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As Thailand Restricts Internet Freedom, Cyber Activists Work To Keep An Open Web

ssoosay/flickr , CC BY-SA Janjira Sombatpoonsiri , Thammasat University On June 9 2017, a Thai man was sentenced to 35 years in jail for sharing Facebook posts. The crime: he allegedly defamed the king. This harsh sentence is just one example of Thailand’s increasing repression in the digital sphere. Since the 2014 coup, the Thai military junta has take a ...

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Every iOS user should update to 10.3.3 now to avoid this Wi-Fi hack

Getty Images Apple recently released version 10.3.3 of its iOS software, which was largely security updates. One of the most critical ones was a patch for a Wi-Fi hack called Broadpwn, which targets Broadcom Wi-Fi chips common in many mobile devices. iPhones as old as the 5 series will get the update, along with iPads from the 4th generation or ...

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Bitcoin fraud suspect arrested in Greece

A Russian national has been arrested in Greece suspected of being member of a gang that has allegedly laundered billions of dollars using Bitcoin. Police said 38-year-old Alexander Vinnik was held on a US warrant near the northern city of Thessaloniki. The gang is believed to have used the digital currency to launder at least $4bn (£3bn) over several years. ...

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Premier League wins anti-piracy court order

The Premier League has been awarded a High Court order for the forthcoming 2017-18 season, which will help it combat the illegal streaming of games. The blocking order will require UK Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to prevent people from illegally accessing streams of its matches. It will allow the league to combat the illicit sale and use of devices such ...

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Google tests auto-play videos in search results

Google has confirmed that it is trialling videos that automatically start playing when they appear in its search results. The test comes at a time when its rival Apple is preparing to make it easier to prevent videos from self-starting within its web browser. Facebook has also faced criticism for recently automatically turning on sound for auto-play videos on its ...

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Watchdog extends reach over crypto-cash investment

A US regulator has said firms looking for backing via crypto-currencies should be more strictly regulated. Such investments should be registered in the same way as securities sales, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It follows a rise in the number of Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs, through which crypto-currency start-ups have sought quick financial backing. However, there ...

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Overwatch trolls face tougher penalties

Overwatch players will face harsher penalties if they abuse or harass others, developer Blizzard has announced. The company said “verified reports” of “bad behaviour” would lead to players being silenced, temporarily suspended or banned from the game completely. Abusing other gamers over voice-chat or deliberately wasting time in games were examples of bad behaviour, it said. One reviewer said it ...

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Apple faces $506m patent dispute payout

A US judge has ordered Apple to pay more than half a billion dollars to a university after the tech firm failed to abide by an earlier court ruling. Apple was sued in 2014 for allegedly using a technology developed by a professor and his students in its iPhone chips without the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s permission. Apple was ordered to ...

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Hack on Italy's largest bank affects 400,000 customers

Data about loan accounts belonging to 400,000 customers of Italy’s largest bank has been put at risk by two security breaches. Unicredit said that personal data and account numbers could have been stolen. But it added that the accounts’ passwords had not been compromised, so the hackers could not have carried out unauthorised transactions. It represents the biggest cyber-incident of ...

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US Uber will charge for lost item return

US passengers who leave items behind in their Uber car will be charged $15 (£11.50) to have them returned, under new rules from the ride-sharing firm. The fee is already in place in some US cities, but will be rolled out across the country from August. In other countries, including the UK, items found by Uber drivers are returned without ...

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