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Week Ending: July 13th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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The best way to describe the national news agenda this week would be ‘busy’. Between political resignations and football news we’ve managed to pick out the I.T. and technology stories you may have missed. Take a look at this week’s roundup of news.

Facebook fined for data breaches in Cambridge Analytica scandal

After the whole Cambridge Analytical scandal earlier in the year, some action has finally been taken against Facebook.

Facebook has been given the maximum fine of £500,000 by the UK’s data protection watchdog. A modest sum compared with previous sanctions on Facebook after it was fined £95m by the European commission in 2017.

This fine comes 16 months after the ICO began its investigation into political campaigners’ use of personal data following concerns raised by Christopher Wylie, among others.

Facebook has failed to provide the kind of protections they are required to under the Data Protection Act. Fines and prosecutions punish the bad actors, but my real goal is to effect change and restore trust and confidence in our democratic system.

Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner

UK slips to 35th in global table of broadband speeds

According to analysists the UK has slipped to 35th place in the annual league of global broadband speeds, putting it in the bottom third of EU countries and behind the likes of Madagascar and Bulgaria.

An analysis of more than 160m broadband speed tests, conducted across 200 countries, found that Singapore, once again, has the fastest broadband speed.

Earlier this year the UK government declared it has delivered on its promise to extend “superfast” broadband to nearly 95% of all homes in the UK. However, the company that compiled the data claimed Britain is likely to fall even further down the list over the coming years.

Hacker group behind Ticketmaster breach identified

As we said last week there always seems to be a new hacking story in the news. This week Ticketmaster has reported a massive credit card skimming operation that has affected over 800 e-commerce websites and could be the largest theft of credit card details to date.

Cybersecurity analysts RiskIQ have identified the hacker group Magecart as the origin of the skinner code placed on Ticketmaster websites, and suggested the number impacted could be significantly worse than first thought.

In their report RiskIQ note that: “Magecart actors breached their systems and, in separate instances, either added to or completely replaced a custom JavaScript module Ibenta made for Ticketmaster with their digital skimmer code. The Magecart actors did not modify a singular script. They modified multiple, indicating a broader reach of access.”

Read the full story here.


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