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UK police make first arrest in VTech hacking scandal

UK police make first arrest in VTech hacking scandal

UK authorities have revealed that police have made their first arrest in relation to the hacking scandal surrounding VTech, an electronic toy maker, which was disclosed late last month. The 21-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of being involved with the unauthorized breach of the company's servers, resulting in the theft of personal data on over 6 million children.

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UK authorities seize over 15,000 unsafe, knock-off hoverboards

UK authorities seize over 15,000 unsafe, knock-off hoverboards

The UK is currently in the midst of a boom in popularity of the self-balancing scooter-type of "hoverboards," and with the holidays here, that means cheaper variants appealing to shoppers. However, the nation's authorities are warning consumers to stay away from cheap, knock-offs, as an alarming number of the hoverboards are being seized because they don't meet safety standards. The National Trading Standards says that out of 17,000 hoverboards imported in recent weeks, 15,000 have failed inspections.

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UK police arrest 5th teen connected to TalkTalk hacking

UK police arrest 5th teen connected to TalkTalk hacking

It's been a few weeks since we've heard from UK officials investigating the hacking of telecom company TalkTalk. The cyberattack, and subsequent ransom demand, occurred in late October, with police making the first arrest several days later. The Metropolitan Police have now revealed they've made a fifth arrest, with the suspected hacker being yet another teenager. With a search warrant in hand, officers visited the 18 year old boy's home in Wales, arresting him on suspicion of blackmail.

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Amazon Pantry grocery service launches in UK for Prime members

Amazon Pantry grocery service launches in UK for Prime members

Amazon has just announced the debut of a new delivery service for UK Prime subscribers: Amazon Pantry. The service goes beyond the Prime Now option here in the US, which focuses on same-day delivery of items from local merchants, including fresh food. Instead, pantry is the standard grocery items people use daily, including food like cereal and soup, drinks, as well as cleaning supplies. Basically, things that can keep for a while, and aren't reliant on being fresh.

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TalkTalk reveals 157,000 customers’ data stolen in hack

TalkTalk reveals 157,000 customers’ data stolen in hack

Following TalkTalk's disclosure of a major hacking incident two weeks ago, in which it was said that data on all 4 million customers may have been accessed, the UK ISP has finally identified exactly how many people have been affected. Last week it put the estimate at under 1.2 million users, but fortunately the real figure is much less: exactly 156,959 customers. These people have had data including names, phone numbers, and email addresses stolen by those behind the cyberattack.

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Vodafone: almost 2,000 customers’ data stolen in latest hacking

Vodafone: almost 2,000 customers’ data stolen in latest hacking

Following last week's news about UK telecom TalkTalk getting hacked and the personal data on over 1 million customers getting stolen, mobile carrier Vodafone has revealed that it fell victim to its own cyberattack, with hackers gaining access to 1,827 customer accounts. The company says the data the attackers may have gotten away with includes names, phone numbers, and some bank account details.

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UK police to test crime reporting over Skype

UK police to test crime reporting over Skype

Video chat platform/app Skype has long been replacing the way people contact each other, from personal calls across the globe to teleconferencing in business environments. Now it may finally find a place in contacting law enforcement. The police in the UK city of Peterborough have revealed a trial program where crime reports and follow-up interviews can done over Skype. Now, this isn't for emergency calls to police, like in the event of an attack or serious injury, but rather for those time when an officer would to someone's home to discuss something less serious.

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15-year-old arrested in connection with TalkTalk hack

15-year-old arrested in connection with TalkTalk hack

Last week, the UK telecom TalkTalk was hit with a cyberattack, and a short while later it revealed that a ransom had been made by an individual claiming to be behind the hack. The cyberattack was described as being “significant and sustained,” though later on it stated the attack wasn’t as bad as previously feared. Now a teenager has been arrested by law enforcement in Northern Ireland in connection to the cyberattack.

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UK ISP TalkTalk gets ransom demand after 4M users’ data hacked

UK ISP TalkTalk gets ransom demand after 4M users’ data hacked

The news broke this morning that the UK internet service provider and telecom company TalkTalk was the target of a major attack from hackers, with the personal data of some 4 million customers being stolen. While this could be the definition of a bad situation, it's already gotten worse. The London-based company has confirmed that it has now received a ransom demand from an unidentified party claiming responsibility for the hack.

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Uber sees London victory: High Court rules in favor

Uber sees London victory: High Court rules in favor

When Uber goes to court, it doesn't always prove successful. That hasn't been the case in London, however, where the ridesharing service's app was ruled legal by the High Court after the local taxi industry complained that the mobile software is the same as a taxi meter. The case had been brought by Transport for London due to the outcry from taxi drivers.

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UK theaters will ramp up anti-piracy patrols for Spectre

UK theaters will ramp up anti-piracy patrols for Spectre

Theaters in the United Kingdom are reportedly gearing up in anticipation of the new 007 movie, but not in the way you may think. Rather than beefing up concessions and janitorial personnel, theaters will be rolling out anti-piracy patrols armed with night vision goggles to search for potential pirates. It is anticipated the new James Bond movie will be one of 2015's biggest hits.

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FreedomPop officially opens the free floodgate in the UK

FreedomPop officially opens the free floodgate in the UK

Practically four months in the making, FreedomPop is finally opening its doors to UK customers who want or need to get free calls and messaging, at a certain limit, for life. In its first ever expansion outside the US, FreedomPop will be offering residents in the UK 200MB of data, 200 text messages, and 200 minutes of calls, all for absolutely free. Of course, subscribers do have the option to expand their quota, but not all of those are equally available for free like the base offer.

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