Category Archives: Europe

Swedish court tells ISP to block The Pirate Bay in the country

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Another day, another court order against The Pirate Bay (TPB). This time, the Patent and Market Court of Sweden has ordered the telephone company and mobile network operator Telia to block The Pirate Bay and other torrenting websites including NyaFilmer, FMovies, and Dreamfilm in the country. According to TorrentFreak, the interim order came after a complaint filed by a […]

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Google will start charging licensing fee for its Android apps in Europe

Google to charge device makers in Europe for Android apps in response to EU fine

Google will start charging a licensing fee for Android device makers who want to pre-install apps like Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube on handsets sold in Europe. The announcement made by Google comes in response to a record $5 billion EU antitrust fine.

For those unaware, the EU Commission in July this year had imposed on Google a record $5 billion (4.34 billion euros) fine for illegally abusing the dominance of its Android operating system. Back then, EU said that the U.S. tech giant has been unlawfully using Android’s near-monopoly since 2011 to improve usage of its own search engine and browser and to strengthen its dominant position in general Internet search.

Google argued that “Android has created more choice, not less”. It also said that pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with other apps helped it fund the development and free distribution of Android. Hence, earlier this month, Google challenged the $5 billion fine imposed by EU antitrust regulators and filed an appeal at the General Court of the European Union.

While the appeal is still pending, Google is working on to comply with EU’s decision. The search giant will change how it bundles its apps on Android phones and also end restrictions on phone makers selling modified or “forked” versions of the mobile operating system.

“First, we’re updating the compatibility agreements with mobile device makers that set out how Android is used to develop smartphones and tablets. Going forward, Android partners wishing to distribute Google apps may also build non-compatible, or forked, smartphones and tablets for the European Economic Area (EEA), said the company in a blog post.

“Second, device manufacturers will be able to license the Google mobile application suite separately from the Google Search App or the Chrome browser. Since the pre-installation of Google Search and Chrome together with our other apps helped us fund the development and free distribution of Android, we will introduce a new paid licensing agreement for smartphones and tablets shipped into the EEA. Android will remain free and open source.

“Third, we will offer separate licenses to the Google Search app and to Chrome.”

The company also added, “We’ll also offer new commercial agreements to partners for the non-exclusive pre-installation and placement of Google Search and Chrome. As before, competing apps may be pre-installed alongside ours.”

The new licensing options could work in favor of device makers, as they will no longer require to accept all Google apps as a bundle. However, on the downside, the device makers will have to bear additional cost for installation of preferred apps, which they will eventually pass on to consumers by slightly increasing prices of the devices they sell.

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The new changes are expected to come in effect from October 29, 2018, for all new smartphones and tablets launched in the EEA. While Google has not announced what the fee structure will be, it will only apply for devices that are intended for sale in the 31 member countries of the EEA.

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Top strategic predictions for IT organizations and users in 2019 and beyond

Gartner revealed its top predictions for 2019 and beyond. Gartner’s top predictions examine three fundamental effects of continued digital innovation: artificial intelligence (AI) and skills, cultural advancement, and processes becoming products that result from increased digital capabilities and the emergence of continuous conceptual change in technology. “As the advance of technology concepts continues to outpace the ability of enterprises to keep up, organizations now face the possibility that so much change will increasingly seem chaotic. … More

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GreyEnergy group targeting critical infrastructure with espionage

ESET has uncovered details of a successor to the BlackEnergy APT group. Named GreyEnergy by ESET, this threat actor focuses on espionage and reconnaissance, quite possibly in preparation for future cyber-sabotage attacks. BlackEnergy has been terrorizing Ukraine for years and rose to prominence in December 2015 when they caused a blackout that left 230,000 people without electricity – the first-ever blackout caused by a cyberattack. Around the time of that incident, ESET researchers began detecting … More

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You gotta fight, for your right, to erasure

According to Article 17 of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), all personal data that is no longer necessary must be removed and deleted. This aspect of the law, also known as “the right to erasure,” grants any user or customer the right to request that an organization deletes all data related or associated to them without undue delay, within 30 days. Moreover, the regulation carries heavy fines if a business does not … More

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SIE Europe: Data sharing initiative to combat cybercrime launches

SIE Europe emerged from stealth mode to launch an initiative to enable European organisations to contribute and share Internet data. This consortium advances the detection and mitigation of phishing, malware and other targeted cyberattacks against their networks. Deutsche Telekom AG, one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies, and DCSO Deutsche Cyber-Sicherheitsorganisation GmbH, a competence center and managed security service provider for the German economy, have signed agreements with SIE Europe UG to participate in … More

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Poor security behavior still evident in most industry sectors

Security behaviors are poor across most industry sectors in Europe and the Unites States regardless of the employees attitudes towards security. In the largest study on security culture to date, the Norwegian software company CLTRe AS reveals data from more than 20,000 employees, across seven languages. Security Culture Report 2018 key findings Poor security behavior is evident in most industry sectors The Real estate sector is consistently worse in cybersecurity culture than any other sector … More

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French cybersecurity agency open sources security hardened CLIP OS

After developing it internally for over 10 years, the National Cybersecurity Agency of France (ANSSI) has decided to open source CLIP OS, a Linux-based operating system developed “to meet the specific needs of the [French] administration,” and is asking outside coders to contribute to its development. About CLIP OS “The CLIP OS project is lead and maintained by developers from the ANSSI but most of the source code resulting in the final CLIP OS system … More

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A law enforcement view of emerging cybercrime threats

Cybercriminals are adopting creative new techniques to target their victims at an unprecedented pace and are constantly seeking methods to avoid law enforcement detection. To stay ahead of them, law enforcement should target cybercriminals offering “off-the-shelf” cyber-attack services or products to make it more difficult for low-level cybercriminals to carry out high-level attacks. Europol’s fifth annual Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), offers a unique law enforcement view of the emerging threats and key developments … More

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DanaBot has been targeting European Nations

Security experts at ESET have found a huge surge of activity in the DanaBot banking Trojan since it has been

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New Ransomware Named PyLocky Discovered

Security experts at Trend Micro have found a new Ransomware strain named PyLocky which has been involved in attacks between July

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