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Hacked firms mistaking NCSC staff for pranksters

Hacked firms mistaking NCSC staff for pranksters

Technology
Businesses contacted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are mistaking the intelligence agency staff for pranksters. The NCSC, which opened as the defensive arm of GCHQ in 2016, contacts organisations following cyber security breaches and attacks to confirm details and offer advice.A number of organisations which have suffered security incidents have mistaken these contacts and failed to engage with the agency, Sky News has learned.When the agency opened, the deputy director for its incident management directorate, Peter Yapp, explained the environment around its outreach work to businesses."If something [regarding a cyber incident and your company] breaks in the press, I'll get a call from someone in government," Mr Yapp was quoted in The Register, before adding t...
FDA staff backs epilepsy drug made from cannabis plant

FDA staff backs epilepsy drug made from cannabis plant

Health
April 17 (UPI) -- Staff members at the Food and Drug Administration have approved an experimental drug made from a marijuana plant that is used to treat seizures associated with two rare forms of epilepsy affecting children.The FDA briefing document, released Tuesday, was prepared before an advisory committee meeting scheduled for Thursday. The next step is for the FDA commissioners to approve the drug.Epidiolex, manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals, was studied to treat Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which are rare forms of epilepsy most resistant to other treatment that affect children 2 years old and older.The drug is given as a syrup with strawberry flavoring and includes cannabidiol, an active ingredient found in marijuana. But it contains less than 0.1 percent of tetrahyd...
Google staff protest against Pentagon work

Google staff protest against Pentagon work

Technology
Thousands of staff at Google are protesting against the company's work with the Pentagon's surveillance drones programme.Called Project Maven, the programme uses Google technology to automate the analysis of objects in the enormous amount of images that are captured by the Department of Defense's unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).More than 3,100 staff signatures have been attached to a letter addressed to chief executive Sundar Pichai which is circulating inside Google with a request that the company pull out of the project.According to a copy of the letter published by The New York Times, the letter states: "We believe that Google should not be in the business of war."Therefore we ask that Project Maven be cancelled, and that Google draft, publicise and enforce a clear policy stating that n...
Sacked Tillerson urges staff to stay in posts

Sacked Tillerson urges staff to stay in posts

World
Outgoing US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said he will remain at the White House until the end of the month to ensure a "smooth and orderly transition".In a statement to reporters hours after Donald Trump sacked him in a tweet to the public, Mr Tillerson paid tribute to those who work in the department.And he urged those who have been working for him to "remain at their post and continue our mission"."We all took the same oath of office," he said, adding: "We are all bound by that common commitment - to support and defend the constitution... to bear true faith and allegiance to the same, and to faithfully discharge the duties of our office."Mr Tillerson was dismissed following months of speculation over the former ExxonMobil CEO's position.Image:Mr Pompeo has been nominated as Secre...
Maplin staff let go as buyer remains elusive

Maplin staff let go as buyer remains elusive

Technology
Administrators for Maplin have announced the first job losses at the electricals chain since its collapse last week and warned of looming store closures.PwC said head office workers - 55 in London and eight in Rotherham - were being made redundant.The retailer left 2,500 roles hanging in the balance when it missed a deadline to raise finances through a rescue deal - a move first reported by Sky News.The collapse sealed a horrific day for the high street as Toys R Us UK had confirmed its demise just an hour earlier - also succumbing to pressures on the sector including weak consumer confidence and high costs.PwC said on Thursday: "Unfortunately, it has not been possible to secure a buyer for the business."While the administrators remain open to interest from potential buyers, it has been ne...