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Connor Jones

Connor Jones is a Staff Writer at IT Pro covering cyber security, software development, and AI/ML. He’s a full-purpose journalist who reports breaking news, in-depth feature writing, hardware reviews, and multimedia journalism while dabbling in software development in his free time.

Proudly trained at the University of Sheffield's UK-leading journalism department, he holds a master’s degree in Magazine Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in English Language from Sheffield Hallam University.

Connor first joined IT Pro in 2018 as a graduate and returned in 2021 following a brief spell in PR. He got his first break in journalism after being scouted by Red Bull Esports for the role of contributing Counter-Strike Expert and has gone on to write for a range of top publications including UNILAD Tech.

You can reach Connor at connor.jones@futurenet.com or on Twitter at @ConnorLBJones 

Vodafone UK confirms talks to merge with Three are underway
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mergers and acquisitions

Vodafone UK confirms talks to merge with Three are underway

The deal is expected to close by the end of the year and could see the formation of the UK's second-largest mobile network operator
3 Oct 2022
BT's new platform promises to slash AI development time from months to days
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artificial intelligence (AI)

BT's new platform promises to slash AI development time from months to days

AI models have previously taken the company six months to deploy safely but this will now be reduced to just six days thanks to a new machine learning…
3 Oct 2022
Businesses need these 'three core traits' if they hope to make automation a success
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automation

Businesses need these 'three core traits' if they hope to make automation a success

Forrester claims automation can allow companies to grow 2.7 times faster than their peers, but only a minority of modern businesses meet the criteria
30 Sep 2022
UiPath announces quartet of upgrades to its Business Automation Platform
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automation

UiPath announces quartet of upgrades to its Business Automation Platform

The eagerly anticipated announcements kicked off the company's Forward 5 conference in Las Vegas
29 Sep 2022
Automation is helping the NHS clear its patient backlog, but not as quickly as expected
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automation

Automation is helping the NHS clear its patient backlog, but not as quickly as expected

The healthcare service's big bet on robotic process automation is making 'impactful' but slow progress
28 Sep 2022
Mozilla patches high-severity security flaws in new ‘speedy’ Firefox release
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vulnerability

Mozilla patches high-severity security flaws in new ‘speedy’ Firefox release

Numerous vulnerabilities across Mozilla's products could potentially lead to code execution and system takeover
23 Sep 2022
EU fights back against 'legalised' Europol GDPR breaches
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data protection

EU fights back against 'legalised' Europol GDPR breaches

The pushback follows allegations that Europol was allowed to write its own rules when it came to handling sensitive data
23 Sep 2022
Anonymous hacks Iranian government and state broadcasters
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cyber attacks

Anonymous hacks Iranian government and state broadcasters

The hacktivists announced a targeted hacking campaign against the Iranian government, supporting the recent human rights protests in the region
22 Sep 2022
Australian telco Optus confirms cyber attack involving potential leak of sensitive customer data
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cyber attacks

Australian telco Optus confirms cyber attack involving potential leak of sensitive customer data

Investigations are ongoing but early signs indicate that some customers may have had identity documents and other identifying information exposed to h…
22 Sep 2022
Microsoft Azure CTO hails 'most loved' Rust as the successor to C and C++
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programming languages

Microsoft Azure CTO hails 'most loved' Rust as the successor to C and C++

Rust is a newer programming language that developers enjoy using and learning, and it's being adopted far across the industry, too
21 Sep 2022
Windows 11 Update 2022: The "first major" Windows 11 update brings slew of new business features
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Microsoft Windows

Windows 11 Update 2022: The "first major" Windows 11 update brings slew of new business features

Improvements in security, productivity, collaboration, and future updates themselves all feature in a landmark milestone for the operating system
21 Sep 2022
95% of organisations involved in the UK’s four-day working week trial say productivity has maintained or improved
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Business strategy

95% of organisations involved in the UK’s four-day working week trial say productivity has maintained or improved

Data taken from respondents halfway through the trial showed the vast majority plan to stick to reduced hours after the trial ends later this year
20 Sep 2022
Uber launches infosec hiring spree after attributing breach to LAPSUS$
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cyber attacks

Uber launches infosec hiring spree after attributing breach to LAPSUS$

The company also hinted at the belief that LAPSUS$ was also behind the attack on Rockstar Games over the weekend in a revealing update detailing the i…
20 Sep 2022
C-suite executives say software supply chain hacks have become a 'chief concern'
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cyber security

C-suite executives say software supply chain hacks have become a 'chief concern'

Leaders at companies around the world say the prospect of such an attack has become front of mind since the notorious hacks on SolarWinds and Kaseya r…
15 Sep 2022
Canva launches new suite of productivity tools to rival G Suite and Microsoft Office
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business software

Canva launches new suite of productivity tools to rival G Suite and Microsoft Office

The company calls the launch its 'biggest innovation in a decade' and will see a marriage of useful productivity tools for modern business and beautif…
15 Sep 2022
Microsoft adds new cosmetic options to Windows Terminal
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Microsoft Windows

Microsoft adds new cosmetic options to Windows Terminal

Making the customisations requires a little programming knowledge but can be done easily and quickly to give Windows Terminal a completely new look
14 Sep 2022
Three critical vulnerabilities and one zero-day feature in Microsoft's September Patch Tuesday
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Security

Three critical vulnerabilities and one zero-day feature in Microsoft's September Patch Tuesday

Several issues in the monthly update require 'urgent' attention but September's Patch Tuesday only brings around half the fixes that came in August
14 Sep 2022
Gartner: Most businesses are dropping security vendors to improve cyber resiliency
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Security

Gartner: Most businesses are dropping security vendors to improve cyber resiliency

The vast majority of organisations around the world are pursuing vendor consolidation to improve security and decrease complexity
13 Sep 2022
Apple patches yet another zero-day flaw in substantial security update
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zero-day exploit

Apple patches yet another zero-day flaw in substantial security update

The updates include fixes for kernel-level code execution bugs, privacy issues, and more - all impacting iPhone and iPad users
13 Sep 2022
Best NAS drives 2022
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network attached storage (NAS)

Best NAS drives 2022

The perfect NAS drive for every use case, from a home office all the way to the enterprise
12 Sep 2022
Numerous HP business laptops and desktops vulnerable to publicly disclosed security bugs
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exploits

Numerous HP business laptops and desktops vulnerable to publicly disclosed security bugs

Researchers revealed the details of the six vulnerabilities at Black Hat in August but many laptops, desktops, and workstations remain vulnerable
12 Sep 2022
Patreon confirms it 'parted ways' with its 'entire' cyber security team
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cyber security

Patreon confirms it 'parted ways' with its 'entire' cyber security team

The membership platform for online content creators said it will now outsource its security needs
9 Sep 2022
Microsoft: Iranian hackers breached Albanian government more than a year before main hack
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cyber warfare

Microsoft: Iranian hackers breached Albanian government more than a year before main hack

Investigation reveals how long Iran spent inside government systems and how little damage it actually did
9 Sep 2022
Portugal government cyber attack allegedly leaks "hundreds" of classified NATO documents
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data breaches

Portugal government cyber attack allegedly leaks "hundreds" of classified NATO documents

Reports in Portugal have suggested the classified files were lifted by specially designed bots and have now been found for sale online
8 Sep 2022
HP patches high-severity security flaw in its own support tool
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exploits

HP patches high-severity security flaw in its own support tool

The application that's installed in every HP desktop and notebook was allowing hackers to elevate privileges through a DLL hijacking vulnerability
8 Sep 2022
Sophos: Retail organisations pay significantly less in ransomware attacks
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ransomware

Sophos: Retail organisations pay significantly less in ransomware attacks

It's a game of volume in retail since despite being the second-most targeted industry, the average payment per case is well below the industry average
7 Sep 2022
InterContinental Hotels Group confirms cyber attack, experts suggest ransomware
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cyber attacks

InterContinental Hotels Group confirms cyber attack, experts suggest ransomware

Customers had been reporting issues with reservations for days and security experts have sparked discussions of a more serious incident
7 Sep 2022
'Potentially unsecured' SMBs are propping up an IT supply chain riddled with ransomware
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ransomware

'Potentially unsecured' SMBs are propping up an IT supply chain riddled with ransomware

More than half of IT supply chains have been impacted by ransomware attacks in recent years and organisations are failing to implement the necessary s…
6 Sep 2022
Bus and rail operator Go-Ahead Group confirms "cyber security incident"
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cyber attacks

Bus and rail operator Go-Ahead Group confirms "cyber security incident"

The public transport giant has been tight-lipped on the nature of the supposed attack but has tasked IBM with helping it recover
6 Sep 2022
Microsoft Defender causes 'mass confusion' after legitimate apps trigger ransomware alerts
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cyber security

Microsoft Defender causes 'mass confusion' after legitimate apps trigger ransomware alerts

The broken update pushed to users on Sunday morning saw the likes of Teams, Slack, Chrome, and Edge all being confused with the dangerous Hive ransomw…
5 Sep 2022
'Vast majority' of mobile apps found leaking AWS credentials are on iOS
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cyber security

'Vast majority' of mobile apps found leaking AWS credentials are on iOS

Only 2% of the apps that were found to be leaking hard-coded AWS credentials were on the Android platform, research has shown
2 Sep 2022
REvil claims ransomware attack on multi-billion-dollar manufacturing giant Midea Group
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ransomware

REvil claims ransomware attack on multi-billion-dollar manufacturing giant Midea Group

The once-dominant ransomware group resurfaced in April but has now claimed an attack on the biggest company since its heyday
1 Sep 2022
Apple breaks update policy to secure older iPhones and iPads against zero-day
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zero-day exploit

Apple breaks update policy to secure older iPhones and iPads against zero-day

It's been four years since the company patched an end-of-life device against a major vulnerability
1 Sep 2022
Apple expands Xcode Cloud platform with launch of paid subscriptions
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software development

Apple expands Xcode Cloud platform with launch of paid subscriptions

The new paid tiers will allow development teams to purchase additional compute resources for uses such as app testing and automated bug hunting
31 Aug 2022
Cuba ransomware group claims attack on Montenegro government
Parliament of Montenegro
ransomware

Cuba ransomware group claims attack on Montenegro government

The double extortion specialists claim to have stolen the data days before Montenegro announced a sustained and co-ordinated series of cyber attacks t…
31 Aug 2022
More than 130 organisations affected by “inexperienced” Twilio hackers
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phishing

More than 130 organisations affected by “inexperienced” Twilio hackers

A thorough investigation revealed sophisticated methods coupled with relatively unsophisticated tooling
25 Aug 2022