Smart device security guidelines ‘need more teeth’

Image copyright AFP Image caption UK homes have an average of 10 smart devices, including toys such as internet-connected My Friend Cayla The UK government has announced guidelines to make internet-connected devices safer to use following a spate of security breaches. It includes moves to make sure passwords are unique and not resettable to a […]

UK company linked to laundered Bitcoin billions

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Mt Gox bitcoin exchange theft is the largest in the crypto-currency’s history A UK company has been linked to the laundering of 650,000 stolen bitcoins worth £4.5bn, a BBC Radio 4 investigation has found. The coins were taken by hackers from Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, leaving tens of […]

Net neutrality preserved by Washington State law

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption FCC chairman Ajit Pai has said that the repeal of the rules will create greater broadband investment Washington State has signed a law that bars service providers from blocking websites or offering fast lane net access to companies willing to pay. It is in direct opposition to the Federal […]

Elon Musk fans targeted in crypto-cash scam

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Scammers claim Elon Musk is giving away crypto-currency Fans of entrepreneur Elon Musk have been targeted in an emerging crypto-currency scam. The scammers pose as celebrities on Twitter and claim to be giving away crypto-cash such as Bitcoin or Ether to their fans. They ask people to send them a […]

Guns banned on dating app Bumble

Image copyright Getty Images Dating app Bumble has banned members from posing with guns in their profile pictures, following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The company said it would screen new and existing photos and remove pictures featuring weapons from the app. However, military and law enforcement officers in uniform will be allowed to […]

Drone-tracking system paves way for UK deliveries from air

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new system should make it safer for drones and passenger jets to share the sky Efforts to create an automated UK drone-tracking system pave the way for commercial operators to fly unmanned aircraft regularly over longer distances than is currently possible. At present, owners are required to keep […]

Porn check critics fear data breach

Image copyright Getty Images The Open Rights Group says it fears a data breach is “inevitable” as the deadline approaches for a controversial change in the way people in the UK access online pornography. Details of an age verification tool developed by a major porn site owner were revealed at the weekend. From April 2018, […]

Would you hack your own body?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption An estimated 10,000 people now have chips under their skin – but this one is just a mock-up! At a trendy east London bar, a group of body hackers are putting forward their reasons for human augmentation to a packed audience of mainly under-35s, many of whom are sporting […]

Angry Birds maker Rovio closes London studio

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Angry Birds movie was a commercial success The company behind the hit mobile game Angry Birds has closed its London studio, after warning its profits were likely to fall. Rovio’s head of games, Wilhelm Taht, also resigned on Friday, leaving chief executive Kati Levoranta in charge. The Finnish games […]

Twitter boss seeks help with online abuse

Image copyright Reuters Twitter has asked for help in devising a “health check” to measure its contribution to public conversation. It said it hoped to work with “outside experts” and is inviting proposals. Its chief executive, Jack Dorsey, said the platform’s “instant, public, global messaging” had “real-world negative consequences” that Twitter had neither fully predicted […]

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