Massive Equifax data breach hits 143 million

Massive Equifax data breach hits 143 million

Image copyright Getty Images About 143 million US customers of credit report giant Equifax may have had information compromised in a cyber security breach, the company has disclosed. Equifax said cyber-criminals accessed data such as Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses during the incident. Some UK and Canadian customers were also affected. The firm’s […]

‘Serious’ security flaws found on official UK tax site

‘Serious’ security flaws found on official UK tax site

Image copyright Oli Scarff Image caption Reporting the website flaws took far longer than finding them The UK tax office must improve its handling of website security problems, says an expert who spent 57 days trying to report a bug. The researcher, called Zemnmez, found two separate flaws on HMRC’s online tax service. He said […]

Amazon kicks off competition for new HQ

Amazon kicks off competition for new HQ

Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Amazon’s current headquarters in Seattle has fuelled an economic boom Amazon says it wants to build a massive second headquarters in North America, sparking immediate competition from rival cities to attract what could be billions of dollars in investment. Officials from Toronto, Texas, Maryland and Chicago were among those who […]

‘Dolphin’ attacks fool Amazon, Google voice assistants

‘Dolphin’ attacks fool Amazon, Google voice assistants

Image caption Google’s Home, Amazon’s Echo and Apple’s Siri all responded to ultrasonic commands Voice-controlled assistants by Amazon, Apple and Google could be hijacked by ultrasonic audio commands that humans cannot hear, research suggests. Two teams said the assistants responded to commands broadcast at high frequencies that can be heard by dolphins but are inaudible […]

Clothes that grow with your child win Dyson prize

Clothes that grow with your child have won the UK’s annual James Dyson prize for innovation. The prototype garments fit children aged between six months and three years, and were created by engineering graduate Ryan Yasin. His creation is now being considered for a worldwide prize. Clothes that grow with your child win Dyson prize

Electric Nissan Leaf revamp drives further

Electric Nissan Leaf revamp drives further

Media captionWATCH: The new Leaf is Nissan’s first car to feature its ProPilot auto-park tech (figures quoted in the video represent US tests) Nissan has launched a longer-range version of its best-selling Leaf electric vehicle, as it fights growing competition in the electric car market. The new Leaf can travel about 50% further on a […]

The hidden history of cyber-crime forums

The hidden history of cyber-crime forums

Image copyright US Department of Justice Image caption The AlphaBay market is one of many shut down by police action The notorious dark web marketplaces Alphabay and Hansa were shut down in July following “landmark” action by police forces in the US and Europe to unmask who was running them. They join a long list […]

ECHR court reverses ruling on sacking over private messages

ECHR court reverses ruling on sacking over private messages

Image copyright Google Image caption The European Court of Human Rights is in Strasbourg A Romanian man should not have been fired for sending private messages at work, Europe’s top human rights court has ruled. Bogdan Mihai Barbulescu was sacked for sending the messages via the Yahoo messaging system in 2007. His employer had used […]

UK universities targeted by cyber-thieves

UK universities targeted by cyber-thieves

Image copyright JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT Image caption Attackers went after work on improving batteries and alternative fuels British universities are being hit by hundreds of successful cyber-attacks every year, reports the Times. More than 1,152 intrusions into UK university networks had been recorded in 2016-17, it said. And thieves were interested in defence technologies as well […]

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm tackles depression

Life Is Strange: Before The Storm tackles depression

Image copyright Square Enix Image caption Life is Strange: Before the Storm aims to encourage its players to consider mental health issues Square Enix is seeking to overturn taboos surrounding depression in its game Life is Strange: Before the Storm. The narrative adventure explores a teenager’s issues with grief and loneliness, letting players step into […]