The week in business tech – 21/11/2014

Brid-Aine Parnell

Friday 21 November 2014

This week in the tech sector,  Yahoo! is the new search engine of choice for Firefox, Russian website hosts hundreds of hacked camera feeds from inside people’s homes and RBS’s “unacceptable” IT failure costs the bank £56m in fines. Also this week, Twitter updates its search index to bring back old tweets, Which? calls for stricter ad guidelines for broadband speed advertising and a new space organisation turns to web crowdfunding to send a spacecraft to the Moon.

Yahoo! for Firefox
The Mozilla Foundation has dumped Google as the default search engine on its Firefox browser afer a partnership of ten years. The organisation announced that Yahoo! is going to take over search duties for the next five years.

Russian website supplies easy access for peeping Toms
The UK’s privacy watchdog has warned that a Russian website has been found to be hosting hundreds of feeds of live footage inside homes and offices from hacked webcams, CCTV cameras and baby monitors. The Information Commissioner’s Office is urging Brits to upgrade their passwords after 500 of the feeds were found to be coming from Britain alone.

‘Unacceptable’ IT failure costs RBS millions
The Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £56m for the 2012 software issue that left millions of customers of RBS, NatWest and Ulster Bank unable to access their accounts. The Financial Conduct Authority has asked the bank to cough up £42m, while the Prudential Regulation Authority fined RBS £14m.

Old tweets go public
Twitter has updated its search engine to allow users to search through every public tweet ever sent on the service since it launched in 2006. Although the site has always had the tweets in its archive, it’s the first time that the search index will go back more than a few weeks.

Brits baffled by broadband banter
Consumer watchdog Which? wants tougher advertising standards for the UK’s internet service providers, as many people are confused by the claims made about broadband speeds. Most Brits don’t realise that the much-vaunted speeds quoted in ads only need to apply to 10% of customers to meet the standards and might not be the speed they get at all.

Kickstarting a mission to the Moon
A new not-for-profit trust has turned to internet crowdfunding to launch a mission to drill the South Pole of the Moon. Lunar Mission One is looking for Joe Public to back its ambitious project through Kickstarter for launch in 2024.

Building the next-gen data centre

Where traditional and web-scale apps co-exist