The Police National Database (PND)

I spent a year following facial recognition’s rapid roll-out across the UK for BBC News. So-called “live”or “automated” systems are capable of instantly matching people who walk past a camera against a database of file photos. For the two police forces testing the technology, South Wales Police and the Met, that database is often drawn…

The Wild Hunt for the WannaCry Hackers

This report was first published as a three-part podcast series. On 12 May 2017, employees in Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica came under attack. Their computer monitors displayed a disturbing message: their files had been scrambled and to get them back they would have to pay the hackers who’d infected them. Telefonica wasn’t alone. The virus…

Fake login page for Lancaster University - one of the institutions targeted

Iranian Hackers Hit U.K. Cybersecurity Universities

Iranian cybercriminals tried to hack into U.K. universities offering government-certified cybersecurity courses, successfully accessing at least one university’s accounts during a campaign lasting months. The hacking group has targeted at least 18 British universities, according to researchers. The list includes top-flight institutions. But it also includes less well-known destinations which are notable for being among…