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Router hack risk not limited to Virgin Media

Image caption Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 had a weak default password A weakness that left thousands of Virgin Media routers vulnerable to attack also affects devices by other providers, security experts warn. Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 was criticised for using short default passwords that could easily be cracked ...

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Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Image copyright SNap Image caption Snap Map lets people track their friends An update to Snapchat that shows publicly posted images on a searchable map has raised safety concerns among parents. Snap Map lets people search for places such as schools and see videos and pictures posted by children inside. ...

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Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Image copyright SNap Image caption Snap Map lets people track their friends An update to Snapchat that shows publicly posted images on a searchable map has raised safety concerns among parents. Snap Map lets people search for places such as schools and see videos and pictures posted by children inside. ...

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Google scrubs medical records from search

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Information about plastic surgery procedures was stolen in a hack attack Medical records of private individuals will no longer be findable via a Google search, reports Bloomberg. The news organisation noticed that the search giant had added the data type to its list of ...

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Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Facebook says it will support and train NGOs to spot and respond to hate speech and extremism Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organisations to combat extremism and hate speech. It comes a week after the social network announced steps ...

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Virgin Media urges password change over hacking risk

Image copyright Getty Images Virgin Media has told 800,000 customers to change their passwords to protect against being hacked. An investigation by Which? found that hackers could access the provider’s Super Hub 2 router, allowing access to users’ smart appliances. A child’s toy and domestic CCTV cameras were among the ...

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Mexican president denies spying on journalists, lawyers and activists

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Enrique Peña Nieto strongly denied the claims in a speech in Jalisco Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has strongly denied his government spied on prominent journalists and activists by hacking their phones. He said there was “nothing more false” than to suggest his government was ...

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‘I lost my eye’

Image copyright Francis Ahiale Image caption When Francis Ahiale lost his left eye in a work accident, an insurance payout helped him cope About two billion people have no insurance, but micro-payments via mobile phone are helping give low-income households the cover they need. When Francis Ahiale was trying to ...

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Yahoo closes internet prodigy’s news app

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr D’Aloisio launched the Yahoo News Digest app at 2014’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to great fanfare Yahoo has announced it is shutting down its award-winning News Digest app at the end of this month. It was launched in 2014 and is ...

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Siri storm caused by economist’s comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption When it comes to virtual assistants, do you trust a male or a female voice more? A leading economist has inadvertently caused a storm by saying he preferred the voice on the iPhone Siri virtual assistant to be male because he felt that made ...

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Amazon accuses Walmart of bullying in cloud computing clash

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Walmart said there were cases in which it would not want its data on Amazon’s cloud computing platform Walmart, the US’s biggest retail chain, has been accused of trying to coerce its technology suppliers into shunning Amazon’s cloud computing service. Amazon has accused its ...

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Two Britons arrested over Microsoft hack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The hack attacks targeted internal customer information Two men have been arrested for their part in an alleged plan to hack into Microsoft’s network. A 22-year-old from Sleaford and a 25-year-old from Bracknell were detained by police on Thursday. It is believed that the men ...

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