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Month: November 2017

Under-age social media use 'on the rise', says Ofcom

Image copyright Thinkstock Half of children aged 11 and 12 have a social media profile, despite most platforms’ minimum age being 13, a study from regulator Ofcom suggests. Children’s charity the NSPCC called on the government to act on the issue of under-age profiles. The media watchdog also said children were increasingly getting their news from social media, but most were aware of the concept of fake news. Just 32% believed that news accessed on […]

Facebook's AI wipes terrorism-related posts

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook is trying to become less reliant on user reports to detect and tackle terrorist posts Facebook has said that efforts to use artificial intelligence and other automated techniques to delete terrorism-related posts are “bearing fruit” but more work is needed. The firm said that 99% of the material it now removes about Al Qaeda and so-called Islamic State is first detected by itself rather than its users. But […]

Uber and Waymo trial delayed after evidence 'withheld'

Image copyright Getty Images The US trial between self-driving car giants Uber and Waymo has been delayed after the judge said that Uber had withheld evidence. The trial was due to start next week. San Francisco-based Judge William Alsup said it would be a “huge injustice” to begin the trial so soon, after new evidence had come to light. Uber is accused of stealing trade secrets from Waymo – which is owned by Google parent […]

Computer science GCSE in disarray after tasks leaked online

Image copyright Getty Images The new computer science GCSE has been thrown into disarray after programming tasks worth a fifth of the total marks were leaked repeatedly online. Exams regulator Ofqual plans to pull this chunk of the qualification from the overall marks as it has been seen by thousands of people. Ofqual said the non-exam assessment may have been leaked by teachers as well as students who had completed the task. The breach affects […]

Ethical hackers to boost NHS cyber-defences

Image copyright PA Image caption About one-third of UK health trusts were caught out by the WannaCry ransomware worm The NHS is spending £20m to set up a security operations centre that will oversee the health service’s digital defences. It will employ “ethical hackers” to look for weaknesses in health computer networks, not just react to breaches. Such hackers use the same tactics seen in cyber-attacks to help organisations spot weak points. In May, one-third […]

Oxford and Cambridge club members face hard disk theft

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry is among the luxurious club’s members Members of an exclusive club restricted to selected graduates of Oxford and Cambridge universities are being warned that computer data containing their personal details is feared stolen. The Sunday Telegraph reported that the club believed a “back-up” hard drive had been taken from a locked room inside its London headquarters. The information stored on it is said to […]

Twitter blocks New York Times by mistake

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Twitter has apologised to the New York Times for the “inconvenience” caused Twitter has acknowledged that a day-long block of one of the New York Times’s accounts was imposed in error. The @nytimesworld team, which covers international events, has about 1.9 million followers and is recognised by the social network as being a “verified account”. But on Saturday it was locked after posting a report about the Canadian prime […]

Imgur confirms 1.7 million users hit by data breach

Image copyright Alamy Image-sharing website Imgur has confirmed that the emails and passwords of 1.7 million users were compromised in 2014. The data breach has only recently come to light after being discovered by security researcher Troy Hunt. Mr Hunt said he was impressed with the company’s swift response. Imgur said in a statement that no other personal data had been taken as it did not collect information such as real names and phone numbers. […]

UK drone users to sit safety tests under new law

Image copyright PA Drone users in the UK may have to take safety awareness tests under legislation planned by the government. Drones weighing more than 250g could also be banned from flying near airports, or above 400 ft, in a crackdown on unsafe flying. Police will also be given new powers to seize and ground drones which may have been used in criminal activity. The bill has been welcomed by the pilots’ union, which has […]

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