Internet giant Yahoo has revealed more than one billion user accounts may be affected by a hacking attack. This marks the biggest cyber hack to date, with the attack dating back to 2013. It’s separate from a data loss in 2014 when 500 million accounts were accessed. The news comes at a critical juncture for Yahoo, who is trying to sell its core businesses to the telecoms and media company Verizon. Matt Cox spoke to Peter Church, Counsel specialising in data privacy at law firm Linklaters, to find out the consequences.
In his Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond has revealed a plan to unlock a billion pounds worth of new finance to help firms grow and resist overseas takeovers because of the weak pound. Share Radio's Matt Cox heard from tech consultant Chris Green to find out more.
Experts in the field of cyber crime will gather today at the Cyber Security Summit in London to debate the biggest threats towards Britain and businesses. To find out more, Share Radio's Matt Cox spoke to Cal Leeming - he became the UK's youngest convicted hacker, arrested when he was just 12 years old. Leeming is now a security advisor, and has spent the last eight years working as a software engineer and systems architect in Silicon Valley.
Snapchat is going for a share float, and it could be the largest technology listing in years. Social media platform's owner Snap, is said to be testing the water for a valuation of between 20 to 25 billion dollars. Since it started in 2012, the company has experienced phenomenal growth. It now has more than 100 million daily active users, of whom some 60% are in the key 13-24 age bracket that advertisers are so desperate to hook. But will fickle young users stay loyal if something new comes along, and are they the most lucrative market to tap for advertising? Share Radio's Matt Cox spoke to Leslie Pfrang, Partner at Class V Group, which works to prepare companies when going public and handling the IPO process, to discuss what Snapchat's move means for the IPO market.
Vaughan Rowsell, Founder of Vend, a New Zealand tech business, and Alex Fala CEO of the company, joined Share Radio to talk about the New Zealand tech economy. They also shared their thoughts on the recent earthquake that has struck New Zealand's South Island.
Its China's Singles Day, also known as "bare sticks holiday". What began as an antidote to Valentine's Day has now become a spending fest, with Chinese consumers shelling out almost £6bn online last year. Matthew Crabbe is Director of Research in the Asia Pacific region for industry researchers Mintel. He told Share Radio that this year's singles day promises to put Black Friday in the shade.
As promotions and marketing activity shifts online, fraudsters are following suit. Advertisers are vulnerable because they have to rely on data detailing consumers visits to websites or clicks on ads. And it’s that data on online behaviour which is increasingly being faked - so advertisers pay for non- existent viewings of their messages. Recent studies have suggested that worldwide, markets could soon be wasting billions on digital advertising that is never seen. Rupert Staines, European MD of RadiumOne, joined Share Radio to talk on this.
Twitter's announcement that it will shut down its Vine video service and cut 9% of its workforce, put the future of the social media platform in question. Jerry Daykin, Global Digital Partnet at Carat, joined Share Radio to discuss.
A computer software was used to predict the results of nearly 600 past cases from the European Court of Human Rights - it managed to match the human judges' verdicts with 79% accuracy. So does this mean computers could help serve up justice in the future? Share Radio's Matt Cox heard from Dr Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis, Law Lecturer at the University of Sheffield and co-author of the research.
Many banks are looking into new ways to replace the password. But is the tech contained in our smartphones good enough to protect our assets, or is this another fad being leapt on by banks trying to appeal to the younger and tech savvy generation? Matt Cox spoke to Meaghan Johnson, Co-Founder and Director of Research at fintech thinktank 11:FS, about why there is so much interest in this area.