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Hostile states will attempt deadly cyber attacks on UK, warns NCSC

t’s only a matter of time before the UK faces a cyber attack that threatens loss of life and other major social consequences, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has warned. Since the GCHQ’s specialised cybersecurity arm’s creation in 2016, it has dealt with 1,167 cyber incidents, with 557 of these in the past year, the equivalent of over 10 a week, according to figures in its second annual review. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Facial recognition tech allows passengers to clear airport security in Shanghai

Passengers checking into flights at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport can now use their face to prove their identity thanks to the rollout of facial recognition technology. The airport this week unveiled self-service kiosks for flight and baggage check-in, security clearance, and boarding powered by facial recognition technology. [1] [1] By Asha McLean on ZDNet

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Spy chips on servers? Lessons learned (and questions to ask)

On Thursday, Bloomberg Businessweek published an in-depth report alleging that Chinese suppliers for server hardware company Supermicro had placed microchips onto motherboards ordered by the San Jose-based company that were later sold to fill orders from as many as 30 customers. [1] [1] By Ryan Faas on ComputerWorld

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The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies, a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its streaming video service, known today as Amazon Prime Video. Based in Portland, Ore., Elemental made software for compressing massive video files and formatting them for different devices. [1] [1] By Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley on Bloomberg

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Gartner lists top 10 tech trends for 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a megatrend that the industry will continue to talk about for the next 20 years. So said Brian Burke, chief of research at Gartner, who presented the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2019 on day three of the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in Cape Town this morning. [1] [1] By Simnikiwe Mzekandaba on ITWeb

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Cracking ransomware: RansomWarrior victims can now retrieve files for free

Victims of a new form of ransomware that appeared just weeks ago can now retrieve their encrypted files without having to pay a bitcoin ransom. Discovered in early August, RansomWarrior appears to be the work of hackers working out of India, if the inclusion of “Have a good day with the love from India” on the ransom note is to be believed. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Notorious cyber crime gang behind global bank hacking spree returns with new attacks

A notorious hacking group that targets financial organisations and is thought to be the perpetrator of cyber attacks against the SWIFT banking network and ATM systems has launched a new campaign targeting employees of two banks. The Cobalt cyber crime gang is suspected of striking banks in more than 40 countries and potentially making as much as €10 million per heist. It’s estimated the attacks have caused over €1bn in damages. [1] [1] By Danny Palmer on ZDNet

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Navigating through the new cyber threat landscape

The increase in cyber attacks in recent years has led to IT security becoming a business-wide priority. However, the almost-daily headlines of data breaches and defrauded customers often lead to uncoordinated responses from many businesses. Observing such behaviour, Quentyn Taylor, director of information security at Canon Europe urges businesses to go back to security basics. [1] [1] By Maxine-Laurie Marshall on CIO

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On 17 March First Technology, in partnership with Extreme Networks, hosted an exclusive breakfast event at Shimmy Beach Club’s Heineken Lounge. The Impact of Wireless Technology While wireless technology has been around for a number of years, the advent of smartphones, tablets and high-speed wireless internet access has put the importance of this technology at the forefront of business growth. A ...

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