News Round-Up 22 March 2019

Welcome to the weekly news round-up from our marketing team, featuring highlights from inside our business and the broader industry. 

Industry news

Norsk Hydro cyber-attack

Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest producers of aluminium, was hit by a cyber-attack earlier this week, causing significant disruption to its operations. The company luckily found itself in a much better situation than other recent attack victims due to its preparedness and vigilance, with back-ups already in place. Unconfirmed speculation suggests that LockerGoga ransomware was to blame, which differs from other recent industrial malware such as WannaCry, in that it needs to be uploaded directly to the network and doesn’t self-replicate. Whatever the details, we’re sure to be hearing more about this one in the coming weeks.

Google and Facebook's bad week

Google and Facebook have both found themselves in hot water this week. Google was handed a €1.5bn fine by the EU for blocking third-party ads – their third massive EU fine in two years. Meanwhile, in this week’s Facebook debacle, it was revealed that up to 600 million passwords were stored in plain text on its internal network. 

OneWeb secures funding

It’s been announced that OneWeb, the start-up hoping to launch a global internet network via satellites, has secured $1.25bn in new funding ahead of its planned 2021 launch. But will it beat Space X? Place your bets now.

MySpace loses files

MySpace is back on the radar again this week, following the news that files uploaded between 2003 and 2015 have been lost during a server migration. It’s been estimated that this includes around 50 million music tracks. Conspiracy theories about the “accidental” loss have been flying around, but whatever the truth, anyone using the platform as an archive is now in trouble, and everyone else has been reminded that MySpace still exists! 

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Brainy Beth

Beth, a Telecoms & Customer Service Administrator in our Provisioning team, has successfully passed her APM Project Fundamentals qualification this week - congratulations! Having completed her apprenticeship with us last year, she's stayed committed to learning and is continuing to gain new skills and qualifications.

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