Houston’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey flooding will be a “multi-year project”, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said. “This is going to be a massive, massive clean-up process,” he told the ABC News programme Good Morning America. President Donald Trump is to propose an initial $5.9bn (£4.56bn) for recovery efforts, butRead More →

A malware researcher has discovered a spamming operation that has been drawing on a list of 711.5 million email addresses. The scale of the scheme appears to make it the biggest find of its kind. The addresses – and in some cases associated passwords – have apparently been gathered toRead More →

EE’s UK home broadband customers have been affected by a fault that has prevented them from using the internet. Down Detector indicates the nationwide problem began at about midnight. EE’s own site acknowledges the fault but gives little detail. Several customers have suggested the fault was due to a glitch with theRead More →

Google has admitted that wide-spread connectivity issues in Japan were the result of a mistake by the tech giant. Web traffic intended for Japanese internet service providers was being sent to Google instead. Online banking, railway payment systems as well as gaming sites were among those affected. A spokesman saidRead More →

Germany has banned a far-left internet portal accused of inciting violence and rallying activists who rioted during last month’s G20 summit in Hamburg. It is now a crime to continue using the site, linksunten.indymedia, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said. Police have seized computers and some weapons in raids onRead More →

On Wednesday, a huge call was made by one of the internet’s most powerful companies. Think of Cloudflare as the nightclub bouncer of the internet – it stops harmful traffic, designed to knock a website offline by flooding it with requests, from reaching its intended target. It is used byRead More →

China’s latest crackdown on those attempting to skirt state censorship controls has seen it warn e-commerce platforms over the sale of illegal virtual private networks (VPNs). Five websites, including shopping giant Alibaba, have been asked to remove vendors that sell VPNs. It is the latest in a series of measuresRead More →

Sales of vacuum cleaners producing more noise and heat than suction are restricted under EU rules from today. Vacuum cleaners using more than 900 watts and emitting more than 80 decibels will be banned when stocks run out. Some anti-EU campaigners say homes won’t be properly cleaned if people haveRead More →