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Surgeon David Nott: Hack led to Syria air strike

Surgeon David Nott: Hack led to Syria air strike

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A British surgeon who helped Syrian doctors online has told the Telegraph he fears his computer was hacked, leading to an air strike on a hospital.David Nott, who has performed surgery in various war zones, helped his Syrian colleagues during an operation, via Skype and WhatsApp, on just one occasion.The 2016 operation was later broadcast by the BBC's Newsnight programme.Weeks after this, the Aleppo hospital was hit by a "bunker buster" bomb.Dr Nott thinks the hackers were able to discover its location via his computer. Cyber-security professionals say his theory is plausible, but the BBC has spoken to two experts who think another approach - if hackers were involved at all - would have been more likely.Cyber-security researcher and blogger Graham Cluley pointed out that at one point in Ne...
Facebook data row: Cambridge Analytica academic a 'scapegoat'

Facebook data row: Cambridge Analytica academic a 'scapegoat'

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An academic who created an app which harvested data from 50 million users says he has been made "a scapegoat" for Facebook and Cambridge Analytica.Dr Aleksandr Kogan completed work for Cambridge Analytica in 2014, but said he had no idea the data would be used for Donald Trump's election campaign. The psychology academic told the BBC he wanted the data so he could model human behaviour through social media.Facebook says Dr Kogan violated the site's policies. The Cambridge University researcher developed a personality survey called This is Your Digital Life. About 270,000 users' data was collected, but the app also collected some public data from users' friends.Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie said that, as a result, the data of about 50 million users was harvested for th...
Facebook row tech firm suspends its CEO

Facebook row tech firm suspends its CEO

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Facebook row tech firm Cambridge Analytica has suspended its CEO Alexander Nix in the wake of a series of allegations.Facebook is currently facing investigations by authorities in the UK, EU, and the US, over a reported data breach that impacted more than 50 million people.Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which was hired by Donald Trump's campaign team, is accused of using millions of Facebook profiles without authorisation to predict and influence the US election.The board of Cambridge Analytica says it has suspended Mr Nix pending a full independent investigation of his actions.The suspension is effective immediately, according to the company's website.Comments Mr Nix made to an undercover reporter for Britain's Channel 4 News and other allegations of wrongdoing were cited as rea...
World's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies

World's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, dies

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The world's last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after "age-related complications," researchers announced Tuesday, saying he "stole the heart of many with his dignity and strength." A statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya said the 45-year-old rhino was euthanized on Monday after his condition "worsened significantly" and he was no longer able to stand. His muscles and bones had degenerated and his skin had extensive wounds, with a deep infection on his back right leg. The rhino had been part of an ambitious effort to save the subspecies from extinction after decades of decimation by poachers, with the help of the two surviving females. One is his daughter, Najin, and the other is her daughter, Fatu. His death won't have an impact on the efforts to save the subspecie...
How Facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation

How Facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation

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Facebook likes can tell a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of — and which Facebook may have enabled. The social network is now under fire after The New York Times and The Guardian newspaper reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to influence elections. Facebook's stock plunged 7 percent Monday in its worst one-day decline since 2014. Officials in the EU and the U.S. sought answers, while Britain's information commissioner said she will seek a warrant to access Cambridge Analytica's servers because the British firm had been "uncooperative" in her investigat