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Global think tank calls for global digital privacy

Global think tank calls for global digital privacy

The Diplomatic Council is calling for more transparency regarding government surveillance across the world.

China arrests 15,000 during cyber-crime sweep

The Chinese Ministry of Public Security arrested 15,000 people for cyber-crimes as part of a long-term operation dubbed 'Cleaning the Internet.'

Partnership between NSA and telecoms pose both security and privacy risk, experts say

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Leaked Edward Snowden documents reveal that up until at least 2013, the U.S. government held intimate ties with AT&T and to a lesser extent Verizon.

Big Brother Watch slams UK local authorities for four data breaches per day

Big Brother Watch slams UK local authorities for four data breaches per day

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UK-based privacy rights group highlights poor security practices in local authorities

RAT AlienSpy found on phone of dead Argentinean prosecutor

Security Researcher Morgan Marquis-Boire revealed that RAT AlienSpy was used to spy on the phone of Alberto Nisman.

Cybercriminals crack open security on Apple devices.

Cybercriminals crack open security on Apple devices.

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Hackers have discovered a way of attacking iOS devices, allowing the installation of malware using compromised versions of popular apps. Vulnerability affects non-jailbroken devices

Russia to reduce dependence on Western technology due to state security concerns

Russia to reduce dependence on Western technology due to state security concerns

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Fears of western technology sending information to intelligence services is encouraging Russia to consider banning hi-tech imports, but concerns include WTO fines - and ability to source local alternatives.

Secret NSA map shows Chinese cyber-espionage targets in US

A secret NSA map was obtained by a news outlet shows the locations of 'Victims of Chinese Cyber-Espionage' targets based in the US

Hornet faster than Tor for anonymous browsing

Hornet faster than Tor for anonymous browsing

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Security researchers are behind a new type of anonymous web browsing.

ICYMI: Visa applications exposed, government backdoors & the Ashley Madison hack

ICYMI: Visa applications exposed, government backdoors & the Ashley Madison hack

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This week's ICYMI column looks at the most-read stories on SC this week, including our investigation on VFS Global, the UK government's attitude towards encryption and the continuing fall-out from the Ashley Madison hack.

HMRC launches Cyber Security Command Centre

HMRC launches Cyber Security Command Centre

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) might not be everybody's best friend but it is ahead of the curve on information security. The tax office recently launched a new cyber-security command centre and is engaging in a clever new phishing training programme.

Exclusive: Visa application portal closed following SC Magazine investigation

Exclusive: Visa application portal closed following SC Magazine investigation

VFS Global closes visa application portal following SC Magazine investigation. Editable Schengen visa application forms accessed FOUR DAYS after operating company VFS Global said a vulnerability had been fixed.

UK minister: Cyber-security a 'priority' for government, but no ban on encryption

UK minister: Cyber-security a 'priority' for government, but no ban on encryption

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UK minister Ed Vaizey has dismissed media reports that the Conservative government plans to ban encryption, whilst also promising that cyber-security remains a 'priority' in Whitehall.

UK government launches cyber-security initiatives for SMEs and students

UK government launches cyber-security initiatives for SMEs and students

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The UK government today launched a new set of initiatives designed to improve SME information security, public and private sector cooperation and to encourage more people to join the industry.

Iran deal prompts US concerns over country's growing cyber-programme

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A diplomatic agreement that restricts Iran's nuclear programme may indirectly shift its focus towards cyber-warfare efforts.

Stuxnet-style attack on US smart grid could cost government $1 trillion

Stuxnet-style attack on US smart grid could cost government $1 trillion

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A new report into the insurance implications of a wide-scale cyber-attack on the US energy sector reveals just how costly the breach would be for government and insurers.

Government 'backdoor access' creates larger cyber-criminal attack surface

Government 'backdoor access' creates larger cyber-criminal attack surface

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Extraordinary and exceptional data access mandate powers? No thanks - encryption backdoors opposed.

UK's Verify programme contains "severe privacy and security problems"

UK's Verify programme contains "severe privacy and security problems"

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Government dismisses idea that its Verify identification technology can be used to monitor population.

US senators propose bill to ban warrantless federal aerial surveillance

US lawmakers proposed "Protecting Individuals from Mass Aerial Surveillance Act" on Wednesday to require federal authorities to obtain warrants to conduct aerial surveillance.

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