personer. Våra utskick har returnerats och därefter hanterats manuellt. Av någon anledning har båda beskeden hamnat i ett av kuverten. Det är helt enkelt den mänskliga faktorn.

Att lämna ut en kunds inloggningsuppgifter är allvarligt. Hur kan ni garantera att det här inte händer igen?
– Det vi gör nu är att vi går igenom våra rutiner för att hitta metoder för att förhindra att det här händer igen.

Hur ofta händer sånt här egentligen?
– Vi får ett stort antal returer varje år, men jag har aldrig hört om något liknande fall tidigare.