Industry Round-Up for the W/E 6th April 2012

Industry Round-Up for the W/E 6TH APRIL 2012

Print your own chocolate Easter Egg or promotional gifts and more cyber legislation from the EU are some of the topics picked from this weeks industry news.

  • Half a million Mac computers ‘infected with malware’
  • Businesses could be liable for criminal offences under proposed cyber attack laws
  • Chocolate printer to go on sale after Easter
  • Printing’s death has been greatly exaggerated
  • Hacker stole 8m personal details

Half a Million Mac Computers ‘Infected with Malware’

BBC News Technology report that more than half a million Apple computers have been infected with the Flashback Trojan, according to a Russian anti-virus firm.

Its report claims that about 600,000 Macs have installed the malware – potentially allowing them to be hijacked and used as a “botnet”.

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Businesses Could be Liable for Criminal Offences Under Proposed Cyber Attack Laws

Companies will be liable for any cyber attacks that others commit “for their benefit” under legislative plans approved by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee report Pinsent Masons

“Legal persons would be liable for offences committed for their benefit (e.g. a company would be liable for hiring a hacker to get access to a competitor’s database), whether deliberately or through a lack of supervision” the European Parliament said in a statement

Chocolate Printer to Go on Sale After Easter

The UK scientists who developed a prototype chocolate printer last year say they have now perfected it.

Lead scientist Dr Liang Hao, from the University of Exeter, told the BBC

“You just need to melt some chocolate, fill a syringe that is stored in the printer, and get creative printing your chocolate.”

Printing’s Death has been Greatly Exaggerated

Mark Piesing from The Guardian reports that far from killing off printing, the rise of mobile devices and apps may turn out to be its saviour.

Download one of the apps for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices – and there in the palm of your hand you will have what analyst Gary Peterson is describing as not merely the future of printing, but the saviour of printing.

Read the entire article here.

Hacker Stole 8m Personal Details

A hacker, Edward Pearson, who stole a staggering eight million personal details has been jailed for 26 months report BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Pearson coded trojan viruses called Zeus, SpyEye and Python to scan the internet looking for personal details. On PayPal alone, he accessed the details of 200,000 accounts, the Daily Mail reports.