Sweden bans cameras on drones

Sweden bans cameras on drones

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Industry group UAS Sweden said that the ruling requiring camera drones owners to have a surveillance licence was a “bad decision” The use of camera drones has been made illegal in Sweden unless they are granted a special surveillance permit. Under new rules set down by the Supreme Administrative […]

Beijing threatens legal action over webcam claims

Beijing threatens legal action over webcam claims

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Net-connected cameras are helping attackers in large-scale attacks The Chinese Ministry of Justice has threatened legal action against “organisations and individuals” making “false claims” about the security of Chinese-made devices. It follows a product recall from the Chinese electronics firm Hangzhou after its web cameras were used in a massive […]

New London phone boxes to offer free calls and Wi-Fi

New London phone boxes to offer free calls and Wi-Fi

Image copyright PA Image caption The new phone boxes will be installed over the next year New phone boxes offering free calls and ultrafast Wi-Fi are to be introduced on the streets of central London. The Link kiosks will provide Wi-Fi with speeds of up to 1Gbps to nearby users, free UK landline and mobile […]

Blockchain bandits hit crypto start-ups

Blockchain bandits hit crypto start-ups

Image copyright AP Image caption Tropical storm Hermine hit caught many people out when it hit Florida In early September, developer Stephanie Kent watched the approach of Hurricane Hermine with growing trepidation. A hurricane making landfall is never welcome but it looked set to strike Ms Kent’s home in Florida at the worst possible time. […]

US changes toddler screen time advice

US changes toddler screen time advice

Image copyright Getty Images / Sesame Street Image caption Sesame Street is included as an example of suitable viewing for small children The American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) has announced new screen time guidelines for children aged up to two. It had recommended that children have no screen time before the age of two. But […]

Webcams used to attack Reddit and Twitter recalled

Media captionTechnology explained: What is the internet of things? Home webcams that were hijacked to help knock popular websites offline last week are being recalled in the US. Chinese electronics firm Hangzhou Xiongmai issued the recall soon after its cameras were identified as aiding the massive web attacks. They made access to popular websites, such […]

Game’s PlayStation VR demo charges spark anger

Game’s PlayStation VR demo charges spark anger

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Sony is not charging for demos of its new VR headset Consumers have complained about retailer Game’s decision to charge for demos of Sony’s new PlayStation Virtual Reality headset. The firm is charging £5 ($6) for 10 minutes or £15 for a half hour in-store trial. Game said that […]

‘Smart’ home devices used as weapons in website attack

‘Smart’ home devices used as weapons in website attack

Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Net-connected cameras are helping attackers in large-scale attacks Hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as CCTV cameras and printers, to attack popular websites on Friday, security analysts say. Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit were among the sites taken offline on Friday. Each uses a company called Dyn, which was the target […]

Massive web attack briefly knocks out top sites

Media captionEXPLAINED: What is a DDoS attack? Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, Soundcloud and several other sites have been affected by a web attack. All the firms are customers of a company called Dyn which they use to help users find their sites online. DynDNS has been swamped with data in what is known as a distributed […]

Warnings over Dirty Cow Linux bug

Warnings over Dirty Cow Linux bug

Image copyright Dirty Cow Image caption The researchers who discovered the vulnerability have created a webpage warning about the bug Users of the Linux operating system are being urged to update it to remove a “serious” bug that hackers could use to hijack systems. Known as the Dirty Cow bug, the vulnerability has been present […]