Thursday, November 23, 2017

Daily Brief: All Fortune 500 companies’ data available on the dark web, Google data leaked online, Elon Musk confirms latest addition to Tesla family

The Data Economy Daily Brief features a list of short news stories on events in and out of the data centre sphere that are relevant to those operating in this space.


All Fortune 500 companies’ data available on the dark web

Every one of the world’s top 500 companies have data on the dark web, some of it for sale following internal leaks, cybersecurity think-tank OWL Cybersecurity has found. Fortune 500 companies include for example Amazon, Google, Facebook, Oracle, GE, AT&T and Disney.

The firm has found Amazon to have the highest exposure, however, it justified this with the size of the retailer and cloud provider on the internet.

Technology and telecommunications companies overall are the largest target, “indicating that they are the most attractive firms targeted by threat actors”.

Financial firms perform better than expected. OWL said: “Financial firms—frequent targets of hackers—fare better than expected, likely reflecting their focus on significant investment in cybersecurity in recent years.”


Microsoft set to lay off ‘thousands’ of staff

Microsoft is reportedly about to announced one of the largest restructuration on the company’s salesforce history by laying off thousands of employees as it focus more on cloud sales.

The layoffs are expected to be announced this week or next, as well as the merger of Microsoft’s enterprise customer unit with one or more of the company’s divisions targeted at the SME space.


Google data leaked online

An agency named Sabre Hospitality Solutions that works closely with Google employees’ travel bookings data has had the files exposed online including Googlers’ names, contact details and card data used to make the bookings.

Google has sent a letter to its employees on the data breach and has also reported the case to the Californian state government.


Telefonica buys Terra for $76m

Telefonica’s Brazilian business arm has invested $76m in the acquisition of Terra Networks, owned by SP Telecomunicações Participações.

Terra Networks is a provider of digital services (own and third-party value-added services (“VAS”) and carrier billing, as well as mobile channels for sales and relationships) and advertising.


UK government adopts a more ‘digital’ name

The UK government has announced that the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been renamed as Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS), giving the digital economy a more prominent place within the national digital spectrum.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley said: “DCMS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and it is fitting now to include Digital in the name. The department has taken on significant new responsibilities in recent years, so that half of its policy and delivery work now covers the digital sectors – telecommunications, data protection, internet safety, cyber skills and parts of media and the creative industries.”

At the same time, the government has been criticised for announcing for the third time the same £400m fund to boost digital infrastructure across the UK


Apple data centre delayed

Apple’s data centre in Athenry, Ireland, has been delayed once more by a judge. A decision is now expected on July 27.

Locals have expressed their discontent with the decision and are now working on a new demonstration set to take to the streets of Athenry in support for the project.


Elon Musk confirms: First Tesla Model 3 to take to the road this week

Tesla’s founder Elon Musk has announced the first Model 3 will leave the production line until the end of this week.

He wrote in a series of Tweets: “Model 3 passed all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule. Handover party for first 30 customer Model 3’s on the 28th!

“Production grows exponentially, so August should be 100 cars and September above 1,500. Looks like we can reach 20,000 Model 3 cars per month in December.”