‘Nazi pug’ video-maker has no regrets

YouTube video-maker Mark Meechan, who trained his girlfriend’s dog to give a “Nazi salute” which he said was part of a prank, has been fined £800 after being found guilty of committing a hate crime. Mr Meechan spoke to the BBC’s Chris Foxx before his sentencing and said he did not regret making the video. […]

Iran’s banks banned from dealing in crypto-currencies

Iran’s banks banned from dealing in crypto-currencies

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Iran’s central bank has banned the use of crypto-currencies in its financial centres Iran’s central bank has banned other banks from dealing in crypto-currencies, over concerns the technology could be used illegally. It said Bitcoin could be “turned into a means for money-laundering and financing terrorism” and “a means […]

Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws

Facebook to exclude billions from European privacy laws

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A total of 1.5 billion users who had previously been under the jurisdiction of Facebook Ireland will have that moved to US headquarters Facebook has changed its terms of service, meaning 1.5 billion members will not be protected under tough new privacy protections coming to Europe. The move comes […]

TalkTalk and Vodafone top complaints chart again

TalkTalk and Vodafone top complaints chart again

TalkTalk has again been named the most complained-about broadband company in the UK, in the latest report from the telecoms regulator Ofcom. For every 100,000 TalkTalk customers, about 31 made a complaint to Ofcom about the company’s broadband services between October and December 2017. Technical faults were the main reason for complaints, according to the […]

Ikea’s TaskRabbit app back online after data breach

Ikea’s TaskRabbit app back online after data breach

Image copyright TaskRabbit Image caption TaskRabbit is an odd jobs marketplace Ikea’s odd jobs marketplace TaskRabbit is back online, following a “cyber-security incident” on Monday. TaskRabbit lets people find freelance workers to complete household tasks such as cleaning, gardening or assembling flat-pack furniture. The company says an “unauthorised user gained access to our systems” and […]

Bitcoin peaks and falls become race tracks

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NHS website defaced by hackers

NHS website defaced by hackers

Image caption The message was left on the site for several days, according to a cyber-security researcher An NHS website hosting data from patient surveys that was defaced by hackers has been fixed. The site, insights.london.nhs.uk, was given a black background, eerie music and a message in white text that read: “Hacked by AnoaGhost.” Cyber-security […]

Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

Facebook seeks facial recognition consent in EU and Canada

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook says its face-matching tech is a way for users to learn if they are in a photo even if not tagged Facebook has started asking European and Canadian users to let it use facial recognition technology to identify them in photos and videos. Facebook originally began face-matching users […]

Steep rise in child abuse images online, charity reports

Steep rise in child abuse images online, charity reports

Image copyright Getty Images The Internet Watch Foundation says it is finding more images of child sexual abuse online than ever before, according to its annual report. It found over 78,000 website addresses containing child sexual abuse in 2017, up from more than 57,000 in 2016. The charity actively seeks and removes these images from […]

Wish.com: Penis advert appeared in video game apps

Wish.com: Penis advert appeared in video game apps

Image copyright Wish Image caption Wish claims to have more than 300 million users worldwide A US online retailer has been reprimanded for promoting an explicit ad for a penis extender strap within video games played by children. UK watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said that Wish.com had behaved “irresponsibly” and must ensure its […]