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UK EEF releases the British Manufacturers' Cyber Security Report

A new study from the EEF, the UK's Manufacturers' Organisation, has revealed that nearly a half of the UK's manufacturers has suffered cyber-attacks and that more than a quarter of them have suffered business losses as a consequence of such attacks. The document highlights the need for businesses to invest more in cybersecurity technologies and to do operate soon since such attacks may be attributed to lack of adequacy of the safety systems.

The report is available here
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Healthcare remains the sector most targeted by hackers

Following what seems to be a general trend, the hacker group named Orangeworm has regularly attacked the healthcare sector. The group, active since 2015, has targeted several industries in the health sector such as healthcare providers, pharmaceuticals, IT solution providers for healthcare and healthcare industry equipment manufacturers.

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Facebook starts its “after Cambridge Analytica” phase

After the recent scandal Facebook started to change its policy onads. Facebook published today its new authorization process for US political ads, under which political advertisers will be obliged to state their identity and location. This policy is expected to be implemented by Facebook globally soon.

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Indonesia requests explanations after Facebook violations

After Facebook's official apology during a public hearing at the Indonesian parliament, where the company admitted that 1,096,666 citizens' personal data may have been violated, the local communication ministry has given Facebook a one-week deadline to provide more information. The Indonesian government is asking for more information on how possible abuses of personal data may have occured and the measures that Facebook is implementing to prevent this from happening. The Ministry has also asked for technical measures to limit the access of data in social media.

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Gabon to open internet for 99% of its citizens

Reuters reports that Gabon has decided to invest 277 million dollars to expand the country’s optical fiber telecoms network. This will strengthen the digital connections easing communication and the digital economy, but also foster the debate on the IoT use and the related concerns for privacy. This opens up the discussion on the need for African countries to start working on internet security and data protection in order to be prepared for the risks connected to this evolving sector.

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