Criminals hide ‘billions’ in crypto-cash – Europol

Criminals hide ‘billions’ in crypto-cash – Europol

Media captionBitcoin explained: How do cryptocurrencies work? Three to four billion pounds of criminal money in Europe is being laundered through cryptocurrencies, according to Europol. The agency’s director Rob Wainwright told the BBC’s Panorama that regulators and industry leaders need to work together to tackle the problem. The warning comes after Bitcoin’s value fell by […]

Hackers hijack government websites to mine crypto-cash

Hackers hijack government websites to mine crypto-cash

Image copyright Reuters The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) took down its website after a warning that hackers were taking control of visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency. Security researcher Scott Helme said more than 4,000 websites, including many government ones, were affected. He said the affected code had now been disabled and visitors were no longer […]

Is social media causing childhood depression?

Is social media causing childhood depression?

Rangan Chatterjee is a GP and says he has seen plenty of evidence of the link between mental ill-health in youngsters and their use of social media. One 16 year-old boy was referred to him after he self-harmed and ended up in A&E. “The first thought was to put him on anti-depressants but I chatted […]

New Sega Mega Drive game made on ’90s kit

A new game for the Sega Mega Drive console has been developed using the original tools, 20 years after the games console was discontinued. The BBC’s Chris Foxx met developer Matt Phillips at Nottingham’s National Videogames Arcade, to see how he made his game the ’90s way. New Sega Mega Drive game made on ’90s […]

Facebook testing ‘downvote’ button

Facebook testing ‘downvote’ button

Image copyright Getty Images Facebook is testing a new “downvote” button that will let people hide comments and provide feedback about them. However, the social network denied that the new feature was a “dislike” button, which many Facebook users have requested. The downvote button is being tried out by a small number of US users. […]

Apple confirms iPhone source code leak

Apple confirms iPhone source code leak

Image copyright AFP Apple has confirmed that some of the source code for its iOS mobile operating system has been leaked online. The boot-up source code used on its older iOS 9 operating platform was posted on code-sharing website Github. Apple typically keeps most of its iOS source code private and ordered Github to remove […]

EE ‘shoebox’ to tackle broadband not-spots

EE ‘shoebox’ to tackle broadband not-spots

Image copyright EE Image caption EE said its antenna was the size of a shoebox Telecoms company EE has revealed plans to sell a 4G antenna that promises to bring fast broadband internet to thousands of homes in rural areas. EE’s Simon Till said the “shoebox-size” antenna would let more people access the company’s 4G […]

YouTube drops ads from Logan Paul channels

YouTube drops ads from Logan Paul channels

Image copyright Getty Images YouTube has suspended advertising on video blogger Logan Paul’s channels owing to his “pattern of behaviour”. In December, he was criticised for uploading a video of a dead body recorded in Japan’s so-called suicide forest. He later apologised. Since his return to YouTube, he has made a video in which he […]

Google-Nest merger raises privacy issues

Google-Nest merger raises privacy issues

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Nest was initially a start-up before being acquired by Google’s parent company Tech giant Alphabet is merging its Google and Nest divisions together. The firm suggests the move will aid its efforts to build hardware and software to “create a more thoughtful home”. Nest had run as a standalone […]

Facebook moderator: I had to be prepared to see anything

Facebook moderator: I had to be prepared to see anything

Image caption Sarah Katz worked at Facebook for eight months This article contains descriptions of child sexual abuse and other acts readers may find disturbing. “It’s mostly pornography,” says Sarah Katz, recalling her eight-month stint working as a Facebook moderator. “The agency was very upfront about what type of content we would be seeing, in […]