News Round-Up 26 July 2019

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

Industry news

5G news

O2 have announced they’ll be launching 5G in October, and will also be teaming up with Vodafone in order to speed up the rollout of each of their networks by sharing costs and infrastructure. Meanwhile, Three have announced that they’ll be giving all existing and new customers with compatible handsets access to 5G for no extra cost when it launches in August.

Lancaster University data breach

It’s been a bad week for Lancaster University, who have suffered two data breaches – one affecting the uni’s student records system and the other giving hackers access to undergraduate applications for 2019 and 2020 entry. With A Level results due in less than 3 weeks, the hackers have clearly aimed for maximum disruption, and have been sending fake invoices to applicants to try and catch them out at a particularly vulnerable time. A man from Bradford has been arrested in relation to the attack, so we might hear more soon…

Johannesburg ransomware attack

A major electricity supplier in Johannesburg has been hit by a ransomware attack, affecting customers who buy pre-paid electricity and the company’s ability to respond to blackouts. City Power is currently “in the dark” about exactly how many customers have been affected, but possibly more than a quarter of a million.

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Service desk news

The service desk team have been upgrading PCs, restoring phone lines and carrying out software installations this week. Meanwhile, our telco team have been out on site helping a customer with an office move.

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