This week’s newsletter starts with a must-read piece on the story behind the massive cyberattack that took place during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Olympics and the actions that the IT team took to combat this attack. We then cover a path-breaking initiative taken by medical researchers in Singapore, to create the first genetic databank. This databank is expected to offer insights into inherited diseases among Asian populations. The next article is regarding Intel’s plans to publicly disclose critical pay data with information on gender and race, setting the company apart from others in the tech industry. Also covered, is a thought-provoking post published on the World Economic Forum website, which highlights the potential of technology and big data to alleviate some of the world’s most pressing challenges such as climate change, global pandemics, and human trafficking. Following that is the recently updated Global Hunger Index for 2019, where countries have been ranked with the intent to comprehensively measure and track hunger at global, regional, and national levels. Lastly, the newsletter includes a video in which the famous ex-fraudster Frank Abagnale, explains the reasons behind data breaches, by taking us through the infamous Equifax data breach case.
The Untold Story of the 2018 Olympics Cyberattack, the Most Deceptive Hack in History
Just before 8 pm on February 9, 2018, high in the northeastern mountains of South Korea, Sang-jin Oh was sitting on a plastic chair a few dozen rows up from the floor of Pyeongchang’s vast, pentagonal Olympic Stadium.
First genetic databank in Singapore to help healthcare practitioners in Asia make more accurate diagnosis
Medical researchers here created the first genetic databank which will give better insights on inherited diseases among Asian populations. These insights will help medical practitioners make more accurate diagnoses and allow for early prevention of diseases.
Intel Says It Will Share Pay Data Most Companies Keep Secret
Intel Corp. says it will publicly release employee pay data, broken down by race and gender later this year. For the first time, every company with more than 100 employees is required to report the same to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but the agency keeps the filings private, unless a company voluntarily discloses it.
It’s time we harnessed Big Data for good
Technology and data have transformed the way we live, work and play. So far, the outcomes have been mixed. While we are undoubtedly more connected and better informed, we’re simultaneously more anxious about the pace of change and our personal privacy.
2019 Global Hunger Index by Severity
The 2019 Global Hunger Index (GHI) indicates that the level of hunger and undernutrition worldwide falls on the cusp of the moderate and serious categories.
The great hack: A famous fraudster explains the Equifax data breach | Frank Abagnale
“Hackers don’t cause data breaches, people working in the company do. Companies need to do a better job in protecting the information”, Frank Abagnale.