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NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea'

NHS cyber-attack was 'launched from North Korea'

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British security officials believe that hackers in North Korea were behind the cyber-attack that crippled parts of the NHS and other organisations around the world last month, the BBC has learned.Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) led the international investigation.Security sources have told the BBC that the NCSC believes that a hacking group known as Lazarus launched the attack.The US Computer Emergency Response Team has also warned about Lazarus.The same group is believed to have targeted Sony Pictures in 2014.The Sony hack came as the company planned to release the movie The Interview, a satire about the North Korean leadership starring Seth Rogen. The movie was eventually given a limited release after an initial delay.The same group is also thought to have been behind the...
Uber executive leaves as critical report looms

Uber executive leaves as critical report looms

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A senior Uber executive has left the company a day before the results of a far-reaching inquiry into the firm's management and workplace culture are made public.Emil Michael, a senior vice president, is stepping down from the cab-hailing business and a Reuters report suggests Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick is also likely to take a leave of absence.On Sunday, the board voted unanimously to adopt all of the recommendations made by a law firm hired to investigate deep-seated cultural problems at Uber, which has been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination.Image:Travis Kalanick has previously acknowledged concerns about his management styleThe recommendations made by former attorney general Eric Holder are set to be released on Tuesday.Last week, Uber fire...
Trump analytics firm denies aiding Leave campaign

Trump analytics firm denies aiding Leave campaign

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The chief executive of Cambridge Analytica (CA), the controversial data analytics firm which worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, has denied his company helped the Leave.EU campaign, saying it had been the subject of politically motivated attacks.Cambridge Analytica is at the centre of an investigation by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) into the use of personal data by political parties, along with other companies.Speaking exclusively to Sky News, Alexander Nix said that laws around data sharing would need to be changed, to keep up with current practice. He also said that the Conservatives had run an "ill-prepared" and "absurd" digital campaign.Image:Alexander Nix: 'We didn't work for any of the campaigns that were involved in Brexit'He said: "A lot of the media tha...
Uber loses another top executive Emil Michael

Uber loses another top executive Emil Michael

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Emil Michael, Uber's senior vice-president and a close ally of chief executive Travis Kalanick, has left the company, employees have been told.His departure was said to be one recommendation of a report by former US Attorney-General Eric Holder about the company's culture and practices.Uber said the board had voted unanimously to adopt all the report's recommendations.However, its contents will not be released until Tuesday.Mr Holder was asked to undertake the review in February after former Uber engineer Susan Fowler made claims of sexual harassment.The Financial Times reported that neither Uber nor Mr Michael would comment on whether he had resigned or been fired.James Cakmak, an analyst at Monness Crespi Hardt, said Mr Michael's departure reflected Uber's need for a "fall guy" and coul...
UK and France target 'evil' online extremism

UK and France target 'evil' online extremism

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Theresa May will launch a joint campaign between the UK and France to punish tech giants that fail to remove extremist and criminal content. Online radicalisation will be a top priority during the Prime Minister's visit to Paris on Tuesday, in which she will hold talks with new President Emmanuel Macron.Image:This will be Theresa May's first foreign trip since the electionFacebook, Twitter and YouTube have been criticised for failing to remove unacceptable content. The two leaders plan to draw up new laws enabling them to be slapped with multimillion-pound fines.:: Analysis - Tension between May and Facebook over online extremismMrs May's first foreign trip since losing her majority at the General Election will not be the triumphant outing on the world stage that Downing Street will have e...