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Hackers secretly made UK Government websites force visitors' computers to mine bitcoin alternative monero 12 Feb 5:52pm Hackers secretly made UK Government websites force visitors' computers to mine bitcoin alternative monero
The Independent
As well as being used to earn money for criminals, victims' machines would also slow down as a result
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12 Feb 11:39am Snapchat update: Why reverting back to the old version of the app could put your phone at risk
The Independent
'Consumers need to understand that such updates perform a myriad of tasks'
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Facebook broke German privacy laws, court rules 12 Feb 11:33am Facebook broke German privacy laws, court rules
BBC
A German regional court rules that the social network failed to obtain proper consent to some of its features.
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12 Feb 10:28am Facebook personal data use and privacy settings ruled illegal by German court
The Guardian
Firm to appeal decision by Berlin regional court which upholds complaints that users not given informed consent Facebook’s default privacy settings and use of personal data are against German consumer law, according to a judgement handed down by a Berlin regional court. The court found that Facebook collects and uses personal data without providing enough information to its members for them to render meaningful consent. The federation of German consumer organisations (VZBV), which brought the suit, argued that Facebook opted users in to features which it should not have.
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Equifax under pressure after data breach update 12 Feb 9:32am Updated Equifax under pressure after data breach update
BBC
A US senator gives the credit rating firm a week to reveal more information about 2017's cyber-attack.
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12 Feb 8:48am Should vegetarian gamers go on virtual killing sprees? | Keza MacDonald
The Guardian
Some players find the carnage of Monster Hunter: World distasteful. To me, it is an outlet for the carnivore within I have an admission to make: I’m a vegetarian who enjoys big-game hunting. For the past several weeks I have been playing
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12 Feb 8:14am Bitcoin energy use in Iceland set to overtake homes, says local firm
BBC
Data centres mining the crypto-currency will use 100 megawatts of power this year, an energy firm says.
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Facebook losing its grip on young people, who are quitting the site in their millions 12 Feb 7:24am Facebook losing its grip on young people, who are quitting the site in their millions
The Independent
Social network said to have a 'teen problem', and Snapchat could take advantage
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Winter Olympics hit by cyber-attack 12 Feb 5:48am Winter Olympics hit by cyber-attack
BBC
The website for the Games suddenly went offline on 9 February after being attacked, officials say.
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Sports Direct to offer e-sports in Game Digital tie-up 12 Feb 5:15am Sports Direct to offer e-sports in Game Digital tie-up
BBC
The move comes as the retailer increases its collaboration with specialist games firm Game Digital.
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No laptops allowed – the cafes bringing back the art of conviviality 12 Feb 4:36am No laptops allowed – the cafes bringing back the art of conviviality
The Guardian
A growing number of cafes are ditching wifi and outlawing computers in an attempt to bring back old-fashioned hospitality – and increase their revenue The sign on the door could not be clearer: “This is a laptop-free zone.” The message is underscored by a cartoon computer with a sad face – and another sign indicating there is no wifi inside.
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Donald Trump planning to turn International Space Station into commercially-run property venture 12 Feb 1:39am Donald Trump planning to turn International Space Station into commercially-run property venture
The Independent
White House will end federal funding for orbiting laboratory in 2024 - leaving the facility's future open to question
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Police outsource digital forensic work to unaccredited labs 12 Feb 1:00am Police outsource digital forensic work to unaccredited labs
The Guardian
Market for data analysis called a ‘race to the bottom’, with trials failing because of evidence issues More than a dozen police forces have outsourced digital forensic investigative work to unaccredited private laboratories in the past year, at a time when
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Is Facebook for old people? Over-55s flock in as the young leave 12 Feb 12:00am Is Facebook for old people? Over-55s flock in as the young leave
The Guardian
A forecast 700,000 UK teenagers and young adults will leave the social media site in 2018 It’s official: Facebook is for old(er) people. Teens and young adults are ditching Mark Zuckerberg’s social network as popularity among the over-55s surges, according to a report. In 2018, 2.2 million 12- to 17-year-olds and 4.5 million 18- to 24-year-olds will regularly use Facebook in the UK, 700,000 fewer than in 2017, as younger users defect to services such as Snapchat, according to eMarketer.
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This is how cryptocurrencies work 11 Feb 9:10pm This is how cryptocurrencies work
BBC
What are cryptocurrencies? Spencer Kelly explains all - with the help of a stuffed penguin.
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11 Feb 8:48pm Cryptojacking attack hits Australian government websites
The Guardian
Hackers used plug-in to force computers to secretly mine cryptocurrency A series of Australian government websites, including the Victorian parliament’s, have been compromised by malware that forces visitors’ computers to secretly mine cryptocurrency, as part of a worldwide security breach. The process,
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