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Cyber-bullying: Prince's 'stop, speak, support' code of conduct

Cyber-bullying: Prince's 'stop, speak, support' code of conduct

Technology
Facebook and Snapchat are trialling a new, more direct way to help young people bullied online, following an intervention by Prince William.The social media platforms will help those in need of emotional support to access counsellors.The prince, together with tech firms, children's charities and parents, is also introducing the equivalent of a Green Cross Code for the internet.It tells young people to "stop, speak, support" when online.The aim is to encourage them to stop negative behaviour, tell a responsible adult and support victims of bullying.Other firms, including Google and EE, have also taken part in the project. The Duke of Cambridge became interested in helping to tackle the issue shortly after his son Prince George was born, when he heard about a boy who killed himself because o...
Sloppy old code leaves banks at risk to hackers

Sloppy old code leaves banks at risk to hackers

Technology
Old and sloppily written code is exposing businesses to hackers, new research has warned, with the financial sector at the highest risk.After reviewing more than 278 million lines of code in 1,388 applications worldwide, researchers have found 1.3 million weaknesses which could allow hackers to take advantage of corporate systems.Research by software company CAST found that financial services institutions had the worst code, according to a benchmark called the Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE).CWE is a repository of known security weaknesses hackers could take advantage of and covers software architecture as well as the code itself.Software in the financial sector has the most coding mistakes and non-secure coding practices for every thousand lines of code in its applications - its CWE den...