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Amazon Echo allegedly records family conversation and forwards to another device

AMAZON ALEXA is showing even more erratic behaviour. This time it appears to have recorded an entire conversation that it wasn’t supposed to, before forwarding it to one of the owners’ contacts. The Echo user identified only as Danielle from Portland, Oregon claims that the audio file featuring an ambient conversation between her and her husband was then forwarded to ... Read More »

Finger of blame pointed at Russia over malware infecting 500,000 routers and storage devices

Russia has been blamed for malware that, according to Cisco Talos, has compromised at least half-a-million Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear and TP-Link routers and network-attached storage devices. The malware… Read More »

Finger of blame pointed at Russia over malware infecting 500,000 routers and storage devices

Russia has been blamed for malware that, according to Cisco Talos, has compromised at least half-a-million Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear and TP-Link routers and network-attached storage devices. The malware has been linked with attacks on Ukraine.  In an advisory, Talos said it has been working for a number of months with public- and private-sector threat intelligence partners, as well as law ... Read More »

Finger of blame pointed at Russia over malware infecting 500,000 routers and storage devices

Russia has been blamed for malware that, according to Cisco Talos, has compromised at least half-a-million Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear and TP-Link routers and network-attached storage devices. The malware has been linked with attacks on Ukraine.  In an advisory, Talos said it has been working for a number of months with public- and private-sector threat intelligence partners, as well as law ... Read More »

GDPR finally comes into effect, applying fully to all businesses operating in EU

AFTER WE’VE ALL RECEIVED countless emails about it, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has finaly come into force. Originally adopted in April 2016, the rules of GDPR will now apply fully to all businesses or else fees will be levied against those that don’t comply. GDPR replaces the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive, and it means all organisations operating in ... Read More »

5G news: Qualcomm claims first small cell New Radio solution

5G is the latest networking technology for connected devices, promising speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G, and 10 times faster than home broadband. It’s not all about speed, though: a more ubiquitous and responsive (between 1ms and 10ms, compared to 4G’s 40-60ms) network are also planned, enabling connected devices like autonomous vehicles, drones and even artificial limbs. That ... Read More »

5G news: Qualcomm claims first small cell New Radio solution

5G is the latest networking technology for connected devices, promising speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G, and 10 times faster than home broadband. It’s not all about speed, though: a more ubiquitous and responsive (between 1ms and 10ms, compared to 4G’s 40-60ms) network are also planned, enabling connected devices like autonomous vehicles, drones and even artificial limbs. That ... Read More »

ICO guide to GDPR crashes website just hours before deadline

THE INFORMATION COMMISSIONERS OFFICE (ICO) website is serious borkage issues, just hours before the new European GDPR rules come into effect. A PDF guide to the legislation which is downloadable from the site is doing something we’ve never seen before. After the website hangs for around 2 minutes, the PDF appears, but instead of the full guide, we get the ... Read More »

Instapaper is latest big name site to close (for now) over GDPR

INSTAPAPER the bookmarking service launched in 2008, has announced it is to cease trading in the European Union, as it cannot comply with GDPR before the deadline.  The company is shutting down EU access from today, but has pledged to return once it has had time to comply with the new arrangements. The news was broken last night by tech ... Read More »

History repeats as new Spectre and Meltdown bug emerges

RESEARCHERS HAVE identified a new variant (CVE-2018-3639) of the Spectre and Meltdown flaws that caused a public outcry in the chip industry last year. Google and Microsoft say that, like the original flaws, this one stems from speculative execution. This is a technique that modern chips use to optimise their performance by making assumptions about upcoming operations. If the CPU begins ... Read More »

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