Facebook security app used to ‘spy’ on competitors

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook has been criticised for its the way it handles user data A report by a Commons committee has detailed Facebook’s use of an application to “spy” on users. The cross-party group said that Facebook used its Onavo virtual private network (VPN) app to gather information on competitors. The […]

YouTube backtracks after Pokemon ‘child abuse’ ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption YouTubers who discussed popular mobile game Pokemon GO were affected Google has backtracked after “mistakenly” deleting the accounts of several prominent YouTubers over incorrect child abuse fears. Popular YouTubers Mystic7, Trainer Tips and Marksman, who have more than 3.5 million subscribers between them, were among those who had their […]

Google searches ‘hijacked’ to link Pakistan flag to toilet paper

Image caption An image search for “best toilet paper” returns a page filled with news story images of Pakistan’s flag Google searches for “best toilet paper in the world” appear to have been manipulated to return images of the Pakistan national flag. The results are believed to be the work of Indian protesters acting in […]

Huawei risk can be managed, say UK cyber-security chiefs

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Huawei has said it is independent and gives nothing to Beijing, aside from taxes Any risk posed by involving the Chinese technology giant Huawei in UK telecoms projects can be managed, cyber-security chiefs have reportedly said. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre’s decision undermines US efforts to persuade its allies […]

Quadriga: The cryptocurrency exchange that lost $135m

Image copyright Facebook/Quadriga Image caption Gerald Cotten When the 30-year-old founder of a Canadian cryptocurrency exchange died suddenly, he took the whereabouts of some C$180m ($135m; £105m) in cryptocurrency to his grave. Now, tens of thousands of Quadriga CX users are wondering if they will ever see their funds again. In 2014, one of the […]

Mobile networks call for 5G security inspector

Image copyright Getty Images The mobile network industry has called for a new European security testing scheme to check the safety of 5G equipment before it is deployed. Several countries have stopped individual companies supplying equipment for their next-generation networks, citing security concerns. Chinese giants Huawei and ZTE have both faced intense scrutiny. The GSMA, […]

Ad code ‘slows down’ browsing speeds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Poorly written code can make some pages very slow to load Ads are responsible for making webpages slow to a crawl, suggests analysis of the most popular one million websites. The research by developer Patrick Hulce looked at which chunks of code take longest to load. About 60% of […]

Tilly Lockey: ‘I can paint with my bionic arms’

Tilly Lockey, 13, has bionic arms that are so sophisticated she can now paint and apply make-up. She lost both of her hands after contracting meningitis as a baby and is now at the forefront of testing the technology. Her latest set, complete with pressure sensors and fine motor control, are not yet available on […]

Made In Chelsea’s Andy Jordan: Being an influencer made me ‘a puppet’

Image copyright Getty Images Andy Jordan didn’t even have an Instagram account before he started on Made in Chelsea in 2012. “Overnight, there were hundreds of thousands of people watching what I was doing,” he says about appearing on the show. He’s now got 290,000 followers. “You’re like, ‘Everyone wants to follow me and talk […]