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Copycat coders create ‘vulnerable’ apps

By BBC Tech | October 7, 2019

Lazy developers who copy solutions to tricky programming problems are creating apps that are vulnerable to attack, research suggests. A team of computer scientists looked at more than 72,000 chunks of code found on the Stack Overflow website. The site is

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US hospitals turn away patients as ransomware strikes

By BBC Tech | October 2, 2019

Three US hospitals have been forced to temporarily close their doors to “all but the most critical new patients” following a ransomware outbreak. “A criminal is limiting our ability to use our computer systems in exchange for an as-yet unknown

Ex-Yahoo engineer hacked accounts seeking pornography

By BBC Tech | October 1, 2019

A former Yahoo software engineer has pleaded guilty to charges of illegally accessing user accounts. Reyes Daniel Ruiz admitted he had “hacked” about 6,000 accounts, seeking sexual images and videos. The US Department of Justice said Ruiz had “cracked” user

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Elon Musk upbeat on Starship test flights

By BBC Tech | September 30, 2019

The American entrepreneur Elon Musk has given a further update on his Starship and Super Heavy rocket system. He plans to use the new vehicles to send people to the Moon and Mars, and also to move them swiftly around

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Facebook to create VR world called Horizon

By BBC Tech | September 27, 2019

Facebook is creating an immersive environment called Horizon to tempt people into spending more time in virtual reality. The VR app will be a mix of social places where users can mingle and chat, and other areas where they can

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Microsoft issues emergency patch for Explorer browser

By BBC Tech | September 24, 2019

Microsoft has released an emergency update for its Internet Explorer browser to fix a bug that cyber-thieves are known to be exploiting. The bug could let attackers hijack a web browser and use their access to install malware, it warned.


Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps

By BBC Tech | September 22, 2019

Facebook says it has suspended tens of thousands of apps as part of an investigation it launched in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal. The suspended apps were associated with about 400 developers, it said. Facebook said

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New Twitter algorithms aim to stamp out trolling

By BBC Tech | September 18, 2019

A new tool can identify Twitter accounts engaging in bullying with over 90% accuracy, according to researchers. Its algorithms classify two specific types of offensive online behaviour – cyber-bullying and cyber-aggression. Researchers at Binghamton University say it could be used

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Data on almost every Ecuadorean citizen leaked

By BBC Tech | September 16, 2019

Personal data about almost every Ecuadorean citizen has been found exposed online. Names, financial information and civil data about 17 million people, including 6.7 million children, was found by security company vpnMentor. The massive cache of data was found on an

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MIT Media Lab head Joichi Ito resigns over Epstein donations

By BBC Tech | September 8, 2019

The head of MIT’s Media Lab has resigned following allegations that the academic centre has financial ties to the late US financier Jeffrey Epstein. MIT President Rafael Reif confirmed the resignation of Joichi Ito on Saturday following media reports. Mr Reif added

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YouTube fined $170m in US over children’s privacy violation

By BBC Tech | September 4, 2019

YouTube has been fined a record $170m (£139m) by a US regulator for violating children’s privacy laws. Google, which owns YouTube, agreed to pay the sum in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The video-streaming site had been

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‘Dangerous’ AI offers to write fake news

By BBC Tech | August 27, 2019

An artificial intelligence system that generates realistic stories, poems and articles has been updated, with some claiming it is now almost as good as a human writer. The text generator, built by research firm OpenAI, was originally considered “too dangerous” to