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Food writer Jack Monroe ‘loses £5,000 in phone-number hijack’

Food writer Jack Monroe ‘loses £5,000 in phone-number hijack’

Technology
Jack Monroe says she has lost about £5,000 after her phone number was hijacked and re-activated on another Sim card. The criminals were then able to receive her two-factor authentication messages and access her bank and payment accounts. The bestselling food writer tweeted she was "paranoid about security" and already had strong measures in place. A privacy campaigner said the industry had failed to address "Simjacking".Ms Monroe tweeted she was "white-hot angry" and had been told although she should get her phone number back soon, the money "will take longer to recover". "The money stolen has run into thousands of pounds - I'm a self-employed freelancer and I have to absolutely hustle for every single pound I earn. And someone has just helped themselves
Microplastics: Seeking the ‘plastic score’ of the food on our plates

Microplastics: Seeking the ‘plastic score’ of the food on our plates

Science
Microplastics are found everywhere on Earth, yet we know surprisingly little about what risks they pose to living things. Scientists are now racing to investigate some of the big unanswered questions.Daniella Hodgson is digging a hole in the sand on a windswept beach as seabirds wheel overhead. "Found one," she cries, flinging down her spade.She opens her hand to reveal a wriggling lugworm. Plucked from its underground burrow, this humble creature is not unlike the proverbial canary in a coal mine.A sentinel for plastic, the worm will ingest any particles of plastic it comes across while swallowing sand, which can then pass up the food chain to birds and fish."We want to see how much plastic the island is potentially getting on i...
Insect-based food ‘better for pets than top steak’

Insect-based food ‘better for pets than top steak’

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Pet owners are being urged by vets to feed their dogs and cats on a diet rich in insects.The British Veterinary Association (BVA) says some insect-based foods may be better for pets than prime steak.The vets expect resistance from some pet lovers, but they say surveys suggest many would accept insect-based food.Advocates say insect protein provides a more environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional pet food.Simon Doherty, the BVA president, told BBC News: “There’s a really exciting future for the use of insect protein for companion animals.“It’s a fantastic opportunity - looking at insects to provide alternative sources of some of the nutrient ingredients we use in pet food diets.”He said it