Peadophile becomes the first to be convicted of using the Live.Me streaming app to incite girl into sexual activity

A convicted paedophile who encouraged a nine-year-old girl to expose herself over Live.Me has been jailed for four years, in the first case of its kind involving the popular livestreaming app. Glen Friend from Walthamstow in east London, used the app to gain access to young children in a bid to groom them, the court heard. The Live.Me app is one of the […]

How getting rid of my smartphone revolutionised my life

How long would you last doing a simple cognitive task without checking your smartphone or social media feed, before you get fidgety and bored? Ten minutes? How would you feel after one hour? Around two thirds of British people admit they would feel lost, unhappy or anxious without their smartphone, according to a survey last […]

Afghans to get free access to Wikipedia on their phones

People in Afghanistan are set for greater access to the internet and free information, thanks to a new partnership between a local telecommunications company and the Wikimedia Foundation. Roshan Communications and the internet giant announced on Monday that all of the company’s customers would be able to access the Wikipedia website through their phones – without being charged for data usage – for […]

SEC Discloses Hackers Made Off With Data From Its Filing System

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission disclosed late Wednesday night that hackers breached its online filing system and may have made “illicit gain through trading.” The SEC, the agency responsible for regulating the financial securities industry, gave few details about the hack, saying only that it involved a software “vulnerability” in its EDGAR online filing […]

Judge Limits Data Feds Can Get About Anti-Trump Website DisruptJ20

A Washington, D.C., judge has limited the data the Justice Department can have about an anti-Trump website, saying Tuesday that he wanted to protect innocent users’ First Amendment rights. D.C Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin ordered DreamHost, a web hosting company in Los Angeles, to hand over for review all information it has about DisruptJ20, […]

The Evolution of Open Access

There have been a few central phases in the history of open access: The invention of arXiv. arXiv is a website that mathematicians and theoretical physicists use to share papers. arXiv was launched in 1991, and it now has 1.2m pre-prints on it. The invention of the open access publishing business model. This publishing model […]

Tim Cook Says Fake News Is ‘Killing People’s Minds’

Apple CEO Tim Cook is calling on government agencies and tech companies to work together on a public service campaign to combat the spread of fake news. The proliferation of misinformation is a “big problem in a lot of the world” and is “killing people’s minds in a way,” Cook said Friday in an interview with […]

Service Provider Boots Hate Site Off the Internet

In a surprise move, the web services company Cloudflare appears to have ended its relationship with The Daily Stormer, taking the leading neo-Nazi site off the internet for the second time this week. Cloudflare protects websites against common forms of attack, including denial of service, which is known as DDOS. “I have effectively been banned by ICANN […]

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’

Want to market Nazi memorabilia, or recruit marchers for a far-right rally? Facebook’s self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you. Until this week, when we asked Facebook about it, the world’s largest social network enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of […]

Surprise! Amazon Seems To Think You’re Pregnant

Many Amazon customers were left befuddled and vexed on Tuesday when they received an email telling them that they’d been gifted something from — what was for a lot people — a nonexistent baby registry for their nonexistent baby. “Hello Amazon Customer,” the email says. “Someone great recently purchased a gift from your baby registry! You can […]

Giant spambot scooped up 711 million email addresses

A malware researcher has discovered a spamming operation that has been drawing on a list of 711.5 million email addresses. The scale of the scheme appears to make it the biggest find of its kind. The addresses – and in some cases associated passwords – have apparently been gathered to help spread banking malware. Members […]