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Google to offer stepped-up security for 'high risk' users

  

Pns: Google said Tuesday it would offer stronger online security for "high risk" users who may be frequent targets of online attacks. The US technology titan said anyone with a personal Google account can enroll in the new "advanced protection," while noting that it will require users to "trade off a bit of convenience" for extra security."We took this unusual step because there is an overlooked minority of our users that are at particularly high risk of targeted online attacks,"...

All wifi networks' are vulnerable to hacking

  

Pns: The security protocol used to protect the vast majority of wifi connections has been broken, potentially exposing wireless internet traffic to malicious eavesdroppers and attacks, according to the researcher who discovered the weakness. Mathy Vanhoef, a security expert at Belgian university KU Leuven, discovered the weakness in the wireless security protocol WPA2, and published details of the flaw on Monday morning.“Attackers can use this novel attack technique to read...

Twitter CEO says new rules coming to curb harassment

  

Pns: Twitter's top executive appears to have gotten the message from the #WomenBoycottTwitter movement. In a series of threaded tweets Friday night, founder and CEO Jack Dorsey said the social media platform would announce new rules centered on "unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence.""We decided to take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them," Dorsey tweeted.Dorsey did not give a...

North Korea 'to blame for WannaCry ransomware attack

  

Pns: North Korea was behind the devastating WannaCry ransomware attack that temporarily crippled dozens of NHS trusts, the president of Microsoft has said. Brad Smith said “all observers in the know” now believe Kim Jong-un’s regime stole the technology needed to create the exploit from the US’ National Security Agency before unleashing it on the world.The attack in May struck where computers were running outdated software, infecting hundreds of thousands of machines around the...

Russia launches European satellite to monitor Earth's atmosphere

  

Pns: Russia on Friday launched a European satellite dedicated to monitoring the Earth's atmosphere, the protective layer that shields the planet from the sun's radiation, live footage from the cosmodrome showed. The Sentinel-5P orbiter took off on time at 0927 GMT from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia."The Rokot carrier rocket successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome," the Russian space agency said in a statement.It is the first satellite dedicated to...

Facebook launches standalone 'Oculus VR' headset

  

Pns:Facebook has unveiled a virtual reality headset that will work without needing an expensive computer, a move designed to kickstart the nascent technology’s slow start. Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s chief executive, mounted a staunch defence of the company’s bet on virtual reality (VR), and pledged that it would become a service used by billions in the coming years.Facebook has invested huge sums in VR in recent years and the social network predicts it will become the next...

N Korea 'hacks US-S Korea war plan

  

Pns: Hackers from North Korea are reported to have stolen a large cache of military documents from South Korea, including a plan to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un. Rhee Cheol-hee, a South Korean lawmaker, said the information was from his country's defence ministry.The compromised documents include wartime contingency plans drawn up by the US and South Korea.They also include reports to the allies' senior commanders.The South Korean defence ministry has so...

Japan launches 4th GPS-improving Michibiki satellite into orbit

  

Pns: Japan's space agency on Tuesday successfully launched into orbit a fourth and final satellite as part of an overall new system to improve global positioning data for a number of services and systems. An H2A rocket carrying the Michibiki No. 4 satellite lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center, in Kagoshima Prefecture, in southwestern Japan, at around 7:01 a.m. local time this morning.The satellite was put into orbit around 28 minutes after lift off, at an altitude of...

Future of news: Bracing for next wave of technology

  

Pns: If you think technology has shaken up the news media -- just wait, you haven't seen anything yet. The next wave of disruption is likely to be even more profound, according to a study presented Saturday to the Online News Association annual meeting in Washington.News organizations which have struggled in the past two decades as readers moved online and to mobile devices will soon need to adapt to artificial intelligence, augmented reality and automated journalism and find...

Uber app can secretly record your iPhone screen, security researcher reveals

  

Pns: Uber may have been secretly recording your iPhone screen, even when the app is closed. Will Strafach, a New York-based security researcher, discovered that the taxi hailing app had received a special permission from Apple to access the screen-recording feature. The company, however, rejected the security breach fears, stating the code was installed to improve the experience on Apple Watch version of the app. It is worth understanding that Apple gives “entitlements”, a code to...

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