Overwatch trolls face tougher penalties

Image copyright Activision Blizzard Image caption Overwatch is an online multiplayer game in which skilled heroes work as a team Overwatch players will face harsher penalties if they abuse or harass others, developer Blizzard has announced. The company said “verified reports” of “bad behaviour” would lead to players being silenced, temporarily suspended or banned from […]

Watchdog extends reach over crypto-cash investment

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than $1bn has been invested in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) this year already A US regulator has said firms looking for backing via crypto-currencies should be more strictly regulated. Such investments should be registered in the same way as securities sales, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission […]

Hack on Italy’s largest bank affects 400,000 customers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Milan-based bank has said a contractor is to blame for the breach Data about loan accounts belonging to 400,000 customers of Italy’s largest bank has been put at risk by two security breaches. Unicredit said that personal data and account numbers could have been stolen. But it added […]

Shoddy data-stripping exposes firms to hack attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fraud targeting senior executives is a “key threat”, said Europol Large firms are vulnerable to targeted hack attacks because they do little to strip data from files on their websites, suggests research. The data gets added as employees create documents, images and other files as they maintain and update […]

Adobe to kill off Flash plug-in by 2020

Image caption Adobe’s Flash software is regularly updated to remove flaws that cyber-thieves exploit Adobe Systems has said that it plans to phase out its Flash Player plug-in by the end of 2020. The technology was once one of the most widely used ways for people to watch video clips and play games online. But […]

Microsoft Paint avoids brush with death

Microsoft Paint avoids brush with death

Image copyright @Foxymulderx Image caption The new Doctor Who was re-created in Microsoft Paint by user @foxymulderx Microsoft has confirmed that it will continue to offer its graphics program Paint. In a recent update, it had listed Paint as a feature that would be either removed or no longer developed. Paint, renowned for its simplicity, […]

Musk and Zuckerberg clash over future of AI

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Elon Musk is worried that artificial intelligence could eventually destroy humanity Elon Musk has accused Mark Zuckerberg of failing to understand artificial intelligence. It comes after the Facebook boss said that the doomsday scenario put forward by Mr Musk was unhelpful. Mr Musk tweeted: “I’ve talked to Mark about […]

Robot vacuum company mulls selling maps of homes

Image copyright iRobot IRobot, the maker of the Roomba smart vacuum, could one day sell data drawn from the maps the devices build up of individual homes as they clean. The Roomba is an automated floor cleaner that can be activated via an app and find its own way around, using sensors and a camera. […]

Google SOS Alerts added to search results and maps

Image copyright Google Image caption SOS Alerts has already been used to flag information about wildfires within Google Maps Google has begun rounding up information about unfolding natural disasters, terrorism and other crises within its Search and Maps tools. Visitors will be shown updates from authorities, news articles, emergency telephone numbers and other useful information […]

Cash machine hacked in five minutes

After cash machines were hacked in Thailand and Taiwan in 2016, Click asks if the same thing could happen again. Leigh-Anne Galloway, a security expert with Positive Technologies, says most cash machines are effectively a Windows XP computer attached to a safe. BBC Click’s Spencer Kelly joins her with a cash machine to find out […]

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