Wednesday 9th of June 2021

Video game asks players to beat up only bisexual character to gain extra rewards

    • A mobile video game called ‘Injustice 2 Mobile’ was forced to apologise after offering several special challenges in the game to celebrate pride month, one of which was to beat up the only bisexual character in return for rewards. 
    • The character: Poison Ivy, is in a relationship with another woman called Harley Quinn within the game and players were rewarded for violently attacking her. 
    • The company was publicly criticised by TechRaptor, after which it wrote a public apology on its Twitter and removed the challenge. 
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    Two schools become target of hackers

    • Two schools have closed after hackers broke into their servers, stole data and encrypted pupil information.
    • Officials at the Skinners’ Kent Academy and Skinners’ Kent Primary School said they “cannot be sure” exactly what information hackers have access to.
    • But they urged parents at the Tunbridge Wells schools to contact their banks to let them know that personal details could have been taken.
    • Action Fraud and the National Cyber Security Centre are investigating.
    • The police and the trust’s own data protection company are also carrying out inquiries after the attack, which began last Wednesday.
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    Pandemic accelerated UK’s shift online, says Ofcom

    • UK adults spent an average of three hours and 47 minutes online every day during the pandemic, an annual survey of media habits by regulator Ofcom has found.
    • That was over an hour longer than adults in Germany, France, and Spain.
    • In addition, online shopping sales in the UK rose by 48% to £113bn, with food and drink sales rising the most.
    • 62% of adults, and 92% of 16- to 24-year-olds, said they played computer games.
    • Communication at work and at play also changed as workplaces closed and travel was restricted.
    • Ofcom said the Online Nation 2021 report revealed how the pandemic had accelerated a shift to online.
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      Rochdale Offender tells Tribunal, “we have not committed that big a crime”

      • A member of a Rochdale grooming gang who groomed and trafficked as many as 47 children has told a tribunal he “has not committed that big a crime”.
      • Adil Khan, 51 and Qari Abdul Rauf, 52, have been told they are to be sent back to Pakistan for the public good after both were part of a notorious gang convicted of a catalogue of serious sex offences against female children.
      • A 13-year-old victim became pregnant after her abuse and Khan, denied he was the father, telling an immigration tribunal hearing on Tuesday: “We have not committed that big a crime.”
      • Both men are appealing against the deportation order served on them last July, with Khan citing his human rights as reason not to be removed from the UK.
      • Khan, Rauf and two others, were among nine men convicted of sex offences against vulnerable girls in 2012.
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