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Week Ending: May 17th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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After moaning about the rain in last week’s roundup, we’re taking full credit for the nice weather this week, so first of all, you’re welcome for that.

If you’ve been out enjoying it, you might have missed some big I.T. and tech stories, so here’s a quick roundup for you.

WannaCry – Two Years Later

This week marked the two year anniversary of the WannaCry attack. A malicious and incredibly powerful strand of Ransomware that encrypted hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries in just a few hours.

It infected computers of NHS staff, rail networks and Government systems. It was one of the most high-profile Ransomware attacks ever! Worryingly, estimates suggest that over one million computers are still at risk as WannaCry’s unwanted legacy lives on.

Read the full story as well as where we currently stand here.

Is your WhatsApp watching you?

This week it was announced that WhatsApp had discovered hackers had targeted the app and were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices by capitalising on a major vulnerability. The software allowed the hackers to view people’s WhatsApp messages remotely.

According to a report in the Financial Times, the surveillance software involved was developed by Israeli firm NSO Group. It was assumed that it was used to target "journalists, lawyers, activists and human rights defenders".

A fix to the issue was rolled out on Friday (10th). You can read more about the development and find out how to update your app here.

A big week for mobile phone providers beginning with V

Vodafone has announced that it will roll out 5G in seven UK cities this July, and the best thing is it won’t cost anymore than the 4G service it currently offers.

The lucky seven cities to get 5G are: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London. Vodafone also has plans to roll it out to Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton by the end of 2019.

The other mobile provider we’re referring to in our subheading is Virgin Mobile, which suffered a glitch in its network this week in which thousands of customers were left with disrupted calls, texts and data services.

The issue was resolved within the day and the company has offered to pay compensation to those worst affected.

If you were one of the unlucky ones, find out if you could be in line to receive compensation here.


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