Router hack risk 'not limited to Virgin Media'

Router hack risk 'not limited to Virgin Media'

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 concerns that older routers provided by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and others were also at risk. They recommend users change their router password from the default. Media playback is unsupported on your device…

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Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

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 their “friends” on a map that is accurate enough to determine where people live. Snap, the company behind Snapchat, stressed to the BBC that location sharing was an opt-in feature. Exact location…

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Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organisations to combat extremism and hate speech. It comes a week after the social network announced steps of its own to remove terrorist-related content from its site. The UK Online Civil Courage Initiative’s initial partners include Imams Online and the Jo Cox Foundation. Facebook has faced criticism for being slow to react to terrorist propaganda on its platforms. “The recent terror attacks in London…

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UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

UK rail ticket machines hit by IT glitch

Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service this morning preventing commuters from using them to pay fares. On-screen messages said they had “no online connectivity”, making them unable to send payment card details. The issue began at about 06:00 BST. A spokesman for the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) told the BBC the issue had been resolved shortly before 09:00 BST. He added that the fault appeared to have been with the software…

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WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people discover and discuss news, according to a study. But use of the messaging app appears to vary widely between countries. In Malaysia, more than 50% of those surveyed said they used WhatsApp for news at least once a week. But in the US, the figure was only 3%, and in the UK it was 5%. The Digital News Report also indicates the Brexit debate has led…

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Queen's Speech: Petrol stations must 'go electric'

Queen's Speech: Petrol stations must 'go electric'

Petrol stations and motorway services will be required to install electric charge points, under plans outlined in the Queen’s Speech. The measure forms part of a government push to increase the number of electric vehicles on UK roads. The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill also contains plans to push driverless car technology. It includes an extension of car insurance to cover the use of automated vehicles. There are several trials of driverless cars ongoing in…

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Uber chief executive Kalanick resigns

Uber chief executive Kalanick resigns

Uber boss Travis Kalanick has resigned as chief executive after pressure from shareholders. Mr Kalanick will remain on the board of the firm, however. His resignation comes after a review of practices at the firm and scandals including complaints of sexual harassment. Last week he said he was taking an indefinite leave of absence following the sudden death of his mother in a boating accident. ‘Bold decision’ Five major Uber investors demanded Mr Kalanick’s immediate…

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South Korean firm's 'record' ransom payment

South Korean firm's 'record' ransom payment

South Korean web-hosting firm Nayana has agreed to pay a $ 1m ransom to unlock computers frozen by hackers. It is believed to be a record amount, although it is worth noting that many ransom payments are never made public. Nayana’s chief executive revealed that the hackers initially asked for $ 4.4m, payable in bitcoin. Security experts warned that firms should not pay such ransoms or enter into negotiations with hackers. Angela Sasse, director of…

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