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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
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
36 billion personal records exposed by hacks in 2020 so far
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Security

36 billion personal records exposed by hacks in 2020 so far

The tally smashes 2019’s record, despite a decline in the number of security incidents
29 Oct 2020
Trump website defaced in second successive cyber breach
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Security

Trump website defaced in second successive cyber breach

Attackers briefly seize control of the presidential campaign website a week after Trump claimed “nobody gets hacked”
28 Oct 2020
Microsoft releases Windows 10 update that kills Adobe Flash
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Software

Microsoft releases Windows 10 update that kills Adobe Flash

The irreversible installation strips the soon-to-be-retired Adobe Flash Player from Windows 10 and Windows Server
28 Oct 2020
Experian faces GDPR action after ICO finds ‘widespread data protection failings’
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Experian faces GDPR action after ICO finds ‘widespread data protection failings’

UK watchdog gives Experian nine-month ultimatum to change 'illegal' business practices or face punishment
28 Oct 2020
AMD acquires high-performance computing heavyweight Xilinx
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high-performance computing (HPC)

AMD acquires high-performance computing heavyweight Xilinx

The $35 billion gambit will see Xilinx computing technology integrated into AMD’s broader product portfolio
27 Oct 2020
Amazon sacks employee over data breach
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Security

Amazon sacks employee over data breach

The worker leaked customer email addresses to an unidentified third-party
27 Oct 2020
Microsoft partners with Adobe and c3.ai to launch Salesforce rival
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customer relationship management (CRM)

Microsoft partners with Adobe and c3.ai to launch Salesforce rival

C3 AI CRM is touted as the next generation of CRM that can harness mountains of data to give unique insights
27 Oct 2020
Oracle expands cloud availability for UK public sector
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Oracle expands cloud availability for UK public sector

Two sites in London and Wales make up the company’s dual-region private cloud infrastructure
26 Oct 2020
Facebook adds SMB hosting to WhatsApp for businesses
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Business strategy

Facebook adds SMB hosting to WhatsApp for businesses

SMBs will be able to use the firm’s infrastructure for free with Facebook Hosting Services when it launches
26 Oct 2020
Hybrid cloud complexity fuelling appetite for automation, says Puppet CTO
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automation

Hybrid cloud complexity fuelling appetite for automation, says Puppet CTO

The software firm hopes the launch of its compliance automation tool will serve as a time-saver for CIOs
23 Oct 2020
Microsoft spearheads industry-wide charter against AI cyber attacks
Security

Microsoft spearheads industry-wide charter against AI cyber attacks

Security professionals can rely on the framework to fight cyber attacks targeting corporate machine learning systems
23 Oct 2020
Weekly threat roundup: Chrome, Citrix and WordPress
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Security

Weekly threat roundup: Chrome, Citrix and WordPress

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
23 Oct 2020
Nokia 5.3 review: A surprise package
Google Android

Nokia 5.3 review: A surprise package

Despite plenty of compromises, this bargain bucket handset punches well above its weight
22 Oct 2020
CMS platforms succumb to KashmirBlack botnet as businesses rush online
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Security

CMS platforms succumb to KashmirBlack botnet as businesses rush online

Businesses warned to prioritise security as coronavirus forces many to ply their trade digitally
22 Oct 2020
London crowned best city to study tech outside the US
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Careers & training

London crowned best city to study tech outside the US

The capital now offers the highest number of universities with courses in tech and engineering
22 Oct 2020
PayPal will now support Bitcoin trading
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cryptocurrencies

PayPal will now support Bitcoin trading

Users can buy, hold, and sell widely-used cryptocurrencies alongside other payment methods in their digital wallet
22 Oct 2020
Mobile browser flaw exposes users to spoofing attacks
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Security

Mobile browser flaw exposes users to spoofing attacks

Safari and Opera Touch browsers are among those which can be exploited to target victims with malware
21 Oct 2020
Parallels Desktop brings Windows 10 apps to Chromebooks
operating systems

Parallels Desktop brings Windows 10 apps to Chromebooks

The integration allows enterprise users to run full-featured Windows apps on their devices, as well as share files and documents
21 Oct 2020
IBM revenues fall for third quarter in a row despite cloud surge
Cloud

IBM revenues fall for third quarter in a row despite cloud surge

Every division besides IBM’s cloud businesses saw a decline year-on-year
20 Oct 2020
US charges six Russians behind NotPetya and Olympics hacks
Security

US charges six Russians behind NotPetya and Olympics hacks

The GRU members spread some of the most infamous malware strains including NotPetya and Olympic Destroyer
20 Oct 2020
Atlassian to end on-prem server support by 2024 in major cloud pivot
Cloud

Atlassian to end on-prem server support by 2024 in major cloud pivot

The firm will retire a swathe of its server products as it seeks to migrate its customers to cloud-based systems
19 Oct 2020
Google blocked record-breaking 2.5Tbps DDoS attack in 2017
Security

Google blocked record-breaking 2.5Tbps DDoS attack in 2017

The previously unknown attack, which was triggered by state-backed hackers, is the largest DDoS attack on record
19 Oct 2020
Microsoft releases two emergency Windows patches
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Security

Microsoft releases two emergency Windows patches

Windows Codecs Library and Visual Studio Code are afflicted with remote code execution flaws
19 Oct 2020
Weekly threat roundup: Windows 10, Adobe, and SonicWall VPNs
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Security

Weekly threat roundup: Windows 10, Adobe, and SonicWall VPNs

The most dangerous and pressing cyber security exploits from the week gone by
16 Oct 2020
Twitter pins global outage on unscheduled 'system change'
social media

Twitter pins global outage on unscheduled 'system change'

The brief outage heavily disrupted several of the firm's APIs including Enterprise Search and its Engagement API
16 Oct 2020
French and Dutch officials back EU's plans to break up Big Tech
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Policy & legislation

French and Dutch officials back EU's plans to break up Big Tech

A joint proposal adds weight to EU's own plans to curb the industry’s growing anti-competitive influence
15 Oct 2020
Windows 10 update sparks driver compatibility fears
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Microsoft Windows

Windows 10 update sparks driver compatibility fears

Over-zealous verification checks designed to tighten security may block some older drivers
15 Oct 2020
What is two-factor authentication?
Security

What is two-factor authentication?

Passwords aren't secure; it's time to add multi-factor authentication
14 Oct 2020
Microsoft fixes 'critical' wormable RCE flaw in Windows 10
Security

Microsoft fixes 'critical' wormable RCE flaw in Windows 10

The latest Patch Tuesday release sees 87 bugs fixed including the CVSS 9.8-rated vulnerability
14 Oct 2020
Dropbox goes 'virtual-first' with permanent remote working
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flexible working

Dropbox goes 'virtual-first' with permanent remote working

Four on-demand in-person studios will be established in San Fran, Seattle, Austin and Dublin
14 Oct 2020
What is hacktivism?
hacking

What is hacktivism?

From Anonymous to Omega, here’s everything you need to know about hackers with a conscience
13 Oct 2020
What is an MSSP?
Security

What is an MSSP?

Why appointing an MSSP is becoming the norm for SMBs
13 Oct 2020