Minecraft paedophile Adam Isaac groomed boys online

A man who groomed young boys through the online game Minecraft has been jailed for two years and eight months. Adam Isaac, 23, from Merthyr Tydfil, previously admitted eight sexual offences against children. Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court heard he targeted two boys, aged 12 and 14, and asked them to send intimate photos of themselves. Judge Richard Twomlow QC said: “This predatory behaviour is a worry and a concern to parents.” Isaac admitted causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography, performing sexual acts in the presence of a child, encouraging…

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Minecraft link to net’s biggest botnet

Malware that launched the net’s largest ever cyber-attack last year had links to Minecraft servers, according to those investigating it. Security blogger Brian Krebs has spent months investigating the attack which knocked his blog offline. He claims that the origins of the Mirai botnet can be traced back to rivalries in the Minecraft community. His claims are backed up by a security expert who provided net security for Minecraft servers. Robert Coelho, vice president of security firm ProxyPipe, told the BBC that his suspicions about who was behind the Mirai…

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Nintendo signals end for Wii U

Nintendo has signalled the “end of life” for its Wii U games console, which was first released in 2012. Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America, told Polygon that Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be the company’s final game for the device. “We really are at the end of life for Wii U,” he said. The Wii U struggled to match the success of the original Wii device. It will be succeeded by the Nintendo Switch console in March. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – the…

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Backup 101: Incremental vs differential vs synthetic full backup

Backup methods pros and cons: Full, incremental, differential, synthetic full, incremental forever, and reverse incremental. We set out the advantages and drawbacks of each But traditional backup, where copies of data or changes to data are made at regular intervals, is still very much a mainstream approach to data protection. Here we run through the main backup types available – full, differential, incremental, and hybrids created from these such as synthetic and incremental-forever – and where appropriate discuss their pros and cons. Full backup This is the most fundamental type of…

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How information security professionals can help business understand cyber risk

Information security is continually moving up business and board agendas, but information security professionals find it challenging to help business leaders to understand fully the cyber risks across increasingly digital businesses. The challenge comes as businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on digital and online systems, making it all the more difficult to achieve a good understanding of cyber risks across the whole company. In the digital era, new points of entry are opening up for most business from email to cloud environments, from mobility to applications, from the payment gateway…

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Lack of diversity risks creating big gaps in AI

In a panel discussion at this week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Joi Ito, director of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Labs, warned that many computer scientists and AI (artificial intelligence) engineers generally come from similar backgrounds. This meant that AI systems could often be programmed in a way that their trainers see the world, leading to gaps in knowledge. “I think that people who are very focused on computer science and AI do not like the messiness of the real world,” said Ito. “You do not get the…

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CES 2017: UK support to tech firms ‘an embarrassment’

The UK government’s lack of support for start-ups attending the CES tech show is a “source of embarrassment”, according to the event’s organiser. Gary Shapiro compared the country unfavourably with France, the Netherlands and Israel. The head of one British firm at the Las Vegas event said the criticism was well-founded. But the UK’s Department for International Trade said it was providing “targeted support”. CES is one of the tech calendar’s biggest fixtures and provides companies with a chance to meet and secure orders from retailers, as well as to…

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The new HP Sprout Pro looks nicer, works better

In 2014, HP unveiled the original Sprout – a unique all-in-one with a projector and camera extrusion that turns the surface between you and the display into an interactive space. It was designed for creative professionals and hobbyists, and a later version released in 2016 targeted the classroom. This year, HP has a new Sprout called the Pro G2, which the company says is a completely redesigned device, featuring “a higher resolution projection, more powerful processing, advanced 3D scanning and a more accurate precision active pen for drawing compared to…

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Fake borrowers at Florida library probed

Staff at a Florida library created fake readers to foil computer systems that recommend throwing out books unread for months or years. An investigation found bogus borrowers had “read” thousands of books. Library staff have been suspended while officials work out if the fakes meant the libraries received more state cash. Staff said their action had helped save cash as it kept perennially popular titles that would have had to be bought again if they had been thrown out. Rigid control Officials at the Lake County public resources department that…

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Kuri home robot can read to your kids and watch your home

You may not have to wait for the likes of ASUS’ Zenbo to cross the ocean before you can get an affordable home robot. Mayfield Robotics (one of Bosch’s startups) has taken the wraps off of Kuri, a 20-inch-tall robot companion that promises to play nicely with your smart home. It can answer questions with a human-like touch (facial expressions, head gestures and sounds), watch over your home with a 1080p camera and play audio, whether it follows you around with music or reads to your kids. It’s reportedly easy…

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