• Benioff projects future of work onto Salesforce’s ‘Cloud 3.0’

    Marc Benioff, chair and chief executive of cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) supplier Salesforce, and the company’s president and chief operating officer Bret Taylor are projecting their term “Cloud 3.0” as “where the future works”.

    Benioff delivered a keynote yesterday (10 February 2020) from Singapore, where the supplier said the future is already working. “Offices, restaurants and shops are opening, but we aren’t going back to the way it was,” the supplier said in a statement. “Companies around the world had to fundamentally rethink their operating model to respond to the spread of Covid-19. Salesforce was no different.

    “Salesforce quickly

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  • Dating app users warned to watch out for scammers

    A 20% spike in bank transfer “romance” cyber fraud over the course of 2020 reflects the growing isolation and frustration felt by many people during lockdown, according to report from UK Finance, which is warning the public to keep an eye out for such scams around Valentine’s Day.

    Typical scams involve targets being duped into handing over money to cyber criminals who often go to extreme lengths to convince their victim’s that they are in a genuine, long-distance relationship, using social engineering techniques to manipulate them.

    With figures from the Online Dating Association suggesting 2.3 million UK citizens used

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  • Facebook sued for data-sharing practices with third parties

    Journalist and writer Peter Jukes is suing Facebook for a loss of control over his personal data, as part of a class action claim on behalf of about one million users of the social media website.

    Jukes claims that between November 2013 and May 2015, Facebook allowed a third-party app called This Is Your Digital Life to access not only the personal information of users who downloaded the app, but also that of their Facebook friends, without their knowledge or consent.

    The consumer representative action filed by Jukes in the High Court of Justice in London says Facebook was in

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  • Robert Opp, chief digital officer, United Nations Development Programme

    The Covid-19 pandemic has prompted much greater interest in sustainability from the public and private sectors globally, but to build on this shift organisations will need to find ways of using digital technologies to create new business models and work to close the digital divide, says the chief digital officer of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

    As the UN’s development arm, the UNDP – which operates on an annual budget of five to six billion dollars and has around 17,000 employees across 170 territories or countries – works to eradicate poverty by promoting technical and investment cooperation among

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  • Security firm Stormshield loses source code in cyber attack

    France-based cyber security firm Stormshield has revealed a leak of source code from its Stormshield Network Security and Network Security Industrial Firewall products following a cyber attack that saw malicious actors gain unauthorised access to a technical portal used by customers and partners to manage tech support tickets.

    The incident, understood to have occurred in December 2020, also saw the personal data and technical exchanges associated with a number of customer accounts accessed and viewed, and possibly stolen. All the affected users have already been contacted.

    The firm has also notified the French authorities, reset all its account passwords, and

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  • Google Chrome update to patch serious zero-day

    Google is moving to patch a serious zero-day vulnerability in Google Chrome that if exploited, could enable arbitrary code execution on a target system.

    Assigned CVE-2021-21148, the bug is being described as a heap buffer overflow that exists in the V8 component of Chrome, prior to version 88.0.4234.150. It was initially reported on 24 January 2021, according to Google, which believes an exploit may already exist in the wild.

    No further details of the issue have been made available at the time of writing, and there have been no reports of compromise via the vulnerability. Nevertheless, the US government’s

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