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ACLU File Lawsuit Against Clearview AI

American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against facial recognition firm alleging “privacy-destroying surveillance activities”

Cisco Acquires ThousandEyes For Network Monitoring

Networking giant Cisco Systems opens its cheque book to acquire well estalished network intelligence software provider ThousandEyes

Trump Targets Twitter With Executive Order

Escalating row between Twitter and the White House sees tech firm call out US President over a new tweet for glorifying violence

Is Video Conferencing Secure Enough?

The COVID-19 crisis has seen an explosion in video and teleconferencing service use. Looking into the future, if more mass remote working is to become the norm, how will existing systems cope? Are they secure enough? Do we just need more capacity, or new services and platforms to meet this new need?

Can Your WAN Cope?

As remote working becomes the norm for many businesses, what does this mean for network access and flexibility? Already video conferencing services are straining to deliver their services to a mass user base. Add in security issues, in this scenario, could your WAN cope?

Coronavirus: Google To Reopen Some Offices In July

Sundar Pichai tells staff that Google intends to open some offices starting from 6 July, as other tech firms give staff option to work from home forever

5G ‘Bioshield’ USB Stick Exposed In Teardown

USB stick that claims to be a 'bioshield' against 5G emissions is exposed in product teardown, as seller insists it works but will not provide evidence

Coronavirus: France Approves Contact Tracing App

French minister defends centralised approach of its Covid-19 contact-tracing app, citing the French and UK's nuclear deterrent

Trump Ready To Sign Executive Order For Social Media Firms

US President ready to follow up on threat to 'close down' social networking firms after Twitter places fact warning label on his tweets

Huawei’s CFO Suffers Extradition Setback

Meng Wanzhou, daughter of Hauwei's founder and CFO of the firm, suffers legal setback in fight against extradition to the United States

Apple iPhone Exploit Allows Users To ‘Jailbreak’ Devices

Fully updated Apple devices contain the exploit that allows the first public jailbreak for Apple's iOS operating system for nearly four years

Coronavirus: 5G Mast In Liverpool Suffers Arson Attack

Not again. A 5G phone mast in Liverpool has been set on fire, amid foolish conspiracy theories that wrongly link 5G and coronavirus

Coronavirus: Apple To Re-open Most US Stores

Post Coronavirus: With enhanced deep cleaning and kerbside pickups, Apple is to re-open most of its stores in the United States

Coronavirus: Nokia Closes Indian Factory After Positive Tests

After India eases its nationwide lockdown, Nokia suspends operations at local telecoms factory when 42 staff test positive for Covid-19

Donald Trump Threatens To Close Down Social Networking Firms

Twitter applies fact-checking alert to a tweet from US President Donald Trump as part of new policy on misleading information

How To Manage Virtual Teams

As businesses adapt to the 'new normal', a significant component of their organization will be virtual teams. Silicon UK discovers the critical skills that virtual leaders need to be successful and, asks what being a virtual leader means today and into the future.

Microsoft Confirms 4G Modem Issue With Latest Windows 10 Update

No patch as yet for problem with Windows 10 update that cuts off internet for systems linked to mobile data via 4G LTE modems

‘Ragnar Locker’ Ransomware Hides Inside Virtual Machine

Researchers discover attack group that deploys highly targeted ransomware running inside virtualised Windows XP instance to evade detection

Cryptocurrency-Mining Campaign Hits ‘Thousands’ Of Enterprises

Security researchers find attackers breaking into public-facing Windows IIS web servers to install Monero-mining malware across networks

Latvia Set To Release Covid-19 App Based On Tech Companies’ Framework

Latvia is aiming to be one of the first countries to release a Covid-19 contact-tracing app based on Apple and Google's API, released only last week

SpaceX Prepares For First Manned Mission

SpaceX Crew Dragon set to deliver two NASA astronauts to International Space Station this week, after 10 years of preparation

Arsonists Attack 5G Mast In Derbyshire

5G mobile phone mast set on fire only days after it was erected, as experts condemn theories that link 5G networks to public health risk

UK Looks To Scale Back Huawei Deal In Wake Of Pandemic

Prime minister Boris Johnson has reportedly ordered plans drawn up that would see Huawei's involvement in UK's 5G networks reduced to zero by 2023

Uber Passenger Says Price-Fixing Arbitrator Acted Out Of ‘Fear’

Uber passenger asks court to reopen price-fixing lawsuit against the company, saying arbitrator who ruled in Uber's favour feared for his own security

GitLab Hacks Own Remote-Working Staff In Phishing Test

Company finds 20 percent of its all-remote staff responds to phishing message by exposing user credentials, raising fears about the work-from-home future

HPE Cost-Savings Plan Sees Office Closures, Staff Cuts

HP Enterprise also sees long-term shift to remote working, with 'at least' 50 percent of staff expected to work from home permanently

Popular Maths Site Investigates ‘Potential Data Compromise’

Students and children at risk as more than 25 million account credentials allegedly stolen from Mathway offered for sale online

Microsoft Uncovers ‘Massive’ Pandemic-Themed Phishing Campaign

Scam emails use Excel spreadsheets containing Covid-19 data as a lure, then execute malicious macros that give attackers control over system

Facebook Will Allow Permanent Work From Home

Another tech firm, this time Facebook, commits to allowing staff to work from home forever if they wish, but will adjust salaries accordingly

Twitter Tests Option To Limit Who Can Reply To Tweets

Online abuse clampdown. Twitter confirms it is testing new conversation settings that will allow users to limit who can reply to their tweets

IBM To Cut Thousands Of Jobs, But Will Still Pay Shareholders

Another round of layoffs is on the cards for IBM employees, as new CEO swings the headcount axe, but insists he will still deliver shareholder dividend

Securing The DARQ Future

Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Extended Reality (XR) and Quantum Computing expand (DARQ), will be the next wave of technologies to transform every business. How should your company ensure that DARQ technologies are used within a secure environment?

Shopify To Allow Staff To Work From Home Permanently

Post Coronavirus world. Canadian e-commerce firm Shopify joins Twitter in saying it will allow staff to work from home forever

Intel Acquires Rivet Networks For Killer Cards

Wi-Fi connectivity. Company behind the Killer gaming networking cards (Rivet Networks) is acquired by chip goliath Intel Corp

Microsoft Dual Screen Smartphone Specs Revealed

But will anyone actually care? Specifications for Duo device revealed, as Microsoft yet again courts the smartphone mass market

Google Chrome Follows Firefox Lead With DoH Option

Three months after Firefox turned on privacy feature called DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH), Google's Chrome browser gets same feature, but only if ISPs support it

Coronavirus: Apple, Google Release Contact Tracing API

Both firms say 22 countries and a number of US states have requested to use the contact-tracing API for their own systems

Is Home Your Business’s New Network Security Perimeter?

Post COVID-19 could see many businesses permanently using home-based working as the norm for their enterprises. With annual reports stating lax security protocols and behaviours are still the norms (nearly 40% of workers never change their passwords), Silicon UK asks how a home-based workforce can be secured.

Google Cloud Wins Pentagon Cyber Threat Contract

No, not the JEDI contract. Google Cloud wins contract to help the US defense department detect and respond to cyber threats

Coronavirus: NHS Contact Tracing App Has Flaws, Aussie Researchers Warn

Security flaws in the NHS coronavirus contact-tracing app could pose risk to user privacy, as the NCSC promises to fix the issues

Democrat Senators Demand Answers Over TSMC US Factory

Trump administration faces call from Democrat US senators to provide answers about undisclosed subsidies for TSMC factory in US

EasyJet Hack: Security Expert Reactions

Beware the phishing scams warn experts, as the hack of easyJet make available more valuable personal information on the dark web

EasyJet Admits Hack From ‘Highly Sophisticated Source’

Personal information of 9 million customers accessed in a “highly sophisticated” cyber-attack, which saw the credit card details of 2,200 people exposed

What’s Next After Digitization?

As businesses continue on their digitization roadmap, many have entered the last stage. Benefits are already becoming measurable and driving enterprise transformation. Silicon UK asks what barriers have been encountered, and what does a business do next, when it has achieved its digitization goals?

FBI Criticises Apple For Failing To Help Unlock iPhones

Agency says it had to develop its own tool to access two locked iPhones used by gunman who attacked Pensacola Naval Air Station in December 2019

Bluetooth Standard Vulnerable To Unpatched Spoofing Attack

Researchers warn of weaknesses affecting all Bluetooth-compliant devices – just as governments roll out coronavirus apps reliant on the tech

Huawei Calls Latest US Export Measures ‘Arbitrary And Pernicious’

Telecoms equipment giant says its survival is at stake with regulatory changes that would cut off its access to semiconductors manufactured outside the US

Uber To Cut Quarter Of Workforce In Profitability Drive

Company is to focus on core businesses of ride-sharing and food delivery and shutter job hunting, start-up incubator and AI research units

Supercomputers Across Europe Shut Down After Crypto-Mining Attacks

Hackers break into academic high-performance computing clusters in Edinburgh, Germany and Switzerland to install Monero currency-mining software

Apple And Google Set To Release Coronavirus API Amidst Privacy Furore

Native coronavirus contact-tracing tech set to make official debut in the next few days as UK and Germany differ on triggering 'positive' alerts