The Week in Tech: Hacking, but not as you know it
With the Equifax data breach making headlines in the past week, we thought it only fair to look at the other hacking and cybersecurity stories that you may have missed amongst the noise.
More data lost or stolen in first half of 2017 than the whole of last year
And you thought that the Equifax breach was scary, with the loss of 143 million customer records? Gemalto’s Breach Level Index found that 10.4 million records are stolen every day, and 1.9 billion have been lost this year alone.
Hackers could use light to burglarize you through your security camera
Researchers at Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev discovered a way to hack into security cameras with night vision capabilities. When compromised, the cameras can secretly transmit and receive data from networks – even if they’re not connected to the internet.
UK education system ‘exacerbating cyber skills gap’
Could you have been a cybersecurity expert if you had the right IT lessons? 1 in 5 British adults said that they would have considered a career in cybersecurity if their IT lessons had been more interesting at school, and seven in ten believed that their school education didn’t set them up with sufficient digital skills and knowledge of IT.
iOS 11: toggling wifi and Bluetooth in Control Centre doesn’t actually turn them off
Watch out – the new Control Centre in iOS 11, which appears to allow users to toggle various settings such as turning wifi and Bluetooth off, doesn’t actually turn them completely off. Instead, it just disconnects the phone from any nearby wifi networks, still leaving your phone vulnerable to any cyber threats and potential hackers.
These body hackers have stepped straight out of sci-fi
Now onto a completely different type of hacker – Wired has covered a story looking at biohackers, who modify their body with technology. The story looks at a man who turned his eye into a camera, and also another who was born with a severe form of colour blindness, and has an implant which allows him to hear colours.