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Last Week in Tech - November 8, 2021

Jamie Nightingale

8 November, 2021

It's been another riveting week in the world of technology, so grab a cuppa and let's delve into the details!

 

Squid Game

 

There may come a week where I don’t have a cybersecurity story to write about with disparaging overtones, but I strongly doubt it.

 

There really is no escaping this show. From lazy Halloween costumes to cryptocurrency, everyone is jumping on the Squid Game bandwagon, including cybercriminals. Piggybacking on the latest piece of South Korean culture to sweep the Western World, these bad actors are circulating files that contain both references to the Netflix show and malware on unofficial app stores, malicious websites, and emails. Can’t say they’re not creative.

 

COP26

 

At the time of writing, there seems to be a lot of good news coming out of the summit in Glasgow. Modi has committed India to net-zero targets and Piers Morgan has called a teenager, Greta Thunberg, “very annoying”, which was mature of him.

 

Alongside this great stuff, 40 world leaders have committed to a global plan to encourage private investment in green and sustainable technologies in high carbon sectors, such as agriculture and sustainability. Labelled as the Glasgow Breakthroughs, it represents a real step for climate action shifting from political rhetoric to economic activity. Fingers crossed the momentum continues in this direction.

 

 Facebook's all great apparently 

 

Remember the 2010 election? Remember when the biggest political controversy was Gordon Brown calling a voter bigoted? We did not know how good we had it. Well, Nick Clegg is back and is falling in my esteem again.

 

In the wake of whistle-blower’s Frances Haugen recent rampant criticism of the social media platform, claiming it actively promotes hate and societal divide, Clegg came out to deflect, stating the majority of the posts shared on the platform are wholesome family content and that Facebook is a young company that’s still learning.

 

In the world of PR reputation management is everything. This response doesn’t speak of a well-planned crisis comms strategy.