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Week Ending: September 22nd - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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It’s been #NationalCodingWeek around the world this week and we’ve been getting involved, providing useful hints and tips, as well as finding out what our Claritas boffins like about coding and why they chose it as a career.

Although that has kept us busy, we’ve still managed to keep a keen eye on what else has been going on in the world of I.T. and Tech and we’re here again to bring you some of the biggest news.

CCleaner hack leaves 2 million users at risk

Malicious code has been found to have been injected into an update to the popular scrubbing software CCleaner.

The discovery was made by our partners at Cisco Talos and found that a potential 2 million customers who downloaded the free versions of CCleaner 5.33 and CCleaner Cloud 1.07.3191 could be at risk.

The hackers are thought to have infiltrated the official build of the update somewhere in the development stage and inserted “a malicious payload that featured a Domain Generation Algorithm.”

Reassuringly, bug fixes have been made and users within the target area shouldn’t see any impact from this attempted attack. Although, it has raised a number of concerns for the future safety of app updates on Android.

GDPR failings

As May 2018 hurtles towards us all, news has emerged that businesses are failing to prepare adequately in order to comply with the new GDPR regulations. In particular cloud services are proving to be a weak link.

A shocking three quarters of cloud services within businesses are failing to meet the necessary requirements, with only 24.6 per cent gaining the desired “high” rating.

Sanjay Beri, CEO and founder of Netskope has commented on what needs to be done; “complete visibility into and real-time control over cloud usage and activity in a centralised, consistent way that works across all cloud services is paramount for organisations to understand how they use and protect their customers’ personal data and, consequently, comply with the GDPR.”

If you want to learn more about the new regulations and prepare your business for the implementation of GDPR, read our blog on the topic here.

Pirates stealing cryptocurrency as you dock in the bay

Now in what seems like one of the more ironic I.T. news stories of the year, people are a little miffed at the fact that online illegal streaming website Pirate Bay is reportedly adding coin miner software to its website. The software which hijacks some of your device’s CPU (Central Processing Unit) has been installed as a way to explore potential fund generation without the need of advertising.

Users of the website are up in arms about the development and complaints soon began flooding in on Reddit. If you’ve failed to spot the irony in this story, basically people who are going on a website to steal media and entertainment programming are annoyed that said site is, in turn, stealing from them.

The simple solution if you’re concerned about your CPU being used to generate crypto-bounty for the online pirates, is to stay off these websites altogether.


That’s this week’s treasure chest of I.T. and Tech news all done, but if you want more content, follow us across our four social media channels.