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Sunday 16th June 2024: 23andMe being Investigated by UK and Canada, Valve Corporation Is Being Sued & More!



Welcome to another low down on all the latest Tech news, Tips and Tricks to help you keep up to date with the latest from the Tech world!

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23andMe being Investigated by UK and Canada

The data watchdogs of the UK and Canada will investigate genetic testing company 23andMe over a data breach in October 2023.

Hackers gained access to personal information of 6.9 million people, which in some cases included family trees, birth years and geographic locations, by using customers' old passwords.

One of the things the joint taskforce will investigate is whether adequate safeguards had been put in place to protect such data.

Read More: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c3gg17pq5y9o

Source: BBC News

Appeal Launched For O Blood-Type After Cyber Attacl

An appeal has been launched for O blood-type donors to book appointments across the country following the ransomware attack affecting major London hospitals.

The IT attack means the affected hospitals cannot currently match patients' blood at the same frequency as usual.

Several London hospitals declared a critical incident, cancelled operations and tests, and were unable to carry out blood transfusions last week after the attack on the pathology firm Synnovis, which a Russian group of cyber criminals, is understood to have been behind.

Read More: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/c2eeg9gygyno

Source: BBC News

Valve Corporation Is Being Sued

The owner of Steam - the largest digital distribution platform for PC games in the world - is being sued.

Valve Corporation is being accused of using its market dominance to overcharge 14 million people in the UK.

The claim - which has been filed at the Competition Appeal Tribunal, in London - accuses Valve of "shutting out" competition in the PC gaming market.

It says Valve "forces" game publishers to sign up to so-called price parity obligations, preventing titles being sold at cheaper prices on rival platforms.

Read More: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cpwwyj6v24xo

Source: BBC News

App Of The Week

This weeks app of the week is called Bitwarden Authenticator.

This app enhances security by managing verification codes for two-factor authentication so your online accounts are protected.

The user interface is clean, and it provides an additional layer of protection by generating verification codes to ensure your identity is verified, and this helps keep your sensitive data out of reach of people who are pretending to be you

This app is free to download on IOS and Android devices.

Google: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bitwarden.authenticator

Apple: https://apps.apple.com/app/bitwarden-authenticator/id6497335175

🛡️ Security Corner 🛡️

'Phishing' is when criminals use scam emails, text messages or phone calls to trick their victims. The aim is often to make you visit a website, which may download a virus onto your computer, or steal bank details or other personal information.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is a UK government organisation that has the power to investigate and take down scam email addresses and websites.

Reporting a scam is free and only takes a minute. By reporting phishing attempts, you can:

  • reduce the amount of scam communications you receive
  • make yourself a harder target for scammers
  • protect others from cyber crime online

Find out more information on the NCSC website: www.ncsc.gov.uk

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