What happened to Robert the smoking robot?

What happened to Robert the smoking robot?

Image copyright Getty Images More than 80 years ago, a robot could be found in the unlikely surroundings of Kettering, directing traffic and smoking a cigarette. Today, the story of Robert the Robot is little known, even in the Northamptonshire town where he was once a celebrity. Yet in the 1930s, his fame reached as […]

Password manager OneLogin hit by data breach

Password manager OneLogin hit by data breach

Image copyright Getty Images Encrypted information has been accessed during a data breach at the password management service, OneLogin. It affects “all customers served by our US data centre” and perpetrators had “the ability to decrypt encrypted data”, according to The Register. Those affected have been advised to visit a registration-only support page, outlining the […]

‘Cash for hacks’ crowd-funding campaign abandoned

‘Cash for hacks’ crowd-funding campaign abandoned

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The hacking group was asking for roughly $22,000 via the crypto-currency Zcash Security researchers have cancelled plans to buy potentially undetected software security vulnerabilities from a notorious group of hackers. The plan involved buying hacking tools offered by the Shadow Brokers and then protecting computers before they could be […]

Ethiopia blocks mobile internet

Ethiopia blocks mobile internet

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Authorities have confirmed that the mobile internet is down Mobile internet access in Ethiopia has been blocked by the government – but officials are refusing to say why. It was reported last year that the country banned access to social media sites after university entrance exams were leaked online. […]

Messaging app Telegram centrepiece of IS social media strategy

Messaging app Telegram centrepiece of IS social media strategy

Image copyright Getty Images The Islamic State militant group (IS) is fighting on many fronts against those seeking to defeat it. One of those fronts is a digital one. IS puts media warfare on a par with its battle on the ground and often glorifies “media martyrs” – people who are killed while creating videos […]

ReMarkable digital notepad ‘feels like real paper’

A Norwegian start-up is developing a digital paper tablet it hopes will appeal to “paper people”. The device – called ReMarkable – can be written on using a stylus and is textured to feel like real paper. The BBC’s Chris Foxx asked the company’s Magnus Wanberg why people choose his device over a fully-featured tablet […]

Basildon Council fined £150,000 for traveller family data breach

Basildon Council fined £150,000 for traveller family data breach

Image copyright Google Image caption Basildon Council published information about a traveller family’s disabilities A council has been fined £150,000 for publishing sensitive personal information about a traveller family on its website. Basildon Council released details about the family’s disabilities, including mental health issues, in a planning application. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) says the […]

‘Cash for hacking tools’ sparks debate

‘Cash for hacking tools’ sparks debate

Image copyright Getty Images Security researchers are considering buying undetected software security vulnerabilities from a notorious group of hackers. The Shadow Brokers group has previously leaked exploits allegedly stolen from the US National Security Agency (NSA), and is offering more for sale. Some researchers want to buy the next batch of hacking tools, and help […]

Hacked plastic surgery photos published online

Hacked plastic surgery photos published online

Image copyright Getty Images More than 25,000 private photographs have been posted online following a data breach at a plastic surgery clinic in Lithuania in March. Passport and credit card details were also stolen from the Grozio Chirurgija clinic, Lithuanian police said. After the release of hundreds of photos from the clinic in March, the […]

BBC to stream election debate via Twitter for first time

BBC to stream election debate via Twitter for first time

Image copyright AFP Image caption Viewers will be able to choose between watching the debate on television – or via Twitter The BBC’s election debate on Wednesday night and four other election specials will be streamed live on Twitter as well as broadcast on television. It is the first partnership of its kind between the […]