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Eurobites: UK Agencies Fuel Cyber Fears

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Chancellor Merkel on cyber alert; Nokia takes the train in Malaysia; "fit and proper" test for Sky; WiFi kiosks for London's Southwark.

  • The UK's National Crime Agency and National Cyber Security Centre have issued a joint report highlighting the increasing dangers of connected devices, from smartphones and fitness trackers to fridges. As the BBC reports, the report focuses on the issue of so-called ransomware, which can make the affected device unusable until a ransom payment is made to whoever is behind the attack, and botnets, which can wreak havoc within the Internet of Things. "Consumer goods and industrial systems combined with the ever increasing commercial footprint online provides threat actors with more attack vectors than ever before," warns the report. And we thought Fitbits were meant to make you feel better about yourself…

  • And, on a similar tack, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a conference today that protecting the country's infrastructure from cyber attacks was a top priority for her government. As Reuters reports, she pointed to cyber-shenanigans in Ukraine as a warning of what could happen closer to home.

  • Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has provided the backbone transmission network based on IP/MPLS technology for a mass rapid transit network in Malaysia. The work was carried out in combination with LG CNS, a South Korea-based systems integrator.

  • As 21st Century Fox looks to take control of UK pay-TV giant Sky , regulator Ofcom has confirmed that it will be carrying out an assessment of whether Sky is a "fit and proper" company to be a broadcaster prior to any takeover being approved. (See 21st Century Fox Confirms $14.6B Bid for Sky.)

  • The Southwark district of London is set to become the second area of the UK capital (Camden was the first) to offer free public WiFi, free phone calls and various other digital services via LinkUK street kiosks. LinkUK is a partnership between BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), Intersection (the company behind the LinkNYC kiosks in New York) and advertising company Primesight. The services will be funded by advertising carried on the kiosk's digital displays. (See LinkNYC Now Live in All 5 Boroughs.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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