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US elections undermined by obsolete equipment

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The rickety US electoral system is once again under the spotlight. It now appears that some voting machines are so ancient that it is almost impossible to tell whether or not they have been hacked. More than three quarters of US states have voting machines that are over ten years… Read more »

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The smartphone – your new flexible friend

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Not content with managing almost every aspect of our daily life, it looks as if smartphones are poised to become our main method of paying for our purchases. Businesses are constantly striving to find new ways to make it easy for customers to pay, while at the same time reassuring… Read more »

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Scottish lawyers get cyber smart

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New research by market research company Ipsos MORI which was commissioned by the Law Society of Scotland reveals that, while cyber security is a worry, most solicitors north of the border view technology as an aid to their practices. The findings unveiled at the Law Society’s Technology and Cybercrime Conference… Read more »

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New defense against car hacking

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Car-hacking has become a popular sport in the cyber security community, and recent news stories about Honda, Jeep and numerous other big automotive names being hacked have highlighted the vulnerability of new-age cars. Unsurprisingly, as cases of successful hacks rise so does the effort being put into developing defensive tools… Read more »

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First fatal crash for self-driving car

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A 40-year-old American has become the first person to die at the wheel of a Tesla self-driving car. Until now, the electric cars have covered 130,000 miles without a fatality and the manufacturers are suggesting that the collision with a lorry may have been due to an unusual combination of… Read more »

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Intel sheds cyber security arm

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As part of its major restructuring programme, Intel is reported to be considering the sale of its cybersecurity arm Intel Security (previously named McAfee – which it acquired in 2011). The chip-maker never quite succeeded in its quest to incorporate McAfee’s cyber security technology into its products and is now… Read more »

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Russia gang hacks 1.2 billion usernames and passwords

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A Russian group has hacked 1.2 billion usernames and passwords belonging to more than 500 million email addresses, according to Hold Security – a US firm specializing in discovering breaches. Hold Security described the hack as the “largest data breach known to date”. It claimed the stolen information came from… Read more »

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Investigation into the health risk of wireless technology for children

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A major investigation into whether mobile phones and other wireless technologies affect children’s mental development is getting under way. The study – funded by the government and industry – will track 2,500 11- and 12-year-olds from September. It will look at their cognitive ability – thinking skills, memory and attention… Read more »

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Xbox One users warned about Internet prank message

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Xbox One owners are being warned about an Internet prank message that could wreck their console. BBC News reports that the message, which originated on the 4Chan website – a site known for playing pranks on tech users – falsely claims to enable the new console to play games made… Read more »

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