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Week Ending: September 14th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week’s roundup of I.T. and tech news takes focus the rise in mobile fraud as well as stories on quantum computing and why Google is challenging the ‘right to be forgotten’ online. Let’s dive in…

Mobile fraud reached 150m global attacks in early 2018

Cybercriminals have followed consumers in turning their attention to mobile. New research from ThreatMetrix has revealed that in the first half of 2018, mobile fraud reached 150m global attacks – an alarming statistic.

Findings are based on an analysis of 17.6bn digital transactions and the news comes as mobile transactions have almost tripled vs desktop in the last three years.

Mobile is quickly becoming the predominant way people access online goods and services, and as a result organisations need to anticipate that the barrage of mobile attacks will only increase. The good news is that as mobile usage continues to increase, so too does overall customer recognition rates, as mobile apps offer a wealth of techniques to authenticate returning customers with a very high degree of accuracy. The key point of vulnerability, however, is at the app registration and account creation stage. To verify users at this crucial point, organisations need to tap into global intelligence that assesses true digital identity, compiled from the multiple channels that their customers transact on.

Alisdair Faulkner, Chief Identity Officer

Rigetti Computing reveals quantum computing cloud service

A Californian startup has recently unveiled a service which allows businesses to access the most powerful quantum computing hardware built to date, all through remote service, the cloud. Rigetti announced plans to reveal a 128-qubit quantum processor last month, which is a serious upgrade to the previous record holder, Google, which holds a 72-qubit processor.

The release of the new service coincides with the initiative to reach a state in the field known as the ‘quantum advantage’.

This is the inflection point in computing where quantum computers first start to solve problems faster, better or cheaper than otherwise possible.

Chad Rigetti, CEO and founder of Rigetti

There’s also a $1 million prize on offer to the first user who can demonstrate use of the firm’s hardware to solve a mathematical problem faster than a classical computer. Read more about the subject via Cloud Pro.

Google vs the right to be forgotten

Google is challenging European rules which allow people to be ‘forgotten’ online after it was reported that this could be extended worldwide.

The right to be forgotten became law in 2014 thanks the case of Spanish man, Mario Costeja, who successfully contested that out-of-date details about his financial circumstances should be removed from Google. Since this the search giant has received over 700,000 requests to remove information amounting to 2.7 million web addresses - 44% of these have been actioned.

Google argues that extending the law could turn it into a tool for censorship, in "less democratic" regimes. Read the full story via the BBC.


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