• 22 February 2020 Related Topics Climate change Image copyright Getty ImagesA study by researchers at Brown University has found a quarter of posts about climate change on Twitter were written by bots. Bots are computer programs that can masquerade as humans to post or send messages on social media. Researchers discovered tweets posted by bots created the impression there was a high level of...

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pupils in California open new Chromebook laptop computersThe attorney general of the US state of New Mexico is suing Google, accusing the company of illegally collecting the personal data of school children. The tech giant is alleged to have collected data on which websites pupils visited, passwords, videos watched, contact lists, and...

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesIn a world first, scientists have discovered a new type of antibiotic using artificial intelligence (AI). It has been heralded by experts as a major breakthrough in the fight against the growing problem of drug resistance. A powerful algorithm was used to analyse more than one hundred million chemical compounds in a matter of days. The newly...

  • 21 February 2020 Image copyright NintendoFans of the Animal Crossing game have criticised Nintendo after it said players would not be able to save their progress to its cloud back-up service. Saving game progress to the cloud is a key feature of the Nintendo Switch online subscription service, which costs £17.99 a year. It lets players pick up where they left off if they buy a new Switch...

  • 20 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesUK government employees lost their mobile devices - or had them stolen - at least 2,004 times in 12 months. The numbers, released under a Freedom of Information request, include smartphones, laptops, and tablets. The Ministry of Defence reported the most missing devices, with 767 lost or stolen, followed by tax authority HMRC, with 288. While the...

  • By Zoe Thomas Technology reporter 20 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesThe US agency in charge of secure communication for the White House has been the victim of a cyber-attack. The US Department of Defence confirmed that computer systems controlled by the Defence Information Systems Agency (DISA) had been hacked, exposing the personal data of about 200,000 people. The agency oversees...

  • 20 February 2020 Image copyright Pirveli Image caption Some websites, such as that of TV channel Pirveli, were replaced with an image of former President Mikheil Saakashvili in the hackA huge cyber-attack which knocked out more than 2,000 websites in the country of Georgia last year was carried out by Russia, according to Georgia, the UK and the US. The UK government says that the GRU (Russian...

  • By Joe Tidy & David Molloy BBC News 20 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption ISS World provides cleaning and security services worldwideA cyber-attack has hit the major facilities company ISS World, which has half a million employees worldwide. ISS provides cleaning, catering, security and other services to companies in the UK and elsewhere. Its websites have been down...

  • 20 February 2020 Samsung has apologised after it accidentally sent an alert to thousands of devices overnight. Affected devices received a notification from Find My Mobile in the early hours of Thursday morning. Some customers complained on social media that it had woken them up, while others worried their device had been hacked. In a statement, Samsung said the alert had been sent...

  • 20 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesFacebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has faced jibes on social media over claims he has staff blow-dry his armpits before public appearances. The claim is from a new book, Facebook: The Inside Story by Steven Levy, that will be released later this month. A Bloomberg review included the anecdote about Mr Zuckerberg having a member of his communication team...

  • 20 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Larry Tesler, pictured at the PC Forum in 1989, worked to make computers more accessibleLarry Tesler, an icon of early computing, has died at the age of 74. Mr Tesler started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s, at a time when computers were inaccessible to the vast majority of people. It was thanks to his innovations - which...

  • 20 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption MGM has resorts across the US, including in Las VegasThe personal information of 10.6 million guests who stayed at MGM Resorts hotels was hacked last summer. The hack was first reported by ZDNet on Wednesday, which said the stolen information was posted to a hacking forum this week. MGM confirmed the attack took place to the BBC. The...

  • 19 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesA ransomware attack on a US natural gas facility meant a pipeline had to be shut down for two days, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has said. However, it did not name the facility or say when the attack happened. A malicious link sent to staff at the facility eventually caused the shutdown "of the entire pipeline asset". It was so severe...

  • 19 February 2020 Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary Image caption Clockwise from top left: Festus Emosivwe, Charles Onwu, Victor Ngo, Chloe Maylott, Olukayode Adepoju, Molade Fasuyi and Adel QadirScammers who infiltrated BT customer accounts as part of a "sophisticated" £358,000 fraud have been jailed. The gang targeted in excess of 2,000 people, predominantly in the Portsmouth area,...

  • 19 February 2020 Image copyright AFPTikTok is introducing a new "family safety mode" designed to give parents tighter control over teens' mobile phone habits. It will let parents link their own TikTok accounts to their child's - and turn features on and off remotely. That includes a "restricted mode" that tries to filter out inappropriate content, and turning off messaging. TikTok has an age...

  • By Chris Baraniuk Technology reporter 19 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesThe European Commission has said it intends to draw up new rules to protect citizens against misuses of artificial intelligence (AI) tech. It likened the current situation to "the Wild West" and said it would focus on "high-risk" cases. But some experts are disappointed that a white paper it published did not...

  • 19 February 2020 Image copyright Getty ImagesUber has closed a customer support office in downtown Los Angeles, laying off around 80 workers. Some of the roles are expected to be moved to the company's operation in Manila in the Philippines. Most of the staff affected worked on liaising with drivers, processing documents and dealing with account issues. The announcement comes as Uber has seen...

  • 19 February 2020 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook has said the move by the government was "disproportionate"Facebook has expressed concern after it was ordered by Singapore to block access to a news site's page. Singapore said the fringe site States Times Review had broken a newly introduced "fake news" law and repeatedly conveyed "falsehoods". Facebook said it was "legally...

  • 19 February 2020 Image copyright RingRing, Amazon's video doorbell system, has introduced additional steps to the way users log in to their accounts. Users will need to enter a password and unique six-digit code every time they want to view their security footage or access the Neighbors app. On Tuesday, Ring also said it would pause its data sharing with third-party firms. The change comes as...

  • By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter 18 February 2020 Image copyright Facebook Image caption The North Carolina Breaking News page looked innocent but is a textbook example of disinformation, according to one expertA Facebook page that seemed to be sharing local news in North Carolina is a textbook example of a disinformation campaign, BBC News has been told. The site accumulated more than...