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Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds

Millions using 123456 as password, security study finds

  Millions of people are using easy-to-guess passwords on sensitive accounts, suggests a study. The analysis by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) found 123456 was the most widely-used password on breached accounts. The study helped to uncover the gaps in cyber-knowledge that could leave people in danger of being exploited. The NCSC said […]

PS Vita: The end of Sony handheld gaming?

PS Vita: The end of Sony handheld gaming?

Sony has officially ended production of its PS Vita games console. The handheld console has been gradually phased out over the past few years – and this weekend Sony announced it would be discontinuing the Vita’s final two models. The PS Vita struggled against rival devices as well as a surge in the popularity of […]

YouTube takes ads off ‘anti-vax’ video channels

Many YouTube channels pushing anti-vaccination conspiracy theories will no longer get money from adverts. On Friday, YouTube stopped serving ads to lots of popular channels that promote such views. It took the step following protests from firms who discovered their adverts were running alongside the controversial videos. The World Health Organization said anti-vaccine views were […]

Teen has vaccinations after asking Reddit

Ethan Lindenberger from Ohio asked social media site Reddit if he could have vaccines without parental consent. His mother would not give her permission, he wrote in the post, which had thousands of reactions. He learned he had to wait until he was 18 – which he did, and has now had five vaccinations so […]

Amazon: Facial recognition bias claims are ‘misleading’

Amazon has defended its facial-recognition tool, Rekognition, against claims of racial and gender bias, following a study published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The researchers compared tools from five companies, including Microsoft and IBM. While none was 100% accurate, it found that Amazon’s Rekognition tool performed the worst when it came to recognising women […]

Facebook pledges to do more on self-harm

New Facebook vice-president Sir Nick Clegg has told the BBC the firm will do “whatever it takes” to make its social media platforms safer for young people. Sir Nick was responding to the case of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life after viewing distressing self-harm images on Instagram. He added that some experts […]

Google hit with £44m GDPR fine over ads

Google has been fined 50 million euros (£44m) by the French data regulator CNIL, for a breach of the EU’s data protection rules. CNIL said it had levied the record fine for “lack of transparency, inadequate information and lack of valid consent regarding ads personalisation”. The regulator said it judged that people were “not sufficiently […]

Millions of Chinese CVs exposed on cloud server

A database containing resumes of more than 200 million Chinese people has been found exposed online. Security firm Hackenproof said the “very detailed” information lacked even the most basic security protections. Names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, education histories and many other personal details were included in the data trove. Analysis suggested the information was built […]

Huawei Honor View20 and Samsung A8s have hole-punch cameras

Two smartphone-makers have unveiled handsets featuring a “hole-punch” selfie camera. The screens of the Samsung A8s and Huawei Honor View20 both feature a small circular space for the component. The design is intended to be less obtrusive than a “notch” – as popularised by Apple and later by many Android smartphone manufacturers. One expert said […]

PewDiePie in battle with T-Series to keep top YouTube spot

YouTuber PewDiePie is battling Indian channel T-Series in a bid to retain his status as the YouTuber with the most subscribers. One fan hacked 50,000 printers over the weekend to print out a message urging people to subscribe to his channel. Both channels have more than 73 million subscribers, with PewDiePie currently in the lead […]