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Week Ending: 14th June - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Well the theme of the week is once again cyber security! This week’s round-up brings you new security centres opening across the UK and individuals facing a sentence for committing cyber-attacks. In case you missed it, here are some of the biggest stories in tech and I.T this week.

Britain fighting back against cyber-attacks

As mentioned in last week’s round-up, the UK is now at greater risk of cyber-attacks than ever before. It should therefore come as no surprise that work recently began on a £9m cyber security centre in the Midlands. The centre is a joint venture between the University of Wolverhampton and Herefordshire Council and its primary aim will be to tackle the threat of cyber security which could impact regional and national businesses.

The university is providing resources for research and development through the Wolverhampton Cyber Research Institute (WCRI). The institute is developing an International Cyber Knowledge Hub to tackle threats in cyberspace, focusing on security for critical national infrastructure – healthcare, transport and our physical environment, including power grids, water networks and the nuclear industry.

Hacker to pay for his crimes

In the wake of the recent claims that cyber threats are at an all-time high both here in the UK and the in the European Union, the individual behind the 2015 Talk-Talk hackings, 22-year-old Daniel Kelley, from Llanelli, South Wales has been sentenced to four years in prison for his crimes!

Not only did Kelley carry out cyber-attacks on the telecoms brand, but he also ruthlessly hacked six other companies including his own college – which affected the Welsh Government Public Sector Network, including schools, councils, hospitals and emergency services.

Between 2013 and 2015 Kelley engaged in a wide range of hacking activities using stolen information to bribe businesses and individuals for Bitcoin. Prosecutors in the case claimed that Kelley committed these crimes for nothing more than his own satisfaction, showing a cruel and calculated side to his character. Kelley was eventually caught when Talk-Talk employed the cyber arm defence contractor BAE to investigate the breaches they experienced. Read more here.

Facebook finally taking its responsibilities seriously

Facebook has announced that it will open an engineering centre in London to build new tech tools. It says that the aim of the centre will be to help keep harmful content off its site.

Facebook has often been accused of not doing enough to keep harmful content off its site, and governments have been putting more pressure on companies like Facebook to do more to police their platforms better.

The social media giant will create 500 jobs in the capital and 100 of these will be responsible for creating artificial intelligence systems to detect and remove harmful behaviour. A new legal code is due to come into place this autumn that will see companies like Facebook face huge fines if they fail to keep children safe online.

This comes after the suicide of British schoolgirl, Molly Russell, who took her own life after seeing content relating to self-harm on Facebook’s sister site Instagram. The code will also force the likes of Facebook and Snapchat to only allow children over the age of 13 on their sites. With this announcement, it would appear that Facebook is now committed to its responsibility to keep people safe online.


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