security
Butlin’s Has Computers Now and They Got Hacked

Youth internment chain Butlin's has joined the list of shame that records mass public hackings, with the company saying that the details of around 34,000 guests have been obtained by hackers. Read More >>

networks
Vodafone’s VOXI Network is Now Offering Triple Data

Have you heard of VOXI? I wouldn't blame you if you hadn't, it's quite a new mobile network designed for them young-uns. It's owned and run by Vodafone, so it's a bit like their version of giffgaff, complete with plans and benefits you wouldn't find on the main network. The main one is free social data but now it's been announced that VOXI is offering triple data as well. Read More >>

data
Four of the Biggest Tech Giants Teamed Up to Make Moving Your Data Around Less Painful

Thanks to the rise of cloud storage, there’s a seemingly endless number of ways to save photos, music, documents, or anything else offsite. Unfortunately, if you ever want to transfer that data from one service to another, the process can be quite tedious, as you’ll probably be forced to download everything and then manually re-upload all those files to a new home in someone else’s server farm. Read More >>

data
Cashing in My Personal Data for Chips at a London Gambling Pop-Up

If a gentleman makes his own luck, then I’m no gentleman. Just a month ago, I draw Germany in a World Cup sweepstake only to cheer on a team that would rather roll over to South Korea than give me the satisfaction of winning £70. Read More >>

sport
These Are The Most Geographically Stupid World Cup Matches

Last Thursday, England played a football match against Belgium, one of our closest friends and allies. In fact, Belgium is so close that you can get from London to Brussels in less time than it takes to get to York. You don’t even need to catch a plane. So… isn’t it a bit weird that both teams, hundreds of officials and thousands of fans had to trek all the way to Kaliningrad - a Russian exclave you were only dimly aware actually existed - in order to play each other? Read More >>

facebook
Surprise, Facebook Reportedly Gave Companies Your Friends’ Data After it Said it Wouldn’t

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but it looks like Facebook may have been sharing more of your data than you thought it was. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the social network cut deals with a number of companies to provide access to user records and friend data even after its policy change that prevented apps from scraping that very information. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook Is Trying to Kill Its New Privacy Scandal on a Technicality

Ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal first broke in March, Facebook has been scrambling to change its policies and reassure the public that it no longer recklessly shares data with third parties. But late last weekend we learned that it has quietly been giving device makers access to users' data this whole time. It argues this was different for several reasons and device makers could only use the data to provide “the Facebook experience.” Read More >>

leaks
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 >>

politics
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 >>

data
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 >>

security
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 >>

security
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 >>

uncategorized
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 >>

banks
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 >>

science
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 >>