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24 October 2016

Defence Secretary Announces £265m For Cyber Defence

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced a £265m investment in a programme to improve the country’s protection against cyber attacks.Fallon said that although the UK is a world leader in cyber security, there is still much more to be done.He said: “T


21 October 2016

Ireland to Follow UK in Setting up Cyber Security Centre

According to the country’s communications minister, Denis Naughten, Ireland plans to set up a national cyber security centre.The news comes less than a month after the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre officially opened for business combining all the government’s cy


20 October 2016

Broadband Must be Affordable for Poor

A body representing councils in England and Wales has said the poorest people in society should be given help to pay for fast broadband.The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling on the government to include a social tariff in its universal service obligation for broadband.


19 October 2016

DCMS Appoints Director General for Digital and Media

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has appointed Matthew Gould as its director general for digital and media.Gould previously served as Britain’s ambassador to Israel and launched the UK Israel tech hub.


18 October 2016

Three Quarters of Brits Use Mobile Banking

Just under three quarters of the UK’s consumers use mobile devices for their banking, however despite this the country is not even in Europe’s top 10 in terms of the proportion of people using mobile payments. The findings of a survey by Visa of 36,000 people across 19


17 October 2016

Digital Economy Bill Lacks Clarity on Data Sharing

According to experts the digital economy bill must firm up its definitions on data sharing and improve transparency to avoid losing public trust.The aim of the bill is to make the UK a “place where technology ceaselessly transforms the economy, society and government” as an


14 October 2016

Almost 6,000 Online Shops hit by Hackers

Research has found almost 6,000 web shops are unknowingly harbouring malicious code that is stealing the credit and debit card details of customers.Dutch developer, William De Groot, found the 5,925 compromised sites by scanning for the specific signature of the data-stealing code in w


13 October 2016

Samsung Kills off Galaxy Note 7

24 hours after temporarily suspending production of its Galaxy Note 7, electronics giant Samsung has called a permanent halt to all production and sales of the device.In a brief statement Samsung said: “We are working with relevant regulatory bodies to investigate the recently reported cases involving the Galaxy Note 7.


12 October 2016

Number of Women Working in IT to Rise by 2020

According to a major study by the CEB, the proportion of women choosing to work in an IT profession is set to increase over the next four years as businesses increasingly adopt digital technology.The CEB is a membership group for business executives, and has predicted that the number o


10 October 2016

Digital-Only Atom Banks Open to Public

Digital-only challenger bank, Atom, has opened its doors to the public following the completion of its initial invite-only launch.The bank received its license in 2015, and currently offers savings accounts and small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) lending with a current account pla


07 October 2016

Samsung Note 7 Replacement Catches Fire in US

A Samsung Note 7 phone has caught fire during a flight in the US. 


06 October 2016

BuzzFeed Most Recent Victim of OurMine Hack

Secretive hacking group OurMine has hacked Buzzfeed.


05 October 2016

Mastercard Debuts 'Selfie Pay' in Europe

Mastercard has brought its photographic recognition technology to Europe. 


04 October 2016

Facebook Launches Peer-to-Peer Selling Tab

Facebook has launched a dedicated peer-to-peer shopping tab. Facebook Marketplace allows users to easily browse a feed of relevant items from people who live nearby at the same time as listing their own items. 


30 September 2016

Customers 'Bewildered' Over Data Use

A survey has found that nine in 10 people have no idea what companies do with the personal information firms’ hold about them.The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) survey found 57% did not trust the companies to handle their data responsibly.


29 September 2016

Apple to Fix Backup Security Vulnerability in iOS 10

Apple is to issue an update for a security vulnerability in iOS 10 that could give hackers access to passwords and other security data.The company said they added an alternative password verification mechanism to iOS 10, inadvertently weakening the security of local backups.Elcomsoft,


28 September 2016

Mobile Connectivity Still Costing Businesses Billions

A report from iPass shows business travellers are incurring hundreds of pounds of charges every month, despite efforts to bring down the cost of mobile connectivity for business users.The report said mobile professionals were estimated to be using an average of 6GB per person per month


27 September 2016

Yahoo Sued Over Data Breach

Yahoo is being sued over a recently confirmed 2014 data breach that exposed the personal details of nearly 500 million accounts.Sky News reported that Ronald Schwartz has accused Yahoo of gross negligence and filed a lawsuit on behalf of all those affected.The lawsuit seeks


26 September 2016

UK Government Partners with Tech Startups on Cyber Security

The UK government has announced a “groundbreaking” partnership with tech startups to develop cutting-edge, world-leading cyber security technology.As part of the government’s £1.9m National Cyber Security Programme, applications are open to cyber security startu


23 September 2016

500m Users Hit by Yahoo Hack

In the largest publicly disclosed cyber breach in history, Yahoo says “state sponsored” hackers stole information from about 500 million users.The hack took place in 2014, but has only now been made public.The breach included personal information such as names and emails as well as “unencrypted security questions and answers”.Yahoo said the stolen data in the attack included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth and encrypted passwords but no credit card data.Yahoo said the information was stolen by “what we believe is a state-sponsored actor” but did not say which country it held responsible.Yahoo is recommending all users should change their passwords if they have not done so since 2014.


21 September 2016

Australia Adopts British Internet of Things Framework

In a bid to address perceived security issues Australia is adopting an Internet of Things (IoT) standard that was developed in the UK.The framework, known as Hypercat Australia, is being established as an independent, not-for-profit organisation and the standard will be administrated b