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North Korea’s deadliest weapon? Its hackers | John Naughton

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 21, 2017 6152

As Sony Pictures and the New York Federal Reserve will attest, the regime has become extremely skilled, and successful, at cyber attacks

Rule No 1 in international relations: do not assume that your adversary is nuts. Rule No 2: do not underestimate his capacity to inflict serious damage on you. We in the west are currently making both mistakes with regard to North Korea. Our reasons for doing so are, at one level, understandable. In economic terms, the country is a basket case. According to the

US civic groups urge Amazon tax pledge: 'We expect you to pay your fair share'

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 17, 2017 5257

As US cities throw billions in tax breaks and build war rooms to strategize on how best to lure Amazon to their city, civic leaders on Tuesday called on the tech giant to pay its fair share.

Related: If tech firms push the law to the limit, is that such a bad thing? | Alex Hern

Half of all UK broadband users get a bad deal, says Which?

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 20, 2017 5173

Consumer group finds that 53% of households are left unhappy by slow speeds, rising prices or router failures

Half of all broadband users in the UK are getting a raw deal from their supplier, with slow speeds, rising prices and router failures exasperating customers, according to a damning assessment of Britain’s internet services.

Consumer group Which? found that 53% of households have had difficulties with their broadband, with customers of Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Sky and BT the most likely to experience an issue.

UK spy agencies may be circumventing data-sharing law, tribunal told

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 17, 2017 4622

Challenge brought by Privacy International alleges MI5 and MI6 data-sharing regimes and legal oversight system are illegal

MI5 and MI6 may be circumventing legal safeguards when they share bulk datasets with foreign intelligence services and commercial partners, a court has been told.

Most of the bulk personal datasets relate to UK citizens who are not of “legitimate intelligence interest”, the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) has heard.


Bitcoin's price bubble will burst under government pressure | Kenneth Rogoff

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 09, 2017 4481

The cryptocurrency is up 1,600% in two years – but state efforts to remove its near-anonymity will undermine its popularity

Is the cryptocurrency bitcoin the biggest bubble in the world today, or a great investment bet on the cutting edge of new-age financial technology? My best guess is that in the long run, the technology will thrive, but that the price of bitcoin will collapse.

If you haven’t been following the bitcoin story, its price is up 600% over the past 12 months, and

Personal details of almost 700,000 Britons hacked in cyber-attack

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 10, 2017 4345

US credit monitoring firm Equifax says far higher number of British customers were affected than previously thought

Equifax has admitted that almost 700,000 UK consumers have had their personal details accessed following a cyber-attack, a figure far higher than previously thought.

The information held by the American credit monitoring firm included partial credit card details, phone numbers and driving licence serial numbers.

Related: Equifax hack: two executives to leave company after breach


UK government considers classifying Google and Facebook as publishers

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 11, 2017 4281

Culture secretary says internet firms may have legal status changed amid concerns about copyright and extremist material

Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, has said the government is considering changing the legal status of Google, Facebook and other internet companies amid growing concerns about copyright infringement and the spread of extremist material online.

The internet groups are considered conduits of information rather than publishers under UK law, meaning they have limited responsibility for what appears on their sites.

Catherine Deneuve questions anti-harassment campaign in wake of Weinstein scandal

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 20, 2017 4155

While expressing sympathy for victims of harassment, the actor has expressed doubts about the usefulness of social media outpourings and hashtag activism

Catherine Deneuve has become a rare dissenting voice in the sexual harassment scandal that has convulsed the film industry in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations.

Arguably France’s most celebrated screen performer, with nearly 60 years of acting behind her, Deneuve questioned the point of the internet campaign against harassment, which in France is coalescing around the Twitter hashtag

The Guardian view on internet security: complexity is vulnerable | Editorial

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 19, 2017 4110

A huge weakness in wifi security erodes online privacy. But the real challenge is designing with human shortcomings in mind

This week’s security scandal is the discovery that every household with wifi in this country has a network that isn’t really private. For 13 years a weakness has lurked in the supposedly secure way in which wireless networks carry our information. Although the WPA2 security scheme was supposed to be mathematically proven to be uncrackable, it turns out that the mechanism by which it can compensate for weak signals

Twitter further tightens abuse rules in attempt to prove it cares

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 18, 2017 4055

Company updates rules on hate speech, revenge porn and violent groups to counter perceptions social network is not doing enough to protect users

Twitter is introducing new rules around hate symbols, sexual advances and violent groups, in an effort to counter perceptions that the social network is not doing enough to protect those who feel silenced on the site.

The company was planning to announce the new rules later on this week, but they leaked in an email to Wired magazine, which published the changes on Tuesday.

Liberation day: the artists fighting the power of the market – and the internet

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 17, 2017 3371

Hito Steyerl is at war with the commodification of art and the corrupting power of the market. What’s she fighting them with? Manure. Meet the new wave of artists asking us to reconsider everything from the web to war

Why make art when buyers treat works as an alternative currency, hiding them away like bullion bars in storage facilities? Can anything be done about questionable corporations and oppressive regimes using contemporary art to generate a spot of positive PR for themselves? And what links can be made between fuzzy surveillance images and abstract art?

Hito Steyerl’s new book,

Your iPhone's password demands aren't just annoying. They're a security flaw

The Guardian (Technology & Internet) - October 12, 2017 3329

A developer has warned it is possible to create a phishing attack based on a fake sign-in request for Apple ID credentials

The iPhone’s habit of repeatedly requesting your Apple ID password with little explanation or warning isn’t just annoying – it’s also a security flaw which could allow attackers to craft extremely convincing phishing attacks, an iOS developer has warned.

Regular users of iPhones or iPads will be used to sporadic requests from the operating system to enter their Apple ID password, popping up in the middle of other activities and preventing them from continuing until they accede to the request.