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Google bans crypto-mining apps from Play Store

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption The rising value of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies has given rise to a flurry of mining apps Google has followed the lead of Apple by banning crypto-mining apps from its Play Store. An update to the company’s developer policy reads: “We don’t allow apps that mine crypto-currency on devices.” The […]

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Facebook stops InfoWars host posting for 30 days

Image copyright Reuters Facebook has imposed a 30-day suspension on Alex Jones – founder of the InfoWars conspiracy theory site. Mr Jones is banned from using his account for 30 days for posting videos that Facebook said broke its community standards. The hiatus applies only to Mr Jones meaning the channel bearing his name on […]

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US warns of supply chain cyber-attacks

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Installing compromised software can have expensive repercussions The US intelligence community has issued a new warning about cyber-espionage risks posed by attacks made via the technology supply chain. A report said China, Russia and Iran were the most capable and active states involved in such economic subterfuge. Software supply chain […]

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Amazon tool flags Congress members as suspects

Image copyright ACLUImage caption Rekognition is being deployed by US law enforcement agencies but its accuracy was tested by a civil rights body which ran photos of Congress members through a police database of suspects An Amazon facial recognition tool has wrongly identified 28 members of the US Congress as police suspects. The American Civil […]

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Chinese shipping firm infected by ransomware

Image copyright CoscoImage caption The ransomware meant Cosco staff could not send email messages Chinese shipping firm Cosco has been caught out by Windows ransomware. The infection has knocked out some electronic communications at several of its North American locations. In a statement, it said a “local network breakdown” had hit its American region. It […]

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YouTube removes ‘hate speech’ videos from InfoWars

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Alex Jones has won a large following for promoting conspiracy theories YouTube has taken down four videos posted by the conspiracy theory channel Infowars. In the videos, the host of the channel, Alex Jones, criticises Muslim immigrants to Europe and also denounces a transgender cartoon. One of the clips shows […]

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Russian hackers penetrate US power stations

Image copyright Tom KelleyImage caption The attacks could have meant power supplies being cut out, said the Wall Street Journal Russian hackers have won remote access to the control rooms of many US power suppliers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The access could have let them shut down networks and cause blackouts, US officials told […]

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Facebook angers Flanders with Rubens ban

Image caption The offending painting is housed in The Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp The Flanders Tourist Board has written an open letter protesting against Facebook’s “cultural censorship” of adverts showing paintings by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens. The removed ad featured the artist’s The Descent from the Cross, which shows a bare-chested Jesus. […]