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'If you pay, you're fuelling global organised crime'

Image copyright Norsk Hydro Image caption Aluminium maker Norsk Hydro refused to pay ransomware hackers – many others pay up When malicious hackers disable your business and demand a ransom, should you pay up? Many firms do out of desperation, turning to intermediaries to help broker the deal. But law …

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Raspberry Pi used to steal data from Nasa lab

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Jet Propulsion Lab is currently constructing the Mars 2020 rover A tiny Raspberry Pi computer has been used to steal data from Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the space agency has revealed. An audit report reveals the gadget was used to take about 500MB of …

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Slack: Why is this loss-making tech firm worth $20bn?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Slack founder Stewart Butterfield was behind the Flickr photo app Another tech start-up made a blockbuster debut on the US stock market last week, with shares in Slack ending the week more than 40% higher. That values the Silicon Valley-based business at $20bn, not bad …

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Walmart uses AI cameras to spot thieves

Image copyright Reuters US supermarket giant Walmart has confirmed it uses image recognition cameras at checkouts to detect theft. The cameras identify when items are put in a shopping bag without first being scanned by a cashier, or at the self-service checkout. Walmart told the news site Business Insider than …

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X-Prize winner: Children are not a product

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWATCH: Andrew Ashe won the global learning X-Prize The winner of Elon Musk’s global learning X-Prize award says children should not become the “product” of large data-gathering companies. Andrew Ashe is a former teacher and the chief executive of UK-based learning software …

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Florida town pays $600,000 virus ransom

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The attackers demanded a payment of 65 bitcoins to unlock computers A Florida town has decided to pay malicious hackers $600,000 (£475,000) to get its computers working again. Municipal computers for Riviera Beach, a suburb of Palm Beach, were rendered unusable by the ransomware attack. …

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Why the age of electric flight is finally upon us

Image copyright Eviation Image caption Eviation’s nine-seater electric aircraft, Alice, was a hit at the Paris Airshow Aerospace firms are joining forces to tackle their industry’s growing contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, with electric engines seen as one solution. But will this be enough to offset the growing demand for …

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Online pornography checks for under-18s 'face new delay'

Image copyright PA An age-check scheme designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites is expected to be delayed for a second time. The changes – which mean UK internet users may have to prove their age – were due to start on 15 July after already being delayed from April …

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Fortnite makers grilled by MPs over game safety

Image copyright PARLIAMENT.TV Image caption Video game industry representatives faced tough questions from MPs The makers of Fortnite, one of the most popular video games ever, have been quizzed by MPs over what measures are taken to protect players of the game. Epic Games representatives were asked how it ensured …

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US and Russia clash over power grid 'hack attacks'

Image caption The complexity of Russia’s electricity grid makes it a hard target, says expert Russia has said it is “possible” that its electrical grid is under cyber-attack by the US. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said reports that US cyber-soldiers had put computer viruses on its electrical grid was a …

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