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Parliament targeted in 'sustained' cyberattack

Parliament targeted in 'sustained' cyberattack

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A cyberattack on MPs and Peers' emails has prompted Parliament's security team to shut down external access to its systems.An email sent to parliamentarians on Friday and shown to Sky News said: "Earlier this morning we discovered unusual activity and evidence of an attempted cyberattack on our computer network."It claimed that "hackers were carrying out a sustained and determined attack on all parliamentary user accounts in an attempt to identify weak passwords".An attack on all parliamentary user accounts rather than just the publicly listed ones would suggest the attacker had considerable resources to allow them to know the private email addresses used by civil servants.However, an update on Saturday from a parliamentary spokesperson was less specific regarding the range of the attack.I...
Router hack risk 'not limited to Virgin Media'

Router hack risk 'not limited to Virgin Media'

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A weakness that left thousands of Virgin Media routers vulnerable to attack also affects devices by other providers, security experts suggest.Virgin Media's Super Hub 2 was criticised for using short default passwords that could easily be cracked by attackers.But experts raised concerns that older routers provided by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and others were also at risk.They recommend users change their router password from the default.Media playback is unsupported on your device"It's a bit unfair that Virgin Media has been singled out here. They made a mistake - but so have many other internet service providers," said Ken Munro from security firm Pen Test Partners."This problem has been known about for years, yet still ISPs [internet service providers] issue routers with weak passwords and consu...
Russia threatens to ban messaging app

Russia threatens to ban messaging app

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Russia has threatened to block access to Telegram unless the company which runs the messaging app provides information about itself.Alexander Zharov, head of communications regulator Roskomnadzor, said repeated efforts to obtain the information had been ignored and warned that "time is running out" for the app.If Telegram hands over the details and joins Roskomnadzor's registry it would be required to keep and share users' chat histories and encryption keys with authorities if asked, according to Russian news agency TASS.Image:Telegram provides end-to-end encryption messagingIn an open letter, Mr Zharov said: "There is one demand and it is simple: to fill in a form with information on the company that controls Telegram."And to officially send it to Roskomnadzor to include this data in the ...
Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

Snapchat map update raises child safety worries

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An update to Snapchat that shows publicly posted images on a searchable map has raised safety concerns among parents.Snap Map lets people search for places such as schools and see videos and pictures posted by children inside.It also lets people locate their "friends" on a map that is accurate enough to determine where people live.Snap, the company behind Snapchat, stressed to the BBC that location sharing was an opt-in feature.Exact locationSnap Map was launched on Wednesday and was promoted as a "new way to explore the world".Video clips and photos that members have posted publicly can be discovered on the map, while members who have chosen to share their location can also be seen on the map by those they have added as "friends".However, members can add people they have never met to thei...
Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

Facebook launches initiative to fight online hate speech

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Facebook is launching a UK initiative to train and fund local organisations to combat extremism and hate speech.It comes a week after the social network announced steps of its own to remove terrorist-related content from its site. The UK Online Civil Courage Initiative's initial partners include Imams Online and the Jo Cox Foundation.Facebook has faced criticism for being slow to react to terrorist propaganda on its platforms."The recent terror attacks in London and Manchester - like violence anywhere - are absolutely heartbreaking," said Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg."No-one should have to live in fear of terrorism - and we all have a part to play in stopping violent extremism from spreading. "We know we have more to do - but through our platform, our partners and ou...