If you prefer thumbprints to facial recognition when it comes to smartphone security, this could be the phone for you.

Chinese manufacturer Vivo has unveiled its X21 handset, the first mainstream phone to incorporate an in-display fingerprint sensor – meaning, like the iPhone X, it can have an edge-to-edge screen.

Vivo is widely tipped to include the same tech into its flagship Nex handset, to be unveiled imminently.

If you’ve never heard of Vivo, it’s a huge brand in China and India and is targeting worldwide expansion: it sponsors the USA soccer team and its handsets were used by Captain America and Iron Man in 2016 movie smash Captain America: Civil War.

Fightback against IoT hackers begins

Researchers at elite tech university MIT have developed a transmitter which could prevent hackers from attacking Internet of Things devices.

Such devices are known to be vulnerable to cyber-attacks which seek to find data signals and jam them. The new transmitter utilises ‘frequency hopping’, where various data packets are scattered to random radio frequencies.

While this technique has been used before, it slowed network traffic so much that some hackers were able to get around it. MIT researchers were able to ‘frequency hop’ the individual bits within data packets every microsecond to thwart even the most prolific hackers.

Cyber hijack risk for ships

The shipping industry could be wide open to cyber criminals.

Pen Test Partners researchers tested over 20 different systems used by ships to navigate the oceans and found several vulnerabilities which could allow an attacker to take control of steering and engines, among other things.

An attacker could send a ship in the wrong direction – or even make crew members believe their vessel is on course while it is being diverted.

$60m funding for Claroty

Claroty, which defends factories, power grids and industrial plants from cyber attacks, has raised $60 million in funding.

Investors include Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric and Siemens AG. Its previous Series A funding round was $32m.

Claroty has bases in the United States, Israel and France.

Practise what you preach

Three-quarters of information security leaders attending last week’s Infosec are falling short on essential email authentication measures, leaving their brands open to email spoofing.

Data-driven cyber security platform Red Sift found that while 372 of the vendors were advising users on cyber security best practice in London, 74 per cent weren’t taking the right steps to protect their own domains from email fraud.

Recent research from Cofense found that 91 per cent of cyber-attacks start with email impersonation.


Back up for a minute

Despite cyber breaches hitting headlines and the subsequent financial and reputational damage they can do, companies are still not doing enough to protect their data.

A study from Beaming discovered that almost a million UK businesses do not back up their company data and a further 2.8 million firms risk losing valuable information by storing electronic copies in the same location as the original data.