100820418 mediaitem100820414 - UK carries out cyber-attack on Islamic State
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UK carries out cyber-attack on Islamic State

Image copyright PA The UK has conducted a “major offensive cyber-campaign” against the Islamic State group, the director of the intelligence agency GCHQ has revealed. The operation hindered the group’s ability to coordinate attacks and suppressed their propaganda, former MI5 agent Jeremy Fleming said. It is the first time the UK has systematically degraded an […]

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Amazon patents 'voice-sniffing' algorithms

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Amazon launched its Echo speakers in 2014 Amazon says it does not eavesdrop on customers’ conversations to target advertising at them, after it emerged it had patented “voice-sniffing” tech. The patent describes listening to conversations and building a profile of customers’ likes and dislikes. Reports speculated that Amazon would deploy […]

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Facebook's Zuckerberg faces second day of questions

Image copyright US Congress Image caption In his opening remarks Mr Zuckerberg said that Facebook was an “idealistic” company Facebook’s chief is answering US politicians’ questions about the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal for a second day in Washington. Mark Zuckerberg began by apologising again for having failed to take a “broad enough view of […]

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Great Western Railway accounts breached

Image copyright PA Image caption GWR says that its customers payment card details were protected by encryption A British rail operator has reset more than a million customer accounts after discovering hackers had successfully breached a small percentage of them. Great Western Railway said that about 1,000 of its passengers’ details had been exposed. The […]

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TED 2018: Tech pioneer wants end to free net services

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist and pioneer in the field of virtual reality An influential tech evangelist has called at the TED 2018 conference for an overhaul of Facebook and Google’s business models. Jaron Lanier, who is often referred to as a “father of virtual reality”, told the […]

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Russian trolls posted fake Clinton porn

Image copyright Reddit Image caption Reddit banned a fake Hillary Clinton pornography account Reddit has banned 944 accounts including ones that were promoting a fake Hillary Clinton porn video. One video, purporting to be a “leaked Hillary Clinton hotel sex tape” is reported to have been created by Russia’s Internet Research Agency. It was posted […]

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Could a robot pip people picking peppers?

A pepper-picking robot named Harvey is being developed by Queensland University of Technology with the aim of reducing crop waste. Moving between crop rows autonomously, the robot can detect when the fruit is ripe and picks the pepper with the aid of a suction grip and an electric saw. BBC Click’s Nick Kwek finds out […]

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TED 2018: Ukrainian journalist fights fake news

Image copyright Getty Images A powerful talk about the need to do more to counter fake news has opened the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) 2018 conference in Vancouver. Journalist Olga Yurkova described a false story in which the Ukrainian army had supposedly “crucified” a three-year-old child. The story, reported by Russian state media, came […]

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Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg and US senators inspire endless memes

Image copyright Getty Images Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of US senators on Tuesday and at times looked like he’d rather be anywhere else. And, of course, it was something that was picked up on by social media. The Facebook CEO’s at-times awkwardness saw him being compared to Star Trek’s Data – an android who […]