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Not so finger-lookin' good now are we, Colonel Sanders? Anti-artery campaigners KFC have urged 1.2 million customers in its Colonel’s Club loyalty scheme in the UK to ditch their account passwords for new ones after its site was hacked. The club includes an app that lets fried grease fans login and collect Chicken Stamps to “earn ... free food rewards.” Today, KFC sent an email urging drumstick scoffers to overhaul their login details as their credentials, along with any personal information stored with their club account, may have been lifted by miscreants. “Our monitoring systems have found a small number of Colonel’s Club accounts may have been compromised as a result of our website being targeted,” the email added. “Whilst it’s unlikely you have been impacted, we advise that you change your password as a precaution.
If you use the same email address and password across other services, you should also reset them, just to be safe." Only about 30 of the 1.2 million members had been targeted, but KFC decided to inform everyone, the biz told ITV News.
It did not store credit card details in the reward scheme, so no financial information had been stolen, KFC added. The email added that the Colonel was very “sorry for any inconvenience” caused and KFC was shoring up its database defences against the dark arts. “As this type of problem is becoming more common online, we’ve now introduced additional security measures to further safeguard our members’ accounts and to stop this kind of thing happening again.” ® Sponsored: Flash enters the mainstream.
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Retail security AI company Everseen reduces this loss by up to 90% Company reveals it is working with five out of the top 10 global retailers London/New York, 3rd August 2016 - Everseen, the retail security AI company, today announces that it has secured funding from MARCOL and other investors, to tackle the growing problem of product loss and shrink in the global retail industry.

Everseen uses advanced video analysis and artificial intelligence to reduce non-scans at the checkout by up to 90%, a problem that costs retailers $40bn a year globally according to the Centre for Retail Research.When goods are not scanned at the checkout, retailers’ supply chain systems do not see that a particular item has left the inventory.
It’s only when stock checks happen that this loss is discovered.

By then it’s too late to see where it occurred and retailers have mistakenly assumed this loss is through customers or staff stealing from the shelves. UK and US retailers alone invested $15bn in 2014 in measures to deter theft in-store (outside of the checkout) but some of this investment is misplaced. “Retailers are losing $40bn a year through shrinkage at the point of sale. Products non-scanned are not only impacting profits but also creating supply chain issues leading to out of stock products. Non-scans can be intentional or unintentional and are generated by customers, employees through operational errors and process non-compliance,” said Professor Joshua Bamfield from the independent research group, The Centre for Retail Research. “At the moment, retailers are almost certainly haemorrhaging revenue through their POS and are probably completely unaware of how it is happening, how they prevent it and the scale of the problem.” Everseen, which works with five of the top 10 global retailers, has proven that 95% of the issues at the checkout are non-scans.

The problem is more acute at self-scan checkouts with up to 10 times more non-scans when compared to manned checkouts.

The company estimates that 90% of all non-scans at the checkout can be identified by using its video analysis and artificial intelligence system approach.

By visually recognising such events using existing CCTV feeds and linking them to checkout transaction data, Everseen can identify precisely when, where and why the activity took place.

A video of the incident can then be shared with store staff in real time. Current measures to prevent non-scanning are rudimentary at best, with CCTV systems only being checked when suspicions are raised, which means the bulk of non-scanning activity is missed.

By some estimates only 5% of irregular activity at the checkout is captured through traditional point of sale analysis systems. “The majority of retailers simply don’t know where these losses are coming from.

Because of this they’re acting blind – trying to prevent losses but without any real direction.

By understanding how these losses are occurring, and how to prevent them, retailers can improve their profits by 5-15%,” said Alan O’Herlihy, Founder and Chief Executive, Everseen. “We’ve spent a number of years developing the technology and uncovering what is tantamount to the DNA of a non-scanning event. With growing interest from retailers across the globe, over the next few months we are looking to partner with leading IT companies to service our retail customers worldwide.

This investment and MARCOL’s resources and support in general will help us accelerate our global expansion.” “In today’s highly competitive world, profit margins in the retail industry are tight and shrinkage is a serious problem,” said Pii Ketvel, CEO MARCOL Capital Europe, who led the MARCOL investment. “For retailers, this solution can have an immediate, positive uplift on profitability. Our due diligence has shown that this solution has the potential to completely transform the market.

Everseen allows retailers to move more quickly to self-service check-outs by making the user experience better, whilst helping the retailers to reduce their losses.

By combining Everseen’s very impressive technology with MARCOL’s financial and other resources we’re giving Everseen the tools necessary to bring this remarkable technology to a global audience and to change the face of retailing.” - Ends - Notes to EditorsA video demonstrating Everseen’s system is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6f4lakrxl0bxguv/video%20cut.mp4?dl=0 About EverseenEverseen, the retail security AI company, was founded in 2008 by Tech Entrepreneur Alan O’Herlihy.

Catalysed by leading Phd and research scientists at its R&D centre based in Timisoara, Romania, Everseen is an innovator in the retail technology space, using video as a sensor and artificial intelligence to develop its point of sale non-scan detection anti-theft solution.

Everseen is headquartered in Blackpool, Cork, Ireland and has sales offices situated in the US, UK and Spain.

Everseen has received significant investment from a high profile investor base which includes the Irish government body Enterprise Ireland and most recently MARCOL. For more information, see www.everseen.com About MARCOLMARCOL, formed in 1976 by partners Terence Cole and Mark Steinberg, is an international multibillion dollar investment business with interest in Finance, Health Care, Technology, Real Estate, Retail, and Hotels. MARCOL’s investment strategy includes both buy-outs and supporting existing businesses and their owners and managers in expanding their businesses. Whilst open to opportunities wherever they can be established, MARCOL focuses on sectors where it has proven expertise and track record, primarily in Europe and the US. MARCOL continuously seeks investment opportunities where growth potential can be sustained and enhanced by investment and active management. MARCOL also has considerable restructuring and work-out experience helping owners and their existing financiers to preserve and recover value. Employing a core team of over 100 investment professionals collaborating across its investment disciplines, MARCOL has offices in London, Luxembourg, Berlin and Paris. For more information, visit www.marcol.com About the Centre for Retail ResearchThe Centre for Retail Research provides authoritative and expert research and analysis of the retail and service sectors in Britain, Europe and globally.

The Centre, originally a higher-education research group, has been independent since 1997.
Its Director is Professor Joshua Bamfield. Their work is based on understanding retail and consumer trends, analysing the main drivers of retail change and making accurate forecasts. The Centre's research and views are quoted widely. Radio and TV stations include: the BBC's Today Programme, BBC 24, CNN, Sky News, Channel 4 News, ITV, BBC News, Sky and TV stations in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Germany. Our reports are carried by major newspapers including The Times, Financial Times, The Economist, Time Magazine, Daily Mail, The Sun, Frankfurter Allgemeine, The Financial Daily/ Financieele Dagblad (Amsterdam), Täglicher Marktbe (Germany), Expansion (Spain), The Irish Independent, Irish Post, the Times of India, Washington Times, and International Herald Tribune. For more information, visit www.retailresearch.org UK media contactsCCgroup for EverseenSuzannah Archibald /Alex SowdenT: +44 203 824 9200E: everseen@ccgrouppr.com
UK PM and movie expert David Cameron has praised the bio-flick on Wikileaks' Julian Assange - a man he wants locked up - after viewing roughly half of it. Cameron said that Benedict Cumberbatch is "brilliant" as the WikiLeaks founder in The Fifth Estate. What might surprise Assange is that Cameron said he admires his early work. Cameron said he was a big fan when Wikileaks was exposing corruption in Africa. It was only when Wikileaks exposed western secrets that he went off it. He also liked the fact that Wikileaks encouraged open government, but didn't much like the way it revealed secrets about his. According to the Guardian  Cameron was asked to review The Fifth Estate before an appearance on The Agenda on ITV.

He only saw the first part of the film. He told ITN's political editor, Tom Bradby, who presents The Agenda, that Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Assange, did it brilliantly.  Cameron felt uneasy that, in the film, Assange appears to be more concerned about the fate of people who leaked documents to WikiLeaks, such as Chelsea Manning, rather those whose security may have been jeopardised by the leaks. That anyone has been directly affected or harmed by leaks from the organisation is up for debate.  The prime minister tutted that, when Assange warns people's lives are at risk, he is thinking of the people who have leaked documents. "Actually you also need to think about the people whose lives are at risk because they have been leaked," Cameron asserted. "In the bit of the film I saw that didn't come out enough. But it makes you think". Cameron appears to have undergone a conversion since he entered Number 10. He campaigned strongly in favour of open government while in opposition - roughly around the time Wikileaks first started making an impact. It seems Cameron had difficulty seeing a difference between corruption in the African continent or within the US or Britain's military. Cameron said people feel sympathy for Wikileaks because some of things the group uncovered in Africa and elsewhere, and they think it is great that information has been revealed. "Transparency, sunlight is a great disinfectant," Cameron said. "Transparency about information and where money is spent and how it is spent – this helps keep governments and politicians honest. So it is a good thing," he said. Cameron opposed the "huge dumps of information" by Wikileaks.

He claimed every single telegram they had was made public without thinking of the consequences and lives could have been put at risk as a result. "That is different," Cameron said, before going on to say government secrecy is necessary for national security.  The Fifth Estate has been criticised by Assange, who was not involved in filming. Assange said an early version of the script he had seen was "fanning the flames for war on Iran" and that the piece was a "serious propaganda attack on Wikileaks and the integrity of its staff".
The government plans to go ahead with a controversial database of patient records, backed by a £1bn investment in IT over three years, despite catastrophic failures with similar NHS IT projects in the past. In theory, a single patient record database will ease pressure on A&E departments by cutting paperwork and making hospitals safer with patient information easily accessible to medical staff. The system will also enable patients to manage repeat prescriptions, book GP appointments and access their own GP record online. Health secretary Jeremy Hunt claims patients are dying because they are being prescribed the wrong drugs, but new technology can reduce these errors by half, according to the Guardian. “The appalling condition of much of the current IT infrastructure is not just a huge burden on NHS finances. It threatens patient safety, frustrates staff and is an unnecessary pressure on A&E departments,” Hunt wrote in a blog post. Hospitals will bid for cash from a £500m technology fund to implement the scheme, but will be expected to match the government’s contribution. Hunt believes technology is the key to improving health services and that past IT failures in the NHS must not prevent patients from seeing the benefits of technology that is transforming other services. Labour's failed attempt to install a universal IT system in the NHS had the right idea but wrong execution, Hunt told ITV news. Labour’s £13bn NHS computer scheme was “a gargantuan, one-size-fits-all solution that proved as unworkable as it was costly”, Hunt wrote in his blog post. “Today’s announcement builds on our radically different vision – innovation driven by local healthcare providers working in the interest of patients. Individual providers will bid for our support in driving these local solutions,” he wrote. Privacy concerns Privacy campaigners have warned that the scheme will have a negative effect on the relationship between doctors and patients. They argue that women suffering from domestic abuse, for example, will not tell their GPs out of fear that their partners will coerce them to reveal the password to their patient records; or that low-income mothers will refuse to talk to GPs about post-natal depression because of fears that social services will find out. In response to these concerns, the Department of Health (DoH) said it is important health professionals maintain accurate records, so patients get the right treatment. “The NHS Constitution makes clear that patients have the right to request that confidential information – in whatever form it is kept – is not used beyond their own care," said the DoH. "Any electronic patient records system adopted by hospitals must be secure and comply with NHS England's requirement for modern, safe standards of record-keeping." Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and information at NHS England, said a single patient record database means patients will not have to repeat themselves each time they speak to a different health care professional, according to ITV news.  “This extra funding will help us better meet the overwhelming demand from the Safer Hospitals, Safer Wards fund announced in May this year. It's great news for the NHS and great news for patients,” said Kelsey. Chief executive of the NHS Confederation Mike Farrar said the cash injection to upgrade NHS IT systems should free up staff so they can concentrate more on caring for patients if it is invested in the right tools and technology. Email Alerts Register now to receive ComputerWeekly.com IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox. By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners.

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