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Risk Digest: HP laptops potential fire or burn hazard and more

HP have issued a recall of a number of laptops due to health and safety reasons, Carphone Warehouse have received a large fine by the ICO after a data breach in 2015, the credit card surcharge change takes place this Saturday and more interesting articles from around the web.

Information Security

“Carphone Warehouse has been issued with one of the largest fines by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), after one of their computer systems was compromised as a result of a cyber-attack in 2015.” Read the full article here.


“Organisations in South Korea involved in organising this winter’s Pyeongchang Olympics are being hit by a disguised malware campaign” Read the full article here.

Health & Safety

“A number of laptop models from HP pose a fire or burn hazard, prompting the firm to issue an recall” Read the full article here.


“Construction contractor Engie Regeneration has been fined £800,000 and its subcontractor £300,000 after a tenant fell through a balcony walkway during refurbishment works on her block of flats.” Read the full article here.

Food Safety


“Companies and people working in food manufacturing are being told they must pay closer attention to how they manage workplace health risks or face serious penalties.” Read the full article here.


“Marks and Spencer sales fell over the key Christmas period, while Tesco reported record festive trade.” Read the full article here.

Business Continuity

“The holidays are over and New Year’s Resolutions have been made. Alongside the personal goals of health and happiness, what can you do to improve your organization’s business continuity and data management plans in 2018? Dave Packer makes six suggestions…” Read the full article here.


“The Chocolate Factory, a Netherlands-based chocolate manufacturer, has substituted metal-based replacement parts with 3D printed carbon-filled thermoplastic parts as a solution to production line downtime.” Read the full article here.

Environmental Permitting


“Theresa May has pledged to eradicate all avoidable plastic waste in the UK by 2042.” Read the full article here.


“A 25p “latte levy” on disposable coffee cups will be considered by the Government, Michael Gove has said as he described the proposal as an “exciting idea”” Read the full article here.


“Manchester-based Upside Energy has received £5.5m in fresh funding.” Read the full article here.


“Energy regulator Ofgem has said that a plan to cap standard variable energy tariffs for millions of British households could be in place by Christmas this year.” Read the full article here.


“Birdsong can boost mental well-being for more than four hours, scientists have discovered.” Read the full article here.


“A network of wellbeing hubs is to be opened across Plymouth giving families easier and earlier access to health advice and support.” Read the full article here.


“Lancashire Police are seeing how people could submit evidence and receive information about crimes using Amazon Echo” Read the full article here.


“Nic Fearn, editor at Tech Dragons, rounds up the top tech news to emerge from Wales during 2017.” Read the full article here.


“From Saturday 13th January, you’ll no longer have to pay any extra charges added for paying with your debit or credit card, because the government is stopping businesses from adding surcharges.” Read the full article here.


“Brexit could see a £54bn hit to the economy by 2030, depending on the type of deal struck in the next year, according to the first set of taxpayer-funded impact assessments.” Read the full article here.


“Nigel Farage has said the UK may need to hold a second Brexit referendum.” Read the full article here.


“The UK will be asked to make substantial indefinite contributions to the EU budget after Brexit in exchange for British banks having access to Europe’s financial markets, under plans being considered in Brussels.” Read the full article here.

The Lighter Side    

“Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha has told reporters outside Government House in Bangkok to direct their questions at a cardboard cut-out of himself.” Read the full article here.


“When a scuba diver spotted this octopus he couldn’t resist catching the changing colours of its body on camera” Read the full article here.


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