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  • Video calling, collaboration applications usage rise steeply in UK homes

    It seems remarkable that it’s only just less than two weeks ago when the UK government decreed that those who could work from home should do so, but already in that time, new patterns of work are emerging, and telcos are seen as critical infrastructure for society and the economy research from EY.

    The study of 2,000 UK consumers, seven impacts of Covid-19 on the UK digital household, found that network quality was top of mind among consumers, with as many as two-fifths of households indicating they believe broadband and mobile network providers should focus resources on ensuring reliable

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  • Business data science teams need to be multi-disciplined, says Trainline

    Building well-balanced data science teams in conjunction with a relentless focus on creating data-based products for customers are the critical elements of any successful data science programme.

    Sam Taylor, head of data science at Trainline, gives this advice to peers, while reflecting on the work of the team they have built over the past four years. And he puts a big emphasis on having a core data science team with people from different academic disciplines.

    “Our main goal has been to use Trainline’s data to build great data products for our customers,” he says. “We spend a lot of

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  • Covid-19 apps pose threat to digital privacy on a global scale

    The majority of state-backed Covid-19 coronavirus apps are “collecting superfluous amounts of data”, according to an investigation by digital security company Surfshark.

    In reaction to the digital pandemic tracking measures that at least 19 countries have put in place, Surfshark analysed 10 apps that are live now in 10 countries around the world.

    It found that seven out of 10 apps monitor GPS location, while 60% are unclear about what they track, do not provide terms and conditions upfront, or use intrusive methods, such as surveillance camera footage, to keep tabs on users.

    At least two of the apps clearly

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  • Is Zoom safe and should security teams ban it?

    The rapid rise to prominence of videoconferencing and collaboration application Zoom during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is highlighting more and more cyber security problems with the service, which has been downloaded millions of times to personal and enterprise devices across the globe.

    Earlier this week Check Point threat researchers reported on a surge in fraudulent Zoom domains being used to lure in unsuspecting users and steal their personal information. Now, more threat researchers have piled in with disclosures of their own, and some go so far as to recommend people stop using Zoom altogether. Among them is Patrick Wardle, a

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  • Magecart attacks on online retailers jump 20%

    Cyber criminals are taking advantage of unprecedented volumes of traffic to online shopping websites during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, with Magecart credit card skimming attacks ramping up, according to RiskIQ researchers Jordan Herman and Mia Ihm.

    New data released by RiskIQ show that attacks leveraging Magecart – a credit card fraud technique that skims card numbers in a supply chain attack by injecting malicious JavaScript into online checkout software systems – have grown 20% amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    “With many homebound people forced to purchase what they need online, the digital skimming threat to e-commerce is as pronounced as

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  • The role of AI in the ‘war’ against epidemics and pandemics

    In the fight against epidemics, including the current Covid-19 coronavirus, medical staff are on the front line, risking their own lives to save the lives of others. But behind the lines the war is fought – or should be fought – by authorities, medical researchers, statisticians and computer scientists using an array of artificial intelligence (AI) and data science technologies.

    Preparedness

    The SARS-CoV2 or Covid-19 virus, which surpassed 500,000 confirmed cases and 23,000 deaths within three months of first detection (WHO statistics), appears to have taken most national governments by surprise – but it shouldn’t have.

    Since 2000,

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