CRN's weekly round-up of the more unusual tech stories that happened last week.
1. Amazon follows Apple up the $1tn tree
The internet giant has become the second listed company to be valued at $1tn, weeks after Apple became the first, reported the Guardian. The company reached the milestone briefly on the New York stock exchange last Tuesday, before ending its day valued at $995bn (£767bn). Jeff Bezos, founder and owner, was valued at $167bn the same day.
2. Brains behind WannaCry caught
The US government has charged an alleged North Korean operative for last year's WannaCry ransomware attack, The Verge reported. The accused man, Park Jin-Hyok, is also alleged to be behind the 2014 Sony Pictures leak, which was seen as a retaliation against the controversial North Korea-set comedy The Interview. He is charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and abuse, as well as conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
3. This week's data breach victim is…British Airways
Following on the trail of its Canadian peer last week, British Airways admitted to a "sophisticated breach" of its security, according to the BBC. BA's website and app were hacked, leading to 380,000 transactions being affected, and the personal and financial details of its customers being compromised. The attack took place between 21 August and 5 September.
4. Facebook plans its first Asian datacentre
The scandal-riddled internet giant is planning to open its first Asian datacentre in Singapore, Reuters reported. Facebook is investing $1bn in the building of the facility and it is expected to be complete by 2022.
5. Plastic could be the next car fuel, according to scientists
Scientists at Swansea University have discovered a way to convert plastic waste into a hydrogen fuel that could be used to power cars in the future. It is claimed that this new use could also be a cheaper alternative to recycling, as the plastic would not require cleaning first.
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