Weekend Reads 091523

The average total cost of a data breach has reached an all-time high in 2023 of $4.45 million. This is an increase of 2.3% from last year’s $4.35 million.

Originally created as a secure sandbox to run compiled C/C++ code in web browsers, WebAssembly (Wasm) has been gaining traction and momentum on the server-side.

Specifically, the web giant’s Privacy Sandbox APIs, a set of ad delivery and analysis technologies, now function in the latest version of the Chrome browser. Website developers can thus write code that calls those APIs to deliver and measure ads to visitors with compatible browsers.

The German digital association, Bitkom, recently announced that the cost of IT equipment theft, data breaches, digital and industrial espionage, and sabotage is expected to reach a staggering 206 billion euros ($224 billion) in 2023.

The alarming rise of phishing attacks has been underscored by a recent study “Phishing Landscape 2023: An Annual Study of the Scope and Distribution of Phishing conducted” by the Interisle Consulting Group, revealing a tripling of such attacks since May 2020.

Japan is widely regarded as one of the most advanced economies for Internet penetration. Japan’s Internet usage rate (individuals) is 82.9% and the development rate of optical fibre is 99.3%.

The robot revolution began long ago, and so did the killing.