internet

Swedish court orders internet provider to block Pirate Bay

A Swedish appellate court Monday ordered an internet service provider to block customers from accessing the controversial Pirate Bay platform, overturning a 2015 lower court ruling.

French ban on habitual viewing of jihadist websites struck down

France's Constitutional Council on Friday struck down a law penalizing the repeated viewing of extremist websites that show killings or attempted killings with up to two years in jail.

Irish court hears challenge to Facebook's EU data transfer to US

A case that could settle whether Facebook can continue to send EU citizens' data to the United States should be referred to the European Court of Justice, argued the Irish government Tuesday as deliberations began in the High Court in Dublin.

Norway military sees increased threats from cyberattacks

Norway faces a growing threat from cyberattacks and hacking, the Scandinavian country's military intelligence service said Monday.

Norway probes Russian cyberattack on key agencies

Russian-based hackers have attempted to hack nine email accounts linked to the Norwegian police security service (PST) as well as other government agencies, the PST said Friday, amid an ongoing probe.

EU justice commissioner wants US reassurance on data protection deal

The European Union needs reassurance from the new US administration that an existing arrangement on protecting transatlantic data flows will continue, EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said on Friday.

Three men held over livestreamed rape in Sweden

Three men were remanded in custody Wednesday in connection with a suspected rape of a Swedish woman that was allegedly streamed online at the weekend.

Sweden investigates three over alleged live stream rape

Three men were questioned Monday in connection with a suspected rape of a Swedish woman that was allegedly streamed online, authorities said.

Marshall Islands' internet blackout continues as repairs delayed

Residents of the Marshall Islands are going into a fourth week without internet access as repairs of its undersea fibre optic cable have been extended, officials said Friday.

Israeli army warns soldiers over Hamas Facebook hack

The Israeli army warned its soldiers on Wednesday that its Islamist arch-enemy Hamas was using fake Facebook profiles to gain access to their mobile phone data.

Agency: Sweden was the target of 100,000 cyberattacks in 2016

Foreign spies working via the internet attacked targets in Sweden 100,000 times in 2016, the Swedish intelligence agency revealed on Sunday in an interview with broadcaster SVT.

German intelligence uncovered cyberattack on OSCE last year

Germany’s domestic intelligence service uncovered a cyberattack targeting the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) last year, the head of the German service, Hans-Georg Maassen, told dpa in an exclusive interview.

Baltic News Service reports cyberattack; offline for 10 hours

The Baltic News Service BNS was back online Saturday after suffering a cyberattack that kept it from broadcasting much news the day before, the agency reported.

Apple removes New York Times apps from China store, paper reports

Apple has complied with a request from Chinese authorities to remove two New York Times apps from its app store in China, the newspaper reported Thursday. 

Thailand denies fake rice export to US following viral Facebook post

The Thai government on Wednesday denied rice exported from Thailand contains plastic, following a Facebook post from the United States that went viral online claiming rice from Thailand is mixed with plastic.

"Facebook bill" passes first reading in Israeli parliament

A bill allowing Israeli courts to force social media companies to remove content defined as incitement passed its first reading in parliament on Tuesday morning.

Czech Republic opens centre to fight fake internet news

The Czech Republic on Sunday opened a new centre to fight fake news and disinformation on the internet.

US officials ramp up response to alleged Russian hacking

US officials are expressing growing concern over the alleged cyberthreat posed by Russian hackers, news reports said Saturday.

Facebook denies error in Safety Check tool for Bangkok bomb scare

Facebook on Wednesday denied the false crisis notification - the so-called Safety Check - for a Bangkok explosion the previous day was made in error.

Turkey: 1,656 people arrested over social media posts

Turkish authorities have opened investigations into 3,710 people over social media posts, while 1,656 suspects are under arrest, according to data from the Interior Ministry pertaining to the past six months.

Turkey imposes new measures to restrict information over the internet

Turkey has been introducing new measures to restrict access to information and impose its censorship rules by blocking virtual private networks (VPNs) and the Tor network, a system designed to help users with anonymity and reach banned websites.

Hacktivists leak Thai officials' personal data in protest at new law

A group of hacktivists on Thursday leaked the personal data of at least 3,000 Thai police officers and exposed the Identity Card information of 3,000 government officials in an ongoing cyber protest against a newly passed cybercrime law.

Cuba starts pilot project for private internet use

Cuba will allow internet connections in private households for the first time, the state telephone company announced Monday.

Facebook outlines ways users can report fake news

Facebook on Thursday provided details about methods it is testing or has begun implementing to control the distribution of fake news over its social media platform.

Australian court orders block on internet piracy websites

The Australian Federal Court for the first time ordered internet companies to block access to piracy or copyright-infringing websites in Australia in a judgement Thursday.

Report: Britain's mobile internet worse than Romania's or Peru's

Britain’s mobile users are plagued by internet "not spots" and a 4G network worse than those found in Romania, Albania, Panama or Peru, according to a government report released on Wednesday.

Ethiopian government blocks internet access, report finds

The Ethiopian government has "systematically and illegally blocked access to social media and news websites," including messaging app WhatsApp and 16 news outlets, according to a report released Wednesday by Amnesty International.

Eyeing election, Merkel party pushes for criminalization of fake news

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats are pushing for the criminalization of fake news, local media reported Tuesday, as Germany's political establishment anticipates the effect such stories might have on federal elections next year.

High level of ICT integration in Croatian businesses - DZS

As many as 77% of Croatian households and 91% of businesses had access to the Internet in 2016, and in this outgoing year the volume of e-commerce has increased, show the latest figures provided by the national statistical office (DZS).

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube to share terrorist content database

Internet giants Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and YouTube plan to develop a shared database of deleted content deemed to promote terrorism.

Amazon tests checkout-free food store

Online retail giant Amazon is testing a new type of physical store in the US that promises no lines or checkouts, the company announced Monday.

Police shut down 4,500 websites selling fake products

Police have shut down 4,500 websites selling fake goods as part of a worldwide crackdown on trademark piracy, European law enforcement agency Europol reported.

Around 900,000 connections offline in Germany after hacker attack

Hundreds of thousands of customers in Germany were kicked offline following a cyberattack targeting internet routers belonging to Deutsche Telekom customers, a government statement said late Monday.

Council of EU agrees to remove geo-blocking in e-commerce

The EU Council for Competitiveness on Monday agreed on a draft regulation to ban unjustified geo-blocking between member states.

New law proposal could strengthen Thailand's national cyber security

Thai authorities may launch a national cyber security committee that will see the junta leader and the military making calls on issues considered harmful to the country's internet and digital infrastructure system.

Yahoo fails in news copyright action before Germany’s highest court

Yahoo has failed in a copyright law case turning on the free use of news reports that it brought before Germany’s Constitutional Court, the court announced from the western city of Karlsruhe on Wednesday.

South Korea prohibits export of Google Maps data amid security fears

The government of South Korea decided on Friday that US-based internet giant Google may not export data used for its global map services, due to security issues.

Russia blocks US social network LinkedIn

Russia blocked access to the US-based social network LinkedIn on Thursday, citing a violation of a new law that Russian citizens' personal data must be stored within the country.

Google announces 24 million euros in European media project funding

More than 100 media groups and projects are set to share 24 million euros (25.7 million dollars) in grants handed out by internet giant Google Thursday in Berlin.

Twitter strengthens measures against harassment and hate speech

After years of pressure, social media platform Twitter on Tuesday announced new tools to combat bullying and threats online.

Alibaba smashes sales record on annual Singles Day

Internet giant Alibaba broke its own sales record of 14.3 billion dollars during China's "Singles Day" 24-hour online shopping binge on Friday, defying fears of an economic slowdown in China. 

China passes far-reaching internet security law

China adopted a new cybersecurity law on Monday, reinforcing and upgrading systematic state control of the internet.

Germany investigates Facebook's Zuckerberg over hate speech inaction

German prosecutors have launched an investigation into Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and other company officials amid accusations of inaction over hate speech, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Friday.

German minister hopeful shunned after "liking" right-wing party

A German prosecutor tapped for a cabinet position in an east German state is out of the running after "liking" the Facebook page of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), a fellow member of his Christian Democrats (CDU) party said Saturday.

Cyberattack downs major websites; US investigating

Major internet sites including Twitter, Paypal, Netflix and Spotify were offline in parts of the US and Europe Friday after cyberattacks targeted a service provider that enables users to connect to them.

Assange's internet cut after leak of Clinton documents

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had his internet access cut off after his platform leaked documents about US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the website said Monday.

Report: US preparing retaliatory cyber attack on Russia

US intelligence officials are preparing a possible cyber attack against Russia in response to Russian hackers' alleged attempts to influence the US election, NBC News reported.

Parents deny trying to sell baby in online ad in Germany

The parents of a baby girl who has been taken into care after a classified advertisement appeared online for the sale of an infant have denied any involvement in the scheme, police in the German city of Duisburg said on Friday.

Facebook offers Workplace app for businesses

Facebook's plan to shake up communications within businesses and organizations is ready for the market, the world's largest online social network said Monday.

Plenkovic says caretaker gov't should deal with EC's warning

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) president Andrej Plenkovic said on Friday that a warning the European Commission gave Croatia, for not having transposed into its laws an EU directive aimed at reducing by 30% the cost of establishing a broadband network, should be handled by the caretaker government.

Croatia warned for not transposing EU directive on lower cost of super-fast Internet

Croatia is one of 19 EU countries that have been warned by the European Commission for not having transposed into their national laws an EU directive aimed at reducing the cost of establishing a broadband network by 30%.

Facebook ordered to delete Whatsapp data in Germany

Data privacy authorities in Germany on Tuesday ordered Facebook to delete data it has received on Whatsapp users in Germany.

Twitter shares surge on takeover rumour

Twitter's share price jumped as much as 20 per cent Friday on media reports that Google and software company Salesforce were eyeing a takeover of the struggling social network.

Hackers stole data from at least 500 million Yahoo users

Yahoo was hit by one of the biggest data thefts in history after account information of at least 500 million users was stolen in a 2014 hacking incident by a "state-sponsored actor," the pioneering internet company said Thursday.

Top search engines to block sex-determination ads in India

Top search engines Google, Microsoft and Yahoo will block advertisements related to prenatal sex determination services following an order by India's Supreme Court, a news report said Monday.

Free wifi providers not liable for illegal downloads, EU court rules

Businesses offering free wireless internet services cannot be held liable for illegal downloads, the European Union's top court ruled Thursday, in a case pitting electronics giant Sony against a German shop owner.

EU proposes overhaul of copyright laws for internet age

The European Commission proposed copyright reforms Wednesday aimed at making it easier for artists and news publishers to seek payment for work distributed on the internet, but it came under attack for curbing access to information online.

New York Times' Moscow bureau targeted by hackers

The Moscow bureau of The New York Times has been targeted by hackers, the newspaper said Tuesday, amid reports that Russia was behind the cyber attack.

Arrests in Iran over "immoral" use of internet

Hundreds of people in Iran have been arrested or questioned for their "immoral use" of the internet, a news report said Tuesday.

Twitter bans 235,000 over six months for terrorist ties

Twitter announced an escalation in its war on terrorist tweets Thursday, saying it had suspended 235,000 more accounts linked to terrorism since February.

New Zealand court: Mega must reveal user details to Kazakh government

Cloud storage company Mega is to supply sensitive IP addresses and email contact details to the Kazakhstan government as early as next week, Radio New Zealand reported Wednesday.

Internet is main source of information on sex education for young Croatians

More than half of young Croatians obtain information on sex education on the Internet, shows a survey prompted by heated discussions in Croatia about plans for the introduction of sex education in school curricula.

Russian intelligence reports stopping major cyberespionage effort

A cyberspying operation targeting key Russian institutions has been uncovered by the country's domestic intelligence service FSB, the agency reported Saturday.

Facebook earnings nearly triple on strong advertising revenue

Strong advertising sales pushed Facebook to record high profit in the second quarter, the social networking company said Wednesday.

AOL and Yahoo to merge as new internet force with Verizon deal

Internet pioneer Yahoo will merge with AOL, another early online innovator, to create a technology giant that can compete with established industry powers, telecommunications firm Verizon said as it announced Yahoo's purchase Monday.

Snowden and US hacker design anti-surveillance device for iPhone

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and prominent US hacker Andrew "Bunnie" Huang on Thursday announced they've teamed up to create a phone add-on for journalists who use iPhones to tell them if the device is being monitored or is transmitting data.

Brazilian Supreme Court suspends order blocking WhatsApp

Brazil's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a lower court's order blocking WhatsApp, the latest reversal in an ongoing spat between the messaging service and authorities over access to encrypted data, Brazilian media reported.

WikiLeaks publishes trove of Turkish government emails

The data platform WikiLeaks on Tuesday published hundreds of thousands of documents it identified as emails from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Brazil again blocks WhatsApp in data dispute

A Brazil court blocked WhatsApp across the country Tuesday for the third time in a year in an ongoing spat between the messaging service and authorities over user records WhatsApp says it does not have, according to media reports.

Google boss warns Brexit hard for companies as tech rules diverge

Google chief executive Sundar Pichai warned that Britain's decision to leave the European Union may bring difficulties for internet companies as digital regulation diverges.

EU, US launch controversial new data-sharing deal

The European Union and the United States are set to implement a new deal to protect transatlantic data flows, after the European Commission on Tuesday adopted the controversial agreement.

China replaces head of internet monitoring agency with deputy

China has replaced the man in charge of the country's tight internet controls with a rising star in the Communist Party, news reports said Wednesday.

UNICEF: 80 per cent of 18-year-olds see risk of online sexual abuse

Eight out of 10 young adults believe that children and adolescents are at risk of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online and more than half of them think their friends participate in risky online behaviour, according to a UNICEF report.

Facebook's Zuckerberg latest high-profile hack victim

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg's non-Facebook social media accounts were secure again Monday after being briefly hacked, Facebook said.

EU seeks to tear down online-shopping hurdles, but industry sceptical

The European Union launched a new bid Wednesday to help online shoppers make purchases across the bloc, regardless of where they live, but the effort to boost e-commerce was met with scepticism from industry players.

From online shopping to streaming: EU seeks to curb digital barriers

The internet has changed the way we shop, how we watch films and much more. The European Commission thinks it is time to adapt EU rules to this digital change.

EU seeks to dismantle cross-border barriers for online shoppers

The European Union should introduce new rules to stop websites from denying access to online shoppers from other member states, the bloc's executive proposed Wednesday, as part of an effort to boost e-commerce in the 28-country bloc.

EU seeks to boost European productions offered by streaming providers

The European Union is set to push for its domestic films and television series to be offered more consistently on online streaming services, in a move that is expected to affect the likes of entertainment giant Netflix.

Google reveals it has developed its own artificial intelligence chips

Google is developing its own artificial intelligence chips designed specifically to be used for machine learning, the company announced Thursday on the sidelines of the Google I/O conference.

Student sentenced to prison for Erdogan insults, PKK propaganda

A student has been sentenced to several years in prison in the city of Bursa, western Turkey, for insulting the president and distributing propaganda for a banned Kurdish political organization.

China orders Baidu search engine to change "misleading" paid listings

Chinese internet authorities have ordered the country's leading search engine to overhaul its operations after an investigation found its search results had misled the public.

Self-proclaimed bitcoin founder says he won't offer proof

Australian computer scientist and entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright said Thursday that he would no longer try to prove his claim that he was the creator of the digital currency bitcoin.

Australian scientist claims bitcoin creation, but scepticism lingers

"I'm not seeking publicity but want to set the record straight," Wright was quoted as saying by The Economist.

Australian identifies himself as Bitcoin founder

Australian computer scientist and entrepreneur Craig Steven Wright identified himself Monday as the founder of the digital currency known as Bitcoin.

Facebook sees three-fold profit increase in first quarter

Social media juggernaut Facebook had a banner first quarter, seeing a 52-per cent increase in gross revenue, and a three-fold increase in profit over the same period in 2015, it reported Wednesday.

EU privacy watchdogs worry over US snooping in data-sharing deal

A new EU-US deal aimed at protecting transatlantic data flows will still allow the bulk collection of information for national security purposes, European data protection authorities warned Wednesday.

EU bodies worry over US snooping in data-sharing deal

Data protection authorities in the European Union expressed concern Wednesday that a new deal with the United States aimed at protecting transatlantic data flows will still allow the bulk collection of information for national security purposes.

WhatsApp encrypts its entire service

Communications app WhatsApp has instituted end-to-end encryption for all communications on its network of one billion people worldwide, the company's founders told the tech magazine Wired Tuesday.

Infographic reveals what happens in one single second on the Internet

How many posts per second do users "like" on Facebook? How many hours worth of YouTube videos do people watch worldwide?

China targets cloud storage services in campaign against pornography

China will crack down on the emerging practice of sharing and hosting pornography via cloud storage services, a report said Sunday. 

Brazil arrests Facebook exec in stand-off with police

Brazilian authorities arrested a Facebook executive Tuesday for allegedly refusing to cooperate with law enforcement officials, Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper reported.

German sites take focus in Europe-wide crackdown on cybercrime

Nine people were arrested in a series of raids on homes and offices across Europe as authorities banded together to tackle German-language cybercrime platforms, police said on Monday.

US assures it will not snoop indiscriminately in EU data transfers

The United States has offered a firm commitment to "prevent arbitrary and indiscriminate collection" of European citizens' data, under a new deal to protect trans-Atlantic data transfers, according to details of the agreement seen by dpa.

"Wow!" Facebook expands "like" button with launch of Reactions

Facebook users will no longer need to be limited by the "like" button.

Croatian Internet users have most security problems in EU

One out of four Internet users in the European Union experienced certain security related problems in 2015 such as viruses or data loss, with the most problems experienced in Croatia, the EU statistical office Eurostat said on Monday.

EU, US reach new transatlantic data-sharing deal for businesses

Brussels and Washington reached a deal Tuesday on a new system to protect transatlantic data transfers, the European Commission announced, after the previous framework was struck down last year by an EU court.

WhatsApp has worldwide user base of 1 billion

The short-message service WhatsApp has crossed the 1-billion-user mark, its co-founder said Monday.

Report: Russia behind cyberattack on German parliament

The Russian government is thought to have been behind a six-month cyberattack, which crippled the computer system of the German lower house of parliament last year, the weekly Spiegel magazine reported.

Arrests made as Germany bans online platform for neo-Nazis

Germany has banned a neo-Nazi internet portal used by Holocaust deniers to exchange content and post xenophobic slurs, part of a Wednesday crackdown that saw the arrest of two people suspected of running the site.

Turkey blocks hundreds of web pages about Istanbul suicide bombing

A Turkish court, acting at the request of the prime minister's office, has blocked 223 web pages containing information about last week's suicide bombing in Istanbul, which killed 10 German tourists, an internet activist said on Wednesday.