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Moscow confirms ministry website attack after US hacker claim

Moscow - Russia's foreign ministry on Sunday said an old version of its website had been attacked after a US hacker claimed he broke in and posted a mocking message.

Smart home devices weaponised to cause massive internet outage

Hackers hijacked internet-connected smart home devices including security cameras, printers and digital video recorders to mount the "massive and sustained" cyberattack on the Internet's infrastructure last week. Scores of websites were made inaccessible.

Twitter, Spotify, other top websites shut in DDOS attack

Washington - Major internet services including Twitter and Spotify suffered outages on Friday as a US internet provider came under cyber attack.

Facebook apologises for removing cancer video

Stockholm - Facebook has apologised for taking down a breast cancer awareness video because the images were flagged as offensive, saying the move was "an error".

Outcry as Facebook removes Swedish breast cancer video

Stockholm - Facebook has removed a video on breast cancer awareness posted in Sweden because it deemed the images "offensive", the Swedish Cancer Society said Thursday.

You could soon be buying your broadband from Amazon

Amazon is reportedly considering becoming a broadband provider in Europe. The company wants to resell internet services to Prime subscribers, enabling it to further diversity its product range. A U.S. launch is unlikely due to network restrictions.

Amazon ropes in streaming holdout Garth Brooks

New York - Amazon's new streaming service on Wednesday announced an exclusive deal with country superstar Garth Brooks, the top-selling artist to have resisted the fast-growing music format.

HTTPS adoption reaches halfway mark, keeping users safe online

Last week, a milestone was reached in the use of HTTPS by websites and apps. For the first time, 50 percent of all page loads made by Firefox users were delivered over the secure HTTPS protocol. HTTPS prevents hackers tampering with website connections.

Drug lord Guzman's sons deny Twitter activity

Mexico - Two sons of imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman said on Friday that Twitter accounts bearing their names and messages about their father are fake.

Google, FB team up to build undersea cable from U.S. to Asia

Facebook and Google have teamed up to take part in the construction of a high-capacity internet cable connecting North America and Asia.

Indonesian gay couple arrested over Facebook photo

Jakarta - An Indonesian gay couple has been arrested after a photo on Facebook of the men kissing sparked anger, police said Friday, in the latest move against the country's homosexual community.

Robbery victim Kardashian takes back control — offline

Los Angeles - After a traumatic robbery which saw her tied up at gunpoint, no one expected US reality star and social media queen Kim Kardashian to spring immediately back into the limelight.

Facebook plans to test low-flying drones above its headquarters

The skies above Facebook's Silicon Valley headquarters may soon be buzzing with the sound of quadcopter drones. Recently filed documents with the FCC show that Facebook has requested the right to operate an experimental radio in the 2.4 GHz band.

Man spends 11 hours trying to persuade a smart kettle to make tea

A man has spent an entire day attempting to get a smart kettle to make him a cup of tea. The English data specialist found his Wi-Fi enabled kettle was no longer connecting to its base station, preventing it from functioning and leaving him without tea.

China to free up internet for those attending 2022 Olympics

Bejing - China's tough controls over the internet will be temporarily lifted for people attending the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, officials promised Wednesday.

Foreign spies hacked Australian agency, report says

Sydney - Foreign spies installed malicious software on an Australian government agency's computer system, stealing an unknown number of documents, an official report revealed Wednesday, stopping short of naming the country involved.

Google launches a 'new kind' of reliable Wi-Fi router

Google has unveiled a new Wi-Fi router that makes it easier to manage networking in homes. Google Wifi follows on from last year's OnHub router. It has an unobtrusive design that optimises signal strength and an intuitive mobile management interface.

US cuts cord on internet oversight

Washington - The US government on Saturday ended its formal oversight role over the internet, handing over management of the online address system to a global non-profit entity.

Live stream child sex abuse among rising cybercrime: Europol

Den Haag - Live streaming of child sexual abuse and so-called "revenge porn" is on the rise on the internet, Europe's police agency warned Wednesday, saying vulnerable children are increasingly falling victim to sexual predators."Live distant child abuse is...

Google celebrates its 18th birthday, may have the wrong date

Google has turned 18 today, at least according to itself. The search giant posted a special celebratory Doodle to its homepage this morning, as it has done for the past 11 years. However, some people maintain that Google's birthday isn’t on September 27

Disney is thinking about bidding on Twitter

Disney is weighing a bid on Twitter, according to a new report from Bloomberg's Alex Sherman and Sarah Frier. Twitter's stock rebounded on the news after being down nearly four percent during early trading. Disney's stock is down 1.6 percent.

Microsoft integrates Google's AMP tech into Bing's mobile app

Microsoft has announced that the Bing app for iOS and Android now uses Google technology to load webpages faster. The app now supports the AMP initiative which streamlines webpages to reduce their size, prioritising user experience over ads and tracking.

North Korea just revealed its Internet, contains only 28 websites

North Korea has accidentally exposed the server powering its ".kp" websites. It has just 28 registered domains, showing the tight restrictions applied to the Internet in the country. They include a social networking site and education information.

French woman claims YouTube tried to 'soften' questions for Juncker

Paris - A French woman who interviewed European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker claims she came under pressure from YouTube not to ask difficult questions.

Google faces probe in Indonesia over alleged unpaid taxes

Jakarta - Google is facing investigation in Indonesia for allegedly refusing to cooperate with the country’s revenue agency, which is looking into claims the Internet giant failed to settle its local tax obligations.

Russia stands firm on porn websites ban

Moscow - Russia on Thursday stood firm after slapping a ban on two major porn websites -- rebuffing a tongue-in-cheek proposal to change its mind in exchange for premium access.

Twitter's longer tweets are coming on September 19

Twitter is about to get an update that will allow you to write longer tweets. From September 19, media attachments, quoted tweets and mentions of other users will no longer count towards the character limit, giving you more space to express yourself.

Facebook accused of censoring iconic Vietnam War photo

Oslo - Facebook was confronted Friday with fierce indignation in Norway as the nation's top newspaper, the prime minister and users voiced outrage over the network's decision to censor a historic Vietnam War photo.

Top cities for Tinder users reveal who's using the app

It only takes one person to make your online dating experience a runaway success. But statistically speaking, your chances of meeting that one person go up as the number of potential matches increases.

EU copyright overhaul sparks cultural 'apocalypse' warnings

Brussels - Is the EU, with Brexit and migration already in its cross-hairs, about to launch war on Europe's digital start-ups and entertainers?
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