.uk domain names are available for the first time ever, after Nominet announced the launch with the world's largest welcome sign unveiled at London's Heathrow Airport. Stephen Fry has become the first person to launch a site with the suffix. Popularity in the new suffix is expected to be high, with research indicating that three quarters of the country prefer sites that end with '.uk' when looking to make purchases online.
A London-based startup is reportedly enjoying faster growth than some of the most successful technology firms in the world. Sportlobster, a British social network for the sports obsessed, has hit the one million user mark, and is believed to have achieved the feat quicker than Twitter and Tumblr. The site can count footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Michael Owen, boxer George Groves and presenter Natalie Pinkham amongst its ambassadors, and boasts even more high-profile users, including Lewis Hamilton.
Given the rising numbers of remote workers, and the BYOD trend, businesses in the UK aren't taking the security of mobile devices as seriously as they should, or at least that's the headline from the latest piece of research conducted by Samsung Knox. 75 per cent of firms questioned said that mobile devices were connected to their corporate network, and businesses are increasingly making themselves vulnerable on the mobile front. So it's not surprising that security breaches are becoming more common, with 11 per cent of businesses admitting they had suffered financial damage to the tune of £25,000 or more due to a security breach (and a quarter of firms having experienced a breach costing £15,000 plus).
Two 14-year-old boys hacked into their local bank's cash machine by simply reading the device's manual. With a touch more innocence than Anonymous' World Cup hacking threats, Caleb Turon and Matthew Hewlett from Winnipeg, Canada, twigged that the ATM's instructions could likely be found online – such is the case with so many electronic devices. After acquiring the machine's model number, the boys downloaded the corresponding manual and hacked away – easily navigating past a password screen unchanged from its default setting. Hack complete, the boys did not steal any money however. Instead, they amusingly changed the welcome message to read, "Go Away. This machine has been hacked." They then proceeded to report their discovery to staff at the local Bank of Montreal branch.
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