App That Allows Parents to Spy on Teens Leaked Thousands of Passwords

TeenSafe, a service used by parents to monitor the online behaviours and phone activity of their children, allowed tens of thousands of accounts to leak online after failing to properly secure their servers. Read More >>

Bloc-Voting, Backstabbing and Brexit: What Do Eurovision Voting Patterns Tell Us?

Half of Europe woke up last Sunday morning with a pounding hangover and a dim memory of a woman clucking like a chicken. This can only mean one thing: Eurovision is back. Read More >>

Open Rights Group is Taking the Government to Court Over Immigrant Data Access Exemptions

Back in December it was revealed that sections of the upcoming Data Protection Bill would strip the three million EU citizens living in the UK of their digital rights. More specifically anyone going through the immigration process wouldn't be allowed to how much of their data has been collected and held onto by private companies and public authorities - something that would prevent these people from challenging errors made by the home office (which apparently happen to 1 in 10 cases). Read More >>

Major Bank Loses 12 Million Customers’ Data in the Most Embarrassing Way Possible

Just when you thought all data breaches amounted to hacker shenanigans, the largest bank in Australia has belatedly confirmed a different sort of breach story. BuzzFeed reports that the Commonwealth Bank lost 12 million customers’ data after magnetic tape backups containing their personal financial history from 2004 to 2014 went missing. It just lost them. They may have literally fallen off a lorry. And the bank didn’t even bother telling its customers about the incident. Read More >>

How to Hide Files on Any Phone or Computer

If you’ve got something you want to hide away, then you’ve got plenty of options on Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS—options that we’ll run through here. Even if the kids or a stranger should get access to your devices somehow, these files will stay hidden from view and locked away. Read More >>

This See-Through Combination Lock Unravels the Mystery of Lockers

As you raced through your locker combination four or five times a day during school, did you ever stop to wonder how those seemingly random rotations actually worked to protect your lunch and textbooks? The lock’s mysterious inner workings were always hidden away under a metal case, but this clear plastic replica finally reveals what’s going on inside. Read More >>

TSB Mixes Up Customer Accounts and Breaks Everything Else

The cutting and pasting fingers of TSB's social media operatives are going to be sore tonight, with the company forced to endlessly apologise this morning after weekend engineering work overran – leaving the bank's apps broken and allegedly leaking user data by showing some customers incorrect accounts when they do manage to log in. Read More >>

Can a Loud Noise Really Bring Down a Data Centre?

This week, a Nasdaq Nordic stock exchange data centre in Finland was taken down by its fire suppression system. But these systems don’t use water to quench the flames, so how can they knock out a bunch of hard drives? Read More >>

Facebook: In Our Defence, We’re Not the Only Ones Harvesting Your Data

All eyes are on Facebook thanks to Cambridge Analytica shitstorm, and it seems like everyone suddenly has an opinion on how the social network uses their data for its own gain. But it's worth reminding everyone that Facebook isn't the only company that collects user data on such a massive scale. Read More >>

O2 and Arqiva are Teaming Up to Improve London’s Mobile Connectivity

O2 clearly has big plans for the future. Not only did it buy a huge chunk of spectrum during the recent Ofcom auction, It's just teamed up with communications infrastructure company Arqiva to improve the mobile connectivity in a number of London boroughs. The idea being to improve the general connectivity for people, ready for when 5G services start going online. Read More >>

Facebook is Launching a New Bounty Programme for Anyone Who Identifies and Reports Data Abuse

Facebook's apology tour for the Cambridge Analytica scandal continues, and in what appears to be an effort to be more proactive it's just announced it will be launching a brand new bounty programme designed to help identify and eliminate app developers that are misusing data. Eliminate as in give them the boot, not send killer Zuckerbots after their families. Read More >>

Sky Mobile is Bringing Data Rollover to Tablet Tariffs, But No iPads Yet

For people who don't have unlimited data plans, which let's be honest is the vast majority of you, it can be frustrating to pay for a set amount of data each month and not end up using it all. Until the networks stop being stingy and start offering unlimited deals again, data rollover perks are the best way to make sure you get the most out of your money. Sky Mobile has bet a lot on offering rollover on its smartphone tariffs, and now it's bringing it to tablet deals. Read More >>

Good News, We’re Getting Two Hearings With Mark Zuckerberg for the Price of One

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg—who has (reluctantly) become the face of the company’s response to the Cambridge Analytica data-sharing scandal—will testify not just in front of the US House Energy and Commerce Committee next week as previously reported, but a joint hearing of the US Senate as well. Read More >>

The US Federal Trade Commission is Finally Investigating Facebook

For a long time it seemed like Facebook and its corral of code-cowboys were untouchable. That illusion has evaporated in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and now, Facebook is officially the target of a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation in the US. It’s about damn time, am I right? Read More >>

Facebook Says You Gave it Permission to Scrape Call Logs, so Nerr

After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, people are starting to realise that Facebook is collecting information on them, even though it's been pretty openly doing that for years - all in the name of personalised adverts. It took a step further when people noticed Facebook had more information than they realised, including pretty almost complete logs of users' calls and texts (via Ars Technica). Read More >>