Uber comes clean after taking users for a ride over data breach

App-based cab firm Uber has admitted paying $10,000 (£75,500) to cover up a data breach that impacted 2.7 million of its UK users. The company’s database was hacked in 2016, with cybercriminals obtaining access to 57 million names, email addresses and mobile numbers from account holders around the world. Uber was then served a ransom … Read moreUber comes clean after taking users for a ride over data breach

Hacker accesses prison data to (almost) break someone out

One enterprising scammer has used phishing techniques not to try and get rich quick, but secure a prisoner’s early release. Konrad Voits from Michigan, USA, masterminded an elaborate scheme to try and get a prisoner at Washtenaw County out of jail long before they were due for release. He began by creating a duplicate county … Read moreHacker accesses prison data to (almost) break someone out

What do Bitcoins, Royal Weddings and Exit Polls have in common?

Google has revealed its top searches of 2017, in what is always a clear indication as to the trends and topics that caught public attention over the past 12 months. It seems trying to get rich quick (or at least work out what all the hype is) was a major trend for 2017, with Bitcoin … Read moreWhat do Bitcoins, Royal Weddings and Exit Polls have in common?

Android reaches the 10-year milestone

One of Google’s most successful products, the Android operating system, turned a decade old on 5 November 2017. During this time, Android surpassed even Google’s high expectations and has gone on to become the most popular operating system on the planet. In fact, Android didn’t just beat Google’s aspirations – it obliterated them. “We hope thousands of … Read moreAndroid reaches the 10-year milestone

Beware of Hurricane Harvey charity scams

Online scammers are exploiting the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters to try and make themselves some quick cash. In times of huge crisis, people from around the world donate money to help the worst affected. However, this also brings out the crooks, who prey on people’s generosity for their own ends. This … Read moreBeware of Hurricane Harvey charity scams

Brexit talks to consider free movement of data

It’s not just movement of people under the Brexit microscope, but also the movement of data. This is the result of a new government paper which says the UK will seek new arrangements with the EU to allow information to flow freely between the UK and Europe post-Brexit. British businesses, individuals and law enforcement agencies … Read moreBrexit talks to consider free movement of data

Mac attack could have been going on for years

Apple Mac devices may have been unwittingly harbouring malware for years, without it ever being detected by antivirus software. An ex-NSA hacker has discovered a mysterious piece of software on Mac devices that he described as “unique” and “intriguing”. It’s thought the malware is a strain of ‘FruitFly’, which has been infecting systems for nearly … Read moreMac attack could have been going on for years

Facebook shuts down AI bots after they invent their own language

Social media giant Facebook has announced its engineers shut shown two AI bots when, after speaking to each other, they began inventing their own language. Facebook is investing heavily in artificial intelligence in a bid to create a “personalised digital assistant.” One trial it embarked on was setting up two robots to chat with one … Read moreFacebook shuts down AI bots after they invent their own language

Why do phone batteries drain so quickly in warm weather?

Whilst many of us Brits look forward to summertime – with its warmer weather and lighter evenings – it’s not quite such a happy time for our technology. Smartphones, in particular, are notorious for suffering during these hot spells; slowing down, overheating and draining battery very quickly. So why does this happen? Firstly, it’s worth … Read moreWhy do phone batteries drain so quickly in warm weather?

Technology is killing off traditional skills – but is that such a bad thing?

It’s common knowledge that technology has revolutionised the way we live our lives – but could it also be impacting the way our brains work? After all, with nearly everyone in the country owning a smartphone (replete with more space for contacts than anyone would ever be likely to fill), we no longer need to … Read moreTechnology is killing off traditional skills – but is that such a bad thing?