It’s been a busy week for new technical innovation and global cyber security matters. If you’ve missed any of this week’s big stories due to the festivities, catch up here with our last I.T. and tech news roundup of 2018!
This week’s roundup takes a look at how the EU’s diplomatic communications have been targeted by hackers, Elon Musk’s new underground LA tunnel, and the reported unusual Twitter activity from Saudi Arabia and China.
Hackers target the European Union’s diplomatic communications
Spanning a period of three years, this week hackers successfully targeted and intercepted thousands of messages containing a wide range of matters, including President Donald Trump and global trade.
The breach was discovered by cyber security company Area 1, and one cyber security expert has blamed the Chinese government for the hacks, as some of the methods used replicated those of Chinese military hackers.
The result of the three-year hack was not damaging however, as information branded confidential was not affected.
Read more about this via BBC.
Elon Musk reveals new underground tunnel designed for cars to avoid LA traffic
This week, Elon Musk unveiled his new underground tunnel, designed for cars, to guests who tried out the tube for an hour.
The first tunnel is a prototype, with Musk claiming the final model will be smoother and will allow cars to travel through at a speed of up to 150mph.
Elon explains the tunnel will work as an underground highway looping through the city, claiming that this could be the answer to combatting traffic in highly populated cities.
Find out more on the tunnel via Sky News.
Twitter reports ‘unusual activity’ from China and Saudi Arabia to authorities
A bug in a help form could have revealed the country code of user’s phone numbers or whether or not their account was locked.
A large quantity of enquiries using this form were from China and Saudi Arabia. Without being able to confirm intention, in order to be transparent, Twitter notified authorities, as the bug could well have been a ‘state-sponsored’ act.
This caused Twitter’s stock price to drop by 7% on Monday, even though no full phone numbers or data were released – not the best Christmas present at all.
Read the full story on the BBC.
So that’s it from us in 2018, we hope you’ve enjoyed all our weekly roundups and blog content this year.
Have a wonderful Christmas break and a very happy New Year!
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