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Week Ending: April 12th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week’s I.T. and technology roundup looks at Yahoo’s revised attempt to settle its massive data breach and also explores stories on new Facebook AI and the growing number of businesses which suffer cyberattacks.

Yahoo hoping to make amends for massive data breaches

Yahoo is back in court and hoping a revised settlement will make amends for its massive data breaches spanning between 2013 and 2016.

The company has put forward a proposal which would see it pay $117.5 million in order to tackle the three separate data breaches it suffered in which the information of an estimated three billion accounts were leaked – the largest data breach in history.

Judge Lucy Koh rejected Yahoo’s first settlement proposal in January this year which saw the organisation propose a $50 million pay-out and two years of free credit monitoring for around 200 million people in the US and Israel.

We will learn soon whether Koh will accept the new settlement deal and if Yahoo can put the breach behind them. Read more via Engadget.

Facebook to use AI to tackle a sensitive issue

Facebook has confirmed that it’s working on using artificial intelligence which will prevent the upsetting but frequently more common problem, receiving notifications about a deceased loved one.

The problem many Facebook users currently have is that the platform will ask them to wish someone who is no longer with us happy birthday or suggest that they invite them to an event. This is an upsetting thing for many, and Facebook has noted that it’s tackling the issue.

"We hope Facebook remains a place where the memory and spirit of our loved ones can be celebrated and live on,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer.

Since 2009, Facebook users have had the option to memorialise the profiles of loved ones, a function which adds “Remembering” followed by the individual’s name and allows friends to post messages. These accounts will now have a ‘tributes’ tab which people can leave their thoughts separately to the main wall.

It’s a positive step from Facebook and you can read more here.

UK businesses attacked every minute experts warn

The number of cyberattacks UK businesses are experiencing has more than doubled for the first three months of 2019 when compared with the same period last year.

A cybersecurity expert has stated that it recorded 119,659 cyberattacks on average, per company, for the first three months of the year, which in turn is the equivalent to around one every minute.

The company found that the most popular targets were remotely-controlled IoT applications and file sharing services with the attacks coming from almost half a million unique IP addresses in countries such as China, Brazil and Russia.

Read the full story via ITProPortal.


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