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Researchers develop new tool to expose untrustworthy sites

The type of video streaming or advertising platform used by a website could be used as a marker to expose those producing fake news, researchers claim.

While website owners host the pages, the videos and advertising end is usually served by a third party.


Huawei defends involvement in UK’s 5G network

Boris Johnson approved the Chinese company having a limited stake in the UK’s 5G development in January. Chinese hi-tech company Huawei has defended its role in the development of 5G in the UK. The move comes after a Tory backbench attack on the company’s involvement in the roll-out of the advanced system in the UK.


Despite US threats, the Government go ahead with tech tax plans

Companies whose worldwide revenues from digital activities exceed £500 million, with more than £25 million of the revenues from UK users, will fall under the digital services tax. It is expected to bring in an extra £65 million this year.With firms across the Atlantic including Google, Amazon and Facebook set to be the main targets of the tax, US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin has previously warned the US could retaliate with tariffs on UK-made cars. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, he said President Donald Trump would raise the issue personally with Boris Johnson.


Amazon accuses Trump of ‘well-documented personal animus’ over JEDI cloud snub

Amazon wants to depose US President Donald Trump over the tech company’s losing bid for a 10 billion dollar (£7.7 billion) military contract. The Pentagon awarded the cloud computing project to Microsoft in October. Amazon later sued, arguing that Mr Trump’s interference and bias against the company harmed Amazon’s chances of winning the contract.


Head of BT hails ‘clarity’ over Huawei 5G involvement

The boss of BT has welcomed the Government’s “clarity” over its decision to allow Chinese tech giant Huawei access to the UK’s 5G phone network infrastructure.

Philip Jansen said the decision will have “an impact of around £500 million over the next five years”, and admitted that current trading has been weaker than expected.


Boris Johnson to allow Huawei limited involvement to 5G network

Boris Johnson has paved the way for Chinese firm Huawei to have a limited role in the UK’s 5G network, in a move that will set up a diplomatic clash with the US. The National Security Council chaired by the Prime Minister on Tuesday decided that “high-risk vendors” should be permitted to play a peripheral role in the network. But advice issued to telecoms operators by the National Cyber Security Centre said such vendors should be barred from all safety-related and critical networks.


Google and Microsoft clash over proposed EU facial recognition ban

An EU proposal to temporarily ban facial recognition technology has divided opinion in the upper echelons of the techsphere, with leaders from Google and Microsoft offering divergent responses to the proposed bill.

Alphabet chief executive Sundar Pichai was quick to back the proposal, that leaked online this week, over concerns the technology could be misused. Meanwhile, Microsoft President and chief legal officer Brad Smith said an outright ban would be a step too far and called for a more measured response.


PM vows not to jeopardise UK security over Huawei 5G involvement

Boris Johnson said he would not risk Britain’s security when upgrading the nation’s 5G communications network – but said critics of Chinese technology firm Huawei must come up with an “alternative” provider. In an interview with the BBC on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said he did not want to “prejudice” the country’s ability to share intelligence with allies in the so-called Five Eyes arrangement – a collaboration between the UK, Australia, US, Canada and New Zealand – as a result of the improvements he had promised voters in his election manifesto.


Iranian hackers could target US electrical utilities

A hacking group with links to Iran has been attempting to compromise thousands of accounts belonging to US electric utilities and oil and gas firms amid rising fears the Iranian Republic is planning a cyber retaliation in the wake of the assassination of major general Qasem Soleimani.

On Thursday, industrial control system security firm Dragos detailed new hacking activity which the company attributed to a group of state-sponsored hackers it calls Magnallium which has been previously linked to the Iranian regime. The same group is also known as APT33, Refined Kitten or Elfin.


Conservative Party on top for Facebook advertising spend 

The party used the platform to target older voters with simple messaging about Brexit and Jeremy Corbyn. The Conservative Party spent more than any other party on Facebook and Instagram adverts in the run-up to last week’s General Election, analysis by the PA news agency has found.


Trade body techUK serves up tech-focused manifesto

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you will have noticed that the UK election race is heating up.

With the Conservative Party unveiling its (relatively anaemic) manifesto over the weekend, all three of the UK’s major political parties have released their policy pledges and priorities should they be victorious on December 12.


Labour vows to review the UK’s cyber security defences 

The Labour Party has vowed to overhaul the country’s cybersecurity with the creation of a co-ordinating minister and a review of the National Cyber Security Centre’s role. The party’s manifesto also commits to introducing a Charter of Digital Rights to protect children online. In its 2019 manifesto, the party warned that services such as the NHS, nuclear facilities, transport systems and communications networks are vulnerable to cyberattacks as we become more dependent on digital technology.



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