Huge rise in hacking attacks on home workers during lockdown | Technology

Hackers have launched a wave of cyber-attacks trying to exploit British people working from home, as the coronavirus lockdown forces people to use often unfamiliar computer systems. The proportion of attacks targeting home workers increased from 12% of malicious email traffic before the UK’s lockdown began in March to more Continue Reading

How did the Covidsafe app go from being vital to almost irrelevant? | World news

It was sold as the key to unlocking restrictions – like sunscreen to protect Australians from Covid-19 – but as the country begins to open up, the role of the Covidsafe app in the recovery seems to have dropped to marginal at best. “This is an important protection for a Continue Reading

Dyson’s UK staff revolt against order to return to work | Technology

The engineering firm Dyson told staff who were able to work from home to return to the office this week, in apparent contravention of government advice, then cancelled the plan after a mutiny among dismayed employees, the Guardian understands. Government guidelines state that people should “work from home, if you Continue Reading

Facebook expects half of employees to work remotely over next 5-10 years | Technology

Facebook will permanently embrace remote work even after coronavirus lockdowns ease, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees on Thursday, accelerating the tech sector’s geographic diversification away from its home in Silicon Valley. Zuckerberg said the world’s largest social network would start “aggressively opening up remote hiring”, expecting that about half its Continue Reading

The Zoom boom: how video-calling became a blessing – and a curse | Technology

Just before lockdown, 29-year-old Ala Uddin became ill with coronavirus-related symptoms and had to self-isolate in his London flat. “For 23 days I was relying on video calls,” he says. “I hardly used them before, but now it was the only way I could see anyone and communicate with my Continue Reading

NSW is unable to use Covidsafe app’s data for contact tracing | Australia news

Australia’s most populous state, and the state with the most coronavirus cases has not yet been able to use the Covidsafe app for contact tracing. In nearly a month since it launched, more than 5.7 million Australians have downloaded and registered to use the Covidsafe contact-tracing app, which is designed Continue Reading

TikTok is the perfect medium for the splintered attention spans of lockdown | Sophie Haigney | Opinion- Tempemail

Someone, somewhere, makes a sandwich, gracefully pressing her fork into the edges of crustless white bread. Someone else jumps in the air and somehow manages to remove his hoodie with his foot, landing on his feet and looking shocked. A golden retriever appears to be dancing on their hind legs. Continue Reading

‘People still need to laugh’: how lipsyncing spoofs saved lockdown | Technology

In the TikTok videos going viral across social media, the voices are familiar: a rambling presidential whine, or a patronising prime minister. But the people apparently speaking are altogether – and hilariously – different. In uncannily calibrated lipsyncs, Donald Trump is shown as a hectoring schoolteacher or drunken clubgoer, while Continue Reading

Millions risk being locked out of Covid-19 contact tracing app | Technology

Ten million people in the UK risk being locked out of the Covid-19 contact-tracing app because of a “digital divide”, putting potential constraints on their ability to access work and safeguard their health, a parliamentary committee has heard. Almost 2m households in the UK do not have any internet access, Continue Reading

Questions remain over whether data collected by Covidsafe app could be accessed by US law enforcement | Law

The federal government has reassured the public that Covidsafe data held by Amazon will not be able to be accessed by US law enforcement, but a parliamentary committee is currently investigating separate legislation that would pave the way for US law enforcement to access data held in Australia. Federal parliament Continue Reading