TECH

‘I lost £4,000 in a call centre scam’

‘I lost £4,000 in a call centre scam’

When Doug Varey clicked on a pop-up ad offering computer security protection for 12 years for £556, he signed up. “I had no reason to suspect it wasn’t genuine,” he says. That was a mistake. Mr Varey was a victim of a common online scam known as computer software service fraud, which ended up costing […]

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

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

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. […]

Apple approves Hong Kong protest location app

Apple approves Hong Kong protest location app

An app that tracks the location of police patrols in Hong Kong is now available via Apple, despite the firm’s reservations about its potential use. Apple had said the crowd-sourced HKmap Live, which also tracks tear-gas use, was not permitted because it “enables and encourages” illegal activity. Yet the app was already available on Google […]

TalkTalk hacker Elliott Gunton: Cryptocurrency auctioned by police

TalkTalk hacker Elliott Gunton: Cryptocurrency auctioned by police

A police force has auctioned off more than £240,000 of cryptocurrency confiscated from a teenage hacker. The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit sold the stash, which included Bitcoin, Ripple and Ethereum, in what it says is a first for UK police. It is understood the currency came from Elliott Gunton, of Old Catton, near Norwich, […]

App that cancels subscriptions launches in UK

App that cancels subscriptions launches in UK

A service which automatically cancels subscriptions at the end of the free trial period has launched in the UK. It was developed by Josh Browder, who as a teenager developed an algorithm called Do Not Pay, which continues to successfully fight parking fines. His new app, Free Trial Surfing, is not linked to a customer’s […]

YouTube advertises big brands alongside fake cancer cure videos

YouTube advertises big brands alongside fake cancer cure videos

YouTube’s algorithm promotes fake cancer cures in a number of languages and the site runs adverts for major brands and universities next to misleading videos, a BBC investigation has found. Searching YouTube across 10 languages, the BBC found more than 80 videos containing health misinformation – mainly bogus cancer cures. Ten of the videos found […]

Apple and Google stop workers playing back voice recordings

Apple and Google stop workers playing back voice recordings

Apple and Google are temporarily stopping workers listening to voice recordings captured by smart speakers and virtual assistants. It follows a Guardian report that third-party contractors used by Apple had heard people having sex and discussing private medical information. Siri and other services can activate in error after wrongly picking up sounds they mishear as their “wake” […]

Huawei sees trouble ahead despite revenue rise

Huawei sees trouble ahead despite revenue rise

Chinese telecoms firm Huawei saw a sharp jump in revenue in the first half of the year but warned of “difficulties ahead”. The US blacklisted the firm in May, restricting its ability to trade with US companies. Company revenue jumped 23% in the first half of the year versus a year ago, while smartphone shipments […]

Fortnite World Cup: Players battle for biggest total prize pool

Fortnite World Cup: Players battle for biggest total prize pool

The finals of the Fortnite World Cup are taking place in a stadium in New York, with the winner set to earn more prize money than Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic won as Wimbledon champions. Forty million players attempted to qualify over 10 weeks of online competition but only 100 finalists have a shot at […]

Lancaster University students’ data stolen in cyber-attack

Lancaster University students’ data stolen in cyber-attack

Student data has been stolen in a “sophisticated and malicious” cyber-attack on a university. Records and ID documents of some Lancaster University students were accessed in the phishing attack and fraudulent invoices were sent to undergraduate applicants, a spokesman for the university said. The university said it became aware of the breach on Friday and set up […]

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