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 Wednesday, 14-February-2018  15:47:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If you have a DJI drone in Australia, you will have to take a quiz before you can fly it. As of February 14, pilots of DJI drones the most popular brand in the country will be required to pass a short "knowledge quiz" about safety in order to fly their machines. The quiz is embedded in a mobile phone app which controls the drone, meaning every DJI pilot will be forced to take the three-minute test, even if they are an experienced operator. There is no limit on the number of times a pilot can attempt the quiz.

Hackers have been using Australian Government websites to mine cryptocurrency. UK security researcher Scott Helme discovered the malicious software on Sunday, which he said was "definitely mining". The compromised website plug-in responsible has now been taken offline. Locally, websites that appear to have been affected include the Queensland Government's legislation website, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the Victorian Parliament. In the UK, websites run by the National Health System, the UK's Student Loans Company and the Northern Powergrid were also impacted.

Speaking of which, some Russian nuclear scientists have tried to use their supercomputer for mining. The centre's press service said: "There has been an unsanctioned attempt to use computer facilities for private purposes including so-called mining." The supercomputer was not supposed to be connected to the internet - to prevent intrusion - and once the scientists attempted to do so, the nuclear centre's security department was alerted. They were handed over to the Federal Security Service (FSB), the Russian news service Mash says.

There are 157 new emojis for 2018. This brings the total number of approved emojis to 2,823. Emoji 11.0 today reached its final form and includes emojis for redheads, curly hair, superheroes, softball, infinity, kangaroo and more. Users can expect to see these new emojis on their phones in the second half of 2018.

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