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Cheryl Cole links ‘most dangerous’ says security firm

  X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has been named as the “most dangerous celebrity” online in the UK. A security firm has been measuring the amount of malicious websites linked to a star’s name. Top tips to Staying Safe online Take note of content that prompts you to download anything Watch out for “free downloads” […]

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Fridge sends spam emails as attack hits smart gadgets

A fridge has been discovered sending out spam after a web attack managed to compromise smart gadgets. The fridge was one of more than 100,000 devices used to take part in the spam campaign. Uncovered by security firm Proofpoint the attack compromised computers, home routers, media PCs and smart TV sets. The attack is believed […]

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How to hack a nation’s infrastructure

Mark Ward – Technology correspondent, BBC News Control systems for dams, industrial plants and building controls are increasingly being found online I’m watching a live video feed of people visiting a cafe in London. It’s a small, busy place and is doing a good trade in tea, coffee and cakes. That woman has dropped some […]

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‘Contagious’ wi-fi virus created by Liverpool researchers

By Dave Lee Technology reporter, BBC News Networks most at threat are small businesses and home users, researchers said A computer virus that can spread via wi-fi like a “common cold” has been created by researchers in Liverpool. In densely populated areas with lots of wi-fi networks, the virus can go from network to network […]

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Rural broadband rollout: Taxpayers being ‘ripped off’, say MPs

The taxpayer is being “ripped off” over the cost of rolling out broadband to rural areas of the UK, MPs have said. The Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says the government “mismanaged” the project by awarding all 26 rural broadband contracts to BT. It also said BT had “exploited its quasi-monopoly position” as the main […]

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BT turns off dial-up internet access service

Dial-up net access is still used in many rural and remote areas of the UK Telecoms giant BT is turning off its dial-up internet access service. The company said it was taking the step because only a “tiny number” of its customers still went online using a dial-up modem. It added that the vast majority […]

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Nationwide online accounts hit by glitch

Many banks and building societies have sporadic problems with their online services Online service problems at Nationwide led to some customers’ accounts incorrectly being shown as empty. The building society said that the issue was now resolved and apologised to customers for the inconvenience. Customers reported problems on Thursday morning after checking savings and current […]

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Minecraft game adds Ordnance Survey GB terrain data

Minecraft, the highly popular building and monsters video game, can now incorporate accurate Ordnance Survey terrain data of Great Britain in its blockwork virtual world. The game’s 33 million players can build worlds atop of geographically accurate landscapes representing 224,000 sq km (86,000 sq miles) of Britain. The GB Minecraft world was created in two […]

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Ebay and Argos announce ‘click-and-collect’ tie-up

Shoppers will soon be able to order selected goods from eBay and pick them up from an Argos store. The “click-and-collect” scheme is being piloted by the e-commerce giant in about 150 shops belonging to the high street chain, which is part of Home Retail Group. At least 50 eBay merchants, including urban clothing retailer […]

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Google apologises for lengthy Gmail outage

Google has apologised for a temporary fault that affected millions of users of its Gmail service. Up to half of users were affected, over 12 hours from 15:00 BST on Monday, with many taking to Twitter to complain. Google said the delivery of some messages had been halted for a few seconds while others were […]

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