Week Ending: May 10th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Has there been a day in May when it hasn’t tipped it down with rain? We’re looking back on Easter weekend with a glint in our eye at what seems like a distant memory. Hopefully some nice weather is on the horizon though.

The news this week was dominated by one of the most dramatic weeks in footballing history and a Royal birth, but there were some big stories in the world of I.T. and tech as well - here’s a few of the biggest in a neat little roundup.

Ransomware falls out of favour with hackers

According to new research, since the second half of last year, Ransomware attacks are becoming less prevalent as cyber criminals look for new ways to scam us out of our personal data and cash.

The report states hackers are instead using hidden HTTPs tunnels that appear as normal encrypted web traffic.

A number of weaknesses were highlighted in the report such as; out-dated systems, Internet of Things (IoT) and unpartitioned networks.

One thing that is clear from this report, cyber criminals will keep coming up with new ways to steal your data and it’s important to stay vigilant.

Read the full story here.

Computer qualifications on the slide in England

An annual study conducted by the University of Roehampton has revealed that the number of school students in England getting computing qualifications is on the decline.

This is particularly worrying, when you consider the skills gap crisis which we are facing at this present moment in time. It’s hard to see how that gap will be filled in the future, if fewer people are receiving these qualifications.

The report also states that schools have cut back on the hours spent teaching the subject and that in 2019, the ICT exam is not an option.

Last year, 130,000 students got a GCSE in either computer science or ICT (information and communications technology), which is 10,000 less than 2017. The fall has been somewhat attributed to the phasing out of the ICT GCSE from the national curriculum in England, having been replaced by the more challenging computer science.

The full story can be found on the BBC website here.

Bitcoin Burglary

It seems like a while since we’ve spoken about Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that went on a meteoric rise in 2018.

Although it’s worth has somewhat declined since its peak, it is still extremely valuable and extremely attractive to hackers, making currency exchange sites and personal owners of Bitcoin vulnerable to attacks.

The latest attack from hackers featured a number of different techniques including phishing and viruses, with cybercriminals making off with around 7,000 Bitcoins, worth in excess of $41million.

In the last year, more than $950 million worth of cryptocurrency was stolen.

Learn more here.

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