Social media data shared by spy agencies

17 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright PA Image caption GCHQ is due to offer its view to the court later this week UK spy agencies are collecting citizens’ social media and medical data, a court has heard. The details emerged in a case brought by Privacy International, looking at the legality of…

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack

UK TV drama about North Korea hit by cyber-attack By Gordon Corera Security correspondent 16 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kim Jong-un’s officials described Opposite Number as being “slanderous” North Korean hackers targeted a British television company making a drama about the country, it has emerged. The series…

Microsoft Windows 10 breaches Dutch privacy law

Microsoft Windows 10 breaches Dutch privacy law 16 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Microsoft breaches data protection law in the Netherlands because of the way its Windows 10 operating system processes personal information, according to a report. The Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) also said users were not clearly informed…

Behind the numbers with Opta and Audi

As with many sports, superstition can be rife among footballers — John Terry never changed his parking spot, Gary Lineker always changed his shirt in half time and ex-England goalkeeper David James would, disgustingly, spit against the walls of the urinals — but now, as big data emerges as a new way of approaching match…

US voices frustration with ‘warrant-proof’ encryption

US voices frustration with ‘warrant-proof’ encryption 13 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Reuters The US deputy attorney general says the use of “warrant-proof encryption” in popular apps and operating systems, is hampering law enforcement. Several apps encrypt communications end-to-end, which stop messages being legible if intercepted by criminals or law enforcement. In…

The spirit of microadventure with Alastair Humphreys

Small risks often deliver big rewards. Glenfiddich’s openness to continual experimentation has made it the world’s most-awarded single malt. Yet that spirit of innovation and a willingness to create is attainable for everyone says Alastair Humphreys, a man who sees experimentation as integral to adventures – both massive and micro. Alastair Humphreys describes himself as…

UK mobile coverage ‘deplorable’, says Lord Adonis

UK mobile coverage ‘deplorable’, says Lord Adonis 13 October 2017 From the section Business comments Image copyright Getty Images Mobile phone coverage in the UK is “deplorable”, according to the chairman of the national infrastructure commission, Lord Adonis. The comments come on the day that Lord Adonis launches a public consultation into the UK’s infrastructure.…

Equifax removes webpage after malware issue

Equifax removes webpage after malware issue 12 October 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Reuters Image caption The massive data breach affects even more UK customers than first admitted Equifax has taken down a customer help web page amid concerns over malware linked to the site. The firm said it took down the link…

Branson’s Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One

Branson’s Virgin Group invests in Hyperloop One 12 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Virgin Image caption Hyperloop One claims its pod-based system is more “sustainable” than current transport options The Virgin investment group has taken an undisclosed stake in Hyperloop One, one of several companies trying to create a pod-based transport system.…

Fighting back against the cyber threat

Marcus Marritt Cybersecurity, according to Gary Sorrentino, is everyone’s problem now. “It used to be a technology issue, and it was specifically down to technology teams to fight it,” explains the managing director and chief information security officer of J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management. “Now, it’s a whole business problem.” Not just a problem, but…

This simple USB key protects everyone from phishing

Yubico’s security keys DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images Stina Ehrensvärd has one mission: to keep people safe online. Her Silicon Valley-based company, Yubico, produces the Yubikey, which is designed to stop people being terrible with their passwords. Advertisement Plug the key into a device’s USB port and press a button. This enters an encrypted password to your…

Google disables touch function on Home Mini

Google disables touch function on Home Mini 12 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Google Image caption Google said the Home Mini can control more than 1,000 other smart home products Google has stopped its Home Mini speakers responding when users touch them. It permanently turned off the touch activation feature after it…

Apple’s Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR

Apple’s Tim Cook prefers augmented reality to VR By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 11 October 2017 From the section Technology Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Tim Cook explains why he thinks augmented reality is “profound” Apple’s chief executive has suggested he is not very enthusiastic about virtual reality. Tim Cook…

Equifax data hack affected 694,000 UK customers

Equifax data hack affected 694,000 UK customers 10 October 2017 From the section Business Image copyright Reuters Image caption The massive data breach affects even more UK customers than first admitted The beleaguered credit reference agency Equifax has now admitted that 694,000 customers in the UK had their data stolen between May and July this…

ParentPay website unavailable for school meal payments

ParentPay website unavailable for school meal payments 10 October 2017 From the section UK Image copyright Getty Images The website of payment firm ParentPay is currently unavailable, meaning parents cannot transfer funds for school meals and trips. The company normally serves more than 5,500 schools in 200 local authorities, helping about 1.5m families. The company…

Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile

By Leo Kelion Technology desk editor 9 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Microsoft Image caption Microsoft said creating Windows 10 Mobile phones was not a “focus” for the company Microsoft appears to have abandoned its smartphone operating system ambitions. The company’s Windows 10 chief has tweeted that developing new features and hardware…

Facebook confirms Russia ads on Instagram

9 October 2017 From the section Technology Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has confirmed that around 5% of the adverts it has identified as having been bought by Russia around the time of the US presidential election also appeared on Instagram. The firm has handed over around 3,000 ads to investigators working for the US…