Honda halts Japan car plant after WannaCry virus hits computer network


News broke overnight that a Honda factory in Japan has ceased production this week due to a WannaCry infection on its network. The automaker shut production on Monday at its Sayama plant, northwest of Tokyo, which produces models including the Accord sedan, Odyssey Minivan and Step Wagon compact multipurpose vehicle and has a daily output of around 1,000 vehicles.

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Autonomous and Connected Technologies to Decrease Transportation Costs to Under 1$ per Mile

Frost & Sullivan explores data monetisation, telematics-based insurances and the challenges for policy makers at its “Intelligent Mobility” event

London, UK – June 22, 2017 – Cars will be an essential element of the connected living ecosystem by 2030. With the most advanced connected cars collecting on average 2.5–3 petabytes of data per year operated, OEMs will become data companies. As a result, they will look for opportunities to monetise the data they have at their disposal. This requires both, the smart implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into cars and all connected devices as well as innovative “as a service” business models. A panel at Frost & Sullivan’s Intelligent Mobility conference on the 29th of June in London will focus on the questions arising through these new opportunities.

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Honda factory hit with WannaCry ransomware attack


News broke this morning that Honda has hated production at its Japanese plant following discovering WannaCry ransomware in its systems.

Commenting on this, Mike Ahmadi, global director of critical systems security at Synopsys, said “A plant shutdown can cost millions of dollars per day in lost production and, in any event, is likely to far exceed the cost of the ransom. Attackers are likely to apply risk management techniques to their attacks going forward that will serve to help them get the most return for each attack. I am not saying this is what happened here, but once attacks become financially motivated, this becomes more likely. Organisations need to start calculating such attacks as very high likelihood, and prepare accordingly.”

UK leaders more concerned with cyber-threats than their global peers


Government committed to investing £1.9billion to protect nation from cyber-attacks

·        76% of UK CEO’s believe cyber risks to be a significant threat in 2017

?·        UK leaders more concerned about cyber-threats than their global peers (UK 76%; global 61%)

·        67% of UK businesses have spent money on their cyber security in the last 12 months

·        Information, communications and utilities sector will spend the most – at £19,500

Cyber security pros choose root canal surgery over a data breach

Lastline documents the pain data breaches cause security professionals

London, UK. – June 21st 2017 – Lastline, Inc., the leader in advanced malware protection, today announced the results of a survey conducted at Infosecurity Europe 2017. It found that 44 percent of security professionals would rather have root canal surgery than make the dreaded walk of shame to the boardroom to explain that they’ve suffered a data breach.

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The Power Of Smartphones And Radiation

?Research from the University of Lund, Sweden, shows that mobile phones can be used to reveal whether or not you’ve been exposed to radiation

?According to tests, the materials within a phone can be used to analyse radiation levels as many as six years after exposure

?An agreement has been made with the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority to implement the practice and improve emergency planning

?X-Ray protection manufacturer Rothband advises tourists visiting ‘exclusion zones’ on how to protect themselves from radiation


X-Ray protection manufacturer Rothband has published an in-depth guide to ‘dark tourism’, lending its insights into the culture of dangerous travel locations and, in particular, areas affected by radiation.


According to research conducted by the University of Lund, Sweden, aluminum oxide resistors contained within mobile phones can be analysed for traces of radiation. Radiation levels can be detected for six years from the date of exposure, making this a promising defence against the terror threat and the prevention of ‘dirty bombs’.


Rothband has conducted its own research, which reveals almost 70% of people would ‘definitely not’ take their holiday at a site previously affected by radiation. You can see this survey below:

According to Dylan Harris, Managing Director at Lupine Travel, a UK tour company specialising in unique travel destinations, there are some interesting figures regarding how many travel to Chernobyl:


“We send around 300 people a year to Chernobyl. The numbers used to be higher but they were really affected by the outbreak of the civil war in Ukraine in 2014. They have recently started to recover though.


“We get a wide range of ages visiting Chernobyl, but around 50% of the clients are aged from 20-35.”


There are ways those taking a trip to Chernobyl can protect themselves – you can read about them here, in Rothband’s guide.


Paul Dixon, Managing Director at Rothband, says the discovery is a great step towards securing safer visiting conditions and radiation safety as a whole:


“Technology has always moved quickly with regards to anti-radiation equipment, and this discovery is no exception. Places such as Chernobyl have used similar systems before, but this is much more sophisticated and backed by research.


“The statistics from the survey are surprising. Without this discovery alone there are still plenty of ways to stay safe in these kinds of locations, and yet the majority wouldn’t consider it.


“I’m sure that with more resources and protective methods the numbers should tip in favour of visiting – there are some great historic locations, and if you are interested in them you shouldn’t be put off.”