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Manchester United resists ‘sophisticated’ cyber attack
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Security

Manchester United resists ‘sophisticated’ cyber attack

The incident was contained and the football club suffered no customer data loss or service disruption
23 Nov 2020
MPs targeted with nearly three million malicious emails per month
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Security

MPs targeted with nearly three million malicious emails per month

The constant barrage of cyber attacks represents a 60% rise against the monthly malicious emails sent during 2019
23 Nov 2020
Microsoft promises to challenge all government requests for customer data
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data protection

Microsoft promises to challenge all government requests for customer data

Stance taken following EU advice to firms on complying with a ruling invalidating the EU-US data transfer mechanism
20 Nov 2020
Apple and Facebook exchange blows over data tracking
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privacy

Apple and Facebook exchange blows over data tracking

The Mac manufacturer has lashed out after being criticised for delaying sought after privacy features iOS 14
20 Nov 2020
Weekly threat roundup: Cisco, BlueKeep, Apache Unomi
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Security

Weekly threat roundup: Cisco, BlueKeep, Apache Unomi

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
19 Nov 2020
Red Hat, Cisco, IBM to coordinate scrapping of problematic developer terms
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Development

Red Hat, Cisco, IBM to coordinate scrapping of problematic developer terms

The consortium will develop a replacement word list for terms such as master/slave, as well as frameworks and a certification scheme
19 Nov 2020
What is an MSSP?
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Security

What is an MSSP?

Why appointing an MSSP is becoming the norm for SMBs
18 Nov 2020
Microsoft expands Defender capabilities for Linux systems
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Security

Microsoft expands Defender capabilities for Linux systems

Defender for Endpoint customers will be able to detect and remediate advanced threats involving Linux servers
18 Nov 2020
How to wipe a laptop easily and securely
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Security

How to wipe a laptop easily and securely

Selling your laptop? Make sure that all your sensitive data is gone before it reaches its new owner
17 Nov 2020
BlueKeep is still haunting thousands of enterprise systems
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Security

BlueKeep is still haunting thousands of enterprise systems

Millions of devices in total are vulnerable to historic security threats that have been patched
17 Nov 2020
Cisco patch notes ‘left out’ details of RCE flaws
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Security

Cisco patch notes ‘left out’ details of RCE flaws

The company has since released advisories for three flaws a week after first patching its security management platform
17 Nov 2020
Dystopian tech has failed to live up to the hype
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Technology

Dystopian tech has failed to live up to the hype

Cambridge Analytica overselling its micro-targeting capabilities is just the latest example of intrusive technologies falling short of expectations
17 Nov 2020
Hackney Council services could be offline for 'months' following cyber attack
Security

Hackney Council services could be offline for 'months' following cyber attack

The East London-based council has warned that some of its key services could remain unavailable following suspected ransomware attack
16 Nov 2020
Up to 350,000 people affected by Capcom ransomware attack
Security

Up to 350,000 people affected by Capcom ransomware attack

Update following the initial disclosure suggests personal information and sensitive corporate material was compromised
16 Nov 2020
State-backed hackers are disrupting COVID-19 vaccine efforts
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Security

State-backed hackers are disrupting COVID-19 vaccine efforts

Microsoft reveals “unconscionable” attacks by Russian and North Korean groups against seven organisations
16 Nov 2020
State-backed hackers are disrupting COVID-19 vaccine efforts
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Security

State-backed hackers are disrupting COVID-19 vaccine efforts

Microsoft reveals “unconscionable” attacks by Russian and North Korean groups against seven organisations
16 Nov 2020
Weekly threat roundup: Windows, Intel, and Ubuntu
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Security

Weekly threat roundup: Windows, Intel, and Ubuntu

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
13 Nov 2020
Ticketmaster fined £1.25 million for 2018 data breach
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Ticketmaster fined £1.25 million for 2018 data breach

The incident affected 9.4 million customers and led to at least 60,000 instances of fraud
13 Nov 2020
Python founder Guido van Rossum joins Microsoft
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programming languages

Python founder Guido van Rossum joins Microsoft

He joins the firm’s Developer Division as Python breaks into the top two most popular languages for the first time
13 Nov 2020
Patch management vs vulnerability management
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Security

Patch management vs vulnerability management

What exactly is patch management, and why should IT pros sit up and take notice of doing it properly?
12 Nov 2020
Wi-Fi 6 gets go-ahead for mass rollout
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wifi & hotspots

Wi-Fi 6 gets go-ahead for mass rollout

Five trial deployments in several consumer and business contexts have been deemed a roaring success
12 Nov 2020
Google slashes free media storage to 15GB
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cloud storage

Google slashes free media storage to 15GB

High-quality media and files created through productivity apps will count towards the cap for the first time
12 Nov 2020
What is YAML?
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Development

What is YAML?

We look at the pros and cons of the language developed in 2001
11 Nov 2020
EU puts human rights at the heart of tougher tech export rules
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Technology

EU puts human rights at the heart of tougher tech export rules

Lawmakers tighten up export controls, meaning technologies such as facial recognition and spyware face a higher bar when being sold
11 Nov 2020
DWP exposed 6,000 people’s data online for two years
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data breaches

DWP exposed 6,000 people’s data online for two years

The National Insurance numbers of thousands of individuals applying for disability benefit were left online
11 Nov 2020
Customer payment details stolen in JM Bullion hack
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Security

Customer payment details stolen in JM Bullion hack

Malicious code was embedded on the site for six months and captured personal and payment information
3 Nov 2020
Cambridge tech salaries ‘highest in the UK’
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Careers & training

Cambridge tech salaries ‘highest in the UK’

With plenty of vacancies and strong investment, the city is becoming one of the country’s most up and coming tech hubs
3 Nov 2020
AWS is the latest cloud giant to sign MoU with UK government
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Cloud

AWS is the latest cloud giant to sign MoU with UK government

The agreement also involves a skills fund to train 6,000 civil servants, and open up procurement to SMBs
2 Nov 2020
17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them
operating systems

17 Windows 10 problems - and how to fix them

Tips covering everything from upgrade issues and freeing up storage, to solving privacy errors and using safe mode
2 Nov 2020
Maze ransomware gang retires from cyber crime
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Security

Maze ransomware gang retires from cyber crime

The statement released by the group suggests cryptocurrency market shifts might be pricing the group out of operations
2 Nov 2020
NHS COVID-19 app failed to ask users to self-isolate due to 'software glitch'
bugs

NHS COVID-19 app failed to ask users to self-isolate due to 'software glitch'

The bug is the latest in a long line of errors and glitches to plague the government's contact-tracing app
2 Nov 2020
Weekly threat roundup: NHS COVID-19 app, Nvidia, and Oracle
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Security

Weekly threat roundup: NHS COVID-19 app, Nvidia, and Oracle

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
30 Oct 2020
Intel's Rocket Lake-S desktop CPUs set to arrive in 2021
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components

Intel's Rocket Lake-S desktop CPUs set to arrive in 2021

The 14nm CPUs will provide a double-digit performance boost, but others raise questions after AMD’s shift to 7nm chips
30 Oct 2020
Marriott International fined £18.4m for 2014 data breach
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Marriott International fined £18.4m for 2014 data breach

The decision to issue a substantially lower fine once again raises questions as to the effectiveness of GDPR enforcement
30 Oct 2020
Ryuk behind a third of all ransomware attacks in 2020
Security

Ryuk behind a third of all ransomware attacks in 2020

Attacks surged from just 5,000 during the first three quarters of 2019 to 67 million in 2020 so far
29 Oct 2020