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Judy: Android malware punches its way through as many as 36.5 million devices

Judy punches its way through as many as 36.5 million Android devices AN ANDROID MALWARE CAMPAIGN called, er, Judy has been discovered lurking in more than 40 apps in the Google Play Store, and it might have punched its way through as many as 36.5 million devices. Check Point discovered the malware, that thankfully  doesn't resort to ransomware or stealing bank credentials. Instead, it installs a form of auto-clicking adware to generate larg...
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GTA 5 promises a 'Gunrunning' update for June

GTA 5 Gunrunner update promises to be fun CRIMINAL CAREER PROGRESSION SIMULATOR Grand Theft Auto 5, or GTA V , is going all out in its summer update and will throw open a world of underground evil lairs and tonnes of guns. This is exciting stuff for people that are still playing a game that came out years ago and is probably one of the reasons that Red Dead Redemption 2 is not out yet. "While sharply dressed CEOs trade Special Cargo from la...
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Microsoft: 90 per cent of Windows development is done by GITs

Microsoft: 90 per cent of Windows development is done by GITs MICROSOFT HAS revealed that it has moved to building the Windows operating system almost entirely using an open-source GIT environment . Yep. Closed source operating system built on open source software. Couldn't make it up, could you. The decision, first announced in February, is now almost fully implemented as the centrepiece of the company's OneCore project, aimed at unifying ...
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Google is tallying your ad-clicks to your physical shopping

You could be dancing on your touchpad as you steer your wonky trolley GOOGLE IS demonstrating the value of its adverts in relation to in store purchases, and how it can help retailers serve up adverts based on your credit card activity. Just days after news that Amazon looks set to bring its heavily automated stores to the UK, the Washington Post is reporting on plans for Google to monitor your credit card transactions in order to serve mor...
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Hackers hit Russian banks in a precursor to European attacks

Imagine that these dolls are wearing balaclavas and fear the hacker threat A GROUP OF HACKERS is reportedly taking on Russian banks before moving onto European targets. So says  Reuters, which reports that the hacking gang had implanted  malware on Android devices with a view to taking people's money away from them. The news agency says that the campaign delivered small beans as a result, earning the hackers less than one hundred million do...
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IBM's makes quantum computing breakthrough with 'fastest' 17-qubit processor

IBM's 17-qubit quantum processor is it's most powerful yet BIG BLUE IBM has progressed further along the path to quantum computing, having built and tested two new devices far in advance of its previous best 5-qubit processor. First is a freely-accessible 16-qubit processor, which can be reached through the IBM Cloud, while the second, a prototype commercial 17-qubit processor, is 'at least' twice as powerful as what is available to the pub...
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Developer releases a WannaCry cure-all for Windows XP

You can try and unlock the WannaCry menace with help from GitHub HEY THERE YOU CRAZY CAT, IT'S FRIDAY AFTERNOON and what do you have going on? Why don't you download a potential recovery tool for WannaCry and spend all weekend telling your mates about it. WannaCry brought the NHS to its knees faster than a series of very dodgy curries and a period of non-hand washing. It demands a ransom from infected users so its bad news if you get a dose...
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Google Assistant for the iPhone is now available... in the US

Assistant is now available on the iPhone GOOGLE HAS ANNOUNCED that Assistant is now available on the iPhone.  We knew this was coming, and Google confirmed that Assistant has arrived on iOS - in the US only, for now - during its I/O keynote on Wednesday.  This is good news for iPhone users, but probably won't be welcomed by Siri. However, Apple's digital helper needn't be too worried, as Assistant will be more limited than its Android count...
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Yahoo is killing its Mail app for Windows 10 UWP next week

Yahoo is killing its Mail app for Windows 10 UWP next week YAHOO MAIL has started warning customers that it will be killing off its Windows Universal App - and it's happening soon. Warning messages have started to appear telling people that from the 22 May, they'll have to access Yahoo Mail via a browser, with some users reporting that the app for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is already not working. The app is now no longer availabl...
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NHS cyber attack: Infosec bod halts WCry spread... by buying a domain for eight quid

Infosec bod halts WCry spread... by buying a domain for eight quid A BRIT INFOSEC BOD has halted the global spread of the WannaCry ransomware, by buying a domain name for eight quid. The dude in question, a 22-year-old cybersecurity researcher who tweets as [email protected] ', discovered a kill switch in the code of the ransomware that struck NHS hospitals across the UK on Friday .  The kill switch detects that a particular web domain exis...
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NHS hospitals across the UK hit by large-scale ransomware attack

NHS hospitals across the UK hit by large-scale ransomware attack NHS HOSPITALS across the UK are suffering a widespread IT failure after being hit by a ransomware attack. NHS employees and health journalists are tweeting images of the ransomware, believed to be a variant of Wanna Decryptor, which is demanding $300 worth of Bitcoin to restore ransomed files. The NHS ransomware looks like a variant of WCry (aka WannaCryptor). Vide...
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Intel fixes dumb AMT flaw that let hackers easily bypass PC security

This Intel security problem sounds dumb, but is complicated INTEL HAS ISSUED A FIX for a ten-year-old problem with its Active Management Technology (AMT) business tools that would have allowed an attacker to bypass an admin password field and get their kicks from hacking the guts out of something. Now that Intel has issued its fix , an insecurity firm called Embedi has stepped forward with its hand up to tell us that it discovered...
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SS7 flaw exploited by hackers to drain customers' bank accounts

SS7 flaw exploited by hackers to drain customers' bank accounts HACKERS HAVE EXPLOITED a flaw in Signalling System No. 7 (SS7), a telephony signalling language, to drain customers' bank accounts. The SS7 protocol is used by more than 800 telecoms companies globally and it enables data communications between different telco networks. It is the protocol used to ensure text messages can be sent to people in another country; and that phone call...
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Oops-a-daisy: Debenhams Flowers suffers post-Mothers' Day breach

Debenhams Flowers suffers post-Mothers’ Day breach MIDDLE CLASS RETAILER Debenhams has fessed up to a hack on its dedicated Debenhams Flowers website, which has seen the details of up to 26,000 compromised. Debehams is being pretty vague about the whole thing, but a warning on its webste confirms that debit and credit card information were been taken in the attack, which targeted the third-party ecommerce outfit that owns and operates the f...
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Ex-TSMC engineer charged with pinching semiconductor trade secrets

TSMC threatens legal action against HLMC if it uses allegedly stolen intellectual property A FORMER ENGINEER at the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has with stealing some of the company's trade secrets when he was head-hunted for a position at Shanghai Hueli Microelectronics (HLMC) in China. TSMC accused its former employee of planning to steal information about the company's 28nm process technology after he was found to h...
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe races to top of the sales charts

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe has rushed to the top of the UK sales charts A RETREAD, or redrive of a game that people snap up like crack cocaine has done well and rocketed to the top of games sales charts. The game is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe . That means it is a special version of the eighth version of the title so Nintendo must have been pretty confident about it. It was right, as the game is currently sitting atop the UK sales charts, which is somethi...
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Facebook admits that political groups have abused it for propaganda purposes

Facebook admits that political groups have abused it for propaganda purposes HEY THERE FACEBOOK, WHAT'S THAT YOU'RE saying? Political groups have been abusing your system to manipulate voters and stuff, and interfere with elections. You know what, we would never have guessed. We've all heard that Facebook has a problem with fake news, in fact, we all have a problem with fake news. The firm has now published a whitepaper into just how much i...
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Psssst. Hey kid, you wanna hack the US Air Force?

Goose and Maverick are concerned about penetration testing THE BUG BOUNTY COORDINATOR HackerOne has just announced one of its baddest trophies yet: the US Air Force. HackerOne has already offered big cash rewards for successful security shaming on the Pentagon and the US Army, and is pleased to be in a position to offer up the soft underbelly of the US Air Force. "Today, Air Force Chief Information Security Officer, Peter Kim, and Director ...
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Google's Sergey Brin is getting into the blimp game, reportedly

Watch the skies people there might be a lot of weird things up there FORGET SELF-DRIVING CARS, forget flying cars, the future of the transport is the blimp, maybe.  Yesterday we watched as a superior group of humans drank wine and watched in wonder as one of their squad turned up to one of those lunches that turn into a cocaine orgy in one of Larry Page's flying cars, the Kitty Hawk . Brin, who knows and works with Page, may be a bit jealou...
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UK government shoves a multi-million grant at driverless cars

UK government shoves a multi-million grant at driverless cars CAR DRIVERS BE AWARE. If you want to enjoy the human experience that is driving in London against people, then you better get in your car and start driving around and around Marble Arch because soon the roads will be stuffed with cars that do not have people in them. Well, not any drivers anyway. The government does seem rather keen on driverless cars and it has enabled testing o...
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Google Updates: Free apps, Android Wear 2.0 and Google Home upgraded

WELCOME TO our weekly trawl through the view from Mountain View. We're mucking about with the format again so please let us know what you think. First up, stories you may have missed, starting with the fact that from now on Google is going to have to start letting in other search providers on Android devices after losing a court case in Russia . Then there's the rather interesting workaround to problems with Google WiFi, in which customers ...
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ORG is gonna let Theresa May hold a snap election, but first it wants clarity on snooping powers

Theresa may answer questions on the IPA, but she probably won't RIGHTS AND PRESSURE OUTFIT the Open Rights Group ain't just going to let Theresa May avoid dealing with Brexit and privacy by calling for a general election, and wants the Prime Minister to come clean on how it intends to balance the local Investigatory Powers Act (IPA) in the face of concern and criticism from the European Courts of Human Justice (CJEU). The CJEU, and MP Tom W...
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Ofcom lays out plans for opening up BT's Openreach to rivals

Openreach will have to make it easier for other companies to connect their services to homes and offices TELECOMS WATCHDOG Ofcom has laid out plans which it hopes will improve access to Openreach's infrastructure, making it cheaper and easier for BT's competitors to connect their own fibre broadband service to homes and businesses. After a long-running battle spurred on by rivals Sky, TalkTalk and Vodafone, BT finally agreed to separate its...
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Grindr sued after spurned lover turns one man into an unwanting wang-magnet

"This Matt Herrick better be worth it..." PICTURE THIS, YOU ARE A MAN CALLED Matthew Herrick you work at a desk, an average desk with average days. Occasionally a man will turn up fully expecting to have sex with you, or they might turn up at your house with the same intention. Now, picture Matt Herrick getting a bit sick, not to mention the stick, from of all the activity and wanting to get rid of it quick. He worked out, somehow, that the...
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Google Updates: Google's not got game but does have Easter sale

SUCH IS our dedication to Google News that we're here on a public holiday to bring it to you. And we're not like other publications that might have pre-prepared it. Oh no. We're not that smart. So here's the stuff in brief and then we'll cover off the rest before heading back to the pub. But we've said too much. Google says Burger King food made of "rat's meat" (but not really) Let Google AI turn you into an artistic genius DeepMind AlphaGo...
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