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Tech Update (August 2017)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   This month, in his occasional sojourn into things which could be the next big things, he looks at what Facebook has been up to, game playing and changing AIs, and the ongoing battle for Net Neutrality. Facebook has announced in a blog post on the 9th of August that they will soon be rolling out a new way to watch videos on their social network, titled Watch. Upping their game from the video posts you can already make on the platform, they’re expanding from...

Internet News (August 2017)

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Power grid hackers Power companies the world over are being taught how to see the warning signs that they are being targeted by hackers, following an attack in December last year on a power grid in the Ukraine which left over 230,000 people without electricity for hours after malware was successfully inserted into critical systems. This attack wasn’t the country’s first of this kind; another previous attack occurred in March 2015. The malware from the breach has since been analysed by researchers from Black Hat and Def Con, two of the most prominent cadres of professional hackers and security specialists from around the world, giving insight into the security holes...

Fake News – The Facts

Andy Cormack this week looks at another internet hot potato – the rise and rise of the phenomenon known as Fake News.   Andy looks at how this state of affairs has arisen in recent times, why it is so prominent, and what is being done across the globe to combat it. Introduction “Fake news”, is a term that has risen greatly in popularity since Donald Trump used it in January of this year, when he declared loudly “You are fake news!”, whilst pointing at Jim Acosta from CNN instead of answering his question.  The catchall phrase has now permeated just about every facet of the media. Trump has since used the term so...

Internet News (July 2017)

Massive attack The UK Parliament has received its largest cyber attack on record, admitting that it had suffered a “sustained and determined cyber attack” that began on the 23rd June – the attack lasted more than 12 hours. The unknown hacker’s goal? Gaining access to MP emails, of which they managed to ‘brute force’ fewer than 90 email accounts belonging to MPs, their aides, and other staff and peers that had weak passwords. Parliament issued a statement on the following Saturday explaining, “We have discovered unauthorised attempts to access accounts of parliamentary networks users and are investigating this ongoing incident”. Needless to say, once the intrusion had been discovered, parliamentary officials had to...

Ransomware: what you need to know

Andy Cormack this week looks at a topical threat – Ransomware.   The world recently witnessed its biggest reported cyberattack, with a mammoth number of machines, systems and organisations affected across the globe. Andy takes a look at what it is, how it works, and how you can thwart this particularly insidious form of blackmail. Introduction After the events that have transpired recently, it seems like there’s no better time to talk about ransomware. If you’ve kept up with the news you’ve probably heard the term, along with the name WannaCry; If you haven’t, then here’s a quick primer on both. Ransomware is basically defined as malicious software that prevents access to...

Internet News (May 2017)

Massive attack foiled by blogger An unprecedented cyberattack using ransomware was unleashed last Friday, using tools believed to have been sourced from the US National Security Agency (NSA), affecting 99 countries around the world, with some companies, institutions and organisations badly affected. Cyber-security firm Avast reported that it had recorded over 75,000 cases of the ransomware – known as WannaCry worm and its variants utilised for the attack – the perpertrator or perpertrators remain unknown and at large. Amongst the biggest casualty in the UK was the National Health Service, notorious for using out of date operating systems such as Windows XP which are particularly vunerable to this type of...

The Hawks did it again!

Starjammer Internet are proud to announce that yet again, The Havant and Waterlooville Under 14 Squad have won the Mid Solent Youth League Cup far a third year running with a hard fought 3-0 win over Waltham Wolves Cobras at the AFC Portchester Ground on Wednesday 3rd May. Well done boys – we’re already looking forward to seeing you in action over the next season!   Internet News – April 2017 Havant and Waterlooville U14 Squad Season Scores 2016/17 Football Crazy! Subscribe to the Starjammer Bulletin...

Tech Update (May 2017)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   This month,  flying suits, issues with Windows 10 and fonts that may take your fancy. Inventor creates flying suit Richard Browning, a Royal Marine Reserve, has created a device to enable humans to fly, not dissimilar to that of Iron Man from the popular Marvel franchise. The technology behind it, at its core is simple enough; attaching kerosene micro gas turbines to both his arms and, initially both legs, but then switching from legs to two turbines on his back with angled positioning to...

Spear Phishing: What you need to know

Andy Cormack this week looks at a disturbing trend in the hacking world: Spear Phishing.  Following on from his recent Bulletin Guide to Phishing, he explores in more detail about this particularly nasty form of cyber attack, how it is carried out and what you can do to protect yourself and your assets. Introduction Spear phishing is the latest twist on Phishing. The basics: it’s an attempt to gain personal information from a target for malicious purposes, typically sent by email, by pretending to be a legitimate individual or business that you know and would usually trust. These kinds of attacks focus largely on financial assets and information – credit cards, bank...

Internet News (April 2017)

Uber’s president Jeff Jones has quit, citing that the company’s values aren’t compatible with his own. Jones told Recode he “…joined Uber because of its Mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long-term.” “It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business.” After the announcement, Uber’s PR summoned up a meager sentence to address his departure: “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish...