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Report: Underwater net cables are prime targets for terrorists and Russia

A report by right-leaning think tank Policy Exchange highlights how global undersea cables are poorly protected, and suggests that Britain should lead the way in remedying this. The report, titled Undersea Cables: Indispensable, insecure written by Conservative MP Rishi Sunak, discusses how easily cable-based communications …
Archer cracks the ISIS mainframe's password

Brit MP Dorries: I gave my staff the, um, green light to use my login

UK MP Nadine Dorries revealed yesterday that she shares her parliamentary login information with her staff. This was an attempt to defend recently resurfaced allegations about porn allegedly found on fellow politician Damian Green's office computer. Tweeting on Saturday, Dorries disputed the assertion that only Green could …
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Germany says NEIN to purchase incentive for Tesla Model S

The German government has removed Tesla's Model S from a list of electric cars eligible for subsidies after accusations that buyers are paying more than the subsidy price cap for its basic model. No Tesla models can be found on a list of "eligible electric vehicles" (PDF) published by the Federal Office for Economic Affairs …
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High Court judge finds Morrisons supermarket liable for 2014 data leak

Morrisons is responsible for the leak of staff personal details by an ex-employee, the High Court ruled today. A group of 5,518 employees took the supermarket to court, with Mr Justice Langstaff of the High Court's Queen's Bench Division, sitting at Leeds Crown Court in England, ruling that those affected can claim …

Badass alert: 1 in 5 Brits don't give a damn about webpage crypto-miners

More than 20 per cent of Britons don't mind letting websites hijack their CPUs to mine cryptocurrency, a slightly stale survey has found. YouGov's survey of 2,174 people, conducted back in September/October but now apparently relevant again thanks to "Computer Security Day" yesterday [EVERY day is computer security day, kids …
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Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project

British aero engine maker Rolls-Royce will team up with Airbus and Siemens to develop hybrid electric-powered flying machines, it has been announced today. Speaking at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, the trio said their intention was to have a demonstration engine ready by 2020, called the E-Fan X. The BAe 146 demo …
Richard Priday, 28 Nov 2017
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Lock them up and throw away the (don)key

Eight donkeys were released from an Indian jail yesterday after the law proved itself to be, well, an ass, and imprisoned them for eating the prison officers' plants. The jail in Urai, Uttar Pradesh, freed the beasts of burden after four days due to an unnamed local politician paying their bail on the owner's behalf. The …
Richard Priday, 28 Nov 2017
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Another way to avoid eye contact: 4G on the Tube expected 'in 2019'

Transport for London promises to have 4G mobile coverage on the London Underground during 2019 following successful tests this summer. The trial on the Waterloo and City line, which took place overnight during engineering hours, ended with a contractor making the 1.5-mile journey through the UK capital with "uninterrupted data …
Richard Priday, 27 Nov 2017
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Looking for scrubs? Nah, NHS wants white hats – the infosec techie kind

The UK's National Health Service will pay white hat hackers up to £20m to protect its IT systems, it announced today. NHS Digital is looking to make a deal with consultants to create a security operations centre, which it says will ensure the safety of staff and patient data nationwide. Speaking to The Telegraph, NHS Digital …
Richard Priday, 27 Nov 2017
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156K spam text-sending firm to ICO: It wasn't us, Commissioner

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office has fined Hamilton Digital Solutions £45,000 for sending spam text messages, it announced today, despite its protestations that a third party had been responsible. The London-based company (now known as HDSL) sent more than 156,000 unwanted messages between April and September 2016, …
Richard Priday, 24 Nov 2017
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Dark fibre arts: Ofcom is determined to open up BT's network

Analysis BT has long been accused of jealously guarding its infrastructure. But forcing it to open up its network to competitors and break its market dominance has been an aim of Ofcom for some time. One key measure was the proposal to allow access to Openreach's dark fibre optic network, the unused parts of its infrastructure …
Richard Priday, 24 Nov 2017
All UK police forces use Tetra

UK emergency crews get 4G smartmobes as monkeys attempt to emerge from Reg's butt

The British emergency services are to be equipped with 4G phones thanks to a new handheld device contract with Samsung worth up to £210m. The deal with the South Korean company will last for at least three years, with a potential to provide up to 250,000 phones, which is part of a continuing £1.2bn project to replace the …
Richard Priday, 24 Nov 2017

Ads watchdog to BT: We say your itsy bitsy, teeny weeny Ts&Cs too small for screeny

BT has had its ears boxed by the Advertising Standards Agency after one of its adverts with masses of small print was ruled "likely to mislead". The offending advert, televised in May of this year, contained two offers for broadband packages; one for an increased discount, and the other for a £100 reward card for signing up …
Richard Priday, 22 Nov 2017

Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world

Tired of continual price hikes on your broadband deal? Then why not move to Iran? According to a study released today, it has the cheapest broadband. The survey conducted by cable.co.uk and BDRC Continental ranked 196 countries on their monthly prices for a broadband connection, using 3,351 consumer packages tracked over eight …
Richard Priday, 21 Nov 2017
Policeman number 10, photo by pcruciatti via Shutterstock

UK.gov to chuck an extra £2.3bn at R&D ahead of Budget

The government has announced an extra £2.3bn in research and development investment by 2021/22, ahead of the Budget this week. That will bring the annual total to £12.5bn. The government says that figure is set to increase to 2.4 per cent of GDP on projects by 2027 – with most of that figure provided by private sector …
Richard Priday, 20 Nov 2017

ICO probes universities accused of using private data to target donation campaigns

Twenty-four British universities are being probed by the Information Commissioner's Office after being accused of using their ex-students' data to target those most likely to be extra alma to their mater. An investigation by the Daily Mail published today claimed the Russell Group used "wealth screening firms" to analyse their …
Richard Priday, 20 Nov 2017
ASV C-Worker 7 robot boat

Crewless dinghy signs to UK Ship Register for Middle East mission

The UK Ship Register signed up its first unmanned vessel on earlier this week. ASV, an autonomous boat builder based on the Solent, has been sending its ships to work around the world since 2007, but had not needed to register them. However, in order to assist a new gas pipeline project in Egypt, where local laws state that …
Richard Priday, 17 Nov 2017

True Telecom busted by Ofcom for 'slamming', misselling and more

Ofcom handed down a £300,000 fine to business phone and broadband company True Telecom after concluding a year-long investigation yesterday. The watchdog decided that True Telecom broke four of its rules repeatedly in the period between 8 October 2015 and 26 October 2016. The Dartford-based company engaged in 24 counts of " …
Richard Priday, 17 Nov 2017
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So what does EE's 5G test really signal?

Brit mobile operator EE has proudly announced the success of a "breakthrough test" for 5G, but what do these tests signal for future 5G usage? BT's mobile arm, with the assistance of Huawei, recently managed an end-to-end connection with a stable speed of 2.8 Gigabits per second, and a latency below 5 milliseconds. For …
Richard Priday, 17 Nov 2017

Ads watchdog tells Plusnet: There's no way unlimited business broadband costs £4.50

Two Plusnet adverts selling business broadband have been ruled "misleading" by the UK Advertising Standards Agency. The ads, which were seen on Facebook in March, had headlines claiming unlimited business broadband from £4.50 a month. But the small print said an extra £10.50 a month would be required in line rental. Plusnet …
Richard Priday, 15 Nov 2017
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Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, look out for must-have toys that are 'easily hacked' ?

Consumer advice outfit Which? has today published a report detailing how easy it is to hack some of the most popular "connected toys" on the market and has called on retailers to stop selling those with "proven security issues". The report found that of seven toys tested, the Furby Connect, I-Que Intelligent Robot, Cloudpet …
Richard Priday, 14 Nov 2017

80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

An 80-year-old man has died in County Durham, England, after being struck by a Tesla Model S. He was cycling along the A177 near High Shincliffe, when the car collided with him. After being struck by the Tesla at around 9.20am on November 10, the unnamed man was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where he …
Richard Priday, 14 Nov 2017
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It's 2017 and the UK's competition watchdog just got a data-tech team

The Competition and Markets Authority is to assemble a dedicated team to handle the use of algorithms, artificial intelligence and big data in business. The move is intended to improve the CMA's capability to collect and study data, analyse how companies use data and algorithms, and the implications for consumers and …
Richard Priday, 13 Nov 2017
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Bristol AI chip designer bags $50m from Valley VC

AI chip startup Graphcore has announced today a $50m deal with venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. This is in addition to the $60m the upstart, based in Bristol, UK, raised over the 18 months in previous funding rounds, from backers including Dell and Samsung. Sequoia has previously put money into some quietly successful …
Richard Priday, 13 Nov 2017

Greenhouse gas-sniffing satellite to be built and tested in Britain

The UK Space Agency has made a deal with Thales Alenia Space to assemble and test a carbon-measuring satellite, the British government announced yesterday. Thales Alenia Space UK, last seen in The Register building part of the European Aviation Network, will assist with the MicroCarb project, a collaboration between the UKSA …
Richard Priday, 10 Nov 2017

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