5-For-Friday – News Roundup – 17/08/18

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1. Trump signs order, relaxing rules on cyber-weapons.

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will relax the rules around the use of cyber-weapons, reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The order will reverse plans and guidelines drawn up under President Obama, which required federal agency process before any decision was made to launch a cyber-attack on deemed adversaries.

This has come following increased pressure on the Trump administrations national security measures and the threat of cyber-attacks seriously.

2. Motorola under fire for iPhone X rip-off. 

Smartphone manufacturer Motorola has come under heavy criticism for revealing their latest handset, which has huge similarities to the iPhone X.

A lot of phone-makers have copied features from the iPhone X – however, the new Motorola P30 has been branded as a ‘brazen’ rip-off of Apple’s flagship device.

Lenovo, which owns the Motorola brand, has not yet responded to any of the criticism.

3. Australian teenage boy pleaded guilty to hacking Apple.

A 16-year-old accessed the files over a year-long period, from his bedroom in Melbourne, reports The Age newspaper.

The teenage boy from Australia has pleaded guilty to hacking Apple and stealing 90 gigabytes worth of files.

We find the story pretty hilarious, just because the Aussie teen’s humourous file name to which he stored the documents. Rightly called ‘hacky hack hack‘.

4. Slack suffers downtime during work hours.

The workplace messaging app stopped working leaving users unable to send or receive messages – or see anything at all.

However, Slack resolved the downtime rapidly – with fewer issues being reported shortly after the issues began.

5. Less than half of all cryptocurrencies provide real value.

Recent research by Invest in Blockchain suggests that over half of all cryptocurrencies serve no use, function or value to the public.

The cryptocurrency analysis site looked at the top 100 cryptocurrencies and found that only 40 were to have working products.

The study landed amid a market-wide crash, with bitcoin, ethereum and other cryptocurrencies continuing to fall in value.


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