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A security flaw in the WordPress blogging software

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One estimate suggests more than 1.5 million pages on blogs have been defaced. The security firm that found the vulnerability said some hackers were now trying to use it to take over sites rather than just spoil pages. WordPress urged site owners to update software to avoid falling victim. The vulnerability is found in an add-on for the WordPress blogging software that was introduced in versions released at the end of 2016. Security firm Sucuri found the "severe" bug and informed WordPress about it on 20 January. In a blogpost, WordPress said it delayed going public about the flaw so it
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Fake accounts found on Twitter

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The largest network ties together more than 350,000 accounts and further work suggests others may be even bigger. UK researchers accidentally uncovered the lurking networks while probing Twitter to see how people use it. Some of the accounts have been used to fake follower numbers, send spam and boost interest in trending topics. On Twitter, bots are accounts that are run remotely by someone who automates the messages they send and activities they carry out. Some people pay to get bots to follow their account or to dilute chatter about controversial subjects. "It is difficult to assess exactly how many
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Prices increased by Apple App Store

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That represents a 25% rise over the previous currency conversion, which was 79p. "Price tiers on the App Store are set internationally on the basis of several factors, including currency exchange rates, business practices, taxes, and the cost of doing business," it said. "These factors vary from region to region and over time." The rise will also affect in-app purchases but not subscription charges. A spokeswoman for Google was unable to comment about whether it had plans to alter prices on its Play store for Android apps. Apple had already adjusted the UK prices of its iPhones and iPads in
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