• Why UK needs independent oversight body for contact-tracing app

    It is no secret that the development of the UK’s Covid-19 contact-tracing app – due to be launched in the coming weeks – has been controversial. Like many governments around the world, the UK is looking to deploy a contact-tracing app as part of a broader strategy for lifting its lockdown.

    Unlike other European governments, however, the UK has thus far resisted using the technological tools being offered by Google and Apple in favour of its own proprietary solution involving a centralised database controlled by the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

    The NHS believes its approach achieves

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  • UK quantum technology projects get a £70m boost

    The government has announced it is injecting £70m of funding to support quantum technology, in a bid to make the UK a quantum leader.

    As part of the government’s commitment to increase research and development investment, science minister Amanda Solloway unveiled financial support for 38 new quantum technology projects.

    The £70m government investment is part of its Quantum Technologies Challenge, led by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The projects involve more than 80 companies and nearly 30 universities and research organisations across the UK, including the University of Glasgow, University College London and the National Physical Laboratory.

    Overall, the

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  • Banking trojans roar back to prominence in May

    Attacks exploiting banking trojans such as Agent Tesla, Dridex and Ursnif increased sharply during May 2020, according to Check Point’s threat intelligence arm, Check Point Research, which recently published its monthly Global threat index report, with Ursnif in particular more than doubling its impact on organisations worldwide, leaping up to fifth place in the malware ‘charts’.

    Ursnif, which targets Windows PCs and steals financial data and email credentials, is being delivered via Microsoft Word or Excel attachments through spam campaigns, and its increased activity in May coincided with reports about the demise of one of its more popular

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