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Platform Industry: Hackers and cyber security

Biden orders probe of latest ransomware attack

President Biden has said he has directed US intelligence agencies to investigate who was behind a sophisticated ransomware attack that hit hundreds of American businesses and led t...

Tim Berners Lee

World Wide Web source code NFT sells for $5.4 million at Sotheby’s

A blockchain-based token representing the original source code for the World Wide Web written by its inventor Tim Berners-Lee sold for $5.4 million at Sotheby’s in an online ...

SentinelOne

Cybersecurity firm SentinelOne valued at nearly $11 billion in public debut

Shares of security software provider SentinelOne Inc jumped 21.4% in their US stock market debut on Wednesday, giving the company a market capitalization of nearly $11 billion.

UK Diplomacy

UK and Singapore launch talks on digital trade agreement

This coming week, the United Kingdom and Singapore are due to start negotiations on a new digital trade agreement that could remove barriers, part of London’s push to become ...

Platform News: SolarWinds

Microsoft says new breach discovered in probe of suspected SolarWinds hackers

Microsoft said on Friday an attacker had won access to one of its customer-service agents and then used information from that to launch hacking attempts against customers.

Ant Group

China’s Ant highlights distinction between NFTs and cryptocurrencies

China’s Ant Group has sought to draw a distinction between non-fungible tokens (NFTs) available on its platforms and cryptocurrencies currently subject to a crackdown by Beij...

Platform News: State backed hackers, cyber crime and cyber security

Like the Terminator, high-tech cyber crime to ‘keep coming’

Businesses worldwide are fighting sophisticated data scientists as they battle to protect their data-rich computers from cyber crime – and the costly attacks are not going to...

Platform News: Bitcoin and the rise of cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin slumps further as China tightens crypto crackdown

Bitcoin has tumbled to a two-week low on China’s expanding crackdown on bitcoin mining, as investors grew more uncertain about the future of the leading cryptocurrency.

Platform Economy: SEC

US SEC probing SolarWinds clients over cyber breach disclosures

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has opened a probe into last year’s SolarWinds cyber breach, focusing on whether some companies failed to disclose that they had bee...

Bitcoin China

China’s cryptocurrency-mining crackdown spreads to Sichuan

China’s crackdown on cryptocurrency “mining” has extended to the southwest province of Sichuan, where authorities ordered cryptocurrency mining projects closed in...

US Department of Commerce

Chinese apps could face subpoenas or bans under Biden order

US President Biden’s executive order aimed at safeguarding Americans’ sensitive data would force some Chinese apps to take tougher measures to protect private informati...

Google Cloud

Google’s cloud taps AMD for new service as chip wars heat up

AMD and Alphabet’s Google Cloud have said Google will offer cloud computing services based on AMD’s newest data center chip, a move likely to intensify AMD’s push...

Chipmakers

US senators propose 25% tax credit for semiconductor manufacturing

A bipartisan group of US senators have proposed a 25% tax credit for investments in semiconductor manufacturing as Congress works to increase US chip production.

Platform News: Semiconductor and chipmaker nvidia

Nvidia to invest at least $100 million in UK supercomputer, CEO says

Nvidia Corp’s chief executive has said the company will spend at least $100 million on a supercomputer in the United Kingdom.