Unseen 9/11 photos bought at house clearance sale

Image copyright Jason Scott/Textfiles Archivists who bought a stash of CDs at a house clearance sale found 2,400 photos of Ground Zero in New York taken following the 9/11 attacks in 2001. They appear to have been taken by an as yet unidentified construction worker who helped to clear up the wreckage of the World […]

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 users did not spend too […]

Facebook ‘mysteriously locks out Hungarian users’

Image copyright David Butykai Image caption A message to a Hungarian Facebook user who has had their account disabled Facebook has been accused of disabling a large number of user accounts in Hungary. One user, David Butykai, told BBC News his Facebook and Instagram accounts had been blocked and between 30 and 40 of his […]

Gambling: Four ads banned from Looney Tunes app

Image copyright Google Play Gambling ads that appeared on an app “appealing to under 18s” have been banned by the advertising watchdog. The ads for LottoGo EuroMillions, William Hill Vegas, Betfair Bingo and Dunder came up in the Looney Tunes World of Mayhem app in February. All four firms say they have since stopped working […]

Hacker conference speaker axed over abortion views

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Hurd won criticism from cyber-security professionals over his voting record on women’s rights A US politician has been removed from the list of speakers at the Black Hat hacker conference following protests over his views and voting record. Republican Will Hurd was due to be a keynote speaker […]

Instagram to make hacked account recovery easier

Image copyright Getty Images Instagram is testing a new way for people to recover their accounts if they get locked out or hacked. Currently locked-out account holders have to email specific verification to Instagram’s security team before access can be restored. The trial is an in-app function where users submit contact information associated with the […]

Samsung TVs should be regularly virus-checked, the company says

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Samsung issued the safety advice to owners of its QLED-branded TVs Samsung has advised owners of its latest TVs to run regular virus scans. A how-to video on the Samsung Support USA Twitter account demonstrates the more than a dozen remote-control button presses required to access the sub-menu needed […]

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 “hypothetical possibility”. His comments came […]

Girl, 12, flooded with beauty ads on Instagram

Image copyright Instagram The aunt of a 12-year-old girl has shared screenshots online of the adverts her niece was served up on Instagram during the course of a day. Every single one was based around fashion or beauty. The girl, who is just about to turn 13 – the minimum age for Instagram – has […]

Instagram boss Adam Mosseri: ‘We can’t solve bullying on our own’

Image copyright Getty Images / BBC Instagram “can’t solve bullying on its own” the social media company’s boss Adam Mosseri says. He’s told Radio 1 Newsbeat that online bullying needs to be tackled as part of a wider plan. Mr Mosseri says he doesn’t want people to “get depressed” on the platform, but “we can’t […]

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