Lockdown sexting rates rocket – but is it grooming?

As schools closed during the coronavirus lockdown, disturbing headlines emerged: 300,000 UK paedophiles were potentially ready to exploit the disruption to target children. With millions of kids at home, bored and often glued to their mobiles and tablets, it seemed reasonable to fear an increase in online grooming. But is it happening? The 300,000 figure…

Economic effects

This is one of a series of personal blogs I’ve written about coronavirus. They are not a pieces of journalism, and are not like the investigative work I do for major publishers. They are my personal reflections, in attempt to make sense of the situation. I am, effectively, a small business dealing with coronavirus. I’m…

“Panic” buying

This is one of a series of personal blogs I’ve written about coronavirus. They are not a pieces of journalism, and are not like the investigative work I do for major publishers. They are my personal reflections, in attempt to make sense of the situation. Visiting the supermarket has become a bleak, tense experiment in…

Ad tech firms grapple with new rules

Online advertising giants have promised to rein in the sharing of sensitive personal data for targeted ads, but some still doubt they can comply with tough new data protection rules. At a conference organised by the Information Commissioner’s Office this week, two of the biggest names in ad tech outlined moves to restrict the amount…

Labour’s Lithuanian broadband plan

Ah, November 15th and the General Election advent calendar door opens to reveal… technology! Labour announced bold plans to nationalise part of BT and pump in £20bn to provide full fibre broadband free to every home and business in the UK by 2030. As usual, much of the coverage and interviews have focused on the…

More trouble with free WiFi….

If you’ve ever connected to a free WiFi hotspot (and that’s most of us), there was some worrying news from security researcher Charl van der Walt  at SecureData’s UK Cyber Security Summit yesterday. You know the pop-up page that often appears asking you to enter an email address or a phone number before you can…

Hackers hit Indian nuclear plant

News that hackers successfully infected at least one computer inside an Indian nuclear power plant once again raise concerns about targeting of the energy sector by cyber means. In a terse statement, the government’s Nuclear Power Corporation of India acknowledged the attack, but downplayed its seriousness: “the infected PC belonged to a user who was…