Technology Industry September News Update – #Issue9


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In the latest tech news update we cover French police hijacking a cryptocurrency mining botnet, Artificial Intelligence used to detect the risk of heart attack, the UK Economy risks missing out on £315bn due to slow AI adoption and much more.

technology industry September news update 2019

Police Hijack mining botnet, Facebook numbers on an unsecured database and a rise in phishing attacks using Apple brand

French police hijack cryptocurrency mining botnet

French police have hijacked and remotely killed off a massive cryptocurrency mining botnet controlling 850,000 infected computers. The malware infects computers and starts mining cryptocurrency by swapping power from a computer’s processor. It also was said to have wormable properties, allowing it to spread from computer to computer.

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(Tech Crunch) 01/09/2019

1.6 million phishing attacks against Apple brand in 6 months

There have been 1.6 million phishing attacks targeting the Apple brand name in the first half of 2019, according to the Threats to Mac Users Report 2019. The report shows a number of cases where users faced fraudulent web pages exploiting the Apple brand as a decoy has increased significantly this year. The most frequent fraud schemes include those designed to resemble the iCloud service interface to steal credentials of Apple ID accounts.

Click here to read more about the rise in phishing attacks targeting the Apple Brand name
(Beta News) 09/09/2019

419m Facebook users’ phone numbers found in unsecured database

Phone numbers of over 419 million Facebook users have been found in an unsecured database, along with associated names, user ID strings and location data. The database included records of 133 million users in the US, 18 million in the UK and 50 million in Vietnam. The server wasn’t protected with a password which meant anyone could find and access the database.

Click here to read more about 419 million Facebook users’ phone numbers found in an unsecured database
(TechCrunch) 04/09/2019

Tech helping predict heart-attacks and tech that's bad for your mental health

Artificial Intelligence used to detect risk of heart attack

Scientists and researchers from the University of Oxford have found that Artificial Intelligence can identify people most likely to have a deadly heart attack five years before it strikes. The scientists have used machine learning to develop a new biomarker that detects blood changes to blood vessels supplying the heart, with plans to make the technology available to health professionals over the next year.

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(Nurses) 05/09/2019

Study says Facebook may negatively affect your mental and physical health

Researchers monitored the Facebook usage of 5,208 adults for two years and found that Facebook usage decreased the subject’s physical and mental health. The study found that “while real-world social networks were positively associated with overall well-being, the use of Facebook was negatively associated with overall well-being.” With Mental Health Day coming up on the 10th of October it’s more important than ever to assess the impact of social on your mental health.

Click here to read more about the study that says using Facebook may drastically affect your mental health
(Business Insider) 16/09/2019

Slow AI adoption to affect UK economy and a No Deal Brexit guide for UK start-ups

UK Economy risks missing out on £315bn due to slow AI adoption

According to a new report the UK economy is at risk of missing out on £315 billion by 2035 if organisations don’t adopt more AI projects. The report states that only 1 in 2 UK organisations have deployed a single AI project in the past five years. It also identified that nearly a third (32%) of senior executives across UK enterprises have no plans to deploy any AI programmes in the next two to five years.

Click here to read more about UK’s slow AI adoption and its impact on the economy
(UKTN) 06/09/2019

No-deal Brexit guide for UK startups 

Startup policy advocacy group Coadec, have put together a handy guide for Start-Ups that are concerned about the country leaving the European Union in a months time.  Whilst a 'no deal' Brexit is still not inevitable the chances of it happening have stepped up in recent months, getting ever closer to exit day with no withdrawal agreement in place. This outcome has huge implications for technology businesses with the cross-border nature of services startups tend to provide.

Click here to read more about a no-deal Brexit guide for UK startups 
(Tech Crunch) 27/09/2019

Eligo Blog of the month

How to manage burnout 

We are all human and burnout can come from multiple areas in your life. Therefore, it can be hard to recognise that you are suffering from burnout and are not just simply under normal amounts of workplace stress. In order to recognise signs early on, it helps to take a step back and ask yourself if you are feeling the following symptoms.

Read more about how to manage burnout here 


Upcoming Events 

The PHP Community Group Meet-up - 10/10/2019

The PHP community Group are partnering with Birmingham Tech Week to host the first PHP Meet-up in Birmingham. This is a FREE event where there will be a top-class speaker, pizza and drinks.

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Artificial Intelligence Conference 2019 - 18/10/2019

The AI Conference brings the growing AI community together to explore the most essential issues and intriguing innovations in applied AI. 

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Droidcon London 24/10/2019 - 25/10/2019 

Take your Android development skills to new levels at Droidcon London 2019, the biggest Android developer conference in Europe.

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London Engineering & Tech Careers Fair 30/10/2019

Visit London Engineering & Tech Careers fair and find out about apprenticeships, placements, internships, graduate and returnship opportunities from engineering and technology employers.

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