Week Ending: August 24th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week’s roundup features news on a new data breach, yes, another one, alongside stories on Huawei’s involvement in Australia and the most recent steps Facebook and Twitter’s have taken to clean up their act. Grab yourself a tea or coffee and catch up on this week’s I.T. and tech news.

Superdrug customers urged to change their passwords

High street chain, Superdrug, has urged its customers to change their passwords this week as it revealed that cybercriminals had stolen 20,000 customers’ details.

So far evidence has shown that only 386 customers have been affected. In some cases, date of births and phone numbers may have been accessed however luckily Superdrug has said that no payment card details have been compromised.

The hacking group had tried to extort a ransom from Superdrug, leading to the chain notifying the police as well as Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber-crime arm.

Read further about the Superdrug breach via the BBC.

Australia hands 5G network ban to Huawei and ZTE

Chinese smartphone brand Huawei explained this week that the Australian government has handed it a ban, along with communications firm ZTE, stopping the company from providing 5G technology to Australia’s wireless networks.

Stating that the company was ‘disappointed’ with the decision, the concern for the Australian government is that Huawei would be subject to Chinese government influence, which would put Australia’s national security at risk.

A statement from the Australian government read: “The Government considers that the involvement of vendors who are likely to be subject to extrajudicial directions from a foreign government that conflict with Australian law, may risk failure by the carrier to adequately protect a 5G network from unauthorised access or interference”.

This is certainly one to watch as it develops. Read more via The Register.

Facebook and Twitter shutdown accounts linked to Iran and Russia campaigns

Social media giants, Facebook and Twitter, have removed or suspended accounts which they believe to be engaging in “manipulating” behaviour, linked to Iran and Russia. Over 650 accounts were identified on Facebook to be “misleading” after months of investigation.

In recent months there has been increased pressure on social media platforms to remove damaging accounts and step-by-step actions are being taken to make social media a safer place. Alas, there is still seemingly a long way to go.

Full story via TechCrunch.

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