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South Korean firm pays $1m to unlock files

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South Korean web-hosting firm Nayana has agreed to pay a $1m ransom to unlock computers frozen by hackers. It is believed to be a record amount, although it is worth noting that many ransom payments are never made public. Nayana’s chief executive revealed that the hackers initially asked for $4.4m, payable in bitcoin. Security experts warned that firms should not ...

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Instagram stories now has 250 million daily users

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Instagram’s Snapchat Stories clone, aptly named Instagram Stories, is now being used by 250 million users every day. Instagram revealed the new milestone Tuesday when it announced a minor update for its live video streaming feature, allowing users to share recordings of their concluded live streams via Stories. Instagram launched Stories as its answer to Snapchat Stories last August, and ...

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Man jailed for dangling baby from window in Algeria

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A court in Algeria has sentenced a man to two years in prison for dangling his baby out of a window in order to attract “likes” on Facebook. The father posted a picture of himself holding the baby out of a window in a high-rise building with the caption: “1,000 likes or I will drop him.” It prompted other social ...

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Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed

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Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee. The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birth-dates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of nearly 62% of the entire US population. The data was available on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server. Anyone could access ...

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Google pledges to tackle YouTube terror videos

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Google has unveiled four measures it will use to tackle the spread of terror-related material online. Among the measures it is deploying will be smarter software that can spot extremist material and greater use of human experts to vet content. It said terrorism was an “attack on open societies” and tackling its influence was a critical challenge. It said it ...

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NHS cyber-attack was ‘launched from North Korea’

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British security officials believe that hackers in North Korea were behind the cyber-attack that crippled parts of the NHS and other organisations around the world last month, the BBC has learned. Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) led the international investigation. Security sources have told the BBC that the NCSC believes that a hacking group known as Lazarus launched the ...

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E3 2017: In Trump, indie developers find inspiration

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Christopher Jarvis says his motivation to make a game that tackles fake news is reenergised each time he leaves his home in New York. “I live in Trump Tower. This is how I reconcile it with myself,” he jokes, before turning a little more serious. “I’m moving out soon.” At E3’s indie game corner, where the multi-million dollar budgets are ...

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Al Jazeera’s Twitter account back after suspension

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The Arabic-language account of Al Jazeera has been restored on Twitter after being suspended due to what the network called “an organised campaign”. The account, with just under 12 million followers, was suspended for an unspecified reason early on Saturday. Al Jazeera is the flagship broadcaster for Qatar, which is under pressure from its Gulf neighbours. They accuse the emirate ...

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India internet shutdowns ‘violate human rights’

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said India needs to cease “arbitrary restrictions” on internet and phone services. The organisation said state governments had imposed 20 temporary internet shutdowns in 2017. Authorities say they shut internet and telecommunications services to stop rumours during times of unrest. But the rights group said arbitrary internet shutdowns “violated India’s obligations under international human rights ...

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India internet shutdowns ‘violate human rights’

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said India needs to cease “arbitrary restrictions” on internet and phone services. The organisation said state governments had imposed 20 temporary internet shutdowns in 2017. Authorities say they shut internet and telecommunications services to stop rumours during times of unrest. But the rights group said arbitrary internet shutdowns “violated India’s obligations under international human rights ...

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