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Spy firm springs another leak

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Until middle-ranking employee Edward Snowden hit the headlines, the activities of US management consultant Booz Allen Hamilton remained largely unknown to the general public. As a major defence contractor to the US Government, the company prefers to stay out of the limelight, but a second major security leak has raised… Read more »

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Uncle Vlad is watching you

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It is rumoured that ministers attending Teresa May’s cabinet meetings will in future have to leave their smartwatches at the door – to avoid the Russians listening in. Following on from several well-publicised cyber security breaches during the US presidential election campaign, the British Government is believed to be taking… Read more »

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Russians could tinker with US election result

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Just when the US election seemed to have reached unprecedented levels of farce, a new joker has appeared in the pack. After the Bush/Gore vote-counting debacle in 2000, America introduced an electronic voting system. While this solved a lot of problems, it created a number of new ones – as… Read more »

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Even Switzerland isn’t safe

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*gasp* Posterchild of everything, including reliable railway systems and state regulation, Switzerland, has become the latest victim of a cyber attack. Hackers have recently targeted the websites of the Swiss Federal Railways and the Swiss People’s Party. Apparently, over fifty thousand email addresses were stolen from the latter. Private organisations… Read more »

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Large-scale DDoS attacks hit Saudi government sites

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Government websites in Saudi Arabia have fallen victim to a distributed denial of service attack, responsibility for which has been claimed by the hacker group Anonymous through Twitter. Different government departments in the country have been targeted allegedly because of the recent execution of a leading Shia cleric, Sheikh al-Nimr…. Read more »

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Pentagon to ramp up cyber security personnel

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The US Pentagon has announced an initiative to recruit tech savvy private individuals to help protect the US infrastructure against cyberattacks. In the last few months, there have been a couple of high profile intrusions into US state systems including Russian hackers accessing President Obama’s private schedule. Since this intrusion,… Read more »

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Facebook founder frustrated by ‘US spying’

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he has called President Barack Obama to “express frustration” over US digital surveillance. The 29-year-old said in a blog post the US government “should be the champion for the internet, not a threat”. His comments com after the US National Security Agency (NSA) imitated a… Read more »

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