Russia cyber attack: Large hack ‘hits government’

Russia cyber attack: Large hack ‘hits government’ 30 July 2016 From the section Europe Image copyright Allsport/Getty Image caption The hack reportedly targeted a number of government bodies A “professional” cyber attack has hit Russian government bodies, the country’s intelligence service says. A “cyber-spying virus” was found in the networks of about 20 organisations, the…

Nasa captures ‘choir’ of supermassive black holes ‘singing’ in the cosmos

Friday 29 July 2016 The blackholes pull in surrounding matter and emit powerful x-ray bursts collectively across space Credit NASA New data from Nasa’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has, for the first time, pinpointed large numbers of supermassive black holes emitting high-energy X-rays. ADVERTISEMENT The black holes pull in surrounding matter and emit powerful…

Virgin Media engineers ‘cut off home’

Virgin Media engineers ‘cut off home’ 29 July 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Mercury Press Image caption The house was surrounded by barriers and a trench A home in the north-west of England has been cut off by roadworks carried out by Virgin Media as part of its super-fast broadband rollout. David Henshall…

Net’s .web domain sold for $135m

Net’s .web domain sold for $135m 29 July 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright kynny Image caption Everything on the net needs an address to ensure data reaches the right destination The auction for ownership of the .web domain has ended with one company paying $135m (£102m) for rights to use the suffix. A…

Australia plans new co-ordinates to fix sat-nav gap

Australia plans new co-ordinates to fix sat-nav gap By Chris Foxx Technology reporter 29 July 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Stocktrek Image caption Australia is on the move Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Local co-ordinates,…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for July 29

Friday 29 July 2016 Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, the government has delayed signing contracts to build the Hinkley Point C nuclear plant, WhatsApp isn’t fully deleting its iOS chat logs, Google parent company Alphabet reports massive profits and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning by 8am. Click…

Amazon boss becomes world’s third richest man

Amazon boss becomes world’s third richest man 28 July 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeff Bezos is Amazon’s chief executive Strong earnings from Amazon and a boost to the company’s stock have made its founder, Jeff Bezos, the world’s third richest man, according to Forbes. Mr Bezos’s owns 18%…

Google parent Alphabet sees strong profits rise

Google parent Alphabet sees strong profits rise 28 July 2016 From the section Business Image copyright Getty Images Alphabet – Google’s parent company – has continued to see its quarterly profits boosted by strong advertising sales on mobile devices. Revenue in the April-to-June period rose 21.3% to $21.5bn (£16.3bn), from $17.7bn a year earlier. Net…

Openreach should be ‘distinct within BT’

Openreach should be ‘distinct within BT’ 26 July 2016 From the section Business Media captionOfcom chief executive Sharon White says selling off Openreach would take too long BT’s Openreach division, which runs the UK’s broadband infrastructure, should become a distinct company within the BT group, according to regulator Ofcom. The media watchdog has resisted calls…

WIRED Awake: 10 must-read articles for July 26

Tuesday 26 July 2016 Credit Amazon Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, Amazon has received approval to begin testing delivery drones in the UK, zero-fuel plane Solar Impulse 2 has successfully completed its round-the-world trip, China has ordered online media firms to cease original news reporting and more. ADVERTISEMENT Get WIRED Awake sent straight to your…

Amazon to test drone deliveries in UK

New trials for delivering goods by drones By Richard Westcott Transport correspondent, BBC News 26 July 2016 From the section Business Media captionDrones delivering our shopping could become a reality across Britain, says Richard Westcott The government’s getting together with the retail giant Amazon to start testing flying drones that can deliver parcels to your…

O2 customer data sold on dark net

O2 customer data sold on dark net By Catrin Nye, Joshua Baker and James Melley BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme 26 July 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright AFP O2 customer data is being sold by criminals on the dark net, the Victoria Derbyshire programme has learned. The data was almost certainly obtained by using…