Risk Digest: 24th June 2016

Here’s your Risk Digest for the Week Ending 24th June 2016.


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Information Security hardware cpu

Acer Security Flaw Exposed Customer Data For 11 Months

TechWeek Europe, 17/06/2016

Acer is preparing to alert customers to a data breach that affected Acer’s e-commerce site from May 2015 to April this year

Bluetooth 5 Boosts Speed, Capacity And Range To Support ‘Connectionless’ IoT

TechWeek Europe, 17/06/2016

New Bluetooth 5 standard will arrive in devices later this year, helping app developers embrace IoT without need for connection or app with beacons

GoToMYPC Resets Passwords After ‘Sophisticated’ Attack

TechWeek Europe, 20/06/2016

The Citrix-run remote desktop service said it was targeted by a ‘very sophisticated password attack’

Apple Cranks iOS Encryption In Face Of FBI Flak

TechWeek Europe, 20/06/2016

All iOS applications will be required to use Secure HTTP by the end of this year, with a few exceptions

BadTunnel Security Flaw Affected All Windows Versions For 20 Years

TechWeek Europe, 17/06/2016

Discovery of serious Windows vulnerability, dubbed BadTunnel, earns researcher top bug bounty reward

CloudFlare Suffers Major European Outage

TechWeek Europe, 20/06/2016

Telia outage takes down CloudFlare – Internet users complain Slack, Reddit and other sites unavailable

Tech support scams target victims via their ISP

BBC News, 22/06/2016

A new scam, in which fraudsters pose as legitimate internet service providers to offer bogus tech support, either via the phone or on the net, is on the rise, the BBC has found.

Cisco Warns Of Libarchive File Compression Flaw

TechWeek Europe, 23/06/2016

Patch it now! Popular open source file compression tool libarchive contains wide reaching vulnerabilities


Health & Safety skeleton of an unfinished house

Chinese authorities to tear up ‘toxic’ school running tracks

BBC News, 23/06/2016

China’s Ministry of Education has said it will tear up running tracks at schools that have been blamed for making students ill.

ISO45001 launch is delayed

Safety & Health Practitioner, 22/06/2016

A recent ballot of the ISO/PC283 committee has failed to reach the required number of votes for approval, and therefore publication of ISO45001, the new international occupational health and safety standard, may be delayed until June 2017.


Food  Ekmek

Is biofuel production the long-term answer to enhancing food security?

Edie.net, 20/06/2016

With the United Nations calling for countries to mobilise efforts to improve food and energy security, new research has suggested that an accelerated push to generate sustainably sourced biofuel could actually eradicate long-term hunger.

Organic Farming Could Feed The World, If Only We Would Let It

Huffpost Green, 22/06/2016

A new report argues against critics who claim industrial agriculture is the only way to meet the nutritional needs of a growing population.


Environment Autumn leaves

Air quality crisis: 7 shocking statistics that will take your breath away

Edie.net, 17/06/206

With a plethora of recent reports highlighting the devastating extent to which the issue of air pollution is impacting the health of UK citizens and the world population in general, edie takes a look at the shocking statistics behind the coverage.

European Commission warned of car emissions test cheating, five years before VW scandal

Edie.net, 20/06/2016

The European commission was warned by its own experts that a car maker was suspected of cheating emissions tests five years before the VW emissions scandal.

Diesels more polluting below 18C, research suggests

BBC News, 22/06/2016

Pollution from many popular diesel cars is much worse when it is colder than 18C outside, new research suggests.

EU Referendum: The environmental arguments FOR and AGAINST Brexit

Edie.net, 22/06/2016

With just hours remaining until we learn the fate of the European Union (EU) referendum, edie has rounded up ALL of our coverage to bring you a quick overview of everything we’ve heard from the sustainability and environment sector, on both sides of the debate.


Energy data

Warmer winters play important role in EU emissions drop

BBC News, 22/01/2016

Significantly warmer winters have played an important role in the ongoing decline in EU greenhouse gas emissions.

Why MEES is Changing Behaviour two years ahead of the Compliance Date

Sustainable Commercial Solutions, 22/06/2016

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations will make it unlawful from April 2018 to let buildings in England and Wales which do not achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E. This will initially apply to new lettings and renewals only, but from 2023 will apply to all existing leases as well.

Tesla takes ‘first steps’ to form clean energy dynasty with bid to acquire SolarCity

Edie.net, 22/06/2016

Disruptive automotive manufacturers Tesla has submitted a bid to purchase sister company Solar City as part of a move to “complete the picture” and establish a holistic and “vertically integrated” clean energy empire.

An old technology fit for the future?

Edie.net, 21/06/2016

Could an old technology give us the edge for the future of sustainable energy generation? The Stirling Engine – power from heat.

Solar Impulse completes Atlantic crossing with landing in Seville

BBC News, 23/06/2016

The zero-fuel aeroplane, Solar Impulse, has landed in Spain, completing the Atlantic leg of its historic bid to circumnavigate the globe.


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Keep an eye on Norway: Its startup scene is about to go huge
TechCrunch, 20/06/2016

Taylor Swift joins copyright law plea
BBC News, 21/06/2016
Musicians including Taylor Swift, U2 and Sir Paul McCartney have called for online copyright laws to be reformed.

‘Off-topic’ exam sparks protest by Basingstoke students

BBC News, 22/06/2016

Biology students have challenged their A Level exam after claiming none of the questions were on topics they had studied.

UK population increased by half a million, official figures show

BBC News, 23/0/2016

The UK population grew by half a million last year to 65.1 million, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

EU referendum: UK science wakes up to new future

BBC News, 24/06/2016

UK science will have to fight to make sure it is not an after-thought as Britain renegotiates its relationship with the EU, say research leaders.

EU Referendum: Reassurance sought over EU students

BBC News, 24/06/2016

Universities have pledged to pressure ministers to ensure European staff and students can still work and study in the UK after the vote to leave the EU.



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