Does vaginal seeding boost health?

Should Caesarean-section babies be smeared with a sample of their mother’s vaginal fluids as soon as they are born? “Vaginal seeding” is not mainstream medicine, but it is growing in popularity. The idea is to give these newborns something they missed when they emerged into the world – the good bacteria that live in their mother’s […]

T-Mobile fined over false ringtones

Mobile phone network T-Mobile has agreed to pay $40m (£27m) after claims by the US government that it used false ringtones when calls could not be connected in rural areas. This would have given the impression that the calls were going unanswered rather than not connecting. The settlement was negotiated by the Federal Communications Commission. […]

Brexit: ‘Rife misuse’ of data by Leave.EU, MPs told

Misuse of data was “rife” among the businesses and campaigns of Leave.EU chairman and ex-UKIP donor Arron Banks, a former Cambridge Analytica (CA) employee has told MPs. Brittany Kaiser said Mr Banks asked the consultancy firm for a joint strategy for Leave.EU, UKIP and Eldon Insurance. Ms Kaiser said CA “took receipt” of UKIP’s membership […]

‘Lazy hackers’ turn to automated attack tools

Cyber-attackers are turning to tools that automate the process of finding and hijacking vulnerable servers, a study has found. The study used a fake server known as a honeypot to log everything done to it by digital intruders. Put online by security firm Cybereason, the server was quickly found and hijacked in seconds by a […]

Russia’s Telegram block hits web users

Russian web users are reporting problems accessing online services as a result of the authorities’ bid to block the Telegram messaging app. Russia’s media regulator has blocked more than 4 million IP addresses after a court approved its request to shut the app down. Telegram is reportedly using the addresses to get around the block. Retailers, […]

Ikea app TaskRabbit reveals security breach

Ikea’s odd jobs marketplace TaskRabbit is investigating a “cyber-security incident”, the company has announced. The app and website let people find freelance workers to complete household tasks such as cleaning, gardening or assembling flat-pack furniture. TaskRabbit has not revealed the nature of the incident, but said it was working with law enforcement and a cyber-security […]

Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit

Facebook must face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology, a California judge has ruled. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook gathered biometric information without users’ explicit consent. It involves the “tag suggestions” technology, which spots users’ friends in uploaded photos. The lawsuit says this breaches Illinois state law. Facebook said the […]

Exposed Amazon cloud storage clients get tip-off alerts

Security researchers have posted “friendly warnings” to users of Amazon’s cloud data storage service whose private content has been made public, the BBC has learned. The BBC found almost 50 warnings posted to the firm’s servers. Many had more than one warning uploaded to them. The messages urged owners to secure their information before it […]

Twitter bot purge prompts backlash

The hashtag #TwitterLockout has trended after an apparent purge of suspected malicious bots on the social network. Dozens of users report having had their accounts suspended until they provided a telephone number which they then had to verify, to prove they were real. Some members have raised concerns about their amount of lost followers, and […]

Young Brits ‘lack cyber-security awareness’

More than 52% of Britons aged 18-25 are using the same password for lots of online services, suggests a survey. By doing so they make it easy for hackers to hijack accounts, warned the UK government’s Cyber Aware campaign. The danger was acute because of the sensitive data people typically send via email and other […]