Massive web attack hits security blogger

Media captionEXPLAINED: What is a DDoS attack? One of the biggest web attacks ever seen has been aimed at a security blogger after he exposed hackers who carry out such attacks for cash. The distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack was aimed at the website of industry expert Brian Krebs. At its peak, the attack […]

YouTube launches scheme to offer rewards to users who report videos

YouTube launches scheme to offer rewards to users who report videos

YouTube has launched a scheme to encourage users to moderate content on the website. They will reward so-called Heroes for reporting videos and comments they believe violate community guidelines. But the plan has been criticised by a number of YouTube stars and viewers. YouTube already lets people report abusive or offensive content found on the […]

Windows 10 software condemned by Which?

Windows 10 software condemned by Which?

Image copyright AP Image caption Microsoft boss Satya Nadella wants Windows 10 to be a unifying force across many different types of devices Microsoft has been criticised over its Windows 10 software by consumer rights group Which?. The body said it had received hundreds of complaints about the upgrade, including lost files, emails no longer […]

Government ‘committed’ to Alan Turing gay pardon law

Government ‘committed’ to Alan Turing gay pardon law

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Alan Turing was pardoned in 2013, decades after his conviction for gross indecency Proposals to introduce new legislation which would pardon gay men convicted under historical gross indecency laws will be brought forward “in due course”, the government has said. The so-called Alan Turing law could see thousands […]

Zuckerberg and Chan aim to tackle all disease by 2100

Zuckerberg and Chan aim to tackle all disease by 2100

Image copyright AP Image caption Priscilla Chan was trained as a paediatrician Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $3bn (£2.3bn) to fund medical research over the next decade. At a press conference in San Francisco, they said their ultimate goal was to “cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the […]

Google weakens Allo chat app privacy promise

Google weakens Allo chat app privacy promise

Image copyright Google Image caption Google’s artificial-intelligence-enhanced chat app runs on Android and iOS Google has launched its new chat app with weaker privacy protection measures than previously promised. The company had originally said conversations within Allo would be only temporarily stored on its servers, restricting the authorities’ ability to request access. However, the Verge […]

Lenovo’s Signature laptops refuse to install Linux

Lenovo’s Signature laptops refuse to install Linux

Image copyright Lenovo Image caption Lenovo says Linux-based operating systems will have to be updated to run on its laptops Lenovo has confirmed that several of its Yoga laptops are refusing to install Linux-based operating systems. The Chinese firm said the issue had been caused by its switch to a new storage system, which reads […]

Malware-infected USB sticks posted to Australian homes

Malware-infected USB sticks posted to Australian homes

Image copyright State of Victoria Police Image caption The unmarked USB sticks could infect computers with harmful viruses, Victoria police warned USB sticks containing harmful malware have been left in Australian letterboxes, police in Victoria have warned. Residents of Pakenham, a suburb of Melbourne, have reportedly found the unmarked sticks in the boxes. Plugging them […]

US Army builds ‘ambidextrous’ grenade

US Army builds ‘ambidextrous’ grenade

Image copyright Getty Images The US Army is working on a new hand grenade that can operate as either a fragmentation or a blast pressure device. It means collateral damage can be limited in certain circumstances. It is the first new grenade in more than 40 years, said the Picatinny Arsenal where it is being […]

Mobile phone roaming charge abolition plan rewritten

Mobile phone roaming charge abolition plan rewritten

Image copyright Thinkstock Proposed time limits on surcharge-free roaming for travellers using mobile phones have been scrapped under new European Commission plans. Last year, the European Parliament agreed that roaming charges faced by EU travellers using a mobile phone would be abolished in June 2017. Officials suggested that charges would only be banned for 90 […]