Airbnb account hijackers burgle homes

Airbnb is improving the security of its app and website after a BBC investigation found people‚Äôs homes had been burgled by scammers using stolen accounts. The BBC spoke to three people who were robbed after they advertised their properties on the accommodation-booking service. The scammers hijacked accounts with verified badges and changed some of personal […]

Artificial intelligence: How to avoid racist algorithms

Artificial intelligence: How to avoid racist algorithms

Image copyright Bing Image caption Only white babies appear in a search for “babies” on Microsoft search engine Bing… There is growing concern that many of the algorithms that make decisions about our lives – from what we see on the internet to how likely we are to become victims or instigators of crime – […]

Burger King advert sabotaged on Wikipedia

Burger King advert sabotaged on Wikipedia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is unclear whether Burger King realised how the public would react to the ad A Burger King TV advert which was designed to activate Google Home smart speakers and some Android phones to describe its Whopper burgers has been hijacked by members of the public. The ad triggered […]

Callisto Group hackers targeted Foreign Office data

Callisto Group hackers targeted Foreign Office data

Image copyright FCO The UK’s Foreign Office was targeted by highly motivated and well-resourced hackers over several months in 2016. The BBC understands the government has investigated the previously unreported attack that began in April last year. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre would not say whether data was stolen. But a source told the […]

Toyota develops robotic leg braces for older people

Toyota develops robotic leg braces for older people

Image copyright KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images Toyota will be renting out robotic leg braces to 100 Japanese medical centres from autumn this year. The Welwalk WW-1000 system is designed for people with severe mobility loss in one leg, such as stroke patients. The motorised brace fits around the knee and lower leg, helping the wearer to […]

Amazon ramps up smart speakers battle against Google

Amazon ramps up smart speakers battle against Google

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Amazon developed “far-field” microphone tech to let its speakers understand voices if the user stands nearby Amazon is offering other manufacturers free use of its smart speakers’ microphone technologies as part of its efforts to spread the use of its Alexa virtual assistant. The firm will, however, pick and choose […]

Aga app ‘could let hackers turn off oven’

Aga app ‘could let hackers turn off oven’

Image copyright Aga Image caption A security researcher found the issues when considering whether to upgrade to the latest Aga model An app that lets Aga cooker owners remotely control their ovens could be hijacked by hackers, a cybersecurity researcher has claimed. Ken Munro of Pen Test Partners was thinking of upgrading his Aga when […]

Tesla board ‘too close to Elon Musk’

Tesla board ‘too close to Elon Musk’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tesla boss Elon Musk said the group “should buy Ford stock” instead A group of Tesla shareholders has questioned the independence of the electric carmaker’s board, warning it is too close to boss and co-founder Elon Musk. In a letter, they said the board was “largely unchanged” since the […]

‘World’s worst drawer’ stumps Google AutoDraw

Google has released an artificial intelligence-powered drawing program that turns rough scribbles into illustrations. The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones is the self-proclaimed “world’s worst drawer”. So, he was keen to see if AutoDraw could make any sense of his sketches. ‘World’s worst drawer’ stumps Google AutoDraw

Virgin Media flaw caused Facebook glitch

Virgin Media flaw caused Facebook glitch

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Virgin Media broadband customers had to rely on mobile data to access Facebook’s platforms Virgin Media has admitted it was responsible for a fault that that prevented some of its broadband customers from being able to access Facebook. The unusual glitch had also prevented use of Messenger and Instagram. The […]