Starting with some rather worrying news, cyber threats have struck in significant places over in the US this week, with the websites of financial powerhouses Bank of America Corp and JPMorgan & Chase suffering problems as a result of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaign. Self-proclaimed cyber-fighters warned the US of an assault at the beginning of the week, and experts say the attacks are "massive" in scope, targeting a number of US banks. Further intelligence has seen a financial body raise the cyber security threat level in the industry from 'elevated' to 'high'. For more on the issue, follow the link.
On a similar note, less than a week after security researchers discovered a zero-day flaw in Internet Explorer, Microsoft has released a temporary "easy-to-use, one-click, full-strength solution" Fix it for the bug and has promised to issue an emergency patch for the browser by Friday. Meanwhile, the company has also suggested a number of other workarounds, including disabling Active X controls and modifying the browser's security settings. But just how effective are those methods? WebRoot threat researcher and analyst Brendan Vaughan says using an alternative web browser may be your best bet to avoid possible exploits.
Elsewhere in the world of Internet, original video-sharing site Vimeo has announced two new features for video monetisation. "Tip jar" is already available, and lets appreciative viewers tip creators via credit card. The money (minus a 15 per cent service charge, which goes Vimeo's way) goes straight into the creators' PayPal accounts. Commercial and political videos are excluded from the scheme. Additionally, a "pay-to-view" feature will become active early next year, which will enable filmmakers to charge viewers for video access.
Last but certainly not least, if tomorrow is set to herald a culmination of sorts with regards to the mayhem surrounding the iPhone 5 and its launch, then the past day or so has been consumed largely by the release of Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 6. With UK users having now had around 24 hours to download the refreshed platform, news and comment regarding iOS 6 started to flood in today – as did widespread criticism of Apple's new native mapping application. The problems were varied and often hilarious – think airports in the middle of the ocean, disappearing town halls, and Greek restaurants relocating from Covent Garden to Southwark for an idea of some of the discrepancies that have been noticed. Yet however rib-tickling some of the screen shots may be, it's far from amusing that the Cupertino-based company's inaugural in-house cartographic effort is so obviously subpar to Google Maps. You could follow our easy-to-understand guide and update to iOS 6 immediately – but do you really want to?