• Small businesses’ remote working frustrations threaten exodus of best talent

    As small business owners continue to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, workers now expect their employers to offer a modern blended approach to how and where they work, according to a study from Ricoh Europe, which showed European small businesses are 42% more likely than enterprises to lose staff because of technology frustrations around remote working.

    The study, of 1,300 European office workers, showed that while just over two-thirds said they had the skills to work remotely, just over a quarter (27%) of small business employees were considering switching jobs.

    The study also revealed that nearly three

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  • KDDI, Orange start engine on connected automotive IoT services

    In a move that will allow Toyota and Mazda the ability to offer connected car capabilities in vehicles sold across Europe, leading Japanese telecommunications service provider KDDI has selected Orange Business Services to provide a customised internet of things (IoT) platform for the Japanese automotive manufacturers.

    While mass commercialisation seems a long way off for autonomous vehicles, the market has huge potential. The latest DossierPlus report from Statista predicted that by 2030, a 10th of vehicles worldwide will be self-driving, and the market volume of fully automated cars getting into gear by this time is expected to be worth $13.7bn.

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  • Spanish court to question witnesses over ‘illegal surveillance’ of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

    A Spanish court investigating allegations that a security company illegally spied on visitors to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London will hear evidence from lawyers and a computer security specialist.

    Andy Müller-Maguhn, a computer security expert and former spokesman for hacking organisation the Chaos Computer Club, is due to give evidence by video-link on 26 October as part of an investigation into illegal surveillance at the embassy.

    The court will also question lawyer Renata Ávila from Guatemala and Juan Branco, a French lawyer, on 26 and 27 October. They are two of at least 15 lawyers

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  • Arrests and indictments made in cyber money laundering ring

    The UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has revealed it arrested six men in October last year as part of an international investigation into the QQAAZZ money laundering ring, which operated on behalf of some of the world’s most dangerous and prolific cyber criminals.

    The revelation came as the US Department of Justice (DoJ) announced the unsealing of fresh indictments implicating 14 more alleged members of QQAAZZ in the extensive crime network, which stands accused of laundering tens of millions of dollars stolen from cyber crime victims since 2016.

    The Europol-backed operation unfolded between 21 and 25 October 2019, and saw

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  • Cloud data protection keeps the Crick’s medical research Covid-secure

    In early 2020, scientists at the Francis Crick Institute in London, Europe’s largest biomedical research facility, suddenly found themselves facing what may prove to be the toughest challenge of their careers in the shape of a largely unknown new coronavirus – likely linked to bats – that made the leap to humans somewhere in China late in 2019.

    The Sars-CoV-2 pathogen, and Covid-19, which is strictly speaking the infection it causes, required an urgent and concerted cross-disciplinary research effort, and the Crick – as it has become known – stepped up, leading on the development of new testing methods and … Read More