Risk Digest: 16th December 2016

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 16th December 2016.

Information Security

Yahoo Hack: 1 Billion Accounts Attacked

Things got a lot worse for Yahoo and its users on Wednesday after the internet pioneer admitted a data breach in 2013 has exposed customer details linked to a further one billion accounts.


Soaring Use of Digital Keys / Certs Exposes Firms to Risk

Nearly 90% of UK IT professionals have seen digital key and certificate use grow by more than a quarter over the past year, but few are managing them effectively, offering opportunities for attackers, according to Venafi.

Health & Safety

HSE Announces Crossrail Prosecution

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has yesterday (7 December) informed BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd, and Keir Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd that they will be prosecuted in relation to three incidents that took place during the construction of the new Crossrail railway tunnel construction, which runs east to west across London.


Dr Martins: Challenging the Perceptions of Safety Footwear

Jon Marchant, Global Category Manager at Dr. Martens, explains why the iconic brand set about revolutionising the safety footwear category with its innovative solution – the DM’s Lite range.


British Wind Energy Cuts Carbon Emissions by 36 million tonnes

Renewable energy generated from wind farms in Britain has prevented the creation of around 36m tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions over the last six years, a new study from the University of Edinburgh has found.


Recycling Rates in England Drop

Recycling rates in England have fallen for the first time ever, prompting calls for a tax on packaging and meaning EU targets are now almost certain to be missed.


“Monster Wheat” Could Revolutionize Farming

A crop spray which can boost farmer’s wheat yields by one fifth, without the need for genetic modification, has been developed by scientists at Oxford University.

Information Security


Apple Tackles Calendar Spam with Report Button

Apple is tackling issue of calendar spam in its sights by introducing a button for users to tap to report junk appointments that have snuck into the iCloud and iOS calendar service.
Samsung Releasing Update to “Kill” Galaxy Note 7 Mobile

Samsung will release an update for their Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will prevent them from charging and functioning as mobile phones.

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Other News 

Tougher Crowdfunding Rules Proposed by FCA

Tougher rules are needed to protect investors in crowdfunding platforms, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has said.


Google Reveals Most Detailed View of Water on Earth Ever

Google has partnered with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre to obtain a comprehensive view of how the surface water on Earth has changed throughout the last three decades.


Call for “Unilateral” Brexit Guarantee for EU Citizens

A Lords EU committee has called for an immediate “unilateral undertaking” that EU nationals can continue to live, work and study in the UK after Brexit.


UK Leaders to Discuss Brexit without Theresa May

The EU’s 27 other leaders will meet without British Prime Minister Theresa May later to discuss their plans for the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

The Lighter Side

Super Mario Run to Launch on iPhone and iPad

Nintendo is expected to roll out Super Mario Run to iPhones and iPads shortly. The app marks the first time the firm has created a smartphone game based on its most famous character.


Canadians Warned about Car-Licking Moose

Officials in western Canada are warning motorists not to interact with moose if they find the animals licking salt off their cars


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