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Weekly threat roundup: IBM, VMware and Python
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vulnerability

Weekly threat roundup: IBM, VMware and Python

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
25 Feb 2021
Npower shuts down app after hackers steal user data
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hacking

Npower shuts down app after hackers steal user data

Cyber criminals obtained partial financial data following successful credential stuffing attacks
25 Feb 2021
VMware patches critical ESXi and vSphere Client vulnerabilities
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vulnerability

VMware patches critical ESXi and vSphere Client vulnerabilities

These include a 9.8-rated bug that hackers can exploit to execute remote commands with unrestricted privileges
24 Feb 2021
Hackers publish Bombardier data in wide-reaching FTA cyber attack
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cyber attacks

Hackers publish Bombardier data in wide-reaching FTA cyber attack

Hackers compromise the data of 25 firms as part of an attack against Accellion's legacy FTA application
24 Feb 2021
Experts blast SMBs' “head in the sand” approach to cyber security
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cyber security

Experts blast SMBs' “head in the sand” approach to cyber security

From failing to patch exposed VPNs to meeting ransom demands, businesses are playing a role in fuelling the threat landscape
23 Feb 2021
EU grants the UK provisional ‘data adequacy’ status
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data protection

EU grants the UK provisional ‘data adequacy’ status

The UK criticises the EU for not already reaching this agreement prior to the formal Brexit withdrawal date
22 Feb 2021
Mysterious Silver Sparrow malware hits 30,000 macOS devices
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malware

Mysterious Silver Sparrow malware hits 30,000 macOS devices

The cluster is among the first to spread malware affecting devices fitted with Apple’s new M1 chip
22 Feb 2021
Nvidia's RTX 3060 GPU will self-throttle if used for crypto mining
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cryptocurrencies

Nvidia's RTX 3060 GPU will self-throttle if used for crypto mining

Efficiency will collapse if the driver detects Ether mining, with the firm launching a separate crypto mining GPU to prevent stock depletion
19 Feb 2021
Microsoft to launch standalone Office 2021 suite
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Microsoft Office

Microsoft to launch standalone Office 2021 suite

The Office 2019 successor will be released alongside Office LTSC for commercial customers
19 Feb 2021
Weekly threat roundup: SolarWinds-style hack, macOS Big Sur, Telegram
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vulnerability

Weekly threat roundup: SolarWinds-style hack, macOS Big Sur, Telegram

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
18 Feb 2021
UK's cyber security industry defies tumultuous 2020
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cyber security

UK's cyber security industry defies tumultuous 2020

Although 3,800 security jobs were created, recruitment, expansion and financial growth slowed sharply against the previous year
18 Feb 2021
What is network forensics?
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cyber attacks

What is network forensics?

Taking a closer look at how cyber threats are investigated at a network level
17 Feb 2021
What is an output device?
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Hardware

What is an output device?

Monitors, speakers and printers all count as output devices, receiving data from your computer
17 Feb 2021
Samsung debuts 'industry-first' AI-powered memory
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components

Samsung debuts 'industry-first' AI-powered memory

This architecture combines high-bandwidth memory with AI processing power to boost performance and lower power consumption
17 Feb 2021
Apple fixes macOS Big Sur bug that caused irretrievable data loss
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bugs

Apple fixes macOS Big Sur bug that caused irretrievable data loss

The macOS upgrade installer failed to check if you had enough free space available, causing major issues if you didn’t
17 Feb 2021
How can the cloud industry adapt to a post-COVID world?
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cloud computing

How can the cloud industry adapt to a post-COVID world?

The coronavirus pandemic has fuelled rapid growth across the cloud industry, but it won’t last forever
16 Feb 2021
What is NetOps?
Network
Business strategy

What is NetOps?

How can businesses adopt this broad school of thought, and what is its relationship with DevOps?
16 Feb 2021
France uncovers SolarWinds-esque cyber attack targeting Centreon
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cyber attacks

France uncovers SolarWinds-esque cyber attack targeting Centreon

Hackers infiltrated the systems of several organisations in 2017 by compromising the enterprise IT platform
16 Feb 2021
EU set to grant UK data adequacy status
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data protection

EU set to grant UK data adequacy status

The agreement ensuring data flows continue will be reviewed every four years and may be subject to legal challenges
16 Feb 2021
Microsoft: ‘More than 1,000 engineers’ executed SolarWinds attack
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cyber warfare

Microsoft: ‘More than 1,000 engineers’ executed SolarWinds attack

The company's president Brad Smith says the ongoing hack is the 'largest and most sophisticated the world has ever seen'
15 Feb 2021
Dell launches private cloud service through Project Apex
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cloud computing

Dell launches private cloud service through Project Apex

This is the second offering Dell Technologies has launched through its cloud console
15 Feb 2021
Nvidia leans on 'legacy' GPUs to combat global chip shortage
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components

Nvidia leans on 'legacy' GPUs to combat global chip shortage

The low-end and mid-range GTX 1050 Ti and RTX 2060 chips are making a comeback
12 Feb 2021
Microsoft releases emergency fix for Patch Tuesday Wi-Fi glitch
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bugs

Microsoft releases emergency fix for Patch Tuesday Wi-Fi glitch

Users report BSOD system crashes when trying to connect to Wi-Fi through WPA3
12 Feb 2021
Weekly threat roundup: Zero-days in Windows, Adobe, Google Chrome
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vulnerability

Weekly threat roundup: Zero-days in Windows, Adobe, Google Chrome

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
11 Feb 2021
Mastercard will soon support cryptocurrencies, but Bitcoin may not be one of them
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cryptocurrencies

Mastercard will soon support cryptocurrencies, but Bitcoin may not be one of them

The firm has said it will only support tokens that work as a vehicle for spending, not investment
11 Feb 2021
What is YAML?
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Development

What is YAML?

We look at the pros and cons of the language developed in 2001
10 Feb 2021
Microsoft patches actively exploited Windows zero-day flaw
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vulnerability

Microsoft patches actively exploited Windows zero-day flaw

The threat has been fixed alongside 55 other bugs in the latest Patch Tuesday round of fixes
10 Feb 2021
Irish GDPR regulator lambasted for delaying critical IT works
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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Irish GDPR regulator lambasted for delaying critical IT works

The DPC is aiming to finally complete works on its case management system by Q2 2021, five years after first proposing upgrade
10 Feb 2021
Hackers attempt to poison Florida water supply
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hacking

Hackers attempt to poison Florida water supply

The cyber criminals infiltrated a treatment plant through TeamViewer and boosted Sodium Hydroxide to dangerous levels
9 Feb 2021
DCMS launches UK Cyber Security Council
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Careers & training

DCMS launches UK Cyber Security Council

Industry figures react positively to a body that will accredit existing courses and encourage industry-wide upskilling
9 Feb 2021
Intel sues former engineer for stealing trade secrets to help Microsoft
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Hardware

Intel sues former engineer for stealing trade secrets to help Microsoft

Dr Varun Gupta allegedly transferred 3,900 confidential documents, including details on Xeon CPUs, to two personal hard drives
8 Feb 2021
What is a DNS server?
Networks servers
Domain Name System (DNS)

What is a DNS server?

We explain what a DNS server is, how it works and how to avoid DNS hijacking
5 Feb 2021
Pentagon might scrap JEDI contract if AWS wins legal challenge
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Cloud

Pentagon might scrap JEDI contract if AWS wins legal challenge

The DoD is being put off by the prospect of protracted legal dispute, suggesting it might be simpler to start from scratch
5 Feb 2021
Twitter shifts offline analytics workloads to Google Cloud
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cloud computing

Twitter shifts offline analytics workloads to Google Cloud

The platform hopes to process trillions of data points to gain insights much quicker
5 Feb 2021
Best antivirus for Android 2019
Android Oreo
Google Android

Best antivirus for Android 2019

Android phones need security protection, but which is best for you?
4 Feb 2021