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SmarterASP blames power outage for thousands of lost databases

The hosting business has washed its hands of the whole affair Thousands of European customers of a Californian hosting business have reported an ongoing issue that is stopping them - or anyone else - from accessing their own websites, and may have wiped all of the databases stored in one of the company's data centres. Clients say the hosting company has lost everything, although the situation is still developing. SmarterASP.net is anASP.NET hosting business in California, serving customers aroun

18 Oct 2021 8:32 pm
Amazon accused of misleading US Congress over business practices

Executives including Jeff Bezos may have lied under oath when denying allegations that Amazon illegally favours its own products Amazon executives, including former CEO Jeff Bezos, have been accused by five members of the US Congress of misleading a congressional investigation into the company's business practices, and possibly lying under oath. The five lawmakers, all members of the bipartisan House Judiciary Committee, wrote to Amazon CEO Andrew Jassy on Sunday, asking the company to provide f

18 Oct 2021 5:42 pm
What to make of the new 2021 OWASP Top 10 vulnerability rankings? The industry comments

This year's Open Web Application Security Project list is out, with novel categories and a new number one The new OWASP Top 10 list, published this month, has a new chief villain. Move over Injection vulnerabilities, the biggest and baddest category in town is now Broken Access Control. Injection vulnerabilities topped the OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project) list for many years, partly because of the broad range of techniques and flaws the term covers, ranging from SQL injections to OS

18 Oct 2021 4:26 pm
Why training is broken in the age of Covid

Mark Ridley explains why computer-based training needs to change, and how we should think differently around what we want staff to gain from it The way we deliver training can be ineffective, and the corporate mindset over what we want training to give staff is similarly flawed. That's the opinion of Mark Ridley, former CTO of the FT and co-founder of tech outsourcing firm SeeTo , speaking to Computing recently. Ridley explained that it's crucial to get training right because it's a fundamental

18 Oct 2021 2:28 pm
UK schools bring in facial recognition for student lunch payments

The intent is to improve speed and safety, but privacy campaigners say it is trying to crack a nut with a sledgehammer Facial recognition is a controversial subject today, which makes the recent decision to install it at UK schools slightly surprising. As of today, nine schools in North Ayrshire will start using face recognition to take lunch payments, citing the lack of touch (for Covid safety) and increased speed as selling points. In a secondary school you have around about a 25-minute period

18 Oct 2021 1:45 pm
LinkedIn shuts up shop in China

Company cites 'significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements' as reason for pulling out LinkedIn, the last remaining US social media site permitted to operate in China is closing down, citing the challenging operating environment in the country. Microsoft-owned LinkedIn follows Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and others in being banned or severely restricted in China. Microsoft has also faced criticism at home from US politicians who accuse it of appeasing C

15 Oct 2021 3:42 pm
Hybrid working: The office in 2022 and beyond

Mark Ridley, former CTO of the FT, tells Computing that the way we use offices has likely changed forever, and that remote and hybrid working can benefit sustainability The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted almost every element of our lives, and we're unlikely to go back to full-time office-based work. That's the opinion of Mark Ridley, founder of CTO advistory practise Ridley Industries and former CTO of the FT and former CIO of Reed.co.uk. He explained that the big change we'll see in 2022 is

15 Oct 2021 2:17 pm
Positive impact: An interview with Viable Data, UK IT Awards finalist

We have a focus on delivering projects that have a positive impact on society, says CEO Tom Fitzherbert The UK IT Awards are sometimes called 'the UK's technology Oscars', and just like that star-studded event, making the shortlist for just one area is a great achievement. When a company reaches the finalist list in four different categories - as Viable Data has done this year - it is truly noteworthy. We talked toCEO Tom Fitzherbert about just what his firm has done to make it this far. Computi

15 Oct 2021 2:00 pm
Government reveals plans for a 'one stop' app for accessing GOV.UK

Seeks to build on increased public acceptance of apps during the pandemic The government yesterday unveiled plans for a smartphone app to be used as a single access point for multiple government services. A press release published jointly by the Cabinet Office, Government Digital Service (GDS), the Central Digital and Data Office and Steve Barclay MP, says the new app will make it more convenient for people to access government services online without having to go through numerous login processe

14 Oct 2021 3:20 pm
Who saw success at the Digital Technology Leaders Awards 2021?

Simply making it to the room was a major achievement Recognising the very best companies and projects in the technology space - as well as the people at the coalface of the tech stack - the Digital Technology Leaders Awards are an important date for everyone from the CIO to your graduate trainees. The 2021 edition was a special one, heralding a long-anticipated return to live events and with the crowd to prove it. Hundreds of the industry's finest began to gather at The Waldorf Hilton in London

14 Oct 2021 3:30 am
The power of partnership: Interview with Google sustainability chief Kate Brandt

Bringing analytics to bear on the sustainability crisis, footage from the Net Zero Festival The urgency of climate action means that no organisation, government, international body or corporation can go it alone. Instead, meaningful partnerships are essential with each partner bringing its own capabilities to bear. Google's key strengths are data and analytics, and chief sustainability officer Kate Brandt at the recent Net Zero Festival , explains how through its many partnerships Google is help

13 Oct 2021 4:03 pm
BrewDog hackers could steal beer - and thousands of people's personal information

BrewDog hard-coded API Bearer Tokens into its app: a vulnerability it took more than 18 months to fix A flaw in brewery chain BrewDog's mobile app could have exposed more than 200,000 shareholders' and customers' personal information - as well as letting hackers steal beer, if they so desired. Researchers at cyber security consultancy firm PenTest Partners , who discovered the vulnerability, said the data had been accessible for more than 18 months. It included names, dates of birth, email and d

13 Oct 2021 3:07 pm
Marrying technology and regulation: An interview with Lanware, UK IT Awards finalist

Technology is critical to success, but using it in regulated environments needs special considerations Are you ready for the biggest night of the IT industry calendar? The UK IT Industry Awards return to their traditional home at Battersea Events Arena this November, and we've been speaking to finalists to hear which of their achievements qualified them for the exclusive event. Henry Duncombe, managing director of managed service provider Lanware, says it's all about bringing together technology

13 Oct 2021 1:30 pm
Apple address actively exploited zero-day with OS updates

The company says it is aware of a report that the issue may have been actively exploited Apple on Monday released iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2 to address a new zero-day bug that it says is being exploited in the wild. The flaw, indexed as CVE-2021-30883 , is a memory corruption issue in the IOMobileFrameBuffer component (a kernel extension for managing the screen framebuffer on Apple devices) that could allow an application to run arbitrary commands with kernel privileges on vulnerable devices.

12 Oct 2021 5:02 pm
Computing celebrates Ada Lovelace Day 2021

Ada Lovelace Day is an annual event designed to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths Every year, on the second Tuesday in October, the world marks Ada Lovelace Day : recognising and celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It's an annual event inspired by the achievements of who else but Ada Lovelace, widely known as the world's first computer programmer. Born as Ada Gordon in 1815, Ada was the child ofGeorg

12 Oct 2021 3:17 pm
Plans to allow police access to NHS data could erode trust in healthcare, England's Data Guardian warns

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is set to go to the House of Lords later this month Dr Nicola Byrne, England's National Data Guardian, has warned that the government's plans to force the NHS to share patients' confidential data with police forces are problematic and could erode trust and confidence in the healthcare system. In an interview with The Independent , Byrne noted that she had serious concerns over clauses in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which sets aside

12 Oct 2021 2:33 pm
Digital gender gap has cost over $1 trillion - so far

Men are more than half as likely to have internet access than women in the world's poorest countries Unequal access to the internet between men and women has cost governments hundreds of billions of dollars over the last decade, and the losses will accelerate without action. Men are 21 per cent more likely to be online than women globally, rising to 52 per cent in low-income countries. As a result, a new report says the 32 low and lower-middle income (LLMIC) countries covered have lost out on an

12 Oct 2021 1:30 pm
Amazon to let individual team mangers take remote work decisions

The company previously expected most employees to work from office at least three days a week Amazon is giving its workers more flexibility over how much time they spend in the office after the company's offices begin to reopen next year. In a memo to employees on Monday, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said that the company will leave it up to individual team managers to decide which policy works for them and how often their employees should come to office for work. The company had previously planned for

12 Oct 2021 1:09 pm
China is beating USA in AI race, says ex-Pentagon software chief

Some US government departments' cyber defences are at 'kindergarten level' compared to China's advancement, Nicolas Chaillan thinks The United States has already lost the AI race to China, and has o competing fighting chance in the next 15 to 20 years, the Pentagon's former software chief has warned. Nicolas Chaillan, the Pentagon's first chief software officer, who resigned last week, said that a failure to respond to China was putting the USA at risk. We have no competing fighting chance agai

11 Oct 2021 5:13 pm
Clearview AI has scraped 10 billion photos from the web

Clearview appears to have ignored demands from social media companies to stop taking images from their platforms Clearview AI has scraped over 10 billion photographs from people's social media profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other platforms for its controversial facial-recognition tool . Clearview CEO Hoan Ton-That told Wired that a larger database of photos means its customers, often law enforcement agencies , are more likely to find people of interest. The bigger data set also mak

11 Oct 2021 2:38 pm
NSO's Pegasus spyware no longer effective in the UK

The Israeli firm blocked the +44 code in August 2020, says a source Pegasus, the spyware tool developed by Israeli firm NSO Group and said to have been used in hacking campaigns worldwide, can no longer be used against mobile phones with UK numbers. A source close to the Israeli firm told The Guardian that NSO blocked the +44 code in August 2020, immediately after learning that its spyware had been used by the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to hack the phones of his ex-wi

11 Oct 2021 12:35 pm
Disruption through speed: An interview with Zurich Insurance, Digital Technology Leaders Awards finalist

Zurich Insurance is investing in automation and retraining instead of buying in skills Technologists have kept the world running for the last year and a half, and it's time to celebrate their achievements. Next Wednesday, the 13th October, Computing will be at the Waldorf Hilton in London to host the Digital Techology Leaders Awards - and our finalists are gearing themselves up for a night to remember. Zurich Insurance is on the shortlist for Best Place to Work in Digital - Large Organisations a

11 Oct 2021 12:30 pm
ICO: 'Government should not appoint our CEO'

Regulator responds to the DCMS's consultation on data protection laws The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has published a response to a consultation by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Data: A new direction which looks at data protection regulations post-Brexit. In its response , the regulator finds the consultation to be something of a curates' egg, good in parts, a little unsavoury in others - and occasionally rotten. In the foreword, outgoing Information Commissioner

8 Oct 2021 5:50 pm
Windows 11 reduces performance of AMD Ryzen processors by up to 15 per cent

A fix is expected to come later this month Windows 11, the latest version of Microsoft's Windows operating OS, has an issue with AMD processors and could cause substantial performance drops in some cases. The warning comes via a support document by AMD, indicating that all AMD chips officially compatible with Windows 11 are affected. For consumers, these processors go back to 2018's Ryzen 2000 series. According to AMD, two separate bugs have been identified in Windows 11 that can reduce performa

8 Oct 2021 5:08 pm
How many climate plans are too many? In conversation with Amazon's Kara Hurst

The climate is in trouble, and urgent action is needed to save it - and us. Amazon's head of worldwide sustainability talks to Roger Harrabin about the need to move fast and break targets It seems that every time we hear or talk about climate change, we have to point out that not enough is being done. The plans lack ambition, the promised investments are too low, and everything is happening too slowly. That's why it was encouraging to hear from Amazon's head of worldwide sustainability, Kara Hur

8 Oct 2021 4:29 pm
Climate-change deniers to be banned from monetising content on Google and YouTube

Google's new policy prohibits ads for, and monetisation of, content that contradicts scientific consensus around the existence of climate change Google will no longer allow ads that deny the existence of climate change to appear on YouTube videos and other content. Announcing new changes in a support document , the company stated that it had seen a large number of Google's advertising partners voicing concerns in recent years over content or videos that promote inaccurate claims about climate ch

8 Oct 2021 2:23 pm
Going Novus: In conversation with UK IT finalist Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting UK

Wolters Kluwer invests as much as 10 per cent of its revenues into innovation and research every year Preparations are well under way for the UK IT Industry Awards 2021 at Computing : the Battersea Events Arena is booked, the menu has been chosen and the entertainment is tuning up. Our guests, too, are getting ready for the big night on the 10th November, including Best Place to Work in IT finalist Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting UK.Simon Kershaw, the company's director of technology, took time

8 Oct 2021 12:30 pm
Intel dismisses UK as factory location because of Brexit

Only the EU member states are being considered to host a new European facility, says CEO Pat Gelsinger American chipmaker Intel is no longer considering the UK as a location to build a large new chip factory, due to issues stemming from the decision to leave the EU. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told the BBC that the UK would have been a site the company would have considered before Brexit, but it is no longer a part of Intel's $95 billion (70 billion) global expansion plans. Gelsinger, who became Int

7 Oct 2021 5:06 pm
Flexibility breeds success: An interview with CSI, Cloud Excellence Awards winner

Bringing together the best parts of the private and public clouds Computing held the Cloud Excellence Awards , our first in-person event since 2019, last month, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. With more than 200 attendees from across the industry, and excellent stage management by host Neil Delamere, it was really a night to remember - especially for award winner CSI, which took home the Hybrid Cloud Product of the Year trophy. We talked to chief revenue officer, Andy Dunn, to find

7 Oct 2021 4:03 pm
Microsoft reveals how to install Windows 11 on unsupported PCs

But warns that such installs are not guaranteed to receive security updates in future Microsoft on Monday released Windows 11 , the latest version of its Windows OS, which is now available as a free upgrade to Windows 10 machines that meet Microsoft's minimum hardware requirements. However, Microsoft is not pushing the upgrade to all eligible systems at once. While some users will receive the notice to upgrade in their Settings menu in the coming days, others may have to wait until 2022. The Red

6 Oct 2021 5:24 pm
Blue Prism hits back after shareholder revolt over acquisition

Vista's offer for UK RPA firm undervalues it, says investor Coast, urging other shareholders to vote against the deal Vista Equity Partners' planned acquisition of UK RPA firm Blue Prism has been called into question after objections by shareholder Coast Capital. At the end of September, Blue Prism agreed to be acquired by Vista for 1.1 billion ($1.5 billion) in cash, having also shortlisted a proposal from investment group TPG Capital, and recommended that its shareholders accept Vista's offer.

6 Oct 2021 5:02 pm
The Big Picture: The government is failing to follow its own rules

The big news this month follows a legal theme, with the UK government breaking its own security guidance and formal checks beginning for IR35 compliance.Welcome to this month's Big Picture. In this series, Delta Site Editor Tom Allen looks back at the technology industry's most important stories in the last month, through five different lenses. In our first story, we're looking at a 'massive' breach of national security guidance . No, this wasn't the work of a prolific hacking group or a rogue i

6 Oct 2021 3:19 pm
Telegraph left 10 TB database with subscriber details unsecured

Data exposed included users' full names, email addresses, URL requests and authentication tokens The Telegraph left 10 TB of subscriber data and server logs open to a breach after failing to properly secure one of its Elasticsearch cluster for several days. The mistake was uncovered by security researcher Bob Diachenko, who found the unprotected dataset on 14 September 2021. Diachenko said the cluster was freely accessible without a password or any other authentication required to access it. At

6 Oct 2021 2:34 pm
Microsoft rolls out Windows 11 with refreshed look and feel

Windows 11 includes a redesigned Start menu, new user interface and an overhauled Microsoft Store Microsoft has released Windows 11, the next-gen version of its Windows operating system, after a six-year wait. The company had earlier said that it would launch the new OS on 5th October 2021 , but then decided to roll out the update a day ahead of schedule. If you have recently purchased a Windows 10 device, chances are good that you have the option to upgrade to Windows 11 right away. For other u

5 Oct 2021 5:06 pm
How embracing change is paying off for Capital One: An interview with Kaj Bansal and Lauren Corderoy

Technology is a fast-growing sector, which has really carried the rest of the country throughout the pandemic. But it hides a dirty secret - and it doesn't hide it very well. Men still dominate the tech landscape: according to an Office of National Statistics report released in February, women hold just 31 per cent of tech jobs in the UK. Looking at leadership roles, the disparity is even worse: just 10 per cent of UK IT leaders identify as women . It's widely accepted that diversity is a streng

5 Oct 2021 3:30 pm
The role of AI in sustainable offshore energy production

By accelerating the adoption of AI in the offshore renewable space, energy companies can dramatically reduce CO2 emissions and crucially reduce costs Overreliance on fossil fuels throughout the last century has drastically increased the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) leading to rising temperatures and extreme weather across the globe. Transitioning towards cleaner renewable energy sources is essential to the decarbonisation agenda and efforts to prevent a global climate crisis

5 Oct 2021 1:30 pm
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp back online after major outage

The fault affected more than 3 billion people and cost Mark Zuckerberg approximately $7 billion Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are back up and running after being down for more than six hours in a major outage on Monday. The three services - which are all owned by Facebook and run on shared infrastructure - stopped working shortly before 17:00 GMT. Users who tried to access these services through smartphone apps or over the web met error messages. Other related products, such as Facebook Workp

5 Oct 2021 12:03 pm
Any questions for Justin Arbuckle, CTO Wealth & Personal Banking at HSBC?

Arbuckle will be talking about the importance of diversity and inclusion when building teams HSBC's Justin Arbuckle will be speaking tomorrow at the Computing IT Leaders Festival on the importance of diversity and including in IT teams with some time for Q&A after his talk. He joined HSBC last year to help upgrade the bank's technology platforms, and has many years of experience in building internal startups using cloud, APIs, open source technologies and DevOps. As such, Arbuckle knows the impo

4 Oct 2021 7:31 pm
Facebook whistleblower who leaked thousands of internal documents reveals identity

The firm chooses profits over safety, Frances Haugen alleges A Facebook whistleblower who leaked a cache of internal documents to regulators and lawmakers has revealed her identity. In an interview on CBS's 60 Minutes programme on Sunday, Frances Haugen, who worked as a product manager on Facebook's civic misinformation team, accused the social media company of prioritising profit over public safety. She said that the firm's own evidence shows that Facebook is lying to the public about making si

4 Oct 2021 5:19 pm
What does the university of the future look like?

The pandemic has fundamentally changed how higher education is presented and received The pandemic has changed the face of universities, from in-person hubs of knowledge to wider reaching global enterprises, which now frequently rely on asynchronous methods of teaching to educate a new generation of students. But how has the new reliance on online learning technologies impacted students, and what will universities look like going forward? In September, Imperial College London was named the Sunda

4 Oct 2021 5:07 pm
UK's National Cyber Force headquarters to be based in Samlesbury, Lancs

It will provide thousands of highly skilled jobs to the North-West region The government has announced that headquarters of the National Cyber Force (NCF), the agency established to counter cyber threats from terrorists, criminals and hostile states, will be based in Samlesbury, Lancashire. NCF headquarters will be built near to BAE Systems' aircraft factory which has been involved with military aircraft development since 1922. The government believes the NCF will help bolster the North-West's p

4 Oct 2021 2:25 pm