Technology

Technology behind ‘all serious crime’

Technology is now at the “root” of all serious criminality, says Europe’s police agency. The returns generated by document fraud, money laundering and online trade in illegal goods helps to pay for other damaging crimes, said Europol. The wider use of technology by criminal gangs poses the “greatest challenge” to police forces, it said in a study. It revealed that ... Read More »

Hacker briefly hijacks insecure printers

A hacker has briefly hijacked more than 150,000 printers accidentally left accessible via the web. The attacker made the devices print a warning urging their owners to cut off remote access. Large printers in offices, domestic devices and tiny receipt printers in restaurants were all caught up in the hack. The attack came soon after a German academic study found ... Read More »

Film site IMDB to shut down message boards

Film information site IMDB has announced that it is shutting down its message boards. The site, which gets 250 million visitors per month, said the chat areas of the site were “no longer” proving useful to users. Most users now preferred to talk about films and actors on IMDB’S social networks, it said. One media commentator said the boards were ... Read More »

YouTuber admits Fifa gambling offences

Two men who ran a betting website connected to the Fifa video game have pleaded guilty to offences under the UK’s Gambling Act. Craig Douglas, a prominent gamer known as Nepenthez, and his business partner Dylan Rigby ran a website that let video gamers gamble virtual currency. Douglas promoted the website to fans of his YouTube channel, which has more ... Read More »

Twitter reinstates ‘alt-right’ leader

Twitter has reinstated the account of a white nationalist think tank leader credited with coining the term “alt-right”. The social network suspended Richard Spencer on 15 November. Since then, he was filmed shouting: “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory,” at a meeting, prompting some audience members to raise their arms in Nazi-style salutes. A leading anti-racism campaigner has criticised ... Read More »

Man spends stolen $1m on Game of War

A man went on a $1m (£800,000) spending spree on the Game of War app after stealing $4.8m from his employer. Kevin Lee Co, 45, from Sacramento, California, pleaded guilty to fraudulently using company credit cards to steal the money. Court documents reveal Mr Co spent about $1m of the embezzled funds on Game of War, one of the world’s ... Read More »

Apple tackles calendar spam with ‘report junk’ button

Apple is tackling an outbreak of spam on iPhone calendars by introducing a button that lets users report the junk appointments. The messages appear as invitations to events but are sent by spammers not the brands they feature. The “report junk” button has been added to Apple’s iCloud.com site and is expected to be included in an iOS update soon. ... Read More »

New acoustic technique reveals structural information in nanoscale materials

A schematic representation of the atomic force microscope interacting with the material surface. Credit: Credit: Rama Vasudevan, ORNL Understanding where and how phase transitions occur is critical to developing new generations of the materials used in high-performance batteries, sensors, energy-harvesting devices, medical diagnostic equipment and other applications. But until now there was no good way to study and simultaneously map ... Read More »

New approach provides images of single cell with micrometer resolution via contrast based on cell’s thermal properties

On the left, a classical phase contrast image of a cell obtained via a standard microscope. On the right, a thermal image of the same cell recorded with the team’s thermal imaging device. Credit: Bordeaux University Thermal properties of cells regulate their ability to store, transport or exchange heat with their environment. So gaining control of these properties is of ... Read More »

Scientists create ‘nano-reactor’ for the production of hydrogen biofuel

Artist’s rendering of P22-Hyd, a new biomaterial created by encapsulating a hydrogen-producing enzyme within a virus shell. Credit: Indiana University Scientists at Indiana University have created a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen—one half of the “holy grail” of splitting H2O to make hydrogen and oxygen for fueling cheap and efficient cars that run on water. A ... Read More »