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

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This week’s I.T. and tech roundup looks at the growing noise surrounding 5G and the associated risks. In addition, we shine the spotlight on how cyber-thieves are implanting code in order to collect payment card numbers, as discovered by our partner.

Cyber threat to rise in 2019 as 5G and Internet of Things grow

Businesses will be more vulnerable to cyber attacks this year as 5G is rolled out and the Internet of Things (IoT) grows, research has found.

Aon’s 2019 Cyber Security Risk Report has warned that a rise in the IoT devices used for work, such as cloud enabled entry keys, smart thermostat apps and voice assistants are already leading to security breaches and this will only rise as we see more of these things become commonplace.

As we transition into a 5G age, Aon’s report also discusses the increased risk of cyberattacks that come with the world being more connected.

CEO of Cyber Solutions at Aon, J. Hogg, commented: “In 2018 we witnessed that a proactive approach to cyber preparation and planning paid off for the companies that invested in it, and in 2019, we anticipate the need for advanced planning will only further accelerate.”

“Leaders must work to better insulate their companies and their processes, while simultaneously identifying the ways they can benefit from the opportunities offered through technology and digital transformation."

Read more on this story here.

Cyber-thieves set sights on hijacking payment data

A multitude of websites are being hit by cyber-thieves who are implanting code in order to collect payment card numbers.

Claritas partner, Symantec, has found that over 4,800 websites every month are being hit by "form-jacking" attacks and big name brands are not excluded. British Airways and Ticketmaster are two which have suffered from this form of hacking. Symantec went on to explain that hacking groups have adopted this form of crime as other more established techniques have been proving less and less lucrative.

Orla Cox, director of Symantec’s security response unit said: "It’s a sign we’re in a world where security is tighter and tighter and it’s getting harder to carry out this type of activity.” To the naked eye it would be difficult to spot this kind of attack. Learn more via the BBC.

Vodafone switches on UK’s first 5G airport

The talk surrounding 5G’s introduction is getting louder and louder, and this week Vodafone switched on a 5G ‘blast pod’ at Manchester Airport, allowing users to experience 5G speeds.

The company has said that it will take users less than a minute to download an episode of a show and around six minutes to download a full series.

“We all love to catch up on our favourite TV shows, play games or finish off some work when travelling. 5G, with its fast speeds and quick response times, will make that quick and easy, even in busy locations,” commented Nick Jeffery, CEO, Vodafone UK.

“We are proud to be the first provider to bring 5G to an airport and will be adding more major travel hotspots to our 5G network throughout the year,” he added.

Trials are scheduled to continue at Birmingham Snow Hill railway station. Read more via ITProPortal.

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