Week Ending: 27th November - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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case you didn’t know, today is Black Friday! If you didn’t know, then where have you been?

Aside from Coronavirus related news, Black Friday seems to have dominated the headlines, much more than normal at this time of year.

To divert the attention away from Black Friday, in this week’s blog, we’ll be focusing on other news from the I.T. and Tech world that you may have missed. From the shocking GWS results regarding connectivity issues within the UK and NASA’s supersonic network cables, to why cybercrime victims are ‘surrendering’ to cybercriminals and the latest news on the Spotify hack.

Let’s bring you up to date.

1 in 3 homes experience download speeds less than 2Mbps

Mobile network benchmarking company Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) this week released its results on home internet connections across the UK, which revealed that one in three homes across the country experience download speeds of less than 2Mbps.

With remote working becoming the norm, we’ve all become reliant on having good connectivity, but for a large proportion of households this just isn’t the case.

The GWS study tested the speeds of home internet connections in over 2,000 households which showed that 30% are suffering from inadequate connectivity which includes download speeds of less than 2Mbps and upload speeds at a shocking less than 1 Mbps.

According to Ofcom

“speeds higher than 10Mbps for download and 1 Mbps for upload is considered ‘decent’ broadband service”
with that said, only 64% of homes have a ‘decent’ service.

The findings have suggested a ‘digital divide’ in the UK.

Some of the issues reported by 62% of respondents were issues ranging from loading websites, streaming videos, and using video conferences. And because of this, over half (52%), said they felt isolated, especially during the first national lockdown.

Connectivity issues also had a knock-on effect to those working from home. Half of those surveyed reported that they felt ‘judged’ if their network wasn’t able to hold up whilst speaking to colleagues and over a third (37%) admitted to questioning their colleague’s competence when they see them having connectivity issues. This figure rose significantly for those living in Greater London, with over half (55%)

Discover more here.

NASA building network cables that can survive supersonic flight

It was announced this week that NASA has been busy developing new network cables that are capable of surviving supersonic flight.

The cables have been created for a project called ‘SCHAMROQ’ (Schlieren, Airborne Measurements and Range Operations for QueSST) which is NASA’s attempt to create a new supersonic jetliner, code-named the X-59, that doesn’t make a deafening sonic boom.

The project will build the instruments used to measure the X-59’s audio output. The instruments themselves will fly on a separate aircraft, F-15, which shall follow the X-59 test flight and therefore, needs to survive supersonic flight and X-59 shockwaves.

There is an air of mystery surrounding these cables, but what we do know is that the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida secured the job of building them. Jeff Crisafulli, chief of testing and design at Kennedy Space Centre Engineering said:

“The base has just the right people to build these very fast cables. These are highly skilled technicians, with 25-30 years of experience fabricating and designing, the NASA way. They’re considered part of the team”

What an exciting development, we can’t wait to see the launch.

Explore more here.

Brits ‘surrendering to cybercriminals’

People across the UK are ‘surrendering’ to cybercriminals as they feel the British Government fails to provide adequate police forces with skills and resources to pursue perpetrators.

According to ‘The Great Cyber Surrender’ report, 73% of cybercrime victims did not contact the government and 57% found that when they did, the government was unable to support them.

Scarlet Jeffers, VP of Experience, Clarico said:

“Unfortunately, the findings from The Great Cyber Surrender report show that people are not in safe hands when it comes to cybersecurity. Cyber policy and digital policing in the UK are woefully inadequate, leaving cybersecurity victims emotionally robbed and out of pocket with no support from those in place to protect them.”

With cybercrime on the rise, the main issue the public has is where to turn to get justice? Do you think more education and cybersecurity support is needed?

Find out more here.

Thousands of Spotify accounts hacked

Over 300,000 Spotify accounts have been hacked, and thousands of users are now being urged to check their security protection following this recent cyberattack.

The popular music streaming platform, Spotify, has been hit by a ‘credential stuffing’ attack which allows hackers to take over the customer’s account. This can be anything from disrupting playlists to changing profile information (or stealing sensitive profile data).

VPNMentor’s recent report highlighted how a database containing over 380 million records is currently being used to hack into Spotify accounts, with both online and the Spotify app being affected.

It is unclear how the database was compiled but it could have been put together following other major data breaches or cyberattacks on other online targets then sold via the Dark Web or released for free.

After contacting Spotify, VPNMentor commented

“In response to our inquiry, Spotify initiated a ‘rolling reset’ of passwords for all users affected. As a result, the information on the database would be voided and become useless."

Read more here.

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