Heathrow probe after ‘security files found on USB stick’

Aeroplane taking off from Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport says it has launched an internal investigation after a USB stick containing security information was reportedly found on the street.

The Sunday Mirror reported that the USB stick had 76 folders with maps, videos and documents, including details of measures used to protect the Queen.

A man found it in west London and handed it into the paper, it said.

Heathrow said all of its security plans had been reviewed and it was “confident” the airport was secure.

“We have also launched an internal investigation to understand how this happened and are taking steps to prevent a similar occurrence in future,” it said.

The Sunday Mirror said there were at least 174 documents on the stick, which it said was found on the pavement, and some were marked as “confidential” or “restricted”, but could be read.

Some files disclosed the types of ID needed to access restricted areas, a timetable of security patrols and maps pinpointing CCTV cameras, the paper said.

One document highlighted recent terror attacks and talked about the type of threat the airport could face, it said.

The information has been passed to Heathrow intelligence chiefs, the Sunday Mirror said.

The statement from the airport said Heathrow’s “top priority” was the safety and security of passengers and staff.

“The UK and Heathrow have some of the most robust aviation security measures in the world, and we remain vigilant to evolving threats by updating our procedures on a daily basis.”

UK must prepare for fourth industrial revolution, says report

JLR assembly line

Advanced digital technology could give UK manufacturing a huge boost and create hundreds of thousands of jobs, a new report claims.

The independent review, chaired by the head of Siemens UK, highlights the benefits of robotics, 3D printing and artificial intelligence.

But Juergen Maier said the UK needed “greater ambition” to take advantage of such technology.

And he said a huge number of workers would need to be retrained.

His report calls for a commission to help businesses adjust to changing technologies.

The report, Made Smarter, brought together executives from companies such as Rolls Royce, GKN and IBM, with representatives from small firms as well as academics from the universities of Newcastle and Cambridge.

Its recommendations will help inform the government’s industrial strategy plans.

Professor Maier told the BBC’s Today programme the transition would mean job losses: “On the one hand it is going to create productivity and more exports and through that we can create more jobs but at the same time robotics and artificial intelligence will displace some jobs.

“The best thing we can do is to make ourselves ready for it in a very proactive way and that means training our people… we need to up skill one million existing workers in the industrial and manufacturing sector… so they can transition from tasks that might be displaced to, for example, managing or programming robots.”

The report proposes:

  • More targeted support for companies, re-skilling workers, and a National Adoption Programme piloted in the north west
  • Five digital research centres to improve innovation and capability
  • A national commission in charge of turning Britain into a global leader in industrial digital technologies

The proposals were backed by CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn, who warned about the UK’s international competition.

“The UK must compete with China, the USA and much of Europe where there are already advanced plans to embrace the fourth industrial revolution,” she said.

Sean Redmond, chief executive of software firm Vertizan and a contributor to the report, said the UK needed to “catch up with international competitors”.

“Smaller businesses that are growing at scale, especially industrial companies, need support learning about how digitalisation can help their business grow,” he said.

Trump ally Roger Stone suspended from Twitter

Roger Stone, an associate of US President Donald J. Trump - 26 September 2017\

Roger Stone, a high-profile supporter of Donald Trump, has been suspended from Twitter after using the network to attack journalists.

Mr Stone, who advised Mr Trump during his election campaign, said he had been told he had violated Twitter’s rules.

His suspension came hours after he used abusive and homophobic language to target journalists, including a gay CNN presenter, Don Lemon.

Mr Stone has said he will sue Twitter for blocking his account.

Twitter has not commented or confirmed if Mr Stone’s suspension is permanent.

He was an aide to President Richard Nixon in the 1970s and became a political consultant. He says in the Netflix documentary Get Me Roger Stone that he got Mr Trump to run for president.

While he acted as an adviser during the early days of the Trump campaign, he left his role in disputed circumstances in August 2015 – Mr Stone says he quit, Mr Trump says he was fired.

Since then, Mr Trump has tried to put some distance between himself and Mr Stone, who regularly appears on network television to support his former employer.

Over several hours on Saturday, Mr Stone took to Twitter to attack CNN and New York Times journalists over their reporting.

His attacks came hours after CNN reported that the first charges had been laid by a grand jury in the investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election.

In a Facebook post, Mr Stone said he believed his suspension should have ended “some time ago yet my Twitter feed is still not functional”.

In an interview with entertainment website The Wrap, he said he had hired “one of the best telecommunications lawyers in the country” and would sue Twitter, but it is not clear whether there are legal grounds to do so.

“I have been inundated on Twitter with bloggers threatening to kill me, my wife my kids and even my dogs yet Twitter seems unconcerned about that,” he said.

One of the people he targeted on Saturday, CNN contributor Ana Navarro, said she did not sympathise with Mr Stone over his suspension.

Facebook denies ‘listening’ to conversations

two women chatting, one holding phone

A Facebook executive has denied the social network uses a device’s microphone to listen to what users are saying and then send them relevant ads.

Rob Goldman, the tech giant’s vice-president of ads, was responding to a tweet by PJ Vogt, the presenter of a tech podcast called Reply All.

Anecdotally, many people report seeing adverts which appear to be related to recent, real-life conversations.

Mr Vogt had asked for details of these specific occasions.

“I run ads product at Facebook. We don’t – and have never – used your microphone for ads. Just not true,” Mr Goldman wrote.

When another Twitter user asked him if that included Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook, he replied, “Yes.”

PJ Vogt got hundreds of replies to his original tweet.

“A co-worker got an ad saying, “So you popped the question!” minutes after he proposed, before he told anyone it had happened,” wrote Tori Hoover.

“At work, happened to me though earlier this year. Working as a barista, got a burn, talked to my partner in person about it, went to Target, bought the burn cream, and saw an ad on FB for the exact product I purchased. Never searched for product either,” wrote Brigitte Bonasoro.

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In a statement on its website from 2016, Facebook denied the practice.

“We show ads based on people’s interests and other profile information – not what you’re talking out loud about,” it said.

One theory is that the ads and their connection to an individual are purely coincidental – that the ad may have appeared before but had not been noticed because it had no prior relevance.

“If you take something that has a tiny chance of occurring and give it enough opportunities to occur, it inevitably will happen,” said mathematics professor David Hand from Imperial College London when the BBC investigated whether smartphones were “listening in” to conversations last year.

“We are evolutionarily trained to seek explanations.”