March 25 2021
Welcome to Thursday’s news overview, here’s where we keep you up to date on the latest technology updates, cybersecurity news, and more. Here’s what’s going on in the tech world today:
The house of Burberry has partnered with Tencent to design virtual outfits for one of China’s biggest video games
British heritage brand Burberry has joined the likes of Louis Vuitton and Prada by partnering with a games developer and kitting out video game characters. In this instance, the partnership is between Burberry and TiMi Studios, which is owned by Tencent, the Chinese conglomerate that either owns or has shares in the companies that have brought us Clash of Clans, Fortnite, and Assassin’s Creed.
What do the characters in “Honor of Kings” and MC Devvo have in common? Well, thanks to this partnership, they’re both kitted out in the finest Burberry check. Unfortunately for UK nova check fans, the Burberry print character skins will only be available in mainland China. Read more here.
Cyber-criminals have targeted IoT giant Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless has become the latest organisation to be targeted by hackers, via a seriously painful ransomware attack. This disruption has severely affected the organisation’s production lines across multiple sites, as well as other internal operations, and this will no doubt have a knock on effect on businesses that rely on their solutions, especially considering that Sierra Wireless is widely considered to be the world’s leading Internet of Things solution provider.
Thankfully, the tech giant was able to move quickly once staff learned of the attack. Sierra’s operations and IT teams collaborated with third-part advisors to counter the attack ethically, and are currently working towards bringing internal IT systems back online. So far, it seems that only internal systems were affected, as the organisation keeps internal and customer facing products and services separate. Read more here.
FatFace’s cyber-attack has had some worrying consequences for the brand’s staff
Today is not a good day to be a FatFace employee; the retailer suffered a cyber-attack in January and have only just got round to warning people. The first lot of victims were the retailer’s customers, whose personal data may have been compromised when cyber-criminals targeted the organisation. Although FatFace asked customers to keep the breach private, some (understandably) angry customers took to social media to make the situation known to the wider public, and also to ask: why are they only just being told about it now?
Although you wouldn’t think it could get much worse, FatFace staff can tell you that it definitely can. An anonymous employee has alerted the press to the fact that FatFace’s workforce may have also had their details compromised too. Staff’s banking details, address, contact info, payment card details, and NI numbers may have all been compromised – potentially putting them at risk of identity theft.
To be fair, following this breach, FatFace has offered any affected team members free Experian Identity Plus membership for 12 months, which means they’ll be able to keep an eye on their accounts for any signs of identity fraud. Although this might be another case of “too little, too late.” Read more here.
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