UK hacker exploits online bank loophole to steal £100,000

Image copyright courtneyk Image caption A hacker stole almost £100,000 by exploiting a loophole in Clydesdale Bank’s online banking system A UK hacker has been jailed for stealing almost £100,000 from a bank by exploiting a bug in the bank’s online banking system. James Ejankowski, who’s 24, defrauded Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group of more […]

Netflix lets children call TV shots

Image copyright Netflix Image caption Children can decide which characters to interact with in a Puss in Book spin-off of the Shrek movies Netflix is launching two interactive children’s TV shows that let audiences determine the on-screen action. The animated programmes ask youngsters to choose between two options at several points in their plots. The […]

VR headset viewers ‘barely turn their heads’

Image copyright Emma Gibbs Image caption Most people don’t bother to turn their heads and bodies to see the full 360 degrees of a VR video Don’t like twisting your neck while wearing a virtual reality headset? You’re not alone. Google has discovered that most people who watch VR videos rarely bother to turn their […]

AI may take your job – in 120 years

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Experts working in the field of machine learning are cautious about the progress of AI A global survey of experts in machine learning suggests it will be 120 years before all human jobs are automated. In 45 years’ time, though, half of jobs currently filled by humans will have […]

South Korean firm’s ‘record’ ransom payment

South Korean firm’s ‘record’ ransom payment

Image copyright Webroot Image caption Ransomware known as WannaCry recently infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world South Korean web-hosting firm Nayana has agreed to pay a $1m ransom to unlock computers frozen by hackers. It is believed to be a record amount, although it is worth noting that many ransom payments are […]

Spotify trials adding ‘sponsored songs’ to playlists

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Taylor Swift recently put her music back onto Spotify. Spotify has confirmed it is experimenting with allowing music labels to promote songs by adding them to users’ playlists as sponsored content. The Swedish-based music platform said subscription payers were not included in the small trial. Those whose accounts are […]

Fatal Tesla crash driver ‘given warnings’

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tesla has modified the autopilot mode in the wake of the crash The Tesla driver involved in a fatal crash in May 2016 was given repeated automated warnings about his driving behaviour, according to a US government report. The National Transportation Safety Board released 500 pages of findings on the […]

Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The personal details and political biases of almost 200 million US citizens have been leaked online Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birthdates, home addresses, […]

Euro MPs back end-to-end encryption for all citizens

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The European Parliament could enforce end-to-end encryption as an extension of personal privacy A European Parliament committee wants end-to-end encryption to be enforced on all forms of digital communication to protect European Union (EU) citizens. The draft legislation seeks to protect sensitive personal data from hacking and government surveillance. EU […]

Swiss supercomputer edges US out of top spot

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Many supercomputers aid research into global climate change For only the second time in 24 years, the US has been edged out of the top flight of the world’s most powerful number-crunchers. An upgrade to a Swiss supercomputer has bumped the US Department of Energy’s Cray XK7 to number […]