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Wi-fi security flaw 'puts devices at risk of hacks'

Wi-fi security flaw 'puts devices at risk of hacks' Media playback is unsupported on your device The wi-fi connections of businesses and homes around the world are at risk, according to researchers who have revealed a major flaw dubbed Krack. It concerns an authentication system which is widely used to secure wireless connections. Experts said it could leave “the majority” of connections at risk until they are patched. The researchers added the attack method was “exceptionally devastating” for Android 6.0 or above and Linux. A Google spokesperson said: “We’re aware…

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Can we teach robots ethics?

Can we teach robots ethics? We are not used to the idea of machines making ethical decisions, but the day when they will routinely do this – by themselves – is fast approaching. So how, asks the BBC’s David Edmonds, will we teach them to do the right thing? The car arrives at your home bang on schedule at 8am to take you to work. You climb into the back seat and remove your electronic reading device from your briefcase to scan the news. There has never been trouble on…

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Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath

Why Pinterest boss Tim Kendall takes a daily ice bath When you think of the giants of Silicon Valley, Pinterest may not immediately spring to mind. But with 200 million active users and a recent valuation of $12.3bn (£9bn), the platform that started out in 2012 as a quirky online scrapbook has quietly become a hot commodity for advertisers and investors alike. Perhaps that’s why Pinterest president Tim Kendall chooses to keep his cool with a daily ice bath. And the BBC’s Zoe Kleinman found out that’s not his only…

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US voices frustration with 'warrant-proof' encryption

US voices frustration with 'warrant-proof' encryption The US deputy attorney general says the use of “warrant-proof encryption” in popular apps and operating systems, is hampering law enforcement. Several apps encrypt communications end-to-end, which stop messages being legible if intercepted by criminals or law enforcement. In a speech, Rod Rosenstein said law enforcers were increasingly thwarted by such encryption. He met Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Thursday to discuss the issue. He will also meet the head of the UK’s GCHQ intelligence agency. “Increasingly, the tools we use to collect evidence…

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Equifax removes webpage after malware issue

Equifax removes webpage after malware issue Equifax has taken down a customer help web page amid concerns over malware linked to the site. The firm said it took down the link for credit report assistance “out of an abundance of caution”. The problem did not compromise its systems or affect the dispute portal, the firm added in a later update. Equifax is still reeling from discovery of a breach that compromised personal data of more than 145.5 million Americans and about 8,000 Canadians. Equifax has also said a file containing…

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Branson's Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One

Branson's Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One The Virgin investment group has taken an undisclosed stake in Hyperloop One, one of several companies trying to create a pod-based transport system. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Virgin’s founder, Sir Richard Branson, is joining the Los Angeles-based firm’s board as part of the deal, and it is rebranding itself as Virgin Hyperloop One. One expert suggested the tie-up would help raise the company’s profile. “This is unproven technology and there’s a long way to go before it ever…

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Apple's Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR

Apple's Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR Media playback is unsupported on your device Apple’s chief executive has suggested he is not very enthusiastic about virtual reality. Tim Cook said that he felt that the technology could isolate users and voiced a preference for augmented reality instead. AR involves mixing graphics and real-world views together rather than solely filling a person’s view with computer-generated images. One expert suggested Mr Cook’s view was becoming more popular in tech circles. Mr Cook expressed his opinion at an event hosted by the…

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Israeli spies 'watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software'

Israeli spies 'watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software' Israeli spies looked on as Russian hackers breached Kaspersky cyber-security software two years ago, US media report. The Russians were allegedly attempting to gather data on US intelligence programs, according to the New York Times and Washington Post. Israeli agents made the discovery after breaching the software themselves. Kaspersky has said it was neither involved in nor aware of the situation and denies collusion with authorities. Last month, the US government decided to stop using the Russian firm’s software on its computers….

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Facebook and Twitter could face 'online abuse' tax

Facebook and Twitter could face 'online abuse' tax Facebook and Twitter could be asked to pay a tax to help fund educational campaigns about internet abuse. It is among ideas suggested by the UK government as it considers its safer internet strategy. It also proposed that social media platforms reveal the true scale of online hate and how much content is removed each year. And it wants a code of practice to ensure providers offer adequate online safety. The measures are intended to address the issues of: cyber-bullying trolling abuse…

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