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NHS could have avoided WannaCry hack with basic IT security’ says report

  Five hospitals had to divert ambulances away after the WannaCry hack. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA Malware NHS could have avoided WannaCry hack with basic IT security’ says report National Audit Office says NHS and Department of Health must ‘get their act together’ or suffer ‘far worse’ than chaos experienced in May The NHS could have […]

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NSA contractor leaked US hacking tools by mistake, Kaspersky says

‘The malware dropped from the trojanised keygen was a full blown backdoor, which may have allowed third parties access to the user’s machine,’ said Eugene Kaspersky. Photograph: Pavel Golovkin/AP Kaspersky Lab NSA contractor leaked US hacking tools by mistake, Kaspersky says User downloaded malware while pirating Microsoft Office before running virus scan on machine containing […]

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‘Downright Orwellian’: journalists decry Facebook experiment’s impact on democracy

‘The Facebook explore tab killed 66% of our traffic. Just destroyed it … years of really hard work were just swept away,’ says Guatemalan journalist Dina Fernandez. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP Facebook ‘Downright Orwellian’: journalists decry Facebook experiment’s impact on democracy Media professionals in countries such as Guatemala and Slovakia fear for effect Facebook’s news feed […]

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‘Downright Orwellian’: journalists count cost of Facebook’s impact on democracy

‘The Facebook explore tab killed 66% of our traffic. Just destroyed it … years of really hard work were just swept away,’ says Guatemalan journalist Dina Fernandez. Photograph: Noah Berger/AP Facebook ‘Downright Orwellian’: journalists count cost of Facebook’s impact on democracy Media professionals in countries such as Guatemala and Slovakia fear for effect Facebook’s news […]

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Bad Rabbit: Game of Thrones-referencing ransomware hits Europe

The self-titled ‘Bad Rabbit’ malware encrypts data on infected machines before demanding a payment of 0.05 bitcoin (£250). Photograph: emfoundation Malware Bad Rabbit: Game of Thrones-referencing ransomware hits Europe NotPetya-style malware infects Kiev’s metro system, Odessa airport and Russian media, demanding bitcoin for decryption key A major ransomware attack is hitting computers in Russia and […]

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Facebook: no current plans to make ‘catastrophic’ news feed change worldwide

Local journalists in Guatemala expressed concern at risk of greater spread of propaganda the change has brought. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters Facebook Facebook: no current plans to make ‘catastrophic’ news feed change worldwide Company’s head of news feed says test is to see if users prefer only friends’ posts in timeline, but journalists in affected countries […]

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Facebook translates ‘good morning’ into ‘attack them’, leading to arrest

Facebook’s machine translation mix-up sees man questioned over innocuous post confused with attack threat. Photograph: Thibault Camus/AP Facebook Facebook translates ‘good morning’ into ‘attack them’, leading to arrest Palestinian man questioned by Israeli police after embarrassing mistranslation of caption under photo of him leaning against bulldozer Facebook has apologised after an error in its machine-translation […]

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Government called on to let data breach victims force compensation

Yahoo said two large breaches had been carried out several years ago, estimating those affected at three billion – or four out of every 10 human beings alive today. Photograph: Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA Data and computer security Government called on to let data breach victims force compensation Consumer organisation Which? is calling for an amendment […]

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Facebook moving non-promoted posts out of news feed in trial

New system trialled in six countries sees non-promoted posts shifted over to a second feed, leaving the main feed focused entirely on original content from friends, and adverts. Photograph: Elise Amendola/AP Facebook Facebook moving non-promoted posts out of news feed in trial New system could destroy smaller publishers if implemented, after journalists report drop in […]

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Kaspersky: security firm tries to win back trust after Russian spying scandal

Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab attempts to prove its antivirus software can be trusted in wake of spying scandal that saw it banned from US government use. Photograph: Sergei Savostyanov/TASS Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky: security firm tries to win back trust after Russian spying scandal New transparency initiative aims to open up software and security practices […]