Global ransomware attack causes turmoil

Global ransomware attack causes turmoil

Image copyright Screenshot Image caption Many reports suggest that screens around the world are getting this message, indicating a ransomware attack is to blame. Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack. British advertising agency WPP is among those to say its IT systems have been disrupted […]

Google hit with record EU fine over Shopping service

Google hit with record EU fine over Shopping service

Image copyright Google Image caption Google Shopping ads appear at the top of many search result pages Google has been fined 2.42bn euros ($2.7bn; £2.1bn) by the European Commission after it ruled the company had abused its power by promoting its own shopping comparison service at the top of search results. The amount is the […]

Volvo’s driverless cars ‘confused’ by kangaroos

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There are more than 20,000 kangaroo strikes each year in Australia Volvo’s self-driving technology is struggling to identify kangaroos in the road. The Swedish car-maker’s 2017 S90 and XC90 models use its Large Animal Detection system to monitor the road for deer, elk and caribou. But the way kangaroos […]

Gmail to end ad-targeting email scans

Gmail to end ad-targeting email scans

Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Microsoft had attacked Google’s email scans claiming they were an invasion of privacy Google’s decision to stop scanning Gmail users’ emails in order to target them with personalised adverts has been given a qualified welcome by privacy campaigners. The tech firm revealed the change in a blog at the end […]

Player protests force change on GTA V mod kit

Player protests force change on GTA V mod kit

Image copyright Rockstar Games Image caption Many people play heavily changed, or modded, versions of GTA V Player protests have prompted the publishers of GTA V to halt legal action against a widely used software add-on for the single-player version. Take-Two claimed the Open IV program that let people change, or mod, the game’s basic […]

Hyperlane: A special lane for self-driving vehicles

A US company is proposing special lanes on roads purely for self-driving vehicles. The Hyperlanes would be controlled by a central computer allowing self-driving cars to travel along at speeds over 100mph (160kph). BBC Click spoke to Baiyu Chen, a co-founder of Hyperlane to find out more about how the system would work. See more […]

Parliament hit by ‘sustained’ cyber-attack

Parliament hit by ‘sustained’ cyber-attack

Image copyright PA Parliament has been hit by a cyber attack, officials at Westminster say. The “sustained” hack began on Friday night, prompting officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as a safeguard. The parliamentary authorities said hackers had mounted a “determined attack” on all user accounts “in […]

Router hack risk ‘not limited to Virgin Media’

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 suggest. Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 was criticised for using short default passwords that could easily be cracked by attackers. But experts raised […]

Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Image copyright SNap Image caption Snap Map lets people track their friends An update to Snapchat that shows publicly posted images on a searchable map has raised safety concerns among parents. Snap Map lets people search for places such as schools and see videos and pictures posted by children inside. It also lets people locate […]

Router hack risk not limited to Virgin Media

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 by attackers. But experts say […]

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