The Week In Tech: Hacking the houses

This week Junior Account Executive, Marilin Ashotyan, focuses on hacking in the wake of the HBO scandal.

HBO hackers ‘stole Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes, not emails’

This week, it’s been reported that entertainment firm HBO has suffered a data breach which led to hackers stealing unseen Games of Thrones episode and copies of other HBO shows such as Ballers and Room 104 online. In addition to this, episodes of Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” were most recently stolen. The company confirmed that hackers did not appear to have breached the company’s email system. Not great timing for parent company Time Warner who are still in the midst of the sale to AT&T.

US Senate looks to impose IoT security standards with new bill

Following on from last year, when the European Union reviewed the measures that would improve the security of Internet-connected devices, this week the US Senate introduced a new act. It is called ‘‘IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017’ and is designed to improve the security for all IoT devices used and purchased by the government. The act also seeks to ensure that IoT products can be patched and their passwords can be updated.

Will the dawn of the driverless car be hindered by hacking?

As the IoT becomes more widespread, driverless cars are becoming increasingly prone to hacking. A recent survey carried out by Expert Market claims that 85% of people surveyed had fears over their vehicle being hacked. Interestingly, the research also found that 54% of people would use a self-driving car to transport food, goods, etc. In addition to this, 58% of respondents were concerned about how the car or steering system might malfunction and fail.

Nearly half of UK SMEs spend less than £1,000 on cyber defences

Last but not least, this week’s headlines were also dominated by the news that SMBs are not committing to invest in cyber security. A survey carried out by insurance firm Zurich revealed that despite one in five of SMBs being affected by an attack in the last year, only 50% of them plan to spend £1,000 or less on cyber security in the next year. This comes as a surprise, given that business leaders report how strong cyber security will giving them an opportunity to stand out from competitors. The survey also revealed that 44% of companies were asked by their enterprise customers about their level of cyber security measures in the past five years and 28% in the past year alone.