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Month: January 2018

Net firms 'better' at removing hate speech, says EU

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The firms have improved since the scheme was introduced in 2016 Net firms are getting better at removing illegal hate speech, according to the European Union. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft all took place in a voluntary EU scheme to monitor their platforms for a six-week period at the end of 2017. On average they removed 70% of material deemed to be offensive. This is up from 28% in […]

Thousands hit in OnePlus credit card hack

Image copyright OnePlus Image caption OnePlus said the card-stealing script was active for about two months Up to 40,000 people were caught out by hackers who stole credit card details from the site of phone maker OnePlus. The company stopped taking card payments via its site earlier this week after learning about the attack. An investigation has revealed that attackers stole data by exploiting a loophole in its payment system between mid-November 2017 and 11 […]

TalkTalk most complained-about broadband provider

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Overall the trend of complaints to Ofcom is down, suggesting providers are improving their services TalkTalk has been named as the most complained-about broadband firm in the UK, according to the latest report from regulator Ofcom. The watchdog received nearly 250 complaints a day about communications services from July to September 2017. The Post Office came out worst for landline services and Vodafone received most complaints from mobile users. […]

Data-stealing spyware 'traced to Lebanon'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Malware in messaging apps has been stealing data from activists, lawyers and military personnel A security bug that has infected thousands of smartphones has been uncovered by campaign group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Working with mobile security firm Lookout, researchers discovered that malware in fake messaging designed to look like WhatsApp and Signal had stolen gigabytes of data. Targets included military personnel, activists, journalists and lawyers. Researchers say […]

Google tackles Chromecast wi-fi blasting bug

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The bug might mean wi-fi suddenly drops out or becomes unreliable Google has released a fix for a bug in Chromecast and Android devices which could temporarily knock out home wi-fi networks. The problem emerges when Chromecast and Google Home devices wake from their low power “sleep” state. When waking, the devices can transmit more than 100,000 packets of data, quickly overwhelming home routers. Router makers have also produced […]

Apple and Google buses under fire in Silicon Valley

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Employees are gradually moving into Apple’s new “spaceship” headquarters Buses used to transport Apple employees to their offices have been attacked, with windows smashed, possibly by people using pellet guns. There have been several such attacks on the morning and evening commutes to and from Apple headquarters in the Californian city of Cupertino. Some news outlets report that the firm has sent an email to employees, saying buses are […]

Chrissy Chambers: Revenge porn almost killed me

Image caption Musician Chrissy Chambers “There’s not an area of my life it hasn’t touched,” says Chrissy Chambers, reflecting on the secret sex tape her ex-boyfriend posted online. “It has affected my life in every way imaginable and I’m sure it will continue to for the rest of my life.” During her four-year legal battle against the man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – Ms Chambers went from YouTube musician to “revenge […]

Intel fix causes reboots and slowdowns

Image copyright Reuters Intel says devices are rebooting more than usual after being patched with fixes it has issued to the Spectre and Meltdown security flaws in its chips. The company said it had reproduced the problem and was “making progress toward identifying the root cause”. It also shared information about how the patches might affect computer performance in data centres. One financial industry expert told the BBC he was concerned about the numbers being […]

Tide Pod challenge: YouTube blocks videos after poisoning fears

YouTube says it will remove videos of people taking part in the ‘Tide Pod challenge’, a dangerous craze proving popular in the US. Tide is an American brand of laundry detergent that uses pods covered by plastic which dissolve in the washing machine. Some people have been chewing or swallowing them and posting videos online. YouTube says channels sharing the videos will now receive a “strike”. Videos will be removed when they are flagged by […]

Detroit Motor Show: What the cars of the future may look like

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAutonomous vehicles move centre stage A range of new concept cars has been showcased at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Concept cars are visions of how the future of motoring may look, although some experts said there were fewer models than expected. That could be because such vehicles are time-consuming and expensive to make, especially considering some will never reach the production line. […]

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