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US Senators say it shouldn’t be a secret when they’ve been hacked

Federal agencies and companies are required by law to disclose breaches, but Congress is under no such obligation – meaning that the public may have no idea that their political representatives have been hit.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Senator calls on US Government to start killing Flash now

For some companies eradicating Adobe Flash Player is going to be a significant job. And it may be an even bigger challenge for very large organisations, such as the US Government.


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Hackers try to break into Scottish parliament email accounts weeks after Westminster attack

Is your email hardened against brute force attacks?


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US Congress websites recovering after three-day DDoS attack

Several websites owned and operated by the United States Congress are recovering from a three-day distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

David Bisson reports.


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Facebook says government requests for user data and takedowns are on the rise

You probably won’t be surprised to read which country is submitting the most requests…

David Bisson reports.


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The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill – what it actually says

The controversial draft Investigatory Powers Bill being proposed by the UK government says almost nothing about encryption.

Guest contributor Philip Le Riche shares his opinion about what it does have to say, and whether he feels the bill is needed.


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Snooper’s Charter back on the agenda, after UK election

If you haven’t done so already, start thinking now about how you can keep your online activity private.


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UK government website hijacked by Islamist hackers

Want to know what air pollution is like in the UK today? Sorry, you can’t. Because hackers have broken into the site and posted a message denouncing Britain’s involvement in the Iraq invasion of 2003.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Kudos to Microsoft: Fighting US attempt to access emails at Dublin data centre

Microsoft deserves our support and whole-hearted thanks for playing hard ball with the US authorities on this important privacy issue.


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State-sponsored hackers breached UK government network, claims minister

Those pesky state-sponsored hackers under the control of foreign governments have been up to their old tricks again.

That’s the claim of British Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude. What do you think?


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TrueCrypt – a matter of assurance

Guest contributor Philip Le Riche asks himself, should he still use TrueCrypt?

The whole TrueCrypt saga has brought into focus an issue which has been central to security thinking in government circles for many years: that of assurance.


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UK government launched DoS attack against Anonymous hackers doing the same thing

It’s not just hackers who launch denial-of-service attacks. Sometimes law enforcement agencies do it too.

The United Kingdom is the first Western government known to have conducted such an attack, leaked documents reveal.


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Is one terrorism death a year really too high a price to pay for freedom from intrusive surveillance?

One death in a year through a terrorist act seems too high a price to pay for freedom from intrusive surveillance.

Do we value our privacy as little as that, asks guest contributor Philip Le Riche.


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Only a few hours remain to give your opinion on proposed UK “Snooper’s Charter”

Time is rapidly running out for people to submit their comments to the UK government, about draft legislation which could allow police and intelligence services to spy on who you have been emailing, and what websites you have been visiting.

Here’s how to have your say..


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Will the UK Cyber Security Strategy make a difference?

The British government has today published its Cyber Security Strategy detailing how it plans to protect national security and the public from internet threats, and (hopefully) support the British economy at the same time.


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UK will make cyberwarfare strikes, says Foreign Secretary William Hague

Britain is prepared to use the internet to strike computer attackers and enemy nations who launch cyberwarfare attacks on the UK’s infrastructure and businesses.

Foreign Secretary William Hague takes his gloves off, and talks cyberwarfare with the tabloid press.


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