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Russia 'meddled in all big social media' around US election

Russia 'meddled in all big social media' around US election

World
Russia used every major social media platform to influence the 2016 US election, a report claims.New research says YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram and PayPal - as well as Facebook and Twitter - were leveraged to spread propaganda.The report, released today by the US Senate, exposes the scale of Russian disinformation efforts.Its authors criticise the "belated and uncoordinated response" by tech firms.The report was put together by University of Oxford's Computational Propaganda Project and the social network analysis firm Graphika.It is the first analysis of millions of social media posts provided by Twitter, Google and Facebook to the Senate Intelligence Committee.While Facebook and Twitter have previously disclosed Russian interfere...
Router hack risk 'not limited to Virgin Media'

Router hack risk 'not limited to Virgin Media'

Technology
A weakness that left thousands of Virgin Media routers vulnerable to attack also affects devices by other providers, security experts suggest.Virgin Media's Super Hub 2 was criticised for using short default passwords that could easily be cracked by attackers.But experts raised concerns that older routers provided by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and others were also at risk.They recommend users change their router password from the default.Media playback is unsupported on your device"It's a bit unfair that Virgin Media has been singled out here. They made a mistake - but so have many other internet service providers," said Ken Munro from security firm Pen Test Partners."This problem has been known about for years, yet still ISPs [internet service providers] issue routers with weak passwords and consu...