Tencent, creator of messaging service WeChat, is investing $70 billion in new technology infrastructure, an initiative that could bolster Beijing's tech-driven efforts to restore its economy in the wake of the coronavirus. Investments will focus on artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity, blockchain technology and the internet of things, among other areas.
SwissCovid is the pilot program launched in Switzerland that is using a contact tracing app jointly developed by Google and Apple, with public availability set for mid next month. A statement from the companies notes, "SwissCovid operates in a 'decentralized' way, which means that the operations that are essential from a privacy point of view are not carried out on a centralized server, but on each phone."
Clients generally expect that law firms will provide the option to make credit card or e-check payments online, which is an especially important option to offer during the coronavirus pandemic, writes Nicole Black of MyCase. Black outlines how online payment processing works, and she notes that software specific to law firms "is preferable because it is ethically compliant and ensures that all fees are deducted from your firm's operating account rather than its trust account."
Cybersecurity firm Promon has discovered a vulnerability called Strandhogg 2.0 that enables malicious apps to potentially access passwords and other data. It affects all versions of Android prior to version 10, although Google has only released a patch for Android 9, 8.1 and 8.
A class-action suit seeking over $22 billion has been filed in the UK against EasyJet budget airline over a recent data breach that exposed the personal data of up to 9 million customers.
The long-rumored breach of blogging platform LiveJournal has been confirmed, with the initial access occurring as far back as 2014. The breach is also affecting users of DreamWidth, which was forked from LiveJournal's code, and people who use the same credentials on other websites.
The Maryland National Guard is helping the state recover from last year's cybersecurity attack on Baltimore and shore up its defenses as ransomware attacks occur on health care institutions fighting the coronavirus. The Guard is assessing the vulnerability of state websites and networks as well as assisting the security operations center, a service valued at about $1 million.
The Federation of European Risk Management Associations said that the European Commission needs to create a private-public insurance program to cover pandemics and cyberattacks.
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