Security flaw put RBS customers at risk of cyber-attack

Image copyright EyewireImage caption The software was created to spot and stop malicious cyber-attacks Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Natwest and Ulster Bank customers have been put at risk of cyber-attack after being recommended flawed security software. Since January, the banks’ business clients have been offered a product called Thor Foresight Enterprise free of charge. […]

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Are bots gaming the ‘Cancel Brexit’ petition?

By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News Image copyright Getty Images Questions have been asked about whether a government petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled has been swamped by bots. Bots are automated programmes which can carry out a command thousands of times. The BBC spoke to three cyber-security experts about how likely it […]

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Facebook staff ‘flagged Cambridge Analytica fears earlier than thought’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Facebook’s chief executive has repeatedly declined to answer questions from UK MPs about the scandal Facebook employees raised concerns about Cambridge Analytica’s data-scraping practices three months earlier than thought, according to US court documents. A US-based employee warned colleagues about the activity in September 2015. Facebook had said it previously […]

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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 […]

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Arrests shut down illegal TV streaming gang

Image copyright Spanish national policeImage 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 in […]

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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 […]

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Health apps pose ‘unprecedented’ privacy risks

Image copyright ThinkstockImage 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 warns […]

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Apple’s new AirPods have Siri built-in

Image copyright AppleImage 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 just […]

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Facebook settles job discrimination case

Image copyright FacebookImage 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 Civil […]

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