Government websites hit by cryptocurrency mining malware

Thousands of sites, including NHS services and the ICO, hijacked by rogue code

Thousands of websites, including those belonging to NHS services, the Student Loans Company and several English councils, have been infected by malware that forces visitors’ computers to mine cryptocurrency while using the site.

Late on Sunday, the website of the UK’s data protection watchdog, the Information Commissioner’s Office, was taken down to deal with the issue after it was reportedly infected by the malware.

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John Perry Barlow obituary

Cattle rancher, lyricist for the Grateful Dead and internet pioneer who became a digital rights activist

John Perry Barlow, who has died aged 70 after a long period of ill health, started as a cattle rancher, wrote lyrics for the Grateful Dead, and then became a digital rights activist and a champion of free speech on the internet. His ideas captured the mood of a generation that believed people could reinvent themselves in a new virtual world with no government controls and no national boundaries.

And, by the way, where they could share digital music and movies without paying for them. As Barlow pointed out, digital goods, unlike physical goods, could be infinitely replicated at zero cost.

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5 cool tech gadgets under 50 dollars

If you’re fed up of browsing for hours trying to decide what your newest tech gadget will be, or if you’re on a budget but want to treat yourself to something new, then we’re here to help you out with these super practical ideas that won’t break the bank. Here is a list of affordable tech gadgets.

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Meet Sharon Carpenter, an exemplar for wannabe celebs | Rebecca Nicholson

She’s a safe pair of hands who asks the questions and fills the airtime

Hardly a day goes by without real life throwing another offering into the pot of potential Black Mirror storylines.

The latest is the general knowledge app HQ, played live on smartphones, like a quiz show, at set times of the day, with prize money to be divided up between the players who make it to the end of 12 increasingly difficult questions. I’ve never managed to get past question six, but I know someone who won $150. The game has already been on the receiving end of a number of controversies, about its investors and creators, but that doesn’t seem to have dented its appeal. While the quiz plays out, there’s a rolling comments section underneath it, like a demonic Twitter feed that it’s impossible to take your eyes away from. Not only is it Black Mirror-ish, it’s a bit Clockwork Orange, too.

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