Artificial intelligence smart enough to fool Captcha security check

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Computer scientists have developed AI algorithms smart enough to crack Captcha tests Computer scientists have developed artificial intelligence that can outsmart the Captcha website security check system. Captcha challenges people to prove they are human by recognising combinations of letters and numbers that machines would struggle to complete correctly. […]

Hotel booking sites probed by consumer watchdog

Hotel booking sites are to be probed by the UK’s competition watchdog to see if consumers are being misled by them. The Competition and Markets Authority is concerned that rather than helping consumers, the sites might actually be making it more difficult for them. The CMA said it was “concerned about the clarity, accuracy and […]

YouTuber Adam Blampied apologises for ‘manipulating’ women

YouTuber Adam Blampied apologises for ‘manipulating’ women

Image copyright What Culture Image caption Blampied was best-known as a presenter for the What Culture Wrestling YouTube channel, which has over a million subscribers Adam Blampied, a prominent YouTube video blogger, has issued an apology for “manipulating” women into sending him images on social media. “To everyone I’ve hurt… I’m so sorry,” said the […]

NHS ‘could have prevented’ WannaCry ransomware attack

Image copyright AFP Image caption WannaCry was the biggest cyber-attack that has affected the NHS to date NHS trusts were left vulnerable in a major ransomware attack in May because cyber-security recommendations were not followed, a government report has said. More than a third of trusts in England were disrupted by the WannaCry ransomware, according […]

Twitter bans RT and Sputnik ads amid election interference fears

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Twitter is to donate all money earned from the outlets Twitter is banning two of Russia’s biggest media outlets from buying advertising amid fears they attempted to interfere with the 2016 US election. The ban on advertising from Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik, and all linked accounts, was “effective immediately”. […]

Nazi forums closed as Reddit purges ‘violent content’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nazi rallies in the US have prompted counter-protests recently Reddit has closed down several extremist forums after updating its policy regarding violent content. The newly banned and removed pages include r/NationalSocialism, r/Nazi, r/whitesarecriminals and r/far_right. Reddit’s new policy says: “Do not post content that encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for […]

WhatsApp and Facebook to face EU data taskforce

Image copyright Getty Images WhatsApp and Facebook will be scrutinised by a data protection taskforce, after they were accused of “non-compliance” with EU laws. The regulators took issue with the messaging app’s plan to share user data with parent company Facebook. A group of watchdogs and regulators from EU nations, known as the Article 29 […]

Dell web address grabbed by third party

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The domain name was checked regularly by software installed as standard on many Dell PCs A web address used by recovery software on Dell PCs was taken over by a third-party after a contractor apparently failed to renew it. Dell’s software checks in with the domain periodically, so whoever […]

Piccadilly Circus lights switched back on after renovations

Media captionThe new display has one of the highest resolution LED displays of its size in the world The billboard lights at Piccadilly Circus have been switched back on following major renovations. The sign, which has displayed electrical advertisements for more than a century, was switched off in January and replaced with a temporary banner. […]

Porn-makers challenge Patreon’s crowdfunding ban

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The letter claims Patreon had helped prevent some porn creators from becoming homeless Dozens of adult content creators have signed an open letter to Patreon challenging restrictions it has placed on the creation of pornography. The crowdfunding service updated its rules last week to explicitly ban the sale of […]

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