Risk Digest: 17th June 2016

Risk Digest

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 17th June 2016.

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Huge spam and malware network goes offline

BBC News, 13/06/2016

One of the biggest networks of spam-sending computers in the world has gone quiet, puzzling experts, internet security firms have said.

Infosec 2016: Two Thirds Of Security Pros Say Brexit Won’t Hurt UK’s Cyber Defence

TechWeek Europe,13/06/2016

If the UK decides to leave the EU, there will be no change in UK’s ability to protect itself, think IT pros.

Critical Attack Flaw Found In Google Chrome

TechWeek Europe, 13/06/2016

An easy-to-exploit bug in Chrome’s default PDF reader could allow attackers to take over a system


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‘Safety risk’ at ambulance trust

BBC News, 15/06/2016

An ambulance trust is being investigated after reports of bullying and harassment and an “unfit for purpose” dispatch system.

South West NHS 111 service rated inadequate      

BBC News, 16/06/2016

A “consistently failing” NHS patient helpline has been rated inadequate in a “damning” report.



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Six months after the COP21: 4 ways to unleash the power of Sustainable Development

Huffpost Green, 10/06/2016

As the Paris Agreement destined to fight global warming has been signed by more than 175 countries, it’s urgent that we now make sure it produces the desired results. Indeed, Climate Central, an ONG that utilizes NASA data, has just announced that in the first 3 months of 2016, we were already dangerously close to the 1,5º temperature increase limit fixed by the COP21.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) public registers

Environment Agency, 13/06/2016

Registers of electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) producers, approved exporters, approved authorised treatment facilities and producer compliance schemes.

El Niño likely to boost CO2 in 2016

BBC News, 13/06/2016

A big spike in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels means the greenhouse gas is about to pass a symbolic threshold.

Vulcan Solar Park Is The First Of Its Kind In Canada

Huffpost Green, 13/06/2016

The town of Vulcan, Alta. is embracing the future with the launch of Canada’s first solar park.

EU proposes stricter tests on car emissions from 2017 in wake of VW scandal

Reuters, 15/06/2016

EU regulators proposed stricter tests on Wednesday on car fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions from late next year to plug loopholes highlighted by the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

No Way, Norway

Huffpost Green, 14/06/2016

Tree planting at ‘an all time low’

BBC News, 16/06/2016

Official figures released today by the Forestry Commission show that the government is falling far short of its own tree-planting targets


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Exercise four hours after learning ‘boosts memory’

BBC News, 17/06/2016

Intensive physical exercise four hours after learning is the key to remembering information learnt, say Dutch researchers.


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UK facing ‘digital skills crisis’ warn MPs

BBC News, 13/06/2016

Urgent action is needed to deal with the UK’s digital skills crisis, warn MPs, or it risks damaging the country’s productivity and competitiveness.

The Internet of Things: Finance gets personal

Tech City News, 13/06/2016

Mike Laven is CEO of Currency Cloud, a provider of cross-border money transferring services, explains how the Internet of Things could revolutionise personal finance.



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