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NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm

NHS facing legal challenge over data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm

Technology
The NHS is facing a legal challenge over its data deal with controversial Silicon Valley firm Palantir, Sky News can reveal.Palantir, which has become notorious for its close ties to security services and immigration agencies in the United States, secured its first ever deal to handle NHS data in March last year for the nominal sum of £1. The court case against the health service, which was announced today, could force it to reconsider the contract, which was extended in December 2020 and is now worth £23.5m.Live COVID updates from the UK and around the world The lawsuit is the latest challenge over procurement during the pandemic, which has become a highly contentious topic in recent months, with critics accusing the government of favouring its own contacts. ...
‘Hedge trimmer’ fish facing global extinction

‘Hedge trimmer’ fish facing global extinction

Science
Peter KyneThey are the most extraordinary of fish, resembling "hedge trimmers with fins".The sawfish, which is a kind of ray, is also among the most endangered of the fish living in the oceans.Once found along the coastlines of 90 countries, the animals are now presumed extinct in more than half of these, according to a new study. They are vanishing due to habitat loss and entanglement in fishing nets, experts have said.Their "saws", which evolved to sense and attack prey, have now become a liability, making them prone to being caught up in fishing gear."Through the plight of sawfish, we are documenting the first cases of a wide-ranging marine fish being driven to local extinction by overfishing," said Prof Nick Dulvy of Simon Fraser University (SFU) in British Columbia, Canada.'Time is ru...
US hospitals facing ‘increased and imminent cybercrime threat’, FBI warns

US hospitals facing ‘increased and imminent cybercrime threat’, FBI warns

Technology
Cybercriminals could soon paralyse the US healthcare system with a ransomware attack, which has already hit five hospitals and four other facilities, the FBI has warned.In an alert on Wednesday, the FBI said it had credible evidence of an "increased and imminent cybercrime threat" to healthcare providers nationwide. They warned the fraudsters behind the ransomware, which is called Ryuk, want to steal data and disrupt healthcare services.They do this by scrambling their victims' data, making it impossible to understand, then demanding money to decode it again, the alert from the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services said.The attack, which has already affected five hospitals this week, as well as four other healthcare institutions, could spread furt...
U.S., South Korea alliance facing setback, ex-U.S. commander says

U.S., South Korea alliance facing setback, ex-U.S. commander says

World
NEW YORK, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- A standoff in defense burden sharing negotiations between the United States and South Korea are raising concerns of an unraveling of the alliance, as both sides look toward upcoming elections. U.S. Gen. Vincent Brooks, former commander of U.S. Forces Korea and the Combined Forces Command, said Tuesday at a virtual symposium hosted by the Institute for Corean-American Studies in Washington the emphasis on national self-interest is endangering a 70-year-old "blood-forged" alliance. Advertisement "There is a drifting right now" amid political motivation in most countries, Brooks said. U.S. and South Korean administrations need to "hold a high standard." Brooks, who served as U.S. Forces Korea commander from 2016 to 2018, also said the increase in nationalistic view...
Report: Google facing onslaught of antitrust cases in US

Report: Google facing onslaught of antitrust cases in US

Technology
The Wall Street Journal reported that federal and state regulators are preparing to file antitrust lawsuits alleging that Google has abused its dominance of online search and advertising to stifle competition and boost its profitsByThe Associated PressMay 16, 2020, 12:26 AM3 min read3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleMOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Federal and state regulators in the U.S. are preparing to file antitrust lawsuits alleging Google has abused its dominance of online search and advertising to stifle competition and and boost its profits, according to a report published Friday. The Wall Street Journal cited unidentified people familiar with the probes in a story about the upcoming offensive by the U.S. Justice Department and the attorneys general fr...