PCR Five for Friday (07/04/2017)

Five for Friday is a weekly feature to give a brief roundup of our top five stories from the week that you might have missed. Think we left anything out? Let us know your favourite stories of the week by pinging us a tweet @pcr_online.

UK firms target of ‘one of the largest’ ever cyber hacks by China-based gang

An ‘unprecedented’ number of UK firms have been compromised by a China-based cyber crime gang, in what it being described as ‘one of the largest ever sustained global cyber espionage campaigns’. A report by the national cyber crime agencies as investigatory bodies has revealed that the Chinese gang APT10 has been carrying out sustained attacks on UK firms since 2014 to gather personal data and intellectual property.

Millions of Brits experiencing slow internet

According to a new survey from consumer action group Which?, 59 per cent of households have experienced issues. Of the 2000 people surveyed, nine in 10 to have experienced issues said that they felt ‘frustrated’ by them, with four in ten forced to stop what they were doing online. Furthermore, three in ten of those affected said that their connectivity issues made it difficult to pay bills or use onling banking services, and 19 per cent said that their problems have negatively affected their financial situation. 

AMD Ryzen 3 1200 CPU leaked

Spotted by Computerbase.de, details leaked by ASRock’s support page show details of the processor that is set to go up against Intel’s Core i3 dual-core lineup and is due for release in the second half of 2017. Fudzilla notes that it’s not clear whether AMD will include dual-core SKUs in the Ryzen 3 lineup, and it’s likely that they will all be quad-core with and without SMT-enabled. It is expected that pricing wll start at around $150 in order to drastically undercut the Intel core i3-7100u’s RRP of $281.00.

Toshiba shares plummet as firm looks likely to miss third earnings report deadline

Troubles at Toshiba continue to mount, with reports that the Japanese conglomerate is set to miss a third deadline to declare its quarterly earnings. Shares in the tech company have plummeted since Reuters reported that the company is on the brink of postponing its October-December earnings for a third time. In the early morning trade on Tuedday, shares in Toshiba plunged 9.4 per cent after it was reported that the firm is going to miss the April 11 deadline to declare its earnings.

Device spend to grow in 2017

Research firm Gartner has predicted that global spend on devices will increase by 2 per cent in 2017 to $600 billion (£480 billion), with the total number of devices shipped in 2017 expected to reach 2.3 billion – a figure that remains flat from the previous year.

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