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Risk Digest: 16th June 2017

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 16th June 2017

Information Security

Darktrace: IoT Is Another Insider Cyber Security Threat To Consider

INTERVIEW: Dave Palmer, the director of technology and co-founder of Darktrace talks IoT insider threats at Silicon’s Infosecurity 2017 stand.


NHS cyber-attack was ‘launched from North Korea’

British security officials believe that hackers in North Korea were behind the cyber-attack that crippled parts of the NHS and other organisations around the world last month, the BBC has learned.

Health & Safety

Care home fined after death of resident

A care home company has been fined almost half a million pounds after an elderly resident fell from her first floor window and died.


£220k fine after recycling worker seriously burned

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery has been fined £220,000 after a worker was injured at its Billingham energy from waste site.

Food Safety


Mars Chocolate UK recalls a number of its chocolate products

Mars Chocolate UK has taken the precautionary step of recalling a number of its chocolate products.


Thames Water given maximum £8.5m fine for missing leak target

Penalty for ‘unacceptable’ water leaks comes three months after the company received a record fine for an untreated sewage leak.


Air pollution plan ‘unfair’ on local authorities

The UK government is abdicating its responsibilities and “unfairly shifting the burden” of dealing with dirty air on to local authorities, says an industry body.

Solar Panels


Finkel’s target boosts coal industry and does little to cut emissions, modelling shows

Jacobs Group modelling suggests clean energy target is also more expensive than an energy intensity scheme.


Global demand for coal falls in 2016 for second year in a row

UK leads trend away from coal, with use down 52.5%, while China continues to consume less of the dirtiest fossil fuel


A Drone Could Save Your Life In The Time Before Paramedics Arrive

Drones are being trialled in Sweden as a way to get emergency medical care to patients who have suffered a cardiac arrest, in the precious window of time before an ambulance arrives.


The Internet could be about to slow down forever

Lots of major websites could be facing discrimination in the next few months.

Summer 2015 Budget


Barclays offers new investment service to 11m customers: should you use it?

Barclays has expanded its “DIY” investment service with the introduction of a suite of ready-made portfolios. But is the bank’s new offering, which is available from £50, good value or are you better off using an alternative?


Are interest rates about to rise?

On Thursday the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England decides as it does this time every month whether or not to raise interest rates.


Brexit negotiations to go ahead on Monday, Government confirms

Officials will press ahead with talks on Britain’s departure from the EU despite last week’s inconclusive General Election result.


Prince Andrew says there may be ‘fresh grass’ for British business after Brexit

There may be “fresh grass” for British businesses to pursue after Brexit, the Duke of York has said.

The Lighter Side    

Terminally ill cancer patient conquers Everest despite being told he has just months to live

A terminally ill man is thought to be the first person with cancer to climb Mount Everest.


Watch in horror as Ed Balls teaches Michael Gove the Gangnam Style dance

Do you want to watch two politicians prove they’re not out of touch by practicing a dance that went viral five years ago?


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