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IP Expo Manchester 2017: DataCore Showcases Innovations in Hyper-Converged and Software-Defined...

DataCore Software highlights the Lenovo Storage DX8200D Appliance Powered by DataCore on Stand M246Stand M246, IP Expo, Manchester Central, 26th April, 2017 – Having supported the IP Expo London event since its inception, DataCore Software has this year extended backing to IP Expo Manchester to service its growing Northern base of customers and partners.

DataCore will be showing attendees the latest developments in its Hyper-converged Virtual SAN™, SANsymphony™ Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and underlying Parallel I/O... Source: RealWire

Manchester’s Munee Hut, Eyebrow Cottage and fresh hot spam from Belize

Loans text outfit fined £20K A Manchester-based firm that hired an outfit in the central American country of Belize to send around 64,000 spam texts promoting loans has been fined £20,000.…

Anexsys Continues Relativity ‘Best in Service’ Status

Following significant regional expansion, Anexsys continues to offer Best in Service Relativity experience London – 7th March 2017 - Anexsys, a leading independent legal technology and consultancy organisation, announced that they have again achieved kCura’s Relativity ‘Best in Service’ designation, which recognises Relativity Authorised Partners who provide an exceptional Relativity experience for end users.Anexsys, with sites in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester, is a leading legal technology and consultancy business supporting law firms, government... Source: RealWire

Think you know cyber security? Think again – world’s most famous...

Kevin Mitnick to headline leading Manchester technology conference London, 27 February 2017 – IP EXPO Manchester, part of Europe's number one enterprise IT event series, today unveiled the world’s most famous hacker, Kevin Mitnick, as this year’s keynote speaker. Once one of the FBI's Most Wanted because just for the challenge he hacked into 40 major corporations and the NSA, Mitnick is now a trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500 and governments worldwide. He’ll... Source: RealWire

JPS Walker implements Eclipse’s Proclaim Practice Management system for niche litigation...

New litigation firm, JPS Walker, is implementing the Proclaim Practice Management Software solution from Eclipse Legal Systems, the Law Society’s sole endorsed provider.

Based in Manchester, the firm has been launched by a team of expert solicitors, and will specialise in niche areas of litigation, including financial mis-selling and holiday claims.

The boutique firm aims to maintain traditional values, and with proven success and years’ worth of experience within its chosen areas of law, the... Source: RealWire

IP EXPO Manchester Launches for 2017 as Government Announces New Investment...

Bringing the Latest and Greatest on Technology Industry Issues from Artificial Intelligence to Cyber Security to the North West, for a Third Successful Year

London, 25 January 2017 – IP EXPO Manchester, part of Europe's number one enterprise IT event series, today launches its 2017 showcase, which promises to be the most insightful and topical yet.

IP EXPO Manchester Be Inspired

2017 is a year of opportunity for Manchester, with Prime Minister Theresa May allocating £130.1 million in investment for the Greater Manchester region. Manchester City Council will also invest an additional £4 million in two new tech hubs to support the Northern cities booming technology, science and digital industries.

With additional focus on development in AI, AR, VR and automation technologies, Manchester is well placed to continue to grow its international technology reputation and be at the forefront of overcoming industry issues and challenges.

Be it Brexit, changes in European legislation such as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), or the advancement of artificial intelligence, there is a vast landscape of new issues for IT professionals to navigate.

For its 2017 event, IP EXPO Manchester will address all these changes in the region by providing local organisations with access to an unprecedented group of influential speakers and brands across central themes of Cloud, Cyber Security, Networks and Infrastructure, DevOps, Open Source and a brand new topic combining AI, Analytics and IoT. Now in its third successful year, the two-day event will take place on 26-27 April 2017 at the Manchester Central, Manchester.

“2017 is shaping up to be one of the most transformative years ever with so many disruptive and exciting new technologies now mature and available.

Add to this the growing need for businesses to digitally transform to stay competitive and the continued growth of the cyber threat landscape there is a crucial need for information, expertise and advice. Our mission is to provide our attendees with rare access to the industry leaders and the world class experts that are creating and shaping these technologies.” comments Bradley Maule-ffinch, EMEA Portfolio Director for the IP EXPO Event Series.

He continues, “IP EXPO Manchester is our fastest growing event and easily the largest enterprise IT event in the North.

Artificial Intelligence, going serverless, DevOps and Cloud technologies are just some of the areas we’ll be covering as well as our cyber security content around GDPR, ransomware, social engineering, and threat protection.
IP EXPO Manchester aims to bring together the right people and brands under one roof to help IT professionals discuss, debate and discover more about the challenges and opportunities these issues bring to the region and beyond.”

2017 Programme highlights include:

  • Panel debate on the ‘Future of Artificial Intelligence’ featuring Amy Nicholson, Tech Evangelist Microsoft UK
  • Live hack demonstration from Ken Munro, Founder of Pen Test Partners
  • Industry leading speakers such as:
    • David Lewis – Global Security Advocate at Akamai Technologies
    • James Akrigg – Head of Technology for Partners at Microsoft
    • Paul J Taylor – Detective Constable for Cyber Crime at Greater Manchester Police
    • Jenny Radcliffe – ‘The People Hacker’

For further information and to register free for IP EXPO Manchester 2017, please visit: www.ipexpomanchester.com.

Get involved on Twitter using #IPEXPOManchester

About IP EXPO Manchester
IP EXPO Manchester is part of Europe’s number one enterprise IT event series, IP EXPO.

The event series also includes IP EXPO Europe in London and IP EXPO Nordic in Sweden. Launched by organisers Imago Techmedia in 2015, the event now encompasses six events under one roof including Cloud, Cyber Security, Networks and Infrastructure, DevOps, Open Source and a brand new topic combining AI, Analytics and IoT.

Designed for those looking to find out how the latest IT innovations can drive and support their business and transition to a digital future

The event showcases brand new exclusive content and senior level insights from across the industry, as well as unveiling the latest developments in IT.
It covers everything you need to run a successful enterprise or organisation.

Media contacts:
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020 3176 4700

Speaker or exhibitor enquiries:
Sophie Barry / Keiran Prior
0203 841 8500

Kaspersky fixing serious certificate slip

Security smashed for 400 MEEELLION users Kaspersky is moving to fix a bug that disabled certificate validation for 400 million users. Discovered by Google's dogged bug-sleuth Tavis Ormandy, the flaw stems from how the company's antivirus inspects encrypted traffic. Since it has to decrypt traffic before inspection, Kaspersky presents its certificates as a trusted authority.
If a user opens Google in their browser, for example, the certificate will appear to come from Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal Root. The problem Ormandy identified is that those internal certificates are laughably weak. "As new leaf certificates and keys are generated, they're inserted using the first 32 bits of MD5(serialNumber||issuer) as the key ... You don't have to be a cryptographer to understand a 32bit key is not enough to prevent brute-forcing a collision in seconds.
In fact, producing a collision with any other certificate is trivial," he writes here. Ormandy's bug report gave, by way of demonstration, a collision between Hacker News and manchesterct.gov: "If you use Kaspersky Antivirus in Manchester, Connecticut and were wondering why Hacker News didn't work sometimes, it's because of a critical vulnerability that has effectively disabled SSL certificate validation for all 400 million Kaspersky users." Kaspersky fixed the issue on December 28. ® Sponsored: Next gen cybersecurity.
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Car accident claims dominate mobile scam calls in 2016, according to...

Press Release London, 30 December 2016 - Scammers are increasing the number of calls where they claim ‘our records show you’ve been in a car accident’, according to call-blocking and caller ID Company, Hiya (www.hiya.com).

These types of calls were the most reported scams of 2016, says Hiya, closely followed by PPI calls, and calls claiming you’ve won a prize. The car accident scam peaked in October - the worst month of the year for mobile phone scams overall – with growth of 84% in the period January to November. PPI scam claims peaked in November and saw an 81% growth over the year.

The UK leads Europe in that it has the highest percentage of nuisance calls, at a significant 13% of all calls placed. “Defrauding people is big business, which is why the number of scam calls continues to grow and more elaborate schemes appear,” says Alex Algard, CEO of Hiya. “Scammers are getting more sophisticated.

They mask the calls by using common area codes so people answer them. Our advice is to be careful and trust your instinct.
If an offer sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.” The year in review: Newcomer scam of the year: ‘Lucky Winner’ Worst month for phone scams: October Scam that declined over the year: Betting, down 240% from Jan-Nov, peaked in March Worst area code offenders: (020) London (0161) Manchester (0141) Glasgow (0113) Leeds (0121) Birmingham (01922) Walsall (01268) Basildon (0151) Liverpool (0115) Nottingham (01792) Swansea Top Scams in the UK: Car accident claims, 84% growth over the year, peaked in October PPI scam calls, 81% growth over the year, peaked in November Lucky winner, 64% growth over the year, peaked in October Loan scams, 85% growth over the year, peaked in August All inclusive holiday compensation, 91% growth over the year, peaked in October About HiyaHiya provides enhanced caller ID products and services designed to make the phone experience better. With a database of more over 1.5 billion unique numbers globally, Hiya leverages its expansive algorithms to identify unknown calls and texts and to monitor phone-based threats for consumers and businesses. Hiya screens more than 665 million incoming calls per month, and has detected more than one billion robo, telemarketing and scam calls and texts to date. Hiya is available as a consumer app on Google Android and iPhone and is integrated into the phone experience for T-Mobile and Samsung Galaxy S7 users worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.hiya.com. For more information on the survey, contact:Kate Hartley / Malini MajithiaCarrot Communications0203 770 5836 / kate.hartley@carrotcomms.co.uk

TalkTalk hacker gets iPhone taken away by Norwich Youth Court

Unnamed teen also gets rehabilitation order The 17-year-old lad who confessed to hacking crimes against TalkTalk was today slapped with a 12-month rehabilitation order and had his iPhone confiscated. The teen received the sentence, of sorts, at Norwich Youth Court where chairman of the bench Jean Bonnick reportedly told the unnamed individual: “Your IT skills will always be there - just use them legally in the future.” The boy’s hard drive, as well as his Jesus Mobe, were taken away from him, the court also confirmed. All in all it was very likely to have been a slightly unpleasant morning for him. The teen, who had used a hacking tool to reveal weak spots vulnerable to SQL injections on its website and shared them online, had previously told a magistrates court that gaining unauthorised access was just about “showing off to my mates”. He did not gain financially from the hack but the budget ISP’s website was targeted more than 14,000 time after the vulnerabilities were revealed. A breach in October 2015 actually impacted four per cent of TalkTalk customers, some 157,000 people. The budget ISP confirmed 15,656 of subscribers had had their bank account number and sort codes stolen in the incident and said the hack cost it £35m. As a result, thousands of customers abandoned TalkTalk's broadband services in the opening three months of this year, and TalkTalk was fined a record £400,000 by the ICO for allowing the attackers to access customers data "with ease". ICO boss Elizabeth Denham said TalkTalk had failed to implement the “most basic cyber security measures”. “In spite of its expertise and resources, when it came to the basic principles of cyber security, TalkTalk was found wanting,” she added. The teen had pleaded guilty in November to seven hacking charges. Two related to TalkTalk and others were connected to hacks of the website for Manchester and Cambridge Universities and martial arts badge provider Merit Badges. Three other men in the UK have been charged in connection to various offensives linked with the investigation to the multiple hacks and will get their day in court too. ® Sponsored: Customer Identity and Access Management

Three to appear in court over TalkTalk hack

Part of broader investigation into alleged data theft Three men are due to appear at the Old Bailey charged with various offences linked to an investigation into the mega TalkTalk hack a year ago. The investigation was launched in October 2015 by the Met's Falcon Cyber Crime Unit following the hack in which 157,000 of its customers' personal details were accessed. On Tuesday, 15 November, a 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty at Norwich Youth Court to seven offences under the Computer Misuse Act of 1990. The boy was arrested in Norwich on 3 November last year and subsequently charged. He is due to be sentenced at Norwich Youth Court on 13 December. The offences were all linked to the unauthorised access in October 2015 to data and programs on various organisations' websites including TalkTalk and Merit Badges as well as universities in Cambridge, Manchester, Sheffield, and Bournemouth. As part of the wider investigation, detectives have also arrested three other individuals. Daniel Kelley, of Llanelli, Wales, was charged on 26 September with various blackmail, cyber-crime and fraud offences, and is due to appear at the Old Bailey on Friday, 18 November. Matthew Hanley and Conner Douglas Allsopp, both from Tamworth, were charged on 26 September with cyber crime and fraud offences and are due to appear at the Old Bailey on Monday, 21 November. The investigation into the alleged data theft from the TalkTalk website is a joint investigation led by the Met's Cyber Crime Unit with support from Police Service Northern Ireland, Southern Wales Regional Organised Crime Unit, the National Crime Agency, and CERT UK (now the National Cyber Security Centre). ® Sponsored: Customer Identity and Access Management

Three Mobile, two alleged hackers, one big customer database heist

Records snatched in bid to get handsets UK carrier Three Mobile was the victim of a hacking scheme that has reportedly left the records of millions of customers exposed. According to multiple UK media reports citing both Three and the National Crime Agency (NCA), hackers gained access to a Three database containing the account details of possibly six million customers. Payment data, including bank account and card numbers, was not exposed, but the hackers did have access to customer names, addresses, phone numbers, and dates of birth. It is believed that the hackers used the database to find customers eligible for handset updates and then place orders for the new phones, intercepting the parcels as they arrived and reselling the stolen phones. Three has been quoted as saying it has seen an increase in phone thefts and upgrade scams recently, including at least eight cases of handset upgrades being ordered and then stolen while in transit.

Thefts at retail stores have also been on the rise. The NCA has arrested two men, one from Orpington, Kent, and the other from Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, on computer misuse allegations.

A third man was arrested for allegedly attempting to pervert the course of justice. This sort of scam isn't unknown.
In 2014 workers at an AT&T service contractor were found to have been stealing account info in order to unlock and resell stolen phones. Earlier this year, fellow UK carrier TalkTalk estimated that it had lost more than £60m as a result of a 2015 breach that exposed the account details of 156,000 customers. ® Sponsored: Customer Identity and Access Management

Join the Q: British intel agencies seek tech-savvy apprentices

GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 offer 'alternative to university' GCHQ, MI5 and MI6 are searching for would-be Qs, technically minded apprentices keen to cut their teeth working for British intelligence. Would-be tech quartermasters have until 14 November to get in their security service apprenticeship applications for this year's scheme. An apprenticeship "could be a tempting alternative to a university degree – and a unique start to a career" for "prospective programmers and tech-savvy talent", according to a UK government statement.

The apprenticeships offer a mix of classroom-based learning and practical experience that "could lead to a recognised qualification and, potentially, a full-time job". A spokesperson representing Careers in British Intelligence said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for recruits to get unique insights and perspectives into the work of the intelligence services.
In addition, the opportunity to do real hands-on work that makes a difference to keeping the country safe makes this apprenticeship exciting and different. We have been offering apprenticeships for a number of years and see a huge amount of value in them for our work." Two schemes are on offer.

The British Intelligence Higher Apprenticeship in IT, Software, Internet and Telecoms leads to a Foundation Degree and offers a year working in Cheltenham with placements at GCHQ or possibly in London with either MI5, MI6 or the National Crime Agency afterwards. The second programme offers a three-year technical apprenticeship based in the Greater Manchester area and leads to a BSc Honours Degree.

Apprentices will have the opportunity to build and maintain some of the world's most sophisticated electronic equipment. Participants in both schemes to earn a salary while they build up their technical expertise and develop soft skills like teamwork, communication and leadership. More details can be found on the GCHQ careers website. Former chancellor George Osborne last year promised that 1,900 new recruits would be hired by the intelligence agencies by 2020.

The agency faces an uphill struggle meeting these targets in a competitive marketplace with better salaries on offer from the private sector, as previously reported.

The apprenticeship scheme represents an attempt to nurture talent and bridge the skills gap. ® Sponsored: Customer Identity and Access Management