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22 December 2018

Children as young as 14 are making thousands of pounds a week as part of a global hacking network built around the popular video game Fortnite.

About 20 hackers told the BBC they were stealing the private gaming accounts of players and reselling them online.

"The email said that my password had been changed and two-factor authentication had been added by someone else. It felt horrible," he recalled.

Two-factor authentication meant his account could only be accessed by entering a code sent to an email address or app registered by the perpetrator.

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You can learn how to use two factor authentication for Fortnite here

03 December 2018

An academy has apologised to parents and pupils after a 16-year-old logged into a school laptop and downloaded pupils' personal data and shared it.

The boy, who attends Ormiston Rivers Academy in Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex, obtained the details of Year 11 pupils after using a teacher's laptop.

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21 October 2015

'Facebook has announced it will inform users if their accounts are being spied upon by any government.

In a note on Facebook, the company's security chief Alex Stamos said people would be notified if there is evidence their profile has been "targeted or compromised by an attacker suspected of working on behalf of a nation-state".'

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19 August 2015

 'When Chelsea Clark slipped into bed with her boyfriend for a cozy night of Netflix viewing, she probably didn't consider the possibility that they weren't alone in the room.

But, unbeknown to the couple, they were actually sharing their movie night with a third party who was watching them via the webcam on their laptop.'

 

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12 March 2015

 This document, by the NEN, is intended for school senior leadership teams and provides an overview of what needs to be in place to keep school networks secure.

The 10 steps described here are adapted from the 2012 CESG document 10 Steps to Cyber Security. CESG is the information security arm of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

Make sure you understand where the responsibilities for maintaining all these systems and processes reside: some may be maintained in-house while others may be provided by your broadband supplier or another third party.

 

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12 November 2014

Each year in the UK more than three million people lose hundreds, or thousands, of pounds when they become victims of scams.

This costs UK consumers £3.3 billion a year, though it's estimated that just 5% are reported (Citizens Advice Bureau, 2014).

Many scammers operate online using bogus emails, so what can you do to make sure you don't become an online crime statistic?

 

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