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Twitter shuts 377,000 'terrorism' accounts

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Twitter says it has suspended a total of 636,248 accounts since mid-2015 Twitter says it shut nearly 377,000 accounts for promoting terrorism in the second half of last year. It represents a big increase on the last numbers given by the company, which covered from February to August 2016, although […]

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Plusnet fined £880,000 for billing former customers

Image copyright Plusnet Image caption Plusnet markets itself as offering superior customer service Plusnet, an internet service provider owned by BT, has been fined £880,000 for wrongly billing more than 1,000 former customers. An investigation by watchdog Ofcom found that the ISP broke a fundamental billing rule by continuing to charge a group of customers […]

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Bank cheques to be cleared within a day

Image copyright Getty Images Bank customers who pay cheques into their accounts will soon be able to get the money cleared within one working day. At the moment, the process can take up to six days. The organisation that manages the cheque clearing system said the changes would be phased in from October 2017. However, […]

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Spear-phishing scammer demanded sex show

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It took minutes for the scammer to take over Six weeks ago, a young woman called Zed (not her real name) was in a meeting at work when a message popped up on Facebook Messenger from a distant friend. “Hey babe,” it began. The friend asked Zed to vote […]

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UK flight ban on electronic devices announced

Image caption The UK ban applies to direct inbound flights from six countries; the US ban lists eight countries The British government has announced a cabin baggage ban on laptops on certain direct passenger flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The ban, which also applies to tablets and […]

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US man loses appeal over encrypted drives

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The suspect has been in custody for nearly 18 months, his lawyer says, over the encrypted devices A US man has lost an appeal over his refusal to decrypt hard drives seized during an investigation regarding child sexual abuse images. The man, who has not been named in court […]

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Apple launches red iPhone 7 and video app

Image copyright Apple Image caption The red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus differ from other models in colour only Apple has launched a red version of its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well as a new video app for iOS. The red iPhone celebrates Apple’s 10-year partnership with Red, an organisation that aims to […]

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Royal Navy to hold biggest cyber war games

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Information Warrior 17 will involve testing warships’ defence against the risk of cyber attacks The Royal Navy is to hold its first large scale cyber war games. Information Warrior 17 will involve Artificial Intelligence (AI) and test the protection of warships and submarines against cyber attacks. The training will […]

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Canadian photographer 'sorry' for explicit image sharing

Image copyright Getty Images A Canadian photographer and comedian has admitted posting explicit images of women along with their names on controversial internet forum 4Chan. However, he denied doing so for “malicious intent” – a practice known as doxxing. Ren Bostelaar apologised for his actions but said the photos had already been posted elsewhere on […]

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eBay launches guaranteed three-day delivery in US

Image copyright EBAY Image caption If items don’t arrive on time, eBay will refund shipping or provide shoppers with a voucher Online retailer eBay has promised to get items to US shoppers in three days or less with a new programme called “Guaranteed Delivery”. From the summer, the site will guarantee the speedy delivery of […]