Weekly News Highlights | AI continues to stir up controversy, a new supply chain attack has emerged, report finds prejudice in UK's tech sector

April 3rd

AI continues to stir up controversy

AI has once again dominated the news cycle, as such, we have a collection of stories to share.

In a global first, ChatGPT has been banned in Italy pending a data protection investigation. Italy's data protection agency has alleged that OpenAI has "no legal basis that justifies the massive collection and storage of personal data in order to 'train' the algorithms underlying the operation".

In the same week, key figures in tech have signed an open letter warning of the risks of unchecked AI development and recommending that AI development be suspended until regulators can catch up.

Meanwhile Microsoft, who have invested heavily in OpenAI, are rolling out Security Copilot -  a new AI powered tool designed to improve threat detection and response efforts.

Read more here, here, and here.

A new supply chain attack has emerged

A new supply chain attack has been identified that uses 3CX's voice and video calling client to target downstream customers. 3CX's phone system is used by over 600,000 organisations worldwide, leaving 12 million users potentially open to attack.

The attack uses a trojanised 3CX app installer to install infostealer malware inside corporate networks. It is not known how many organisation have been compromised, but 3CX is urging customers to uninstall and reinstall the app.

Read more here.

Report finds prejudice in UK's tech sector

As part of a toolkit commissioned by the Department for Science, Innovation & Technology, Colorintech have released a report detailing prejudice found in the UK's tech sector.

This government-backed report has revealed that 61% of ethnic minority workers in the UK tech sector have experienced discrimination in the last 24 months. In addition to this, 79% of ethnic workers surveyed believed they had been offered a lower salary than expected.

Read more here.

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