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September 25, 2015

CBR roundup: Three astonishing stories we didn’t believe this week

List: Price hikes, millions of fingerprint records stolen and can Oracle really challenge AWS?

By CBR Staff Writer

OPM admits 5.6m fingerprint records stolen in breach

The US Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has now admitted that 5.6m fingerprint records have been stolen, over five times the 1.1m that it originally thought.

In total, the records of 21.5m have been breached, and the attack has resulted in the resignation of Katherine Archuleta as the head of OPM.

EE slams ‘flawed’ Ofcom spectrum fee increases

Ofcom has more than tripled the annual license fees paid by mobile operators for certain parts of mobile spectrum, sparking ire from operators.

Operators will now pay a total of £199.6 million per year for both categories, an increase from the current total of £64.4 million. This represents £80.3 million for the 900 MHz band and £119.3 million for the 1800 MHz band.

Oracle: Taking on AWS head on in cloud

Assuring me that Oracle is a cloud company, Neil Sholay, Oracle’s head of digital for EMEA defended the company’s late arrival to the cloud market and revealed their plans to take on Amazon head on for cloud dominance.

"When you own a hardware company, which Amazon doesn’t, that puts you in a very advantageous position, clearly you don’t abuse that position but we can control margins as tightly as Amazon.


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