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HACKING ON A GLOBAL SCALE

Regular readers of my blog will know that the recent ‘WannaCry’ ransomware attack has been coming, and some organisations are geared up to surpress or repel any such attack, whilst other are wide open to fraudulent activity. Cybersecurity experts have warned businesses against meeting hackers’ demands for money in the wake of the “unprecedented” attack on hundreds of thousands of computer systems around the world. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to a computer or its data and demands money to release it. The worm used in Friday’s attack, dubbed WannaCry or WanaCrypt0r, encrypted more than 200,000 computers in more than 150 countries for ransoms of $300 to $600 to restore access.

The Guardian have got all the story covered, and no doubt it will continue to hit the news this week.

To read the full article, visit The Guardian link

Tags: WannaCry, WanaCrypt0r, Malware, Hacking

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SMART THINKING ON THE MOVE

Citymapper is UK transport app that replaced Google and Apple’s maps as the go-to navigation service for many city dwellers in the last twelve months, however in a surprise move away from their pure data led offering, they have commissioned a fleet of distinctive green buses which will be soon joining the queues on London roads. With just 30 free places available on each vehicle, places will be at a premium, and features such as USB charging and live screen updates will offer passengers a more hi-tech experience than that offered by any of their rivals.

In a statement Citymapper said: “Buses haven’t evolved enough. They still roam around cities utilising old systems of operations and inefficient technology. If we’re going to solve urgent problems of congestion and infrastructure, we need buses to improve, to operate smarter. In the era of smartphones we can have responsive buses that react to real-time needs. Reinventing the bus is crucial for the future of our congested cities and infrastructure. Let’s figure out how to make cities more usable.”

Cnet rode Citymapper’s smart bus around the capital to see what the fuss was all about.

To read the full article, visit the cnet.com link

Tags: Citymapper, smartbus, London

 

THE ESPORTS GOLD RUSH

Our work with Gfinity (Europe’s only listed eSports company) offers us unique insight into the eSports sector. The Drum carry an article from one of my old colleagues at Fast Web Media. In advance of the start of the Gfinity Elite Series, Stephen discusses the exciting and growing market with a lot of potential for new revenue streams and out-of-the-box thinking. He poses the question, do brands know how to engage with audiences, and what opportunities are out there to associate themselves with the industry?

To read the full article, visit The Drum link

Tags: eSports, Gfinity

 

WE ARE PREMIER LEAGUE!

New research from Deloitte Sports Business Group calculate the value of promotion to the Premier League is a staggering £170 million and that figure could rise to £290 million if the club manages to avoid relegation at the end of the season. For a club like Brighton & Hove Albion that’s got to help their coffers as they attempt their first crack at the top flight for 34 years. Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield, Fulham & Reading are battling through the play-offs to try and emulate the Seagulls.

To read the full article, visit the cnet.com link

Tags: Premier League, Football, Sponsorship

 

GOOD SHOUT

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