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US, UK, and Australian governments accuse Russia of targeting networking infrastructure

An alert warns that since 2015 large numbers of enterprise-class and consumer routers, switches, firewalls, and Network-based Intrusion Detection Systems have been compromised to further the national security and economic goals of Russia.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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Mass-surveillance ‘undermines security’ and failed to stop 9/11 attacks, says ex-NSA officer

According to a former NSA officer, bulk data collection by intelligence agencies has resulted in the loss of life before, and it will lead to more lives lost in the future.

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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Another tech firm says it has quit the UK over government internet surveillance plans

Eris Industries says it simply cannot engage in business if it is forced to incorporate cryptographic backdoors that can be accessed by MI5 and GCHQ.


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Technology firm says it is quitting the UK because of government internet surveillance plans

The first of many?

The UK government’s plans for a Snooper’s Charter and backdoors on secure messaging applications don’t prove popular with one technology company.


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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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Yes, you *can* still get Windows XP security updates after April 8th. But it will cost you £5.5 million

The UK Government is paying Microsoft over £5.5 million of taxpayers’ money to receive Windows XP support and security updates for a further 12 months.

Because a warning seven years ago wasn’t enough time for them to get their act together.


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Passwords leaked on live TV as UK responds to flood emergency

The UK has been hit hard by extreme weather conditions, with transport systems shut down, homes flooded and high winds cutting electricity supplies.

So the authorities probably don’t have time to make sure there’s nothing sensitive in view of the camera crews…


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Operation Waking Shark II: UK banks play cyber war games

Financial firms in London will be simulating a massive internet attack today, as thousands of IT and security staff play out a series of digital disasters to test their ability to respond and work together in a crisis.


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Ransomware scares victims with child sex abuse images

A ransomware attack takes a sinister twist – displaying images of the purported sexual abuse of children in an attempt to scare computer users into paying up.


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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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MPs warn of rise of identity-stealing bank-robbing malware

Identity-stealing bank-robbing malware is a growing threat to Britain.

That’s the conclusion of the UK Parliament’s Science and Technology Select Committee who have published a report calling on the Government to launch a “prolonged awareness raising campaign to increase public understanding of personal online security.”


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Was UK’s 2018 FIFA World Cup bid hacked by Russia? FBI investigates

The FBI is investigating claims that the USA and English bids to host the 2018 soccer World Cup competition had their email accounts targeted by hackers.

The successful Russian bid has denied that it participated in any dirty tricks.


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The m00p malware investigation – was justice done?

The Virus Bulletin conference is told about the investigation into a modern malware-writing gang.

But with only two of the cybercriminals sentenced, was justice really done?


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UK Government under cyber-attack says Chancellor George Osborne

The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer has said that British government computers are being attacked by over 20,000 malicious email attacks each month.


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