Friday, May 5, 2023

Western Digital provides update on hacking incident

On March 26, 2023, Western Digital was hit by a network security incident where an unauthorized third party gained access to a number of the company’s systems. The company's My Cloud service, which has been offline since April 2, was restored as of April 13.

Western Digital confirmed that an unauthorized party obtained a copy of a Western Digital database used for its online store that contained some personal information of its online store customers. This information included customer names, billing and shipping addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers. In addition, the database contained, in encrypted format, hashed and salted passwords and partial credit card numbers. We will communicate directly with impacted customers.

Western Digital also noted:

  • The majority of  impacted systems and services are now operational. 
  • Western Digital factories are and have been operational throughout this incident and the company is shipping products. 
  • Following the breach, certain other information about the company has been made public. Wester Digital investigating the validity of this data and will continue reporting findings as appropriate.
  • Regarding reports of the potential to fraudulently use digital signing technology allegedly attributed to Western Digital in consumer products, the company can confirm that it has control over its digital certificate infrastructure.

Orange Jordan picks Nokia for RAN

Orange Jordan selected Nokia to supply 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment throughout the Kingdom of Jordan.

Nokia will supply 5G RAN equipment from its  AirScale portfolio powered by its ReefShark System on Chip (SoC) technology to replace Orange Jordan’s entire existing RAN network. Orange Jordan aims to provide 5G services to 50 percent of the population within four years followed by five percent year-on-year growth.

The deal includes the latest generation massive MIMO radios with support for high RF bandwidth as well as AirScale Baseband and Dual-band Remote Radio Head (RRH) products. In addition, Nokia will supply its Single RAN solution that enables one base station to run 5G, 4G, 3G, and 2G technologies simultaneously, helping Orange Jordan achieve more efficient site solutions across their network.

Orange Jordan will also utilize Nokia’s NetAct network management system to enable a consolidated network view for improved network monitoring and management. Nokia will also provide digital design, deployment as well as technical support services.

Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “5G technology will have an evolutionary impact on the Kingdom of Jordan stimulating growth and enabling advanced services for the benefit of both industries and consumers. We are delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with Orange Jordan to support the country’s path to digital transformation.”

Canada's Eastlink extends 5G rollout with Ericsson

Eastlink, a Canadian service provider based in Nova Scotia, extended its 10-year supply partnership with Ericsson.

Ericsson will begin to supply 3500MHz mid-band radios and enhanced core network support for voice and data. Eastlink launched its 5G network powered by Ericsson technology in March 2022, with the activation of its first sites in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The two companies have since been working together to build robust 5G infrastructure that will help transform industries and dramatically enhance day-to-day experiences for its customers. As part of this newly expanded partnership, the companies will activate Eastlink’s 3500MHz spectrum, which will further enhance coverage, lower latency and deliver even faster speeds.

“Eastlink has a strong commitment to ensuring our customers have access to the latest technology and services wherever they are, for their work and life online,” said Jeff Gillham, CEO, Eastlink. “Continuing our partnership with Ericsson, a global leader in the industry, will help us provide customers with the full scope of next-generation 5G experiences.”

”5G has the power to transform our lives and businesses, and our longstanding partnership has helped ensure Eastlink’s customers have access to world-class 5G technology,” said Jeanette Irekvist, President, Ericsson Canada. "We are proud to continue our journey together as we deliver innovations and enhanced experiences for years to come through robust, reliable and sustainable next-generation networks.”