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Internet

23 January 2017

National Crime Survey Figures Show Growing Cyber Crime

According to the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales there were 3.6 million fraud and 2 million computer misuse offences in the 12 months to September 2016.

Internet

16 January 2017

Political Climate Halts IT Spending Forecast

According to Gartner, research political upheaval and Brexit are forcing many businesses to adopt a “wait and see” approach to IoT investments.Research vice president at Gartner, John-David Lovelock, said: “In this period of massive uncertainty, some people are retrea

Internet

13 January 2017

Tech UK Launches Framework to Build Public Trust in the IoT

Industry association TechUK has launched a set of high level principles designed to help build public confidence in the Internet of Things (IoT).This has come in response to a number of high-profile incidents that have seen IoT devices and sensors compromised by cybercriminals.

Internet

12 January 2017

GCHQ Backs Cyber Security Start-ups

GCHQ is backing a new hub for tech start-ups in a rare look into its approach to cyber security.Among the companies is a firm using artificial intelligence to monitor workplace behaviour.The start-ups will have access to staff at the UK’s most secretive agency and hel

Internet

11 January 2017

Digital Technology Supports Environmental Agency

The Environment Agency is using cloud computing technology to provide flood forecasting services.The contract was agreed with IT services firm CGI.The deal is worth £5m and is on a three year contract.

Internet

10 January 2017

City of London Corporation to Build Wi-Fi Network

The City of London Corporation is to build a small cell network to provide an ultrafast wireless broadband service to replace its current free offering.The Corporation gave the network the green light yesterday morning, promising gigabit browsing speeds and giving users the ability to

Internet

09 January 2017

Ransomware Expected to Dominate in 2017

Experts have predicted that ransomware or malware will make up the majority of cyber attacks in 2017. Cyber attacks that exploit weaknesses in mobile devices and devices that make up the Internet of things (IoT) including Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS) are also

Internet

06 January 2017

Most Manufacturers Will Use VR by 2020

Almost 85% of manufacturers hope to use virtual reality (VR) technology for customer service according to research.A study by Oracle has shown 38% of manufacturers are already using VR for customer service, however 84% of firms hope to increase this deployment over the next three years

Internet

05 January 2017

UK Youngsters Unwittingly Exposing Data

Children in the UK are unwittingly giving away their rights to private data and putting their online security at risk.

Internet

04 January 2017

Three Quarters of Enterprises Collecting IoT Data

A study has shown that three quarters of global businesses are now gathering Internet of Things (IoT) data.According to the report, produced by analysts at 451 Research, 90% expect to increase IoT spending over the next year.Its latest study consisted of 1,000 enterprise IT

Internet

03 January 2017

New Year Honour for Tech Campaigner

TV presenter and tech campaigner Maggie Philbin has been appointed an OBE in the New Year Honours list.She has been honoured for her work in sparking young people’s interest in working in science, technology and engineering.Ms Philbin co-founded the TeenTech organisat

Internet

29 December 2016

Safety Test Proposal for Drone Users

It may be compulsory for people with drones to complete a safety test in future.That could be the outcome of a government consultation on strict new drone safety rules.Tougher penalties could also be in place for anyone who flies a drone in a no-fly zone with the possibility of a new c

Internet

28 December 2016

New Malware Posts Threat to Cash Machines

According to a Russian security firm cybercriminals are turning their hand to cash machines.The firm is warning that malware attacks can strip huge amounts of money from multiple cashpoints.According to security outfit Group IB criminals can hack the central systems of bank

Internet

23 December 2016

Broadband Boost for Remotest parts of UK

The government has provided £440m to enable 600,000 more premises to gain access to superfast broadband.The cash has come from “efficiency savings” and money returned by BT as part of the government’s flagship broadband rollout scheme.Culture Secreta

Internet

22 December 2016

European Court Delivers Blow to Snoopers' Charter

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has delivered a major blow to the controversial Snoopers’ Charter.The blow comes after ruling that parts of the law that related to the retention of communications data for 12 months were unlawful.The IP Act passed through Parliame

Internet

21 December 2016

Facebook Fights Fake News

Facebook will take new measures to sort honest news stories from fake ones across its influential social network.The social giant will make it easier for users to report fake news when they see it, where they will take two simple steps rather than three.Facebook will pass a

Internet

20 December 2016

Ofcom says 5% of British Homes Lack Sufficient Broadband

5% of UK homes and businesses are still unable to access sufficiently fast broadband speeds, despite a rise in the number that can access the service over the past 12 months.According to the Connected Nations 2016 report from Ofcom, 1.4 million homes and businesses across the UK l

Internet

19 December 2016

Smart Machines Primed to Accelerate Across Business

According to Gartner, nearly 70% of companies will make use of smart machines by 2021.

Internet

14 December 2016

Facebook Launches Parent Portal for Child Safety

To enable parents to help their children navigate safely online, Facebook has launched an online portal in collaboration with parents, teenagers and safety experts around the world.The social networking giant recently updated its Safety Centre Bullying Prevention Hub and has now introd

Internet

13 December 2016

KFC Confirms Hack to Loyalty Scheme

KFC has confirmed that data belonging to members of its loyalty scheme may have been compromised by hackers.The fast food chain advised all 1.2 million members of the loyalty scheme to change their passwords, despite details of only about 30 of them being hacked.In an email

Internet

12 December 2016

Department for Transport Launches £2.5m Tech Funding

The Department for Transport (DfT) has launched three grants that total £2.5m to help “future proof” the transport industry by harnessing innovation. The funding is intended to reduce innovation and is said to be available to companies, individuals and academics.