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

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In a week where mother nature dominated the news agenda, you are more than excused from missing some of the latest news in I.T. & Tech.

With that in mind, here’s a reminder of some of the stories you may have missed.

Apple unveil iPhone X

On the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, Apple announced its all new iPhone X (ten) with an edge-to-edge OLED screen, facial recognition, wireless charging and a distinct lack of home button.

So, the screen is better, the speakers are 25% louder, there’s wireless charging and a battery life that promises to last two hours longer. Facial recognition replaces the old TouchID which apparently increases the chances of a stranger unlocking your phone from one in 50,000 to one in one-million. Looking good so far!

What about some of the fun, quirky additions? Well, there’s all new animated emojis or “animojis” which make use of the facial recognition technology. As well as an emphasis on mixed reality and augmented reality which will bring to life a number of new apps – and is seen as the next big thing by Apple.

All sounds great right, so what’s the catch?

Well, the 64GB version will cost a cool £999 and the 256GB model £1,149. Nice if you can spare the change.

There’s also a new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus and an Apple Watch. Find out all the latest Apple news here.

5 billion Bluetooth devices at risk of being hacked?

Bluetooth is one of the most widely used short-range wireless communications technologies in the world. Smartphones, watches, headphones, TVs and so on all use Bluetooth technology.

Over the past few months a team of researchers have discovered some pretty alarming vulnerabilities in literally billions of devices. These flaws could allow cybercriminals to completely take over Bluetooth-enabled devices or to hijack their Internet traffic.

This news is especially worrying as Bluetooth-enabled devices can be exploited over the air without any type of authentication or device pairing. Simply having Bluetooth enabled on a device is enough to make it vulnerable if patches for these issues are not installed.

Hacking IoT devices is so easy children are doing it.

News has emerged this week that a 13-year-old has been caught attempting to hack CCTV cameras through the building of botnets from malware he acquired on the dark web.

This has sinister connotations for cybersecurity, especially for the IoT threat landscape.

According to Ankit Anubhav, principal researcher at NewSky Security: “While many windows malware authors are reluctant to share their source code (for free), IoT botnet source modules are available publicly on darknet hacking forums which makes the code reuse much easier. Most of IoT malware threats have been aided heavily by code sharing and reuse.”

This ease of access, willingness to share malware and the growth in online tutorials means the threat to anything connected to IoT is in increasing danger of a cyberattack.

Watch this space for a blog post on IoT, its future applications and main safety concerns.

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