Parliament hit by ‘sustained’ cyber-attack

Parliament hit by ‘sustained’ cyber-attack

Image copyright PA Parliament has been hit by a cyber attack, officials at Westminster say. The “sustained” hack began on Friday night, prompting officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as a safeguard. The parliamentary authorities said hackers had mounted a “determined attack” on all user accounts “in […]

Router hack risk ‘not limited to Virgin Media’

Router hack risk ‘not limited to Virgin Media’

Image caption Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 had a weak default password A weakness that left thousands of Virgin Media routers vulnerable to attack also affects devices by other providers, security experts suggest. Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 was criticised for using short default passwords that could easily be cracked by attackers. But experts raised […]

Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Image copyright SNap Image caption Snap Map lets people track their friends An update to Snapchat that shows publicly posted images on a searchable map has raised safety concerns among parents. Snap Map lets people search for places such as schools and see videos and pictures posted by children inside. It also lets people locate […]

Router hack risk not limited to Virgin Media

Router hack risk not limited to Virgin Media

Image caption Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 had a weak default password A weakness that left thousands of Virgin Media routers vulnerable to attack also affects devices by other providers, security experts warn. Virgin Media’s Super Hub 2 was criticised for using short default passwords that could easily be cracked by attackers. But experts say […]

Tech Tent: Uber at a crossroads

Stream or download the latest Tech Tent podcast Listen to previous episodes on the BBC website Listen live every Friday at 15:00 GMT on the BBC World Service On the Tech Tent podcast this week, we explore the stunning resignation of Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick. We also hear why Indian IT workers are suffering […]

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Facebook says it will support and train NGOs to spot and respond to hate speech and extremism Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organisations to combat extremism and hate speech. It comes a week after the social network announced steps of its own to remove […]

Could XPrize tablets replace teachers in Tanzania?

An estimated 250 million children around the world cannot read, write, or demonstrate basic arithmetic skills. Many of these children are in developing countries without regular access to quality schools or teachers. The Global Learning XPrize is a challenge to teams around the world to develop software and apps for tablets that could help youngsters […]

Virgin Media urges password change over hacking risk

Virgin Media urges password change over hacking risk

Image copyright Getty Images Virgin Media has told 800,000 customers to change their passwords to protect against being hacked. An investigation by Which? found that hackers could access the provider’s Super Hub 2 router, allowing access to users’ smart appliances. A child’s toy and domestic CCTV cameras were among the vulnerable devices. Virgin Media said […]

Siri storm caused by economist’s comments

Siri storm caused by economist’s comments

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption When it comes to virtual assistants, do you trust a male or a female voice more? A leading economist has inadvertently caused a storm by saying he preferred the voice on the iPhone Siri virtual assistant to be male because he felt that made it more trustworthy. Nobel prize […]

Yahoo closes internet prodigy’s news app

Yahoo closes internet prodigy’s news app

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr D’Aloisio launched the Yahoo News Digest app at 2014’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to great fanfare Yahoo has announced it is shutting down its award-winning News Digest app at the end of this month. It was launched in 2014 and is based on a technology developed […]