Search tool accesses firms’ documents in the cloud

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Amazon storage servers are known as “buckets” A website created by anonymous hackers has been launched that allows anyone to search for sensitive data stored in the cloud. Buckhacker is a tool that trawls servers at Amazon Web Services (AWS), a popular cloud computing platform. AWS provides data storage […]

AI does grunt work on China’s pig farms

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Alibaba is trying to entice Chinese pig farmers to trial its tech Artificial intelligence technology has been developed to help piglets survive their first months – and then to decide which sows to kill. The scheme is being rolled out in China, the world’s biggest producer and consumer of […]

YouTube and Instagram face Russian bans

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Oleg Deripaska has warned the media not to repeat the allegations made against him YouTube and Instagram face being blocked by Russian internet service providers as a result of a standoff between one of the country’s richest businessmen and an opposition leader. Russia’s internet censor blacklisted material on both […]

eSports’ Overwatch League announces its first female player

Image copyright Getty Images – Ken Ishii eSports’ Overwatch League has finally announced its first female player. Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon is joining the Shanghai Dragons and will be one of the very few female players in eSports competing at a top professional level. There’s been a lot of speculation about it online in recent weeks, […]

Crypto-currency craze ‘hinders search for alien life’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption If there is intelligent life out there, it might be broadcasting signals across the universe Scientists listening out for broadcasts by extra-terrestrials are struggling to get the computer hardware they need, thanks to the crypto-currency mining craze, a radio-astronomer has said. Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) wants to expand […]

Amazon Echo Dot ad cleared over cat food order

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Amazon Echo Dot TV commercial was cleared by the UK’s advertising regulator A television ad for Amazon’s Echo Dot smart speaker that caused a viewer’s device to try to order cat food has been cleared by a UK regulator. The advert, which aired in October, featured a man […]

Ten gigabit home broadband tested in UK

Image copyright Cathy Brennan Broadband speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) have been tested in a home in the former Olympic village in east London. Broadband operator Hyperoptic conducted the test, claiming it is the first time such speeds have been brought to a UK home using an existing ISP network rather […]

Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm

Image copyright AFP Image caption Nearly 100% of energy in Iceland comes from renewable sources Iceland is facing an “exponential” rise in Bitcoin mining that is gobbling up power resources, a spokesman for Icelandic energy firm HS Orka has said. This year, electricity use at Bitcoin mining data centres is likely to exceed that of […]

Criminals hide ‘billions’ in crypto-cash – Europol

Media captionBitcoin explained: How do cryptocurrencies work? Three to four billion pounds of criminal money in Europe is being laundered through cryptocurrencies, according to Europol. The agency’s director Rob Wainwright told the BBC’s Panorama that regulators and industry leaders need to work together to tackle the problem. The warning comes after Bitcoin’s value fell by […]

Hackers hijack government websites to mine crypto-cash

Image copyright Reuters The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) took down its website after a warning that hackers were taking control of visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency. Security researcher Scott Helme said more than 4,000 websites, including many government ones, were affected. He said the affected code had now been disabled and visitors were no longer […]