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Past articles by Oscar:

As BA faces £183m fine for privacy breach, hundreds of businesses suffer similar attacks

British Airways received the biggest data protection fine in history, but hackers are still targeting hundreds of websites using the same techniques. → Read More

How Huawei’s handsets became the latest victim of the US-China trade war

Technology is the primary weapon in the escalating rivalry. → Read More

NHS Digital to become broker for VMware Cloud on AWS following £2m deal

NHS Digital plans to drive forward its cloud-first initiative by enabling hospital trusts across the UK to access VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Under the terms of the agreement, which is → Read More

WannaCry ransomware attack left the NHS with £73m IT bill

The WannaCry cyber attack that swept through dozens of hospitals across the country last year cost the NHS a total of £92m, new research has revealed. A report published by the government estimates th → Read More

Foreshadow: Intel's latest vulnerability bears a close resemblance to Meltdown and Spectre

An international coalition of researchers has identified a new Intel security flaw bearing a close resemblance to the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities revealed earlier this year. Intel said it was → Read More

CIOs have no choice but to embrace WhatsApp, says BT's insight chief

WhatsApp is "a CIO's worst nightmare" and yet IT leaders have no choice but to let staff use the messaging platform for work, BT's customer insights chief warned today. Speaking at UC Expo in London o → Read More

CIOs have no choice but to embrace WhatsApp, says BT's insight chief

WhatsApp is "a CIO's worst nightmare" and yet IT leaders have no choice but to let staff use the messaging platform for work, BT's customer insights chief warned today. Speaking at UC Expo in London o → Read More

Data Protection Bill: Attempt to ban immigrants from accessing their data "violates GDPR"

Civil liberties campaigners have threatened to take the UK government to court over an attempt to ban immigrants from accessing the data the Home Office holds on them. Lawyers representing the Open Ri → Read More

Digital secretary Matt Hancock has ruled out creating a new regulator for social media

The digital and culture secretary, Matt Hancock, has ruled out creating a new regulator to regulate social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter. In an interview on the BBC's Media Show, Hancock s → Read More

Consumer groups call for right to seek compensation on behalf of data breach victims

A coalition of consumer groups are lobbying the government for the right to seek compensation on behalf of the victims of data breaches. The privacy and consumer rights advocates are writing to digita → Read More

IP Expo 2017: AI and GDPR dominate debate, but Brexit fears simmer

Thousands of tech execs descended on the Excel Centre in East London this week to hustle and network, and debate the big issues in enterprise tech. We've rounded up the major talking points, from the → Read More

Public bodies are vulnerable to hacking – government needs to step up to protect them

The threat of cyber crime is only going to increase as hackers develop more sophisticated methods. → Read More

Germany's €50m fines for social media companies threaten freedom of speech, experts warn

German politicians have voted in favour of fines of up to €50m for social media companies that regularly fail to swiftly remove illegal content from their platforms. The new law comes into force in Oc → Read More

The EU wants to give police direct access to tech firms’ servers

Privacy campaigners have called into question plans drawn up by the EU to give law enforcement agencies direct access to tech firms' servers. The measure is the most intrusive of three options propose → Read More

Proxima B: 'Second Earth' Just Four Light Years Away Could Be Habitable, According To Scientists

The planet lies within its star's habitable zone. → Read More

Ingenious Device Turns Polluted Air Into Energy

And it's powered by sunlight. → Read More

Germany's Renewable Sources Provide 85% Of Energy For The First Time

'Most of Germany’s coal-fired power stations were not even operating.' → Read More

This Hercules Beetle's Chrysalis Is Guaranteed To Give You Nightmares

With two gigantic pincers and the strength to lift epic loads, the Hercules beetle is one of the most fearsome insects on the planet. But new footage of the critter suggests it’s even more frightening in its chrysalis, before it has finished growing into its adult form. A video of the pupa of a Hercules beetle was shared by Ziya Tong, host of a Canadian nature program, who described it as “like… → Read More

Is The Background In This Animation Black Or White? Optical Illusion Baffles Reddit

An optical illusion which shows a series of spinning black and white crosses has prompted a level of online bewilderment not seen since #TheDress. As with its viral predecessor, the question at the heart of this illusion is about colour: in this case, is the background black or white? There doesn’t appear to be a correct answer. In fact, some people have questioned whether the image even has a… → Read More

Cassini Images: Probe Returns Staggering Close-Ups Of Saturn's Atmosphere

NASA has made contact with Cassini after the probe completed its first death-defying dive in between Saturn and its rings. The probe has relayed a series of staggering, close-up images captured during its 70,000mph plunge. The raw files present Saturn’s atmosphere in unprecedented detail, revealing features that span just 150 metres. NASA/JPL-CALTECH/SSI Cassini took the photos during the first… → Read More