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New Generation Of Cyber Security Leaders Needed

“As technology continues to evolve at lightning speed, redefining the way we live and work, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to imagine functioning without it. Unfortunately, that reliance on technology to keep us connected has also made us more vulnerable to cyberattacks and threats that undermine the ability to keep our data safe. Our future online […]

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A Paperless Society

Although apparently a hardware problem, rather than any type of virus or malicious attack, this incident in the NHS trust shows the dangers of relying on technology. Pennine Acute trust had to cancel approximately 650 appointments because of an IT failure. Whatever the benefits of IT, and there are many, in the area of health […]

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Rise Of Cyber Crime – Virtual Kidnapping

A Chinese student fled her Vancouver home in fear after online scammers threatened to harm her parents in China if she did not comply with their demands. Police say she’s one of three in the last month who have fallen prey to the extortion scheme. All three victims and their families suffered financial loss in […]

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How Smart Bandages could Change Healthcare

A wound dressing that detects the first signs of infection is more than just a Band-Aid solution for the University of Victoria researchers who developed it. University of Victoria bioengineer Mohsen Akbari believes the “smart bandage” could transform wound care and help reduce chronic and deadly infections. Akbari was lead investigator for a study on the “smart bandage” and associated app that was published Sept. […]

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Taking back your Online Privacy

There’s a strong chance you’ve recently seen an email or pop-up box offering “some important updates” about the way a social media company or website plans to use your data. Are we about to regain control of our personal information? In our increasingly connected world, data has come to be seen as something to buy […]

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Hacking Las Vegas ……..

In what could have been the plot of a Hollywood heist movie, the hackers took great interest in the vast aquarium that a Las Vegas casino had installed in its lobby. The casino’s owners thought that the huge fish tank was an impressive sight that helped create a classy ambience as people arrived. What they […]

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Dangers of Data Sharing In Healthcare

The (UK) government has been accused of failing to act on “serious concerns” raised by doctors and MPs about an NHS policy that sees patient details shared with immigration authorities. The Health and Social Care Committee warned earlier this year that NHS Digital was failing to uphold the interests of patients with the existing memorandum of understanding (MoU), through which patient data […]

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How your Browser can Betray you …..

Web browsers store an incredible amount of sensitive information about you. Website developers have a variety of ways of using modern browsers to customize the experience for users. Advertisers also use these features to maximize the impact of ads shown on sites. The result is that a lot of information about you is stored deep […]

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How Artificial Intelligence is changing Corporate Canada

Corporate Canada is starting to wake up to AI. Name any sector and you’ll find at least one established player that has experimented with it – not the stuff of Terminator or 2001: A Space Odyssey, machines with human-level consciousness and perception, but software in narrower areas of machine learning. Artificial-intelligence technology has advanced enough […]

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Sony goes into Smart Homes

Sony today announced a collection of new products that it plans to showcase during the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Germany this upcoming weekend. One of the biggest additions to the company’s line-up is a new smart home speaker, called the LF-S50G wireless speaker, which looks similar to Apple’s upcoming HomePod, has a built-in […]

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How Google is taking over Your Home

Google’s push to place its digital assistant, the search giant’s new product centrepiece, inside every consumer appliance imaginable is edging forward. The Alphabet Inc. unit announced on Wednesday that its voice-based chat service is now compatible with a wave of home devices, including speakers and everyday household appliances like refrigerators. A fter arriving on Google’s […]

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Big Data Key to Fighting Disease

A major part of this effort is now also being focused on improving the data about the impact that AMR is having on global health in a bid to convince policymakers that more needs to be done, and faster, to meet the challenge. Key to this approach will be use of the Global Burden of […]

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Big Data Helping People Back into Work

Worxica is a labour market information research tool built for use by Canadian job seekers, students, and employers. After entering a job title and location, they can see a summary showing the number of applicable local job ads advertised over the past year, who has been hiring, the typical annual wages offered, skills and certifications […]

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iPhone Data at Risk

While Facebook desperately tightens controls over how third parties access its users’ data – trying to mend its damaged reputation – attention is focusing on the wider issue of data harvesting and the threat it poses to our personal privacy. Data harvesting is a multibillion dollar industry and the sobering truth is that you many […]

Threat of Cyber Attacks to Global security

Threat of Cyber Attacks to Global security

Cyber attacks are now the third-largest threat facing the world, following natural disasters and extreme weather, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2018, released Wednesday. A World Economic Forum (WEF) executive summary said that cybersecurity risks have grown “both in their prevalence and in their disruptive potential.” Some of the biggest risks, […]

Equifax Hack and Protection

Equifax Hack and Protection

Equifax customers should request a credit freeze from all three major credit bureaus to ensure hackers behind a massive data breach can’t exploit their stolen information, a leading consumer advocacy group said Friday. The National Consumer Law Center is calling on Equifax to pay for the freezes, which would prevent anyone from seeking a person’s […]

When Your TV is watching You .......

When Your TV is watching You …….

Users of Samsung’s Smart TV devices have raised concerns over the device’s privacy policy, which seems to suggest that they should not discuss any sensitive topics in their living room while the television is plugged in. The warning relates to the product line’s voice recognition services, which lets users control their television with voice commands […]

Here we go, Here we go ......

Here we go, Here we go ……

Sex toy maker We-Vibe has agreed to pay customers up to C$10,000 (£6,120) each after shipping a “smart vibrator” which tracked owners’ use without their knowledge. Following a class-action lawsuit in an Illinois federal court, We-Vibe’s parent company Standard Innovation has been ordered to pay a total of C$4m to owners, with those who used […]

When Dolls aren't so Friendly ....

When Dolls aren’t so Friendly ….

An official German watchdog has told parents to destroy an internet-connected doll because hackers can use it to spy on children. My Friend Cayla was found to be equipped with an insecure Bluetooth device, which cybercriminals could hijack, in order to steal personal data and listen and talk to the child playing with it. Germany’s […]

The Dangers of Smartphone Malware

The Dangers of Smartphone Malware

A recently patched bug found in the chips used to provide wifi in iPhones, Samsung Galaxies and Google Nexus devices could be used to build malware which jumps unstoppably from device to device, according to Nitay Artenstein, the researcher who discovered the flaw. Affected users should update their phones’ operating systems immediately, to iOS 10.3.3 […]