Week Ending: July 19th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Well, the summer has finally arrived in the UK, so you could be forgiven if you’ve been out enjoying the sun and not keeping up with the world of I.T. and tech. As always, here’s our roundup of the biggest stories in I.T. and tech this week.

Russian cyberwar fears

There was outrage in Bulgaria this week as it was revealed that the personal data of 71% of the population has been stolen from the Bulgarian National Revenue Agency. The leak is the biggest the country has ever faced and contains details of five million Bulgarian citizens, including personal and financial information that was supplied to several local newspapers.

Though the writer of the email could not be traced, it was traced to Russian service provider Yandex. Russia is thought to be behind the attack, which may be in retaliation to the country purchasing several US F-16 fighter jets. The country’s Finance Minister requested help from the recently formed EU cybersecurity agency.

In an email to the Bulgarian government, the hackers demanded the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who is currently serving a 50-week prison sentence for jumping bail and said: “The state of your cybersecurity is a joke.” Read more here.

Elon Musk testing on humans

Most famously known for his electric car company, Tesla Motors and a #Techspriration of ours, Elon Musk recently ventured into the medical world. His start-up, NeuraLink, is exploring ways to connect the human brain to a computer interface. Before we create a mass panic, it’s not about transferring intelligence into computers. The idea is to find ways to treat certain neurological conditions such as Parkinsons and Epilepsy.

Mr Musk announced in a presentation this week, that the company has successfully tested the technology on monkeys and will now apply to the US Food and Drug Administration for permission to test its system on humans.

Though it will still be sometime before any treatment is developed from the technology, NeuraLink has taken a huge step forward in improving and expanding human cognition, pushing the boundaries of what is currently possible in the field.

Security threats for WhatsApp users… AGAIN

WhatsApp users on Android have been on high alert yet again this week after a warning that the app contains a serious flaw that could leave them open to attack from cybercriminals. The flaw means that hackers could access and misuse sensitive personal files and images, and even corporate documents, invoices and voice memos. The company behind the research said: “This threat is especially concerning given the perception that security mechanisms like end-to-end encryption render this new generation of IM apps immune to privacy risks.”

In response, WhatsApp has said it follows best practice provided by operating systems for media storage and will provide updates in line with Android’s ongoing development. This latest threat comes just days after another major issue was found in the app, in which security experts have warned that as many as 25 million Android users have been affected by malware dubbed Agent Smith.

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