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Security flaw put RBS customers at risk of cyber-attack

Image copyright EyewireImage caption The software was created to spot and stop malicious cyber-attacks Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Natwest and Ulster Bank customers have been put at risk of cyber-attack after being recommended flawed security software. Since January, the banks’ business clients have been offered a product called Thor Foresight Enterprise free of charge. […]

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Are bots gaming the ‘Cancel Brexit’ petition?

By Zoe Kleinman Technology reporter, BBC News Image copyright Getty Images Questions have been asked about whether a government petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled has been swamped by bots. Bots are automated programmes which can carry out a command thousands of times. The BBC spoke to three cyber-security experts about how likely it […]

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Facebook staff ‘flagged Cambridge Analytica fears earlier than thought’

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Facebook’s chief executive has repeatedly declined to answer questions from UK MPs about the scandal Facebook employees raised concerns about Cambridge Analytica’s data-scraping practices three months earlier than thought, according to US court documents. A US-based employee warned colleagues about the activity in September 2015. Facebook had said it previously […]

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Health apps pose ‘unprecedented’ privacy risks

Image copyright ThinkstockImage caption DeepMind will gather data from pathology tests to see who is at risk Using popular health apps could mean private information about medical conditions is not kept confidential, researchers warn. Of 24 health apps in the BMJ study, 19 shared user data with companies, including Facebook, Google and Amazon. It warns […]

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Apple’s new AirPods have Siri built-in

Image copyright AppleImage caption A wireless AirPods charging case, sold separately, was also unveiled Apple has launched a new version of its wireless earphones that allows users to activate the virtual assistant Siri by voice alone. It means that the assistant can now be reached without any buttons having to be pressed – users just […]

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Facebook settles job discrimination case

Image copyright FacebookImage caption These ads were among those directed only at men on Facebook, according to the complaint Facebook is to change its rules – to prevent companies targeting adverts for jobs, accommodation or credit on the basis of gender, age or postcode. The company has settled a legal action with the American Civil […]

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Google tweaks search after EU competition scrutiny

Image copyright GoogleImage caption Google previously argued that its shopping services were fairer than they had been before Google has said it will make changes to how search results are displayed within the EU, in response to scrutiny it has faced over competition practices. EU officials had criticised the firm for favouring its own price […]

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£36 iPhone XR ad criticised

Image copyright Dixons CarphoneImage caption Mobiles.co.uk charges callers a premium phone rate for its helpline An online advertisement, offering a monthly contract for an iPhone XR for £36, has been criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority. It follows complaints from some who placed orders but were told they could not be processed. Carphone Warehouse said […]