Chemist Warehouse putting customers first during its cloud transformation

When Australian pharmacy retailer Chemist Warehouse decided to expand internationally and establish operations in Ireland in 2019, it still relied on its on-premise Microsoft Dynamics AX platform.

But the retailer, which now boasts a network of 500 franchises, realised to operate efficiently on a global scale and to further cement international expansion plans, it needed to move to a cloud-based platform.

According to Chemist Warehouse CIO Jules Cardinale, this has meant gradually transitioning the company to Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 ERP platform.

“This transformation will ensure that all of our international franchises would operate on one platform, solving for any operational barriers, no matter their location,” he told ZDNet.

“This will allow us to consistently manage and maintain the various systems across the world using best practice infrastructure with greater availability, scalability, and cost effectiveness than what our on-prem solution could afford us.”

Cardinale pointed out how Chemist Warehouse has been

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Inter: a ‘low bar’ kit for Magecart credit card skimmer attacks on e-commerce websites

When Magecart attacks first began making the rounds, the attack vector — scripts covertly installed on websites to harvest customer payment card data — was considered to be the signature move of a specific hacking group. 

However, credit card-skimming scripts have now been adopted by numerous cyberattackers and the trend has evolved to classify these types of attacks under a broad ‘Magecart’ umbrella involving numerous groups, targets, and countries. 

Several years ago, domains belonging to high-profile names including British Airways and Ticketmaster were compromised via Magecart attacks, in which websites containing vulnerabilities were exploited to upload JavaScript code in payment portal pages. 

As customers made purchases and input their details, payment card information was quietly harvested and whisked off to a command-and-control (C2) server, to later be sold on or used to make fraudulent purchases.

Now, Magecart-style attacks are far more common and techniques used to deploy card-skimming code

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UK government claims major leap in rural 5G roll-out plans

Despite its struggles to develop and launch a Covid-19 contact-tracing app, the UK government has delivered some good news in the mobile arena – it has completed the next steps in its plan to improve mobile coverage in rural areas, in particular the delivery of 5G technology.

Digital infrastructure minister Matt Warman is set to confirm the milestone completion of the four-year, £350m major infrastructure programme to clear the 700MHz spectrum band for mobile operators to have the capacity to offer new services that will be at the vanguard of the country’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

The government first attempted to address the issue of UK rural communities facing a likely lack of adequate mobile and broadband connectivity in October 2019. Working in conjunction with the four leading UK mobile operators, the £1.3bn scheme, dubbed the Shared Rural Network (SRN), proposed to wipe not-spots from the map, giving

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Qualcomm announces Adaptive Noise Cancellation for true wireless earbuds, which automatically adjusts sound in real time based on how they fit users' ears (Chris Welch/The Verge)

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Qualcomm announces Adaptive Noise Cancellation for true wireless earbuds, which automatically adjusts sound in real time based on how they fit users’ ears  —  They’ll automatically adjust the sound based on how they fit you  —  Qualcomm is today announcing Adaptive Noise Cancellation … … Read More