Hashtag Trending, March 8, 2021 – Another global cybersecurity crisis; 100TB hard drives; Digital accessibility

Another day, another global cybersecurity crisis, Seagate’s latest product roadmap teases a 100TB hard disc drive arriving by 2030, and a story about a legally blind man’s lawsuit against Dell sparks a discussion about website accessibility.

It’s all the tech news that’s popular right now. Welcome to Hashtag Trending! It’s Friday, March 5, and I’m your host Alex Coop


Thousands of U.S. businesses, government agencies and schools are believed to have been hit with a cyberattack by suspected Chinese hackers. The Wall Street Journal says early estimates of total worldwide infected victims were in the tens of thousands. But one source told the publication that more than 250,000 customers could be at risk. The motives behind the attack remain unclear, but experts say there’s a good chance the hackers netted some high-value espionage targets during the digital raid. A series of four flaws in Microsoft’s Exchange software allows hackers to break into email accounts and read messages without authorization. It even lets them install unauthorized software. You can read a lot more about these vulnerabilities at ITWorldCanada.com. [Twitter]


100TB Hard Drives Due in 2030, says Seagate from technology

Don’t you hate running out of storage? Well, Seagate says you’ll be filling up 100TB hard disc drives by 2030. During a recent unveiling of the company’s product and technology roadmaps, Seagate explained how it will have to adopt new heat-assisted magnetic recording technologies to hit capacity targets in addition to the higher performance. Both solid-state and hard disk drives play a huge role in helping manage the explosion of data generated across data centres, personal computers and mobile devices.


‘Screen access technology has existed for decades’: Visually impaired man sues Dell over ‘inaccessible’ website from technology

A legally blind man who cannot see “faces or text” is suing Dell, claiming the tech giant is violating federal accessibility laws by running an improperly formatted website. The Register is reporting that the lawsuit filed last week in a Massachusetts federal court alleges that it’s harder for visually impaired people to interact with Dell’s platforms than it is for sighted users, which violates several equal access requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The plaintiff had attempted to access Dell.com both using JAWS 2020, a screenreading software made by Freedom Scientific for Windows, as well as iOS’s built-in VoiceOver screenreading software on his iPhone. But due to the website’s limitations, the lawsuit claims this made it “impossible for Plaintiff to make a certain financing selection for one of its products. Dell provided the Register with a brief statement, noting it couldn’t comment on pending litigation, but that “We are committed to creating an accessible customer experience and one that continually evolves and improves.”

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