Tokyo Olympics: Russian hackers targeted Games, UK says

Russian hackers targeted this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo with the aim of disrupting them, UK officials said.

The Foreign Office said Russia’s GRU military intelligence carried out “cyber reconnaissance” against officials and organisations involved. The alleged attacks took place before the Games were postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials did not, however, specify the nature or extent of the cyber-attacks in detail.

At the same time, the US Department of Justice announced charges against six Russian GRU officers for alleged cyber-attacks serving “the strategic benefit of Russia”. The group sought to disrupt the 2018 Winter Olympics, the 2017 French presidential election, and Ukraine’s power grid, US prosecutors said.

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UK to ban any use of hand-held mobile phones while driving

Government set to update law to ban drivers from using hand-held phones in any way, not just calling and texting

Drivers who use hand-held phones in any way behind the wheel will face £200 fines and possible bans when changes in the law take account of smartphones.

While making calls or texting on a hand-held mobile while driving is already illegal, taking photos, scrolling through a playlist or even playing games on phones has not been outlawed until now – allowing drivers to escape charges when spotted with a phone.

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Apparently, Food Scented Face Masks Are A Trend This Week

As the COVID-19 pandemic has gone on, plenty of companies have created branded face masks as a way to promote their image.

This week, however, multiple companies took it a step further and added food scents to their face masks, adding concealed aromas that mimic some of our favorite foods.

Jack in the Box, for example, is promoting a new plant-based “Unchicken Sandwich” by distributing a chicken-scented face mask. The mask produces the scent of fried chicken, since the sandwich they’re making is supposed to be a substitute for poultry.

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China’s digital yuan tests leap forward in Shenzhen

Shenzhen, known for its maker community and manufacturing resources, is taking the lead in trialing China’s digital yuan.

Last week, the city issued 10 million yuan worth of digital currency to 50,000 randomly selected residents who applied. The government doled out the money through mobile “red envelopes,” a tool designed to digitize the custom of gifting money in red packets and first popularized by WeChat’s e-wallet.

“Red packets are a common way we’ve seen in China internet companies to spur adoption like what we’ve seen with Tencent WeChat and Alibaba’s Alipay in the early days, when these products were first launched,” Flex Yang, CEO of crypto finance firm Babel Finance, told TechCrunch.

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「日本のインターネットの父」慶大の村井純教授が内閣官房参与に デジタル政策分野を担当

加藤勝信官房長官は10月13日の定例会見で、内閣官房参与に慶應義塾大学の村井純教授を任命したと発表した。村井氏は同日着任し、菅政権が推進するデジタル政策分野での情報提供や助言を行う。

村井氏は1955年生まれの65歳。慶應義塾大学理工学部を卒業後、84年に電話回線を用いた日本初のコンピュータネットワーク「JUNET」を立ち上げた。JUNETは当初、研究用として東京大と東京工業大、慶応大をネットワークで結ぶのみだったが、最終的には約700の機関を結ぶネットワークとなった。JUNETは日本のインターネットの起源とされ、その功績から村井氏は「日本のインターネットの父」ともいわれている。

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