Penis advert appeared in video game apps

Image copyright ASA Image caption An animated version of these images appeared within the games (the black boxes have been added by the BBC) A US online retailer has been reprimanded for promoting an explicit ad for a penis extender strap within video games played by children. The UK’s advertising watchdog said that had […]

Ikea app TaskRabbit reveals security breach

Image copyright Reuters Ikea’s odd jobs marketplace TaskRabbit is investigating a “cyber-security incident”, the company has announced. The app and website let people find freelance workers to complete household tasks such as cleaning, gardening or assembling flat-pack furniture. TaskRabbit has not revealed the nature of the incident, but said it was working with law enforcement […]

Russia’s Telegram block hits web users

Image copyright Steve Jennings Image caption Telegram founder Pavel Durov has vowed to help users circumvent the ban Russian web users are reporting problems accessing online services as a result of the authorities’ bid to block the Telegram messaging app. Russia’s media regulator has blocked more than 4 million IP addresses after a court approved […]

Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook must face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology, a California judge has ruled. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook gathered biometric information without users’ explicit consent. It involves the “tag suggestions” technology, which spots users’ friends in uploaded photos; the lawsuit says this breaches Illinois state […]

Russia accused of global net hack attacks

Image copyright EPA Image caption Russia has been accused of carrying our cyber-attacks across the globe State-sponsored Russian hackers are actively seeking to hijack essential internet hardware, US and UK intelligence agencies say. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security issued a joint alert warning of […]

China’s ZTE ‘poses risk to UK security’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The warning is set to impact ZTE’s efforts to sell 5G infrastructure and devices The UK’s cyber-defence watchdog has confirmed it has blacklisted one of China’s leading state-owned companies. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has written to UK telecoms providers warning them that the use of ZTE’s equipment […]

Facebook expels alt-right figurehead

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A speech by Mr Spencer on the University of Florida’s campus proved controversial in 2017 Facebook has banned the American white nationalist who popularised the term “alternative right”. Richard Spencer’s page on the social network was removed on Friday along with two other pages he controlled: that of his […]

Artificial intelligence must be ‘for common good’

Image copyright Getty Images Ethics should be at the centre of the development of artificial intelligence (AI), a parliamentary report has said. AI should “never” be given the “autonomous power to hurt, destroy or deceive” people, it adds. The Lords’ report said the UK has the potential to be a leader in developing AI and […]

Wetherspoon pub chain shuts its social media accounts

Image copyright PA Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has used Twitter to tell its 44,000 followers that it is quitting social media. The firm’s head office and 900 pubs will quit the micro-blogging site, and also Instagram and Facebook, with immediate effect, it said. The pub chain linked the move to bad publicity surrounding social media […]

TED 2018: The smart home that spied on its owner

Image copyright Gizmodo For two months in early 2018, technology journalist Kashmir Hill let innocent household items spy on her. She had turned her one-bedroom apartment into a “smart home” and was measuring how much data was being collected by the firms that made the devices. Her smart toothbrush betrayed when she had not brushed […]