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UN panel: Assange in "arbitrary detention" in Ecuador's embassy

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A United Nations panel declared that the past three-and-a-half years that Julian Assange spent in Ecuador's embassy in the UK were effectively an "arbitrary detention", as the WikiLeaks founder fights extradition to Sweden.

Russia to spend $250m strengthening cyber-offensive capabilities

Russia to spend $250m strengthening cyber-offensive capabilities

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Russia fires a warning shot across the US bows in response to the 'US offensive cyber-threat,' saying that it does not lag behind the US when it comes to cyber-technology, noting that its hackers are among the best.

Hanom1960 breaches and leaks data from Colombian government sites

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A new South American hacker and LulsZec member, Hanom1960, has breached Colombian government websites.

Lincolnshire county council resolves ransomware restlessness

Lincolnshire county council resolves ransomware restlessness

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Lincolnshire county council is back up and running after having been infected with ransomware last week.

Lucrative pay offered to hackers in India to work for ISIS

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Hackers in India are being handsomely rewarded for taking on work for ISIS.

BlackBerry: police did not break our encryption

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BlackBerry would like its users to know its phones are "as safe as they have always been" after reports that Dutch police are capable of reading encrypted BlackBerry messages.

Strasbourg approves unified approach to digital single market

Strasbourg approves unified approach to digital single market

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The European Parliament has approved its report, Towards a Digital Single Market Act, with cyber-security a major concern. We speak to Estonian MEP Kaja Kallas.

Microsoft and US government clash over Ireland-held cloud data

Microsoft and US government clash over Ireland-held cloud data

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Microsoft has rejected a request by the US government to hand over data the software giant holds in Ireland, claiming that the data in question doesn't belong to the company and raising questions of data jurisdiction.

Cops aim to enlist volunteers in fight against cyber-crime

Cops aim to enlist volunteers in fight against cyber-crime

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The Home Secretary has announced her plans to grant police forces powers to recruit expert volunteers with policing powers to help fight crime online.

EU regulators to meet next month on Safe Harbour replacement

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Europe's data protection bodies will meet on 2 February on the data-transfer void left when Safe Harbour was ruled invalid by EU's Court of Justice in October.

Bush shows teeth, says Clinton 'didn't take cyber-security seriously'

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Jeb Bush criticised Hillary Clinton's lax cyber policies as secretary of state. "We can't trust someone as our next president who didn't take cyber-security seriously," he wrote.

UK doesn't undertake mass surveillance – Theresa May

UK doesn't undertake mass surveillance – Theresa May

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Defending the proposed 'Snooper's charter', Home Secretary Theresa May insisted the UK doesn't conduct mass surveillance, supports encryption and is introducing 'world-leading' legislation.

Backdoor battle puts encrypted phone vendors in thorny position

Backdoor battle puts encrypted phone vendors in thorny position

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Macate, a manufacturer of secure smartphones, is finding itself caught in the middle of the battle between the US government looking to require backdoors on encrypted devices and those opposing that idea.

Dutch gov supports encryption, citing privacy, freedom of expression

Dutch gov supports encryption, citing privacy, freedom of expression

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As authorities in the US press for weakening encryption standards, the Netherlands government came out in support of encryption technologies.

Microsoft promises to tell users of state-sponsored hacking attempts

Microsoft promises to tell users of state-sponsored hacking attempts

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Microsoft unveiled a revised policy to inform users when it believes an account has been targeted by state-sponsored hackers.

Turkey will strengthen cyber-security after attacks

Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said the country will bolster its cyber-security efforts, after its DNS servers were hit with a 40Gbps DDoS attack that hacking group Anonymous took credit for last week.

Records of 191 million US voters discovered in a public database

Records of 191 million US voters discovered in a public database

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Security researcher Chris Vickery discovered a public database containing the voter records and personal information of 191 million registered US voters.

Israeli missile defence chief dismissed for breach of security protocol

Israeli missile defence chief dismissed for breach of security protocol

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Israel's Defence Ministry dismissed Yair Ramati, the nation's head of missile defence, for a "grave breach of information security."

China's legislature approves much maligned anti-terrorism law

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China's legislature approved an anti-terrorism law that was opposed by business groups, President Obama, and human rights organisations.

Encryption, closing internet debated by Republican presidential hopefuls

Encryption, closing internet debated by Republican presidential hopefuls

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Encryption and the openness of the internet took center stage at Tuesday's Republican debate, with presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina calling for Silicon Valley to help government solve its "tech problem" and circumvent encryption.

Cyber-security a board issue, says Dido Harding

Cyber-security a board issue, says Dido Harding

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Appearing in front of a House of Commons Select Committee, Dido Harding defended TalkTalk's cyber-security plans and took responsibility for incident response, describing security as a board issue and business risk.

DDoS attack knocks Danish Parliament website offline

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A Danish Parliament spokesperson confirmed that its website, folketinget.dk, was taken offline Friday morning due to a DDoS attack.

EU will have right to suspend data pact with US

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A suspension clause has been inserted into the proposed replacement of the Safe Harbour arrangement that would authorise the EU to suspend transfers should it suspect the US of not doing enough to guarantee the privacy of individuals' personal information.

Whale hunting policy leads to hacktivists' DDoS attack on Japan PM's site

Whale hunting policy leads to hacktivists' DDoS attack on Japan PM's site

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The website of Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe was rendered inaccessible on Thursday owing to a DDoS attack.

'Research squadrons' to raise IT capability of Russian army

'Research squadrons' to raise IT capability of Russian army

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New cyber-security arms race between Russia and US, as Russia responds to US and western plans for increased military cyber-capabilities.

Blocking Tor, additional terror laws in France may escalate chill effect

Blocking Tor, additional terror laws in France may escalate chill effect

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After the Paris shootings, France hastily passed emergency terror legislation to extend a state of emergency for three months and expands the government's law enforcement's broad surveillance powers.

China announces it arrested hackers connected to OPM breach

China announces it arrested hackers connected to OPM breach

China has arrested the individuals it says are responsible for the mega-breach of the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in June, according to The Washington Post, citing anonymous US officials.

US' OPM launches site for victims to check if personal information stolen

The US Office of Personnel Management launched a website for federal employees to check whether their personal information was stolen as part of the massive OPM hack in June.

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