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AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down
Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a "landmark" international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay. Hansa was seized and ...
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Red surprises everyone with 'hologram' phone Red surprises everyone with 'hologram' phone
A holographic, virtual-augmented and mixed-reality-ready smartphone has been unveiled by Red, the company better known for ultra-high quality film cameras. Named Hydrogen One, the device comes cased in either aluminium ($1,195) or titanium ($1,595). It will be powered by Google’s Android operating system and was available to pre-order on Thursday. Industry experts were baffled by the unex...
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Tax software blamed for cyber-attack spread Tax software blamed for cyber-attack spread
A global cyber-attack that affected companies around the world may have started via corrupted updates on a piece of accountancy software. Fingers are increasingly pointing to a piece of Ukrainian tax-filing software, MEDoc, as the source of the infection, although the company denies it. Malware generally infiltrates networks via email attachments that users click on in error. Microsoft de...
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Microsoft unveils Xbox One X Microsoft unveils Xbox One X
Microsoft has unveiled the latest games console in its line-up, a more powerful version of the Xbox One called the Xbox One X. The tech giant touted the machine's specs, including its ability to run games in 4K ultra-HD, ahead of the E3 games show in Los Angeles. To be released on 7 November, the Xbox One X will cost $499, or £449 in the UK. One analyst said Microsoft was keen to keep att...
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US can ask visa applicants for social media history US can ask visa applicants for social media history
The Trump administration has approved plans to ask US visa applicants for details of their social media use. Consular officials can now ask for social media usernames going back five years via a new questionnaire. It also allows authorities to request email addresses, phone numbers and 15 years of biographical information. This can be requested when "more rigorous national security securi...
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FCC votes to overturn net neutrality rules FCC votes to overturn net neutrality rules
The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to overturn rules that force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal. Commissioners at the agency voted two-to-one to end a "net neutrality" order enacted in 2015. Ajit Pai, head of the FCC, said the rules demanding an open internet harmed jobs and discouraged investment. Many Americans and technology firms filed objections to the FCC's p...
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Uber faces criminal probe in US over 'greyball' code Uber faces criminal probe in US over 'greyball' code
Ride-sharing firm Uber is facing a criminal investigation by the US government. The scrutiny has started because the firm is accused of using "secret" software that let it operate in regions where it was banned or restricted. The software, called "greyball", helped it identify officials seeking to stop the service running. A spokesman for Uber declined to comment on the investigation, rep...
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Game guide malware 'targeted more than 500,000 users' Game guide malware 'targeted more than 500,000 users'
App-based guides for games, including Fifa and Pokemon Go, were used to target more than 500,000 Android users with malware, a cyber-security company has said. The apps, discovered on the Google Play Store, were designed to take control of devices before downloading malware. Unwanted ads could then be displayed to users, for example, according to researchers at Check Point. Google did not...
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Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard Credit card with a fingerprint sensor revealed by Mastercard
A payment card featuring a fingerprint sensor has been unveiled by credit card provider Mastercard. The rollout follows two successful trials in South Africa. The technology works in the same way as it does with mobile phone payments: users must have their finger over the sensor when making a purchase. Security experts have said that while using fingerprints is not foolproof, it is a "sen...
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Google's AI seeks further Go glory Google's AI seeks further Go glory
Google has challenged China's top Go player to a series of games against its artificial intelligence technology. It said the software would play a best-of-three match against Ke Jie, among other games against humans in the eastern Chinese city of Wuzhen from 23-27 April. Last year, the Google program recorded a 4-1 victory against one of South Korea's top Go players. One expert said that ...
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