Tech Digest daily roundup: Russian hackers targeting UK infrastructure, government warns


UK businesses are on the frontline of the country’s cyber defences
and must help defend against groups bent on destroying critical infrastructure, a minister will warn on Wednesday. The latest cyber security threat comes from hackers linked to Russia and can be compared to the Wagner paramilitary organisation, according to Oliver Dowden. These groups are “ideologically motivated, rather than financially motivated,” and have begun to target Britain this year, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster will tell the CyberUK conference in Belfast. Sky News 

The rival chat apps WhatsApp and Signal have joined forces in a rare show of unity to protest against the online safety bill, which they say could undermine the UK’s privacy and safety. In an open letter signed by the heads of both organisations as well as five other encrypted chat apps, the executives say the bill could be used to in effect outlaw end-to-end encryption, which prevents anyone but the intended recipient of a message from seeing its contents..Last month, WhatsApp’s chief, Will Cathcart, said the app would leave the UK rather than submit to a requirement to weaken encryption. The Guardian 

Foldable phones are all the rage right now and Oppo has its own in the form of the Find N2 and Find N2 Flip. But what comes next? Oppo seems to think that it might have the answer. A new report claims that Oppo is hard at work on something that goes beyond the foldable. It’s a rollable, with the phone unrolling at the touch of a button to turn a standard phone into something much bigger. And what’s more, there’s no crease the likes of which we’re all far too familiar with. PocketLint 

SpaceX is finally launching its Mars-bound Starship craft into orbit. The first attempt has been postponed after a “pressurisation issue” caused the company to pull the launch with just minutes to go. But it will try again on April 20 – which happens to be one of chief executive Elon Musk’s favourite dates. Eventually, SpaceX hopes to use the spacecraft to explore the Moon and Mars. But for now it will complete a short orbital flight, lifting up into space and then falling back down. Independent 

The Google Pixel 7a and Pixel Fold could both be landing very soon, with the latest leak suggesting they’ll both be unveiled on May 10, but we have what looks like some bad news when it comes to prices. According to sources speaking to 9to5Google, the Pixel 7a will cost $499 in the US, which is $50 more than the Pixel 6a costs. There’s no news on pricing in other regions, but given that the Pixel 7 has the same price tag in pounds as dollars we might see the same in the UK, meaning £499, up from £399. Tech Radar 

The Amazon-owned video-streaming platform Twitch has banned one of its most popular livestreamers. Kai Cenat holds the record for having the most subscriptions to his channel, with more than 300,000 at its peak. Now, a message that appears when visiting his channel says it is “temporarily unavailable due to a violation of Twitch’s… terms of service” and he has tweeted: “Banned.” Twitch streamers typically play video games while chatting to viewers. BBC 


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