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The Friday Tech Takeaway - 16.02.18

DIGITAL SOCIETY

Robot cars will kill London jobs – but only from 2030, say politicians
The London Assembly has lashed out at driverless cars, declaring that autonomous vehicles could cause "significant job losses" – while figures from the UK's driverless car industry told it that they don't expect Level 4 or 5 (fully autonomous) tech to hit the streets for another decade or more. https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/future_transport_report_-_final.pdf

EU-South Korean project to demonstrate 5G system at 2018 winter games
Coordinated by Leti and ETRI and involving eight European and 13 Korean partners, research consortium 5GCHAMPION has come up with a new architecture to provide efficient end-to-end system performance encompassing cutting-edge 5G radio-access, a core network and satellite technologies.

To be demonstrated during the 2018 Winter Games, the 5G system proof of concept will combine seamlessly state-of-the-art terrestrial wireless communications, including future key enablers such as mmWave access, with disruptive satellite communication. http://www.leti-cea.com/

Porsche & Audi to invest more than six billion euro in electromobility by 2022
Sports car manufacturer Porsche announced plans to invest more than six billion euro in electromobility by 2022, focusing on both plug-in hybrids and purely electric vehicles. The decision was made by the Porsche AG Supervisory Board at its most recent meeting. https://goo.gl/JPtafy

Russian nuke scientists, Ukrainian professor arrested for Bitcoin mining
Authorities in Russia and Ukraine have arrested suspects on accusations of using work computers to mine Bitcoin. By far the most interesting case happened in Russia, where FSB secret service agents arrested multiple suspects who had used one of Russia's most powerful supercomputers to mine Bitcoin. http://www.interfax.ru/russia/599218

SECURITY

Two Bills introduced to ban US Government from using Chinese equipment
In the span of a month, US legislators have introduced two separate bills that aim to ban US government agencies from buying, using, or contracting Chinese-made telecommunications equipment or services. Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX) introduced the first such bill on January 9 on the floor of the US House of Representatives. https://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr4747/BILLS-115hr4747ih.pdf

UK names and shames Russia as source of NotPetya
The United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has formally "attributed the NotPetya cyber-attack to the Russian Government", specifically the nation's military. "The decision to publicly attribute this incident underlines the fact that the UK and its allies will not tolerate malicious cyber activity," said a February-15th-dated statement from Foreign Office Minister for Cyber Security Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon. https://goo.gl/LjXbmp

US & UK govt sites injected with miners after popular script was hacked
Thousands of sites were injected with an in-browser Monero miner today after a popular accessibility script was compromised. With 4,275 sites affected, this included government websites such as uscourts.gov, ico.org.uk, & manchester.gov.uk. https://scotthelme.co.uk/protect-site-from-cyrptojacking-csp-sri/

Security updates available for popular Netgear routers
Owners of popular Netgear router models should look into installing firmware updates on their devices as Netgear finished deploying patches for a slew of security issues discovered and reported by US cyber-security firm Trustware. Trustwave researchers discovered five issues affected 17 Netgear router models, in total, including the company's top-seller —the Nighthawk router series. https://goo.gl/j3fGcY

ATM skimmer Kingpin escapes UK police
In what many consider to be a monumental failure on the part of UK police, the ringleader of a notorious ATM skimming gang has escaped prosecutors and is believed to be hiding abroad, after being let out on bail. Despite absconding UK authorities in the middle of legal procedures, the suspect's trial continued, and a jury found the suspect —Alexandru Sovu, 39, of Romania— guilty. A Crown Court judge sentenced the man to 11 years in prison earlier this week. https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/atm-skimmer-kingpin-escapes-uk-police/

INDUSTRY

Nokia soars back into phone selling top 3
HMD's Nokia-branded Androids haven't exactly got reviewers raving – but they are shifting in decent numbers. Counterpoint reckons HMD sold 4.4 million Nokias in the final three months of 2017, with total sales to date topping around 10 million. That's enough to put it in the UK Top 3 again, analyst Neil Shah reckons. https://goo.gl/vMxhjX

FUTURES

British cities selected for drone survey
Tech quango-turned-charity Nesta – formerly known as the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts – has picked the cities for its Flying High challenge. London, Bradford, Preston and Southampton, plus the West Midlands, will be designated as areas for drone-diddlers to "explore the public attitudes, environmental impact, logistics and safety of drones operating in complex urban environments". http://flyinghighchallenge.org/project/

February 16 2018

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