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Week Ending: September 8th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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A week into September and as parents rejoice that their children are back in school, teachers everywhere crack open a bottle of wine and start frantically trying to work out how long it is until half term.

While they open the second bottle, here are some of the biggest stories in I.T. and tech from the web this week.

Full fibre in the UK

No, we’re not talking about a healthy balanced diet, but broadband.

Six areas in the UK will soon be trying out broadband technology that provides data at speeds approaching one gigabit per second. (hopefully we’ll soon all be able to watch endless cat videos on YouTube without being interrupted by buffering!).

Businesses, schools and hospitals will be the first to try out the "full-fibre" network technology.

The scheme, which is due to start soon, will be running in Aberdeenshire, West Sussex, Coventry and Warwickshire, Bristol, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester. Maybe we’ll see a slice of the action at our Leeds office.

Is AI the end of the world?

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, has predicted the race for Artificial Intelligence superiority could lead to WW3.

Musk tweeted this week “China, Russia, soon all countries w[ith] strong computer science. Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3 imo”.

However, critics have come out to put your mind at rest, suggesting Musk doesn’t fully understand the technology involved and that his comments are mistaken.

25% of all cyberattacks are Ransomware

According to research conducted by law firm, RPC, which analysed 50 examples of serious data breaches, the threat from Ransomware is now ‘Critical for every business holding data’.

It has now become the most likely cyber threat to UK businesses, with a quarter of all major cyberattacks involving an attempt to make businesses pay a ransom to recover data.

The findings are consistent with other industry sources which all suggest a rise in the use of ransomware.

If you’re concerned about ransomware and want to learn more read our blog here. Alternatively, contact us to see what steps you and your business could take to ensure you’re protected.

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