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Bomb threats made on Twitter to female journalists

But a recently discovered security hole in some Samsung Smart TVs shows that many of those bells and whistles aren't ready for prime time. The flaws in Samsung Smart TVs, which have now been patched, enabled hackers to remotely turn on the TVs' built-in cameras without leaving any trace of it on the screen. While you're watching TV, a hacker anywhere around the world could have been watching you. Hackers also could have easily rerouted an unsuspecting user to a malicious website to steal bank account information. Samsung quickly fixed the problem after security researchers at iSEC Partners informed the company about the bugs. Samsung sent a software update to all affected TVs. But the glitches speak to a larger problem of gadgets that connect to the Internet but have virtually no security to speak of . Security cameras , lights, heating control systems and even door locks and windows are now increasingly coming with features that allow users to control them remotely. Without proper security controls, there's little to stop hackers from invading users' privacy, stealing personal information or spying on people. Related story: The scariest search engine on the Internet In the case of Samsung Smart TVs, iSEC researchers found that they could tap into the TV's Web browser with ease, according to iSEC security analyst Josh Yavor. That gave hackers access to all the functions controlled by the browser, including the TV's built-in camera. "If there's a vulnerability in any application, there's a vulnerability in the entire TV," said Aaron Grattafiori, also an analyst at iSEC. Yavor and Grattafiori were also able to hack the browser in such a way that users would be sent to any website of the hacker's choosing.
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Related Articles Meet the 'appreneurs': using apps to build big business 13 Jul 2013 As part of this commitment, the Department of Health has recently funded the development of a new smartphone app for Whizz-Kidz. Free to download, the app allows young disabled people and their families to access a number of the charitys services including beginning the application process for vital mobility equipment which will transform their lives, offering them greater choice, and providing more opportunities for them to fulfil their potential. Like all of Whizz-Kidzs innovations, our app has customers at its heart and was designed to give young disabled people the tools to make their own decisions, and afford them another convenient channel by which to achieve independent mobility in this case at the touch of a screen. Some of its key features include videos to show parents how to measure their children prior to assessment in order to speed up the process; and a Rate and Review service similar to commercial services like Trip Advisor or Patients Like Me whereby families can give feedback on the products they receive from Whizz-Kidz. We use this intelligence as leverage to drive the manufacturers to make improvements and increase user satisfaction. Crucially, using technology in this way is cost effective. It is possible to save financial costs to the NHS, and keep standards of healthcare high. For instance, if a young person downloads the app, which leads them to apply for an appropriate wheelchair preventing them developing pressure sores, it could potentially save hospitalisation and even spinal surgery. This is the tip of the iceberg in potential savings. The right equipment might mean a child can reach their school desk comfortably and require less school adaptions. Their parent might then be more likely to work, impacting less on the state. A report from Frontier Economics used data from the charitys award winning partnership with Tower Hamlets NHS to demonstrate that, for every 1 spent by the charity on the appropriate wheelchair, between 10 and 65 is generated for the economy; as young people gain increased independence and can take up more education and employment opportunities. The app will also support Whizz-Kidzs aim to deliver its innovative Child in a Chair in a Day initiative - which means that, more often than not, children in routine cases are able to take their equipment home on the day of their assessment, and can start their path to independence right away.
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Time was slowed down in the virtual universe to help servers cope with the huge numbers of players and ships. The battle pitted spaceships belonging to CFC against those from the Test Alliance in a region of space known as 6VDT. It ended in victory for CFC. Eve Online is a detailed space simulation that sees players fly spaceships through thousands of virtual star systems, seeking resources they can use to prosper. The resources can be found on planets and in asteroid fields or acquired through piracy or other underhand means.
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Freeman said the police who interviewed her about the bomb threat asked whether she was friends with Criado-Perez. Freeman, whose latest column How to use the internet without being a total loser addressed the issue of misogynistic online abuse, said: "I get loads of abuse on Twitter. That I should just 'go back to the kitchen', or someone saying they can't wait until women lose the vote. "It's not all from men, some are clearly from women, such as "I'm only a feminist because I can't get a boyfriend, or I must be a lesbian because I'm a feminist. I have had some rape threats too. They're always misspelled." She said the abuse directed against her had become more angry, intense and misogynistic since the threats against Criado-Perez and Creasy. "Because of the bomb threat this time I called the police. There was that guy arrested for threatening to blow up an airport. If it's illegal to threaten to bomb an airport, it's illegal to threaten to bomb me." Freeman said the police had also advised anyone who received a similar threat to report it. Twitter bosses are to be questioned by MPs about complaints that they have failed to do enough to protect women from users posting violent and abusive threats. Freeman said Twitter needs to take online abuse and threats more seriously and should introduce more robust ways to deal with them.
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