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Router hack risk not limited to Virgin Media

Image caption Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 had a weak default password A weakness that left thousands of Virgin Media routers vulnerable to attack also affects devices by other providers, security experts warn. Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 was criticised for using short default passwords that could easily be cracked …

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Two Britons arrested over Microsoft hack

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The hack attacks targeted internal customer information Two men have been arrested for their part in an alleged plan to hack into Microsoft’s network. A 22-year-old from Sleaford and a 25-year-old from Bracknell were detained by police on Thursday. It is believed that the men …

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US official: Russia 'hacked' 21 US states in election

Image copyright Getty Images Russian hackers targeted election systems in 21 US states during last year’s campaign, said a US official. Jeanette Manfra of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refused to identify the states during her testimony before a Senate panel, citing confidentiality agreements. But she added there was …

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Uber: The scandals that drove Travis Kalanick out

Image copyright Getty Images Uber’s embattled chief executive Travis Kalanick has resigned from the firm, following pressure from shareholders. His resignation comes after a chaotic few months at the firm, including a series of scandals about sexual harassment, macho culture and the departure of senior executives. Mr Kalanick had already …

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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 …

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Grand theft auto

Image copyright Charles Henderson Image caption Charles Henderson found he still had smartphone access to his old car even though he’d sold it Charles Henderson loved his “awesome” convertible, particularly the fact that he could start, lock and unlock it remotely via his mobile phone. It was one of the …

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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 …

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India internet shutdowns 'violate human rights'

Image copyright Abid Bhat Image caption Authorities say they shut internet and telecommunications services to stop rumours during times of unrest Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said India needs to cease “arbitrary restrictions” on internet and phone services. The organisation said state governments had imposed 20 temporary internet shutdowns in …

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Legal threat shuts down GTA game toolkit

Image copyright Rockstar games Image caption The toolkit let people modify the basic elements of the GTA game Players of Grand Theft Auto are up in arms after legal threats forced the closure of a popular toolkit used to make add-ons or “mods” for the game. GTA creator Take-Two issued …

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