Week Ending: March 15th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week the web turned 30 with users around the globe sharing their early memories and favourite things, but all is not rosy according to its creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Let’s delve deeper with this week’s roundup of I.T. and technology news.

Web turns 30 but creator fears for its future

This week marked 30 years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted his proposal for the web. The rest is pretty much history, with the internet changing the way the world operates entirely since its inception.

Throughout the week people around the globe celebrated 30 years of the web, however when Sir Tim Berners-Lee sat down with the BBC, he expressed his concerns for its future, believing action is required in order to prevent a "downward plunge to a dysfunctional future".

Citing the spreading of ‘nastiness and misinformation’, Sir Tim said he felt increasingly that the principles of an open web needed to be safeguarded, siting the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which people saw their data manipulated as a prime example.

It was interesting to hear the thoughts of Sir Tim Berners-Lee on the modern day web. To read more about this visit the BBC.

Facebook’s biggest ever outage

No likes, no selfies and no shares for a period of time on Wednesday evening. That’s because Facebook suffered its biggest ever outage, meaning users’ feeds went blank and would not refresh.

While Facebook has not yet said the cause of the problem, it is believed that issues started around 16:00 GMT and continued for around eight hours. Facebook itself as well as its messaging platform and Instagram (Facebook-owned) all suffered from the outage which left people taking to Twitter to express their thoughts (as usual). Some users even experienced issues with WhatsApp on a night to forget for Facebook.

Not everyone was affected for the full period of time but naturally those whose business relies on Facebook or Instagram were left concerned. It’s said to have been the biggest outage in the history of the social media giant, so we’d expect to know the cause of this in the coming days.

Read more via Sky News.

Phishing attacks doubled in 2018

A new research report has revealed that phishing attacks doubled last year to around 482 million attempts, significantly more than the 236 million recorded in 2017.

The worrying news has found that the majority of these were aimed at the financial sector – 44 per cent of all attacks believed to be of this nature. As for geographical split, Brazil (28 per cent) was the country which suffered the most with Portugal second (23 per cent) and Australia third (21 per cent).

Read the full story via ITProPortal.

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