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New ransomware strain coded entirely in Javascript

<b>Security researchers have discovered a new strain of ransomware coded entirely in Javascript, which could increase its chances of being activated.</b><p>Unlike executable program files, Javascript documents do not always trigger a security warning on Windows or require administrator access to run.<p>Named …

JavaScript

US nuclear force still uses floppy disks

<b>The US nuclear weapons force still uses a 1970s-era computer system and 8-inch floppy disks, a government report has revealed.</b><p>The Government Accountability Office said the Pentagon was one of several departments where "legacy systems" urgently needed to be replaced.<p>The report said taxpayers spent …

IT security

NCA's bid to get Lauri Love US hack case passwords thrown out

<b>A bid by the National Crime Agency to force an alleged cyber hacker to hand over encrypted computer passwords has been thrown out by a judge.</b><p>The US is attempting to extradite Lauri Love, 31, on charges of hacking into the US Army, Nasa and US Federal Reserve networks.<p>The agency (NCA) seized the …

San Bernardino

Is it illegal for Facebook to memorize your facial features? Site faces lawsuit over automatic tagging of people in photos

• <b>A recent Illinois civil suit accuses Facebook of violating users' privacy</b>• <b><br>It claims firm is collecting and storing biometric data without</b> …

Chrome finally topples Internet Explorer in the battle of the browser: Google's app takes 0.3% lead over Microsoft in desktop traffic

• <b>Chrome led the pack with 41.6% of all desktop browser traffic</b>• <b><br>Internet Explorer, with 41.3%, has been decreasing since June 2015</b>• <b><br>Firefox holds 9.67%,</b> …

Email 'most popular phishing tool'

<b>Cyber-thieves are sticking to email as their preferred way to trick victims into falling for scams, suggests a report.</b><p>The online crime groups were shunning mobiles and newer technologies in favour of phishing campaigns, said the report from Verizon.<p>The annual analysis catalogues more than 100,000 …

Identity Theft

$10 router blamed in Bangladesh bank hack

<b>Hackers managed to steal $80m (£56m) from Bangladesh's central bank because it skimped on network hardware and security software, reports Reuters.</b><p>The bank had no firewall and used second-hand routers that cost $10 to connect to global financial networks.<p>Better security and hardware would have …

Federal Reserve

The AI hacker that can predict 85 per cent of cyberattacks: MIT's Minority-report style algorithm can pick up suspicious behaviour

• <b>System combs through billions of data and can detect suspicious activity</b>• <b><br>It then sorts this activity into 'normal' and 'abnormal' groups of</b> …

Petya ransomware encryption system cracked

<b>Petya ransomware victims can now unlock infected computers without paying.</b><p>An unidentified programmer has produced a tool that exploits shortfalls in the way the malware encrypts a file that allows Windows to start up.<p>In notes put on code-sharing site Github, he said he had produced the key …

Ransomware

The 'superhero robots' heading for the ISS: Russia builds droids to perform remote-controlled spacewalks

• <b>One of the prototypes is a human-like robot named 'Fyodor'</b>• <b><br>Another prototype is an autonomous droid designed to behave human</b>• <b><br>Robots may join China's</b> …

Beware 'smishing' scam that saw one Santander customer lose £23k

Bank customers are being warned to be vigilant after what is believed to be a spate of 'smishing' attacks which drain current accounts of cash.

Finance

Google achieves AI 'breakthrough' by beating Go champion

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1222000/1222877_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522580568_6f337ceac516cc125f489d8d894dc362<p><b>A Google artificial intelligence program has beaten the European champion of the board game Go.</b><p>The Chinese game is viewed as a much tougher …

Artificial Intelligence

Motobot to take on Valentino Rossi: Yamaha's robotic motorbike rider to challenge MotoGP legend in 2017

• <b>Machine has been designed to go around a racetrack at high speeds</b>• <b><br>Yamaha says it will use it to improve racer safety</b>• <b><br>Also hinted it will 'pioneer new</b> …

Will Apple kill off the headphone socket in the iPhone 7? New claims move will make phone thinner

• <b>In order to shrink the thickness of a future handset, Apple is rumoured to be looking at ways to get rid of the standard 3.5mm headphone port</b>• <b><br>Reports</b> …

Time to dump passwords, the weakest link in cyber security: Experts call for use of fingerprints to make us safer online

• <b>Experts say computer passwords are 'broken' and should be replaced</b>• <b><br>Accountancy firm KPMG is calling for a 'more sophisticated approach'</b>• <b><br>Average person</b> …

US military reveals it hopes to use artificial intelligence to create cybersoldiers and even help fly its F-35 fighter jet - but admits it is ALREADY playing catch up

• <b>Darpa says it envisions using augmented reality to help ground troops</b>• <b><br>It will identify targets, sources of gunfire and help with communication</b>• <b><br>To make</b> …

Cybercriminals will target Apple in 2016, say experts

<b>Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting Apple devices and 2016 will see a rise in attacks on its operating systems, security experts suggest.</b><p>According to security firm Symantec, the amount of malware aimed at Apple's mobile operating system (iOS) has more than doubled this year, while threats to …

Cybersecurity

The computer virus that blackmails you

<b>Ransomware is the fastest growing form of computer malware, experts warn.</b><p>It's a malicious virus that locks the user out of their computer and demands a fee to return their files.<p>A report published by the Australian government claims 72% of businesses surveyed experienced ransomware incidents in …

Google Play

Google goes quantum: Search giant's new computer works '100 million times faster' than ordinary PCs

• <b>Google and Nasa have been working for 2 years on the D-Wave X2</b>• <b><br>D-Wave has, until now, never been proven to work using quantum tools</b>• <b><br>Google says it can</b> …

What is the carbon footprint of an email? Report reveals the real cost of everything from making tea to opening spam

• <b>Sending 65 emails is equivalent to driving a car for half a mile</b>• <b><br>The average person sends and receives 125 emails every day</b>• <b><br>Other activities such as</b> …

Driverless car championship announced by Formula E

'Roborace' will run before next year's Formula E events, which will continue to use quaint, anachronistic human drivers<p>It is said that the rise of machines will one day render human beings entirely redundant in the workplace, but it seems racing drivers have already outlived their purpose, with the …

Autonomous Cars

Google has received nearly 350,000 URL removal requests so far

In May 2014, Google complied with the EU's ruling that enabled citizens to request certain URLs to be removed from search results.<p>A year and a half …

Beware the Gmail bug that lets people HIDE their identity: Flaw means hackers can impersonate other people and organisations

• <b>A security researcher discovered the bug at the end of October</b>• <b><br>it lets users of the Gmail Android app hide their real email identity</b>• <b><br>All they need to</b> …

Hacking group Anonymous disables thousands of pro-ISIS Twitter accounts and taking militant websites offline

• <b>Anonymous have stepped up their campaigns against the Islamic State</b>• <b><br>They declared war on the jihadis in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks</b>• <b><br>One</b> …

Will Google make its own Android chips? Report claims group wants to standardise hardware to compete with Apple

• <b>This is according to unnamed sources who spoke to The Information</b>• <b><br>Google says standardising chips will give its devices better memory</b>• <b><br>It will also</b> …

Security is the loser in the holy war between Android and Apple

Where once we debated the merits of Mac and PC, now the struggle for dominance between smartphone operating systems leaves some users vulnerable<p>The novelist Umberto Eco wrote a deliciously insightful essay in 1994, in which he argued that the Apple Mac was a Catholic machine, in contrast to the PC, …

Anti-Virus Software

How many solar panels would it take to power the PLANET? Experts reveal we would need to cover an area the size of Spain to provide the world with enough energy

• <b>The calculations were made by Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian from the Land Art Generator Initiative (Logi)</b>• <b><br>They used US Department of Energy data</b> …

Supercharging the news: Google unveils new system to load stories faster on phones

• <b>Hopes system will be adopted across the industry</b>• <b><br>Twitter and a 30 publishers have already agreed to use it</b><p>Google has unveiled a new system it says …

Nuclear power plants are NOT prepared for a cyber attack: Report says industry is in 'culture of denial' over hacking risks

• <b>Chatham House report said even small-scale attacks could be devastating</b>• <b><br>Found a worrying lack of security protocols at global nuclear power plants</b>• <b><br>This</b> …

Driverless truck is tested on the German autobahn for the first time using radar and cameras to stop it crashing into other motorists

• <b>Mercedes-Benz Actros truck was fitted with 'highway pilot' system</b>• <b><br>System acts like auto-pilot and includes a radar and stereo camera</b>• <b><br>Testing requires a</b> …