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Telegram app can be forced to reveal personal data to security services, Russian court rules

The Independent - Tech

Russia's top court has ruled the Telegram app, which offers encrypted messaging services, can be forced to provide user data to authorities. The Supreme Court threw out an appeal by Telegram protesting against demands from the Federal Security Service intelligence agency (FSB) for it to hand over data from its users. People behind the app, which has caused controversy for allegedly being favoured by extremists, argued the FSB violated consumer rights by demanding encryption keys and chat histories. Telegram has been given 15 days to comply by Russia's communications regulator, or it risks being blocked in the country. Ramil Akhmetgaliev, the lawyer for the messaging company, was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying Telegram considers it essential to "keep users' communications secret".

North Korea poses a greater cyber-attack threat than Russia, security expert warns

The Independent - Tech

North Korea poses a more considerable cyber-attack threat to the international community than Russia, according to cyber-security firm CrowdStrike.

Petya cyber attack that spread around the world was intent on destruction, not on making money

The Independent - Tech

The cyber attack that broke many of the world's biggest companies was intent only on destruction. Experts say that initial suggestions that the software was being used to make money may have been a distraction. The software might instead be part of a plan simply to cripple as many systems, companies and countries as possible, they said. The software itself suggested it was ransomware – when it was loaded up and had taken over users' computers, it asked for money to get the files back. But actually paying that money wasn't possible, and so it generated a tiny amount of cash.

The man who accidentally saved the world from the NHS cyber attack

The Independent - Tech

The man who accidentally saved the NHS from its huge cyber attack has been revealed. Marcus Hutchins is a self-taught computer genius who works in cyber security. The 22-year-old surfer lives with his parents and didn't attend university. He also managed to save the entire world from one of the most damaging cyber attacks in history. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.

NHS hack: Cyber attack takes 16 hospitals offline as patients are turned away

The Independent - Tech

At least 16 hospitals are having to reject patients after their systems were taken offline. A huge cyber attack has infected NHS trusts across the country and has led to all digital systems being pulled down. The ransomware threatens hospitals that they will lose access to patient records and other files if they don't pay money to the hackers. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.

NHS cyber attack: Ransomware used in huge hack is now spreading across the world

The Independent - Tech

The malware used in the huge NHS hack is now spreading across the world. The problems are hitting people and companies across Europe and Asia, according to experts. The ransomware – which locks down files until money is paid – is a new version that is rapidly spreading across the world. It is known as Wanna Decryptor. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph.

TalkTalk internet down after company hit by same cyber attack that broke connections across the world

The Independent - Tech

TalkTalk and other internet providers have stopped providing connections to users after being hit by a huge cyber attack. The troubled internet provider has said that it – along with the Post Office and other internet providers across Europe – were hit by the Mirai worm and had their connections taken offline. That worm is becoming increasingly dangerous. It was blamed for a huge internet outage earlier this year, and works by taking over a variety of unsecured internet devices and then pointing them at weak points in the web's infrastructure. This time it appears to have targeted a certain kind of router that is used both by the Post Office and TalkTalk, and so left customers of both companies unable to get online.

Liberia internet down after huge cyber attack cuts web access for entire country

The Independent - Tech

Liberia has lost access to the entire internet in apparent preparation for shutting down the entire internet. Repeated attacks are flooding the country's network with requests and taking it down entirely. That has intermittently knocked the entire web offline, meaning that people can't access any websites or web services. The attacks appear to be a way for hackers to test a variety of ways of attacking internet connections and taking offline. In that way they resemble the attacks launched recently, when hackers brought down many of the world's biggest websites.

Internet down for many as huge cyber attack stops Reddit, Spotify, Twitter and other sites from working

The Independent - Tech

Much of the internet appears to be broken. A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack has taken down systems run by Dyn, Inc, one of the largest providers of internet services in the world. And as a result it seems to be causing problems for a variety of websites – including Reddit, Spotify and Twitter. Dyn runs domain name servers or DNS. They work as a phone book or map to the internet, making sure that when someone writes an address into their computer or phone, it can be directed to the right place and show the right information.