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Facebook grilled on Britain First page by MPs

Facebook grilled on Britain First page by MPs

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Facebook has said it is reviewing the future of Britain First's profile page, following the removal of its leaders' pages from Twitter.The social network said it was "very cautious" about removing political speech.The details emerged as the Home Affairs Committee grilled Facebook, Google and Twitter on what they were doing to combat hate speech.MPs said the firms had made progress but were still not doing enough.Google promised an annual transparency report on the issue. Facebook and Twitter said they were looking at a similar course of action but did not commit to it.On Britain First, a far-right group, Facebook's director of public policy Simon Milner said it was reviewing its future."Clearly there are issues with the pages but we are very cautious about political speech," he told MPs.He...
Trump administration blames NKorea for big ransomware attack

Trump administration blames NKorea for big ransomware attack

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President Donald Trump's administration is publicly blaming North Korea for a ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health Service. Homeland security adviser Tom Bossert wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Monday night that North Korea was "directly responsible" for the WannaCry ransomware attack and that Pyongyang will be held accountable for it. Bossert said the administration's finding of responsibility is based on evidence and confirmed by other governments and private companies, including the United Kingdom and Microsoft. "North Korea has acted especially badly, largely unchecked, for more than a decade, and its malicious behavior is growing more egregious. WannaCry was indiscriminately ...
Twitter suspends Britain First leaders

Twitter suspends Britain First leaders

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Twitter has suspended the accounts of two leaders of a British far-right group shortly after revising its rules on hate speech.Paul Golding, Britain First's leader, and Jayda Fransen, his deputy, can no longer tweet and their past posts no longer appear.The organisation's official Twitter page has suffered the same fate.It appears that three of Ms Fransen's posts that President Trump retweeted have gone from his feed as a result.The messages had featured anti-Muslim videos and proved highly controversial when the American leader shared them in November.British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said it had been "wrong for the president to have done this".Ms Fransen and Mr Golding were arrested earlier this week over separate behaviour relating to Northern Ireland.Restricted swastikasTw...
Bitcoin futures slide after trading debut on CME

Bitcoin futures slide after trading debut on CME

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Another security based on the price of bitcoin, the digital currency that has soared in value and volatility this year, began trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange on Sunday. The CME Group, which owns the exchange, opened up bitcoin futures for trading at 6 p.m. EST on Sunday. The futures contract that expires in January opened higher at $ 20,650, then declined steadily. The futures were trading at $ 18,895 at 10:30 p.m. EST. The CME futures, like the ones that CME competitor the Cboe started trading last week, do not involve actual bitcoin. The CME's futures will track an index of bitcoin prices pulled from several private exchanges. The Cboe's futures track the price of bitcoin prices on the particular private exchange known as Gemini. Each contract sold on the CME will be for five...
Schools warned over hackable heating systems

Schools warned over hackable heating systems

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Dozens of British schools' heating systems have been found to be vulnerable to hackers, according to a probe by a security research firm.Pen Test Partners says the problem was caused by the equipment's controllers being connected to the wider internet, against the manufacturer's guidelines.It says it would be relatively easy for mischief-makers to switch off the heaters from afar.But an easy fix, pulling out the network cables, can address the threat.Even so, the company suggests the discovery highlights that building management systems are often installed by electricians and engineers that need to know more about cyber-security."It would be really easy for someone with basic computer skills to have switched off a school's heating system - it's a matter of clicks and some simple typing," P...