Today's Tech: Google+ and maps hack an "inside job", the NSA's spying didn't stop a single terrorist, and Coinye West is dead

Inside job at Google?

The official Google+ pages of guest houses and hotels from around the world have had details "hijacked" by an unknown third party, leading to their official websites redirecting to an external web address.

The web addresses listed were altered to point to a third-party booking services, RoomsToBook.Info and RoomsToBook.Net.

The comprehensive and sprawling hack has led to accusations of an "inside job" at Google.

Just in case

A congressional hearing on Tuesday saw members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioning the White House-appointed NSA review board over the extent of the American National Security Agency's surveillance, and recommendations for reform.

During the hearing, Michael J. Morell, the former acting director of the CIA and a member of the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, said "It is absolutely true that the 215 program hasn't played a significant role in disrupting any attacks to this point. But it only has to be successful once to be important."

For anyone not paying attention, that means that the largest breach of communications privacy in the history of the world has yet to play a significant role in stopping any terrorist attacks.

Watch the coin

The developers of the virtual currency Coinye have given up on the project following a legal battle with the rapper Kanye West.

A suit filed by West's company Mascotte Holdings claimed that Coinye was trading on his image without permission.

"Defendants have willfully and admittedly traded upon the goodwill and notoriety of Kanye West, one of the most famous entertainers and brand names in the world," the suit stated, according to the New York Post.

In response, the virtual currency was abandoned by the anonymous creators and a message posted to Coinye's site read: "Coinye is dead. You win, Kanye."

An English country broadband

The UK government has announced a new £10 million fund to complement the existing £1.2 billion Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) initiative aimed at bringing high-speed Internet to rural Britain. The government has pledged to bring superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the nation by 2017, though BDUK has faced hearty criticism for failing to meet deadlines and appearing to favour national telecoms firm BT.

The refreshed programme features a new chief executive, David Townsend – formerly commercial director for the London 2012 Olympics Organising Committee - and will be focused on reaching the "final 5 per cent" of the target.