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Faulty Windows 10 update breaks printing with smart cards
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vulnerability

Faulty Windows 10 update breaks printing with smart cards

Microsoft’s 2021 printing woes continue after several vulnerabilities were found in the Print Spooler component
26 Jul 2021
Intel warns global chip shortage could last until 2023
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components

Intel warns global chip shortage could last until 2023

Warnings of an acute supply problem in the next quarter come as Intel reports flat revenues for Q2 2021
26 Jul 2021
What is two-factor authentication?
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two-factor authentication (2FA)

What is two-factor authentication?

Passwords aren't secure; it's time to add multi-factor authentication
23 Jul 2021
Google coding typo effectively bricks Chrome OS devices
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operating systems

Google coding typo effectively bricks Chrome OS devices

A hastily released update prevented users from logging into their machines
23 Jul 2021
Kaseya mysteriously obtains master REvil decryptor from ‘third party’
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ransomware

Kaseya mysteriously obtains master REvil decryptor from ‘third party’

The company is now working to restore access to affected customers
23 Jul 2021
Government sets out investment strategy to spark UK innovation
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public sector

Government sets out investment strategy to spark UK innovation

The plan will boost annual R&D investment to £22 billion to turn innovation into concrete products and services
22 Jul 2021
Weekly threat roundup: Windows 11, Cloudflare, Google Chrome
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vulnerability

Weekly threat roundup: Windows 11, Cloudflare, Google Chrome

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
22 Jul 2021
Salesforce's $28bn Slack acquisition: What's next for workplace collaboration?
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collaboration

Salesforce's $28bn Slack acquisition: What's next for workplace collaboration?

The CRM giant looks to rewrite the rules of work while expanding cross-business collaboration
22 Jul 2021
What is latency?
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Network & Internet

What is latency?

We explore the nature of network latency and the steps you can take to reduce it
21 Jul 2021
16-year-old flaw haunts millions of HP, Xerox and Samsung printers
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vulnerability

16-year-old flaw haunts millions of HP, Xerox and Samsung printers

The severe vulnerability centres on a printer driver that installs itself on user’s machines, sometimes without their knowledge
21 Jul 2021
SAP to launch UK cloud service as part of £200 million investment
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cloud computing

SAP to launch UK cloud service as part of £200 million investment

The five-year plan sees SAP launch the UK Data Cloud to support highly sensitive public sector workloads
20 Jul 2021
Microsoft cracks down on sophisticated BEC scam campaign
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scams

Microsoft cracks down on sophisticated BEC scam campaign

The firm’s Digital Crime Unit seized a variety of malicious domains targeting Office 365 customers
20 Jul 2021
Cloudflare flaw could have led to series of supply-chain attacks
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vulnerability

Cloudflare flaw could have led to series of supply-chain attacks

Hackers were able to exploit a path traversal vulnerability to compromise CDNJS and target thousands of sites
19 Jul 2021
Security researchers uncover more Print Spooler vulnerabilities
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vulnerability

Security researchers uncover more Print Spooler vulnerabilities

Microsoft advises customers to disable the component entirely to prevent attacks following the PrintNightmare debacle
19 Jul 2021
Recent Microsoft attacks traced to secretive Israeli spyware firm
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hacking

Recent Microsoft attacks traced to secretive Israeli spyware firm

Candiru, which trades exclusively with governments, distributed zero-day exploits for vulnerabilities patched this week
16 Jul 2021
Openreach successfully trials next-gen '25G PON' fibre tech
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Network & Internet

Openreach successfully trials next-gen '25G PON' fibre tech

Isolated trials by Openreach and Nokia more than double existing maximum data transfer rates
16 Jul 2021
What is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)?
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Information Commissioner

What is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)?

Who is the Information Commissioner, what powers do they have, and how will the ICO enforce GDPR?
15 Jul 2021
Even cutting-edge firms need digital transformation
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digital transformation

Even cutting-edge firms need digital transformation

Why young and exciting businesses must innovate or die
15 Jul 2021
Weekly threat roundup: SolarWinds, Microsoft, SonicWall
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exploits

Weekly threat roundup: SolarWinds, Microsoft, SonicWall

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
15 Jul 2021
Avast and Norton in talks over multi-billion dollar merger
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cyber security

Avast and Norton in talks over multi-billion dollar merger

The two competitors could join forces to become the biggest name in the consumer security market
15 Jul 2021
Microsoft makes second attempt to fix PrintNightmare flaw
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vulnerability

Microsoft makes second attempt to fix PrintNightmare flaw

The Patch Tuesday fix is included among updates for 117 separate flaws, including four vulnerabilities that are under attack
14 Jul 2021
REvil vanishes from the web without a trace
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ransomware

REvil vanishes from the web without a trace

The mysterious shutdown comes only days after the ransomware group’s massive Kaseya cyber attack hit at least 1,000 businesses
14 Jul 2021
Ongoing chip shortage hampers PC market growth
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Hardware

Ongoing chip shortage hampers PC market growth

Year-on-year growth slowed from 35.7% in Q1 to 4.6% in Q2 with analysts blaming the semiconductor crisis
13 Jul 2021
Microsoft warns SolarWinds customers that Serv-U is under attack
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cyber attacks

Microsoft warns SolarWinds customers that Serv-U is under attack

The beleaguered IT firm urges its customers to patch their FTP systems immediately
13 Jul 2021
Microsoft acquires threat intelligence startup RiskIQ
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mergers and acquisitions

Microsoft acquires threat intelligence startup RiskIQ

The tech giant's latest security-oriented move follows its MITRE partnership and ReFirm purchase
13 Jul 2021
Kaseya patches VSA flaws exploited in REvil ransomware attack
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vulnerability

Kaseya patches VSA flaws exploited in REvil ransomware attack

Three now-patched vulnerabilities centred on credential leakage, cross-site scripting and 2FA bypass
12 Jul 2021
New Zloader malware technique makes it harder to spot phishing emails
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malware

New Zloader malware technique makes it harder to spot phishing emails

The novel distribution technique involves sending Word documents that may bypass conventional malware scanning
9 Jul 2021
Weekly threat roundup: Kaseya, PrintNightmare, Sage
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vulnerability

Weekly threat roundup: Kaseya, PrintNightmare, Sage

Pulling together the most dangerous and pressing flaws that businesses need to patch
8 Jul 2021
Visa partners with 50 platforms to support direct crypto payments
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digital currency

Visa partners with 50 platforms to support direct crypto payments

People can buy goods using cryptocurrency-linked Visa cards, with rewards administered like airline miles
8 Jul 2021
Microsoft’s emergency 'PrintNightmare' patch fails to fix critical exploit
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vulnerability

Microsoft’s emergency 'PrintNightmare' patch fails to fix critical exploit

The RCE flaw embedded in the Print Spooler component can still be exploited when 'point and print' is enabled
8 Jul 2021
Kaspersky Password Manager generates passwords that can be 'cracked in seconds'
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information security (InfoSec)

Kaspersky Password Manager generates passwords that can be 'cracked in seconds'

A now-patched vulnerability means specialised tools can game Kaspersky's method for creating passwords
7 Jul 2021
Lack of over 50s in tech points to need for urgent reskilling
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Careers & training

Lack of over 50s in tech points to need for urgent reskilling

Only 22% of those working in IT are over 50 years old, versus 31% of the wider workforce
7 Jul 2021
Manufacturers shed light on Windows 11 compatibility
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operating systems

Manufacturers shed light on Windows 11 compatibility

Gigabyte, MSI and others specify which devices can natively support the operating system
6 Jul 2021
UK gov mulls tech industry deregulation drive
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IT regulation

UK gov mulls tech industry deregulation drive

DCMS outlines a new regulatory framework that prioritises 'innovation' and promises to 'cut red tape'
6 Jul 2021
Google shuts down Play Store apps for stealing Facebook credentials
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malware

Google shuts down Play Store apps for stealing Facebook credentials

The nine malicious Android apps boast nearly six million downloads collectively
5 Jul 2021