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FYI users: You may have leaked passwords, personal info - thousands have MAR 27th 2017

Just call it

Thousands of netizens inadvertently shared passwords and other highly private information with the rest of the planet - via Microsoft's publicly searchable service. allows people to exchange documents between friends and colleagues, and the wider world, and can be searched for keywords. It sounds like a neat idea for passing around plans, presentations, and similar stuff. Microsoft describes the service thus:



NATO Outlines €3 Billion Plan To Combat Cyber Threats MAR 27th 2017

The investment will go towards improving satellite communications and cyber security technology

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) will invest €3 billion (£2.6bn) in upgrading its satellites and cyber defences over the next three years in order to respond to the new generation of hackers and cyber threats.

According to a senior official from the NATO Communications and Information Agency, €1.5 billion will be put aside for expanding satellite communications to better support deployed forces.



Ofcom Fines BT £42m For Breaching Ethernet Contract Commitments MAR 27th 2017

BT sets aside £300m to compensate Openreach customers who had compensation payments reduced because of retrospective Ethernet deadline extensions

Ofcom has fined BT £42 million for abusing its dominant position in the broadband market by reducing compensation payments to third party communications service providers (CSPs) for the late installation of Ethernet lines for businesses.



Cisco reports bug disclosed in Wikileaks' Vault 7 CIA dump MAR 19th 2017

More than 300 Borg switches carry critical IOS Telnet vuln the CIA knew about before Cisco

It looks like Cisco won't be chasing up a partnership with Wikileaks: it's combing the "Vault7" documents itself, and has turned up an IOS / IOS XE bug in more than 300 of its switch models.

The vulnerability is in the Cisco Cluster Management Protocol (CMP) in IOS and IOS XE. The protocol passes around information about switch clusters using either Telnet or SSH.




Microsoft announced that it will be ending support for Windows Vista next month.

Beginning April 11, 2017, the product will no longer receive security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft, according to a March 17, US-CERT alert.



Europe will fine Twitter, Facebook, Google etc unless they rip up T&Cs MAR 17th 2017

EC wants language that gives tech giants legal legroom torn down and replaced

The European Commission is threatening to fine Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social networks unless they overhaul their terms and conditions to pull out legal escape clauses.

An official from the EC's consumer protection authorities confirmed it intends to "take action to make sure social media companies comply with EU consumer rules."



Convenient BT Openreach Compromise Paves Way For Fibre-First Britain MAR 10th 2017

ANALYSIS: Legal separation of BT and Openreach suits all parties as UK's fibre rollout advances to the next stage

The decision to make Openreach legally separate from BT was always the most likely outcome of Ofcom’s once-in-a-decade review of the UK communications markets.

BT protested vehemently against such a move and its rivals called for stronger action i.e. full structural separation but both sides were simply taking steps to ensure they did not concede any ground.



Get a GRIP! Robolution ain't happening until TOUCH is cracked MAR 10th 2017

Forget computer vision and AI - why Ocado's on the money

Predictions are rife about the millions of repetitive, administrative and operative roles set to be decimated by automation over the coming years.

Robots could undoubtedly make a positive contribution to the UK's pitiful levels of productivity and make up for the dearth of people willing to take on the many tedious roles most likely to be affected.



A pivotal point: International privacy MAR 9th 2017

It's been a wild ride for any organization transferring customer data across different borders in the last couple of months. Less than a week after taking office, President Trump signed an Executive Order, "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States," that sent privacy advocates reeling. It vowed to remove data privacy protections under the U.S. government's Privacy Act from non-U.S. citizens or lawful residents.





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