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NCSC, UK cyber-centre thwarts hostile hackers

The UK’s top cyber-defence centre has stopped Britain falling victim to almost 1,200 attacks in the last two years, its annual review reveals. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was currently defeating about 10 attacks every week, it said. Most of the attacks were carried out by state-sponsored hackers employed by hostile nations, it added....

WhatsApp fixes booby-trap video call bug

Answering a booby-trapped video call via the WhatsApp messaging service could force the app to crash and close, a security expert has found. The bug was a “big deal” said researcher Tavis Ormandy, who is part of the team that found it. It was found in the messaging service’s apps used on Android and Apple smartphones....

Google and Microsoft boffins playing nicely together to stop replay attacks in their tracks

Internet Engineering Task Force doc examines how to better protect authentication tokens Google and Microsoft engineers have pooled their efforts to propose a protection against what are known as “replay attacks”. These occur when an attacker steals something like a victim’s OAuth token and uses it to impersonate them to access otherwise secured resources....

Google+ shutting down after users’ data is exposed

Google is shutting down much of its social network, Google+, after user data was left exposed. It said a bug in its software meant information that people believed was private had been accessible by third parties. Google said up to 500,000 users had been affected. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal,...

Microsoft pauses Windows 10 update after files disappear

Microsoft has paused the October update of its Windows 10 operating system after reports that some users found their documents disappeared once it was installed. On its support page, the firm asks affected customers to use their device as little as possible and to phone their local helpline. It is also asking people who...

Parkinson’s diagnosis set to be sped up by Tencent’s AI

Chinese tech giant Tencent and London medical firm Medopad have teamed up to use artificial intelligence in the diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease. A camera captures the way patients move their hands to determine the severity of their symptoms. The research team has trained the system with existing videos of patients who have been assessed...

Original working Apple -I computer fetches $375,000 at auction

An Apple-I computer, the first product made by the computing giant, has sold at auction for $375,000 (£230,000). The machine was designed by Steve Wozniak, known as Woz, the co-founder of Apple. His business partner, Steve Jobs, convinced him to package and sell the machine – it went on sale in 1976 for $666.66....

Internet regulator considered for UK

The UK government is considering “all options”, including a regulator, as part of new legislation governing the internet. It has previously said it will publish a White Paper in the coming months, laying out its proposals. According to Buzzfeed News, the White Paper will propose a regulatory body similar to Ofcom, which regulates broadcasters and...

Uk’s digital infrastructure, From Aberdeen to Brighton: Investing in the UK’s digital future

More investment in the UK’s broadband infrastructure is critical to ensure the UK’s future success in technology in a post-Brexit world With Brexit on the horizon, it is an unfortunate truth that there remains little certainty over what our future relationship with Brussels will look like. Beyond the political rhetoric, Britain must be known...