It is easy to expose users’ secret web habits, say researchers

It is easy to expose users’ secret web habits, say researchers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A lot of net advertising depends on grabbing information about what people do online Two German researchers say they have exposed the porn-browsing habits of a judge, a cyber-crime investigation and the drug preferences of a politician. The pair obtained huge amounts of information about the browsing habits of […]

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk rolls out mass market model

Tesla Model 3: Elon Musk rolls out mass market model

Image copyright Tesla Motors via Reuters Image caption The first Tesla Model 3 cars off the production line are now with their new owners Electric car maker Tesla has rolled out its new Model 3 vehicle – the company’s cheapest car to date. The first 30 customers – most of them employees of the company […]

BT offers universal broadband in place of regulation

BT offers universal broadband in place of regulation

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some remote homes have struggled to get decent broadband connections BT has offered to provide the infrastructure for 99% of premises in the UK to get broadband speeds of at least 10 megabits per second by 2020. If accepted, it would mean government-proposed rules, allowing those living in remote […]

Power firms alerted on hack attack scenarios

Power firms alerted on hack attack scenarios

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Ukraine’s energy grid has been attacked twice by hackers Power firms around the world are being warned about how to spot if they are being targeted by hackers who shutdown parts of Ukraine’s electricity grid. The warnings have emerged from analysis of the malware used in an attack in Ukraine […]

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: ‘Pay women well’

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg: ‘Pay women well’

Fairer pay for women must be backed up by stronger policies at work, according to Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. But the firm’s chief operating officer, in an interview for BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, said the first step is to “start paying women well”. She chose Beyonce’s empowering Run The World (Girls) as her first […]

Kasparov: ‘Embrace’ the AI revolution

Kasparov: ‘Embrace’ the AI revolution

Image caption Mr Kasparov’s message got a warm reception from the tech-savvy crowd at DefCon Humans should embrace the change smart machines offer society, says former chess world champion Garry Kasparov. In a speech at Def Con in Las Vegas he said the rise of artificially intelligent machines would not be a huge threat to […]

Deception tech helps to thwart hackers’ attacks

Deception tech helps to thwart hackers’ attacks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption D-Day was aided by a massive disinformation campaign which fooled the Nazi high command In World War II, the Allies employed all kinds of sneaky tricks to deceive their enemies into thinking they had more troops and weapons at their disposal than they actually had. The camouflage techniques of […]

West Highlands worst for UK broadband

West Highlands worst for UK broadband

Image caption The parliamentary constituency that covers Skye was the worst in the UK for broadband The parliamentary constituency of Ross, Skye and Lochaber is the worst area in the UK for broadband, new figures show. A total of 65.6% of connections in the rural constituency were below the UK government’s proposed minimum standard of […]

Hackers ‘could make car wash attack’

Hackers ‘could make car wash attack’

Image copyright Youtube Image caption Researchers said they could make the car wash “strike anyone” using it Researchers say they have found a way to hack an internet-enabled carwash and make it “attack” users. They warned criminals could easily exploit the Laserwash car washes, making their doors close too early or their roller arms crush […]

Using cheap magnet, hacker beats protections on a "smart" handgun.

This week the world’s elite hackers are gathering in Las Vegas for Def Con, the largest underground hacking event of the year. The BBC’s North America technology reporter met a hacker who had circumvented protections on a handgun designed to make it impossible for unauthorised people to shoot. Cyber-hacks season: Smart gun hacked with cheap […]