Google and Facebook duped in huge ‘scam’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The two tech giants succumbed to a well known type of scam, in which an attacker tricks the victim via innocent-looking emails Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100m (£77m) scam. In March, it was reported that a Lithuanian man had been charged […]

Facebook ‘observed propaganda efforts’ by governments

Image copyright AFP Image caption The social network has published a new report about propaganda efforts it has detected Facebook has admitted that it observed attempts to spread propaganda on its site, apparently orchestrated by governments or organised parties. The firm has seen “false news, disinformation, or networks of fake accounts aimed at manipulating public […]

TED 2017: UK ‘Iron Man’ demonstrates flying suit

Image copyright Bret Hartman/Ted Image caption Richard Browning took off beside the spectacular Vancouver harbour A British inventor, who built an Iron Man-style flight suit, has flown it at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver. Richard Browning’s short flight took place outside the Vancouver Convention Centre in front of a large crowd. […]

BBC exposes flaws in ‘world’s most secure’ email service

A BBC Click investigation has thrown doubt on claims that the small, personal email server Nomx can provide “absolute security”. Created by entrepreneur Will Donaldson, Nomx says it uses the “world’s most secure communications protocol” to protect email messages. But security analysts cracked the device’s simple passwords and hacked its hardware and software. Defending itself, […]

Police to use facial recognition at Champions League final

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption South Wales Police has provided £177,000 for facial recognition technology that they plan to use at the stadium Police in Wales plan to use facial recognition on fans during the Champions League final in Cardiff on 3 June, according to a government contract posted online. Faces will be scanned […]

Hackers used Microsoft Word bug ‘for months’

Image caption The bug was found in Microsoft Office software – and went unfixed for months A bug in Microsoft Word was exploited by hackers for months before it was eventually fixed, according to security researchers. The flaw allowed attackers to take control of a computer via malicious document files. The zero-day, or previously undetected, […]

Cash offered after drones disrupt flights in China

Image copyright AFP Image caption The bounty comes following four days of disruption to flights at Chengdu airport Chinese drone maker DJI is offering up to one million yuan (£112,000) for information about drones that disrupted scores of flights at a Chinese airport. On four days this month – 14, 17, 18 and 21 – […]

Classic BlackBerry gets Android revival

The classic BlackBerry smartphone with a physical keyboard has been given a 2017 makeover. The BBC’s Chris Foxx asked Gareth Hern from BlackBerry Mobile what he hoped would draw consumers back to the smartphone brand. Classic BlackBerry gets Android revival

Ted 2017: The robot that wants to go to university

Image copyright Bret Hartman/Ted Image caption Noriko Arai told Ted curator Chris Anderson that the era of AI required a new type of education for children Prof Noriko Arai has spent years training a robot to pass prestigious University of Tokyo’s entrance exams. And in 2015 and 2016, her Todai robot outperformed 80% of high-school […]

UK protests Twitter’s block on user data

Image copyright AFP Image caption The government has said it is “protesting” against the decision to restrict access to data The British government is protesting against Twitter’s decision to withdraw access to user data used to investigate potential terrorist plots. The information was previously used by the police and the MI5 intelligence agency. However, the […]

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