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March 27, 2024 / Web Hosting

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Catch up on this week’s round-up of the latest hosting and tech news. Here’s what we’ve uncovered since our last edition.

DDoS Nightmare

A US website owner recently got the shock of their life when they received a $104,000 bill from their web host following a suspected DDoS attack. The attack caused an enormous surge in the website’s traffic, pushing its bandwidth usage to a staggering 164.1TB – way beyond the limits set by the hosting provider and resulting in the six-figure bill.

When the US-based web host investigated the issue, they discovered that most of the traffic originated from outdated devices, indicating the peak was caused by a deliberate attack using compromised computers, rather than genuine interest in the website’s content. In response, the web host’s customer service team initially reduced the bill to just $5,225. However, as the story gained attention online, the CEO of the hosting company cancelled the charge completely.

As a Webhosting UK customer, you can rest assured that we have highly effective DDoS protection in place and constantly monitor incoming traffic, blocking suspected attacks of this nature.

EU AI Regulation

The European Parliament has recently approved the EU AI Act, a move that will establish the world’s first legal framework for artificial intelligence. The legislation’s risk-based approach to AI governance will categorise artificial intelligence systems based on their potential threat to life, financial stability and human rights. This will mean that sectors such as employment, finance and critical infrastructure that wish to implement applications in the highest-risk categories will face intense scrutiny before being allowed to proceed.

The groundbreaking act also includes stipulations for comprehensive risk assessments, strict data quality controls to prevent bias and detailed logging for accountability. Additionally, EU regulators will now have enhanced oversight powers, a development which could have a profound impact on companies developing AI and their clients both within the EU and across the globe. Failure to comply with the Act will result in severe penalties.

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Autonomous Ships

Advanced technologies are beginning to have a transformative impact on the maritime industry thanks to developments in autonomous shipping. One Norwegian company leading the field is Ocean Infinity. Its state-of-the-art Armada fleet features robotic ships designed for ocean exploration and data collection, which operate without the need for a human crew. Using artificial intelligence and sophisticated robotics, the vessels can carry out a wide range of tasks, from mapping the seabed to inspecting underwater infrastructure.

To oversee its remote operations, the company has created a real-time, digital environment that integrates control systems, navigation and data. At the same time, it has a number of remote control centres located across the globe where experienced mariners and data acquisition experts control and supervise the robotic ships and their payload systems.

Additionally, with major concerns about the impact of shipping on the environment, the Armada fleet is equipped with low-emission technology that makes them have a much lower carbon footprint than traditional vessels. The company is currently developing a zero-emission propulsion system for its largest ships

Digital Product Passports

Digital Product Passports, which will become mandatory for certain products in the EU by 2027, are a new way of using technology to help create a circular economy and reduce environmental impact. While the technologies being deployed, QR codes and RFID tags, are not new, they will provide detailed online information about a product’s components and origin, as well as how it should be repaired, dismantled or disposed of.

The aim is to make it easier to recycle products, improve waste management and encourage companies to design more sustainable products. Additionally, by making information easily accessible, consumers can find it by scanning the QR code or RFID tag with their smartphones, it helps inform purchasing decisions, potentially encouraging more people to shop greener.

Robo Guide Dogs

The University of Glasgow has developed a pioneering robot, Robbie the RoboGuide, which could be used as a hi-tech replacement for traditional guide dogs. The cutting-edge robot uses a combination of advanced sensors, AI technology and built-in communication features to provide the visually impaired with environmental descriptions and navigation assistance.

While not as cuddly or as friendly as the real thing, Robbie was developed as a cost-effective alternative that could enhance the sensory experience of users and fill the gap left by the shortage of real guide dogs. Robbie is part of a wider University of Glasgow project exploring how technology can improve accessibility by using robotic aids to complement or potentially even replace animal companions.

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