OPINION - Tech & Science Daily podcast: Mega new cyber scams warning includes ‘pig butchering’

Which? said a range of sophisticated scams are circulating (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Archive)
Which? said a range of sophisticated scams are circulating (Dominic Lipinski/PA) (PA Archive)

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Consumer group Which? is warning about the most convincing scams it’s seen so far this year.

The consumer group says the bizarre-sounding “pig-butchering” romance scam tops the list, with victims conned out of thousands of pounds with fake investments.

There’s also a growth in fake missing person appeals that rely on large numbers of unwitting social media users giving credence to the con, plus PayPal scams with apparently genuine email addresses and malware-packed apps forcing smartphone access.

In an escalation of the computer chip war, now China’s regulator claim products made by US firm Micron Technology are a “security risk”, meaning its products, used in industrial and consumer products, will be banned from infrastructure projects in the world’s second largest economy.

Cyberspace Administration of China claims Micron’s equipment “failed a security review”, but the American company says it will try to “engage in discussions with Chinese authorities”.

Flights to and from Sicily’s port city Catania have resumed after being grounded when nearby Mount Etna erupted.

The active volcano also rained ash onto the airport’s runways and planes on Sunday, halting all flights in and out of Catania and causing chaos for travellers.

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