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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
16 Apr 2021
Turkey bans Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
The physical embodiment of Bitcoin behind a Turkish flag
cryptocurrencies

Turkey bans Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

The nation’s central bank says digital currencies have a lack of central oversight and high risk of fraud
16 Apr 2021
Project Zero trials 30-day ‘patching window’
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vulnerability

Project Zero trials 30-day ‘patching window’

The policy change aims to encourage businesses to apply patches while reducing the risk of opportunistic attacks
16 Apr 2021
Weekly threat roundup: Chrome, Exchange Server, IoT devices
Graphic showing a red unlocked padlock surrounded by blue locked padlocks
vulnerability

Weekly threat roundup: Chrome, Exchange Server, IoT devices

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
15 Apr 2021
Dell spins off VMware stake to create two separate companies
The VMware website as seen through a magnifying glass against a monitor
mergers and acquisitions

Dell spins off VMware stake to create two separate companies

The firm hopes to use proceeds to pay down its debt while granting VMware greater operational flexibility
15 Apr 2021
Microsoft patches actively exploited Desktop Window Manager flaw
A laptop on a table with the Microsoft Exchange logo displayed
vulnerability

Microsoft patches actively exploited Desktop Window Manager flaw

The latest Patch Tuesday round of updates include fixes for 114 vulnerabilities, including five zero-days
14 Apr 2021
EU to propose GDPR-like fines for AI abuses
A massive eye overseeing a dark room full of individuals
artificial intelligence (AI)

EU to propose GDPR-like fines for AI abuses

AI will be prohibited from use in mass surveillance or for ranking social behaviour
14 Apr 2021
Semiconductor revenues surged in 2020 despite shortages
Graphic of a computing component
components

Semiconductor revenues surged in 2020 despite shortages

Intel was still the industry’s best performer, although Nvidia was the fastest-growing company with revenues up 45%
13 Apr 2021
BRATA malware disguises itself as security tools on Google Play
The Google Play Store application as shown on a smartphone display
malware

BRATA malware disguises itself as security tools on Google Play

Hackers are tricking victims into granting their malicious apps certain permissions before taking control of Android devices
13 Apr 2021
Gigaset devices laced with malware after third-party server hack
Malware on an Android smartphone
malware

Gigaset devices laced with malware after third-party server hack

Several Android smartphones have been pre-packaged with malicious apps as part of a supply chain attack
9 Apr 2021
Leeds smart city plans described as 'akin to living under Stasi rule'
Graphic rendering of a satellite view of the city of Leeds
smart city

Leeds smart city plans described as 'akin to living under Stasi rule'

City council says it's committed to handling data ethically and securely
9 Apr 2021
Weekly threat roundup: Fortinet, Apple Mail, AMD Zen 3 CPUs
Graphic showing a red unlocked padlock surrounded by blue locked padlocks
vulnerability

Weekly threat roundup: Fortinet, Apple Mail, AMD Zen 3 CPUs

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
8 Apr 2021
Microsoft accused of ‘abusing its power’ in reseller revolt
Photograph of a Microsoft-branded building in daylight
Microsoft Office

Microsoft accused of ‘abusing its power’ in reseller revolt

Reseller ValueLicensing says recent efforts to push customers to cloud services have destroyed its business model
8 Apr 2021
Google accused of “illegally” tracking Android users
An Android figurine on a laptop with developer code on the display
privacy

Google accused of “illegally” tracking Android users

The AAID is unique to all Android devices and can be shared with third parties for more effective targeted advertising
7 Apr 2021
UK launches digital watchdog to clamp down on big tech dominance
Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple apps on a smartphone display
Policy & legislation

UK launches digital watchdog to clamp down on big tech dominance

The Digital Markets Unit is charged with drawing up codes of conduct for competition and will operate without statutory powers at first
7 Apr 2021
Hackers target LinkedIn users with fake job offers to spread malware
A user accessing LinkedIn on their mobile phone device
malware

Hackers target LinkedIn users with fake job offers to spread malware

The Golden Chicken group is selling the More_Eggs backdoor to other groups as a malware as a service (MaaS) model
6 Apr 2021
IR35 changes finally come into force
Image of the UK houses of parliament
Policy & legislation

IR35 changes finally come into force

Roughly 60,000 businesses and 500,000 contractors must now adhere to the long-dreaded extension of off-payroll working rules
6 Apr 2021
Weekly threat roundup: Apple, VMware, OpenSSL
Graphic showing a red unlocked padlock surrounded by blue locked padlocks
vulnerability

Weekly threat roundup: Apple, VMware, OpenSSL

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
1 Apr 2021
Microsoft signs $22bn deal to supply US Army with HoloLens devices
The HoloLens 2 device
augmented reality (AR)

Microsoft signs $22bn deal to supply US Army with HoloLens devices

The custom-made augmented reality (AR) headsets will be used both in training and in combat scenarios
1 Apr 2021
Apple’s independent repairs programme expands globally
An independen technician repairing an iPhone on a desk alongside other Apple products
Hardware

Apple’s independent repairs programme expands globally

The scheme offers genuine parts and tools as well as free training, manuals and diagnostic capabilities to third-party providers
30 Mar 2021
Uber to offer electric vehicles to London customers
An Uber vehicle deployed on a road
Technology

Uber to offer electric vehicles to London customers

The ride-sharing platform won't charge customers extra for using Uber Green, but journeys need to start in 'Zone 1'
29 Mar 2021
Android spyware disguised as 'system update' app discovered
The update notification on an Android device
malware

Android spyware disguised as 'system update' app discovered

This malware strain steals private messaging and location data while also recording phone calls
29 Mar 2021
What is cache memory?
Processor
data processing

What is cache memory?

We explain the different categories of cache memory and how it differs from RAM
26 Mar 2021
Amazon and Red Hat partner on bringing OpenShift to AWS
Containers on a ship
containers

Amazon and Red Hat partner on bringing OpenShift to AWS

The ROSA managed service makes it easier to build, scale and managed Kubernetes clusters on AWS
26 Mar 2021
Half of UK businesses had no security policies in place in 2020
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cyber security

Half of UK businesses had no security policies in place in 2020

Businesses struggled to keep track of devices or employees during the pandemic, DCMS finds
26 Mar 2021
Weekly threat roundup: Android, Windows, Purple Fox
Graphic showing a red unlocked padlock surrounded by blue locked padlocks
vulnerability

Weekly threat roundup: Android, Windows, Purple Fox

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
25 Mar 2021
Samsung unveils 512GB DDR5 DRAM for high-performance computing
Artist rendition of Samsung's 512GB HKMG-based DDR5 RAM
components

Samsung unveils 512GB DDR5 DRAM for high-performance computing

The advanced memory comprises eight layers of 16GB units built using the HKMG fabrication process
25 Mar 2021
Purple Fox malware can now spread between Windows devices
An origami purple fox on a wooden surface
malware

Purple Fox malware can now spread between Windows devices

The rootkit has added self-propagating capabilities to its arsenal with roughly 100,000 machines already infected
24 Mar 2021
Intel unveils $20 billion plan to revitalise its business
The Intel logo on a white flag
components

Intel unveils $20 billion plan to revitalise its business

The company’s new foundry service will build custom chips for tech firms and governments
24 Mar 2021
Eight tips for reducing screen fatigue while working from home
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Business strategy

Eight tips for reducing screen fatigue while working from home

We should be wary of burning out while relying on screens for almost everything, from meetings to virtual pub trips
23 Mar 2021
Home Office migrates key HR workloads to Oracle Cloud
Oracle logo on the side of a building
public sector

Home Office migrates key HR workloads to Oracle Cloud

The department shifts payroll, finance and customer support functions to the Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications suite
23 Mar 2021
Intel’s 10nm Alder Lake CPUs look set to deliver a major performance boost
Somebody placing a CPU component onto a circuit board
components

Intel’s 10nm Alder Lake CPUs look set to deliver a major performance boost

The desktop chips are said to benefit from a hybrid configuration combining high-power and high-efficiency cores
23 Mar 2021
F5 Networks BIG-IP flaw is the latest to be exploited by hackers
A concept image of a hacker behind a stream of binary
exploits

F5 Networks BIG-IP flaw is the latest to be exploited by hackers

Researchers identify ‘full chain exploitation’ targeting one of the seven now-patched remote code-execution flaws
22 Mar 2021
UK tech vacancies fell sharply in 2020
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Careers & training

UK tech vacancies fell sharply in 2020

The number of openings on LinkedIn declined by 57% despite strong demand for cloud computing skills
22 Mar 2021
Businesses in these areas will be the first to benefit from gov's gigabit broadband scheme
Telecommunications mast in a rural part of the UK at dusk
broadband

Businesses in these areas will be the first to benefit from gov's gigabit broadband scheme

More than a million hard-to-reach premises in Cornwall, Essex and Tees Valley among those to benefit from the first phase of the programme
19 Mar 2021