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Week Ending: 7th May - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Although it’s a short working week with Bank Holiday this Friday, it’s been a busy one in the world of I.T. and tech news. If you’ve been busy out walking, running, cycling, doing DIY or out in the garden, we don’t blame you for missing the tech news. We’re here to bring you right up to date on Vodaphone’s new technology that screens employees’ temperatures, reports that hackers are now targeting healthcare entities in an attempt to acquire Covid-19 information, and finally, new security threats to Microsoft Teams. Make a brew and catch up here!

Vodaphone screens employees’ temperatures

Vodaphone has launched a real-time heat detection camera that allows the monitoring of employees’ temperatures as they return to the office in a bid to detect Covid-19. Developed with partners Digital Barriers, the heat detection camera uses IoT connectivity to be able to screen 100 people’s temperature per minute, which could be useful to other businesses returning to work once lockdown lifts. The device uses thermal and HD cameras in order to produce information on real-time body temperature, accurate to within 0.3 degrees Celsius.

Vodafone said that the product has been designed for both business and public sector customers and could be used to provide additional protection for front-of-house employees such as reception and security staff. Vodafone has priced the Heat Detection Camera at £1,711 per month on a 12-month term. The camera comes with a laptop and tablet, full installation, and a 24-7 secure managed service that monitors the system’s infrastructure and sends field engineers if a camera fails.

Vodaphone was also the first UK telecom company to remove data caps at the beginning of lockdown to help the UK, especially elderly residents, stay connected to their family and friends and keep occupied.

Learn more here.

Hackers hunt Covid-19 research

The UK and US have warned of cyber-spies targeting the health sector for research on Covid-19, with reports stating that hackers are on the hunt for data on Covid-19 and vaccine information. The UK says it has seen an increase in activity, but to date there has been no data stolen. Those behind the activity are not named in the alert but are thought to include China, Russia, and Iran. The three countries have all seen major outbreaks of Coronavirus but have denied claims of involvement in such criminal activity.

The UK and US are currently investigating incidents where the target has been on pharmaceutical companies, medical research organisations and universities looking for sensitive data and information on Coronavirus. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been working with these organisations since the start of the pandemic to offer advice and protection. The new public advisory issued jointly with its US equivalent, the Cyber-security, and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), aims to further raise awareness of the threats on such entities.

Healthcare organisations are a hot target in the current climate as hackers know they would be even more willing than usual to pay ransom for its data on the virus. Read more about it here.

Microsoft Teams users scammed

Cyber-researchers have found that cybercriminals are impersonating notifications from Microsoft Teams in order to steal user login credentials. According to Abnormal Security, the cybercriminals have devised more than convincing emails that impersonate email notifications from Microsoft Teams. In addition, the landing page that hosts the attacks looks identical to the real webpages, and the imagery used is copied from actual notifications and emails from Microsoft.

Likewise, the attack uses numerous URL redirects to conceal the real URL used that hosts the attacks. This tactic is employed to bypass malicious link detection used by email protection services. Should an employee fall victim to this attack then their credentials would be stolen. As the service is linked with Microsoft 365, the penetrator could also gain login credentials to the email service.

Ed Bishop, chief technology officer at Tessian, said that “opportunistic hackers are taking advantage of the fact that people are working remotely, impersonating trusted collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams and Zoom to trick people into clicking malicious links to fake websites and sharing credentials.

“It’s critical that business leaders and IT security teams educate staff about the threats on email at this time and provide simple advice on how to spot a potential scam when they’re away from the office” he added.

Chris Bates, CISO at SentinelOne recommended that users update their version of Microsoft Teams immediately.

Find out more here.


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