This week’s I.T. and tech roundup discovers the views of MPs when it comes to cybersecurity and explores why you may be at risk of being subjected to cybercrime in some of London’s most popular tourist attractions. Read on to find out more.
Poll asks the UK’s MPs about cybersecurity
A recent poll has asked the UK’s 650 members of parliament where they believe cybersecurity should rank among the concerns of businesses. Fortunately, not all MPs in 2019 were as dismissive of the threat as we may have seen in previous years.
Madeleine Moon, MP for Bridgend, offered her thoughts as part of the poll explaining why cybersecurity should be carefully looked at. She said: “Most staff don’t see cyber security as the reason they come to work, or their responsibility,”
“As citizens we don’t leave our doors and windows open, trusting the police will protect us from burglars. In our online world, everyone needs to understand and follow basic rules to protect our data, our passwords and our networks. We need to learn to close those online doors and windows into our systems.”
It’s reassuring to read Madeleine’s and the responses of other MPs in the poll, and gives us hope that cybersecurity is moving higher and higher up the priority list of the UK on an almost weekly basis.
Read more via Information Age.
More than 100 million cyberattacks at London’s top attractions
Famous London locations such as Kew Gardens, National History Museum and Tate Gallery are regularly hit by potential data thieves. An estimated 109 million cyberattacks have been logged in the past few years - an insane figure.
The research company which discovered this did so by issuing a Freedom of Information request to four of London’s leading tourist attractions. It found that Kew Gardens was the location which suffered most, saying that 86 million attacks were logged last year alone - reflecting a year-on-year increase of 438%.
Spyware was the type of attack which occurred the most, accounting for 82 million of the instances logged and information leak attempts were identified in 1.6 million cases.
Read the full story on ITPro.
Google changes search after EU competition scrutiny
Google has conceded that it will make changes to the way its search results are displayed within the EU after being challenged by EU officials.
The argument was that the tech giant was favouring its own price comparison results when answering search queries in comparison to others. This is something the tech giant has now vowed to put right, saying it will direct users to other price comparison sites and merchants selling products.
The revised search function is a win for external sites and will mean that the likes of TripAdvisor and Kelkoo will become more prominent in search results. It comes after rivals had complained to the European Commission that search results were prioritising Google over others, somewhat unfairly.
Read about the change via the BBC.
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