Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle

Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle

Plans to build the world’s “largest” data centre are being made public. The facility is set to be created at the Norwegian town of Ballangen, which is located inside the Arctic Circle. The firm behind the project, Kolos, says the chilled air and abundant hydropower available locally would help it keep its energy costs down. The area, however, suffers the country’s highest rate of sick leave from work, which may be related to its past…

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UK data protection laws to be overhauled

UK data protection laws to be overhauled

Media playback is unsupported on your device Britons could obtain more control over what happens to personal information under proposals outlined by the government. Citizens will be able to ask for personal data, or information posted when they were children, to be deleted. The proposals are part of an overhaul of UK data protection laws drafted by the Digital Minister, Matt Hancock. The UK’s data protection watchdog will also get new powers and be able…

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Cyber-attack was about data and not money, say experts

Cyber-attack was about data and not money, say experts

The Petya malware variant that hit businesses around the world may not have been an attempt to make money, suspect security experts. The malicious program demanded a payment to unlock files it scrambled on infected machines. However, a growing number of researchers now believe the program was launched just to destroy data. Experts point to “aggressive” features of the malware that make it impossible to retrieve key files. Cashing out Matt Suiche, from security firm…

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CD Projekt Red: Hackers Are Ransoming Stolen Game Data

CD Projekt Red: Hackers Are Ransoming Stolen Game Data

Polish game developer CD Projekt Red has built up a rabid fan base thanks to its work on The Witcher games, most recently the widely praised The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The company has long been working on another game not connected to the Witcher universe, known as Cyberpunk 2077. According to a statement on Twitter, CD Projekt Red has been hacked and game files from Cyberpunk 2077 are in the hands of unknown people…

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Uber and Lyft ordered to share data with San Francisco

Uber and Lyft ordered to share data with San Francisco

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have been ordered to hand over details about their San Francisco operations. The city attorney wants access to four years’ worth of data about driver practices and the areas they serve. Dennis Herrera said he wanted to ensure they were complying with local laws on safety, accessibility and not creating “a public nuisance”. Uber and Lyft have 15 days to comply or face charges of contempt and other court-imposed penalties….

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NHS performance data 'likely to be delayed until after election'

NHS performance data 'likely to be delayed until after election'

It is likely that publication of key financial performance data from the NHS in England will be delayed until after the election, the BBC understands. Regulator NHS Improvement is understood to want to publish data on the scale of hospital deficits but has been advised against it by parts of the government. The British Medical Association said the government was “running scared” by delaying the release of the figures. The Department of Health and the…

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India's Zomato says data from 17 million users stolen

India's Zomato says data from 17 million users stolen

Global restaurant guide Zomato says hackers have stolen data on about 17 million users. The Indian firm, which uses a digital platform to provide information, said the breach includes swathes of personal information, including email addresses and hashed passwords. Payment-related information is safe as it was stored separately, Zomato said. The firm said it had reset the passwords of affected users and logged them out of the app and the website. More than 120 million…

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Guardian Soulmates users hit with spam after data exposure

Guardian Soulmates users hit with spam after data exposure

Users of Guardian Soulmates have been targeted with sexually explicit spam emails after their contact information was accidentally exposed on the dating site. Information from users’ profiles was included in the spam messages. The Guardian newspaper’s publisher, which runs the service, said “human error” was at fault. Guardian News & Media blamed a third-party technology provider for the problem, which has now been fixed. The BBC was contacted by one user who said they had…

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