Friday round-up: A week in tech

Plan

The naughty North Koreans have allegedly nicked South Korea and America’s war plans. Tsk.

According to Rhee Cheol-hee, a member of the south’s National Assembly, battle documents were hacked from a military database.

Apparently, a gobsmacking 235gbs of data were stolen – how much detail do you need to say ‘bomb, shell, rocket, pound and burn relentlessly’?

Anyhow, America’s centre for blowing things up, the Pentagon, won’t comment on the incident, no doubt happy to leave important correspondence like that to the Commander in Chief, who famously uses the diplomatic channel ‘Twitter’ to clearheadedly inform and calm all.

Full story here.

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The Equifax debacle took yet a deeper tumble into the depths of Shamblesville this week.

The bungling company admitted a few weeks ago that 400,000 UK customers had their details stolen during a big hack in May. However, that number has turned out to be slightly off the mark: it’s actually 15.2 million customers. A small adjustment, then. The victims will now be written to, assuming Equifax don’t somehow screw that up too.

But why have one embarrassing fiasco in a week when you can have two? The firm was also forced to take down its customer website after hackers took control and redirected those accessing it to pages that installed adware on their devices!

Why is anyone STILL trying to access Equifax’s webpage as if it’s a viable enterprise to do business with?

Full story here.

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Modern, cool tech firm Twitter sort of waded into the grotesque Harvey Weinstein affair this week – by banning an actress who claims she was a victim of the vast creep.

The social media network locked Rose McGowan’s account for 12 hours after she got into a spat with the abysmal Ben Affleck, who she accused of lying about his knowledge of Weinstein’s predilections.

Or so it appeared! Turns out, Twitter actually suspended her account for publishing a private phone number (whose I don’t know), and said they would activate it again when she deleted the offending tweet.

So, you can get suspended for tweeting a phone number but not for threatening to destroy a country, as Mr Trump did last month on the network. The plot thickens…

More here.

 

Friday round-up: A week in tech

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