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Twitter ‘baby poop’ video launches spam

Image copyright Twitter Image caption The video seemed to fool many Twitter users, including some high-profile media figures A Twitter video promising a “hysterical” response from a dog to a baby soiling its nappy appears to have been disabled by the social network. The malicious app gained access to users’ Twitter feeds, spamming links from […]

Starbucks cafe’s wi-fi made computers mine crypto-currency

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is not known who was behind the mining operation Starbucks has acknowledged that visitors to one of its branches were unwittingly recruited into a crypto-currency mining operation. The wi-fi service provided by one of the coffee chain’s Buenos Aires outlets surreptitiously hijacked connected computers to use their processing […]

Broadband over ‘wet string’ tested for fun

Image copyright Andrews and Arnold Image caption The experiment was a “bit of fun” says the firm responsible Engineers at a small British internet service provider have successfully made a broadband connection work over 2m (6ft 7in) of wet string. The connection reached speeds of 3.5 Mbps (megabits per second), according to the Andrews and […]

Twitter ‘baby poop’ video launches spam

Image copyright Twitter Image caption The video seemed to fool many Twitter users, including some high-profile media figures A Twitter video promising a “hysterical” response from a dog to a baby soiling its nappy appears to have been disabled by the social network. The malicious app gained access to users’ Twitter feeds, spamming links from […]

LinkedIn hosted jihadist lectures, Blair institute reveals

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Four lectures by the deceased cleric Anwar al-Awlaki were among the material found Lectures by a radical Islamist cleric linked to the 9/11 attacks and other jihadist content have been discovered on LinkedIn. The business-focused social network was alerted to the issue after an investigation by the Tony Blair […]

‘Meghan Markle’ and ‘fidget spinners’ top UK Google search

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “Meghan Markle” topped the list of search terms, following her engagement to Prince Harry “Meghan Markle”, fiancee to Prince Harry, has been revealed by Google as the top most searched term in the UK for 2017. It puts the royal bride-to-be ahead of “iPhone 8” and “Hurricane Irma” in […]

Broadband over ‘wet string’ tested for fun

Image copyright Andrews and Arnold Image caption The experiment was a “bit of fun” says the firm responsible Engineers at a small British internet service provider have successfully made a broadband connection work over 2m (6ft 7in) of wet string. The connection reached speeds of 3.5Mbps (megabits per second), according to the Andrews and Arnold […]

Netflix defends A Christmas Prince tweet

Image copyright Getty Images Netflix has defended a tweet that revealed 53 people had watched its new Christmas film every day for 18 days in a row. “Who hurt you?” read the tweet, addressed to them. The tweet caused controversy, with some saying it was “creepy” of the platform to keep such close tabs on […]

Tech firms could be held liable for extremism and abuse

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption MPs have previously said that Facebook, Google and Twitter were not doing enough to tackle abuse and extremism Google, Facebook and Twitter should be held liable for illegal and dangerous content on their platforms, an ethics body has said. The BBC understands that the Committee on Standards in Public […]

MoneyTaker hackers reportedly steal £7.5m from ATMs

Image copyright Reuters Russian-speaking hackers are suspected of stealing nearly $10m (£7.5m) from 20 companies in Russia, the UK and US. The MoneyTaker group removed overdraft limits on debit cards and took money from cash machines, according to a report by cybersecurity firm Group-IB. It also stole documentation for technology used by more than 200 […]