Millions of Facebook passwords exposed internally

Image copyright Reuters The passwords of millions of Facebook users were accessible by up to 20,000 employees of the social network, it has been reported. Security researcher Brian Krebs broke the news about data protection failures, which saw up to 600 million passwords stored in plain text. The passwords that were exposed could date back […]

Huawei ban would delay 5G rollout: Three

Image copyright Getty Images The rollout of 5G networks will be delayed if the UK government bans the use of Huawei equipment, the boss of mobile operator Three has warned. A UK government telecoms infrastructure review is nearing completion amid pressure from the US for the UK to ban the Chinese telecoms giant from involvement […]

Arrests shut down illegal TV streaming gang

Image copyright Spanish national police Image caption Spanish police led the operation that resulted in the IPTV services being shut down Police raids across Europe have broken up a sophisticated operation that pirated and resold net-based TV (IPTV) channels. Five people have been arrested and dozens of servers shut down as a result of raids […]

Health apps pose ‘unprecedented’ privacy risks

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption DeepMind will gather data from pathology tests to see who is at risk Using popular health apps could mean private information about medical conditions is not kept confidential, researchers warn. Of 24 health apps in the BMJ study, 19 shared user data with companies, including Facebook, Google and Amazon. It […]

Artificial intelligence: Algorithms face scrutiny over potential bias

Image copyright Getty Images More research into computer algorithms is needed as they could have gender or race biases, the government has warned. It announced independent watchdog the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) will investigate algorithms used in the justice and financial systems. But services using the artificial intelligence already, such as predictive […]

Hotel guests ‘secretly filmed and live-streamed’

Image copyright Getty Images More than 1,500 hotel guests were secretly filmed with footage of them live-streamed to the internet, according to police in South Korea. The illicit activity was discovered in 42 rooms across 31 hotels around the country, reports CNN. It said cameras were hidden in digital TV boxes, wall sockets and hairdryer […]

Apple’s new AirPods have Siri built-in

Image copyright Apple Image caption A wireless AirPods charging case, sold separately, was also unveiled Apple has launched a new version of its wireless earphones that allows users to activate the virtual assistant Siri by voice alone. It means that the assistant can now be reached without any buttons having to be pressed – users […]

US mum ‘abused kids who performed on family YouTube channel’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The children appeared regularly in the Fantastic Adventures videos A US mother whose seven adopted children regularly performed as superheroes on her family’s YouTube channel has been charged with child abuse. Machelle Hackney, from Arizona, and her two adult sons were arrested on Friday by local police. Ms Hackney […]

Facebook settles job discrimination case

Image copyright Facebook Image caption These ads were among those directed only at men on Facebook, according to the complaint Facebook is to change its rules – to prevent companies targeting adverts for jobs, accommodation or credit on the basis of gender, age or postcode. The company has settled a legal action with the American […]

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