Ransomware: Why do 70 per cent of businesses pay up?

The vulnerability of a business to cybercrime isn’t a lesson anybody wants to learn the hard way

Ransomware: Why do 70 per cent of businesses pay up?A type of malware that encrypts computer data until the owner pays a fee for its release, ransomware has been around almost as long as the internet has, with a questionably named trojan made in 1989 serving as the progenitor for more modern and sophisticated variants like CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, and Locky. It’s not the vintage…

Video game Beat Cop soon wears out its welcome

This throwback pixel art game honours 1980s cop shows, but it tends to tedium – with some unsettling racist and homophobic elements thrown in

Video game Beat Cop soon wears out its welcomeReview: Beat Cop Developer: Pixel Crow Publisher: 11 bit Studios Platform: PC, Mac, Linux Price: $16.99 (Steam) Rating: none currently, lots of mature content Beat Cop is a balancing act. Ultimately, the scales of justice tip the wrong way. You play as (now stay with me) a beat cop. You’re a recently-demoted detective, framed for…

Twenty predictions for the coming year

20 critical trends scenarios that we could see emerging and evolving by the end of 2017

Twenty predictions for the coming year2016 was an unprecedented year, with massive global political upheaval, the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and centre stage being taken by issues such as ‘post-truth’, resurgent nationalism, and technological unemployment. With the world now more accustomed to such seismic agenda changing developments, I decided to turn my thoughts to the future by identifying 20 critical trends…

Exploring the world of the cars of the future

Sales of cars of the future will be less about than one-off product sales than a digital service platform with recurring revenue streams

Exploring the world of the cars of the futureTomorrow's leaders in the automotive sector will need to be deeply connected to the world around them to ensure that they’re truly aware of potentially disruptive current and emerging developments taking place across the sector and in the broader environment. However, as we look to the future, there are few facts about what has yet…

It’s high time to hold social media platforms accountable

A U.S. law basically provides social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter de facto worldwide immunity from litigation

It’s high time to hold social media platforms accountableMany of us have probably regretted something we posted on Facebook – or had posted about us – but how many of us have ever thought about suing this powerful social media company? A 14-year-old Northern Ireland girl is doing just that. She is suing after a nude photo of her was posted on a…

Dear Earls: your beef dilemma is already solved

Canadian cattle producers are justifiably proud of their humane treatment of their animals

Dear Earls: your beef dilemma is already solvedDear Earls, Congratulations on your renewed commitment to sourcing beef from here at home. Canada’s beef-eaters and producers applaud you. The good news is that there is already plenty of beef in Canada to meet your humane treatment requirements. (It’s actually illegal to raise cattle any other way.) The challenge, as you’ve discovered, is in…

It’s time to get serious about tracking our beef

Producers have the tools to prove our product's quality to the world; they just need to use them

It’s time to get serious about tracking our beefCanada's beef industry may be on the verge of a significant upswing, but it will take concerted co-operation from producers. After another export-threatening case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was reported in Canada last year (and, nine months later, deemed an isolated incident), South Korea has reopened its borders to Canadian beef. That’s great news…

How Uber dodges paying tax in Canada

Uber uses a scheme called Double Dutch to avoid paying any taxes in Canada

How Uber dodges paying tax in CanadaWhy would anyone object to Uber, the user-friendly on-line drive-share service? Uber’s many riders obviously love it, but it seems civic officials are having conniptions. Their main complaint is that Uber drivers are unlicensed to carry passengers and may not have adequate insurance. In addition, officials are genuinely concerned that the presence of Uber creates…
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