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Russia takes Telegram to court over refusal to release encryption keys

The Russian government retaliated against Telegram messaging app by filing a lawsuit to stop or limit access to the app in that country after the company refused a request by the government to turn over its encryption keys to the FSB.

Russia bans non-compliant VPNs - a blow to privacy and free speech?

Russia's ban on virtual private network (VPN) services that do not comply with the country's new set of anti-privacy laws took effect a month after Facebook told to store Russian citizens' data on Russian servers or get blocked.

Equifax - UK impact 'minimal', Argentina hit, execs quit, Co culpable

Some people in the UK had their data exposed in the US Equifax breach, though UK systems were not hit; Argentina has been hit; senior execs have quit, industry slams company for not patching.

Russian officials face sack for using Western mobile apps

As new laws limiting Russian officials from using non-approved software come into force next month, those contravening the regulations are warned they face being fired.

Russian special services to decrypt Internet traffic

Following on from the Yarovaya Law, Russia's special security service, FSB (successor to the KGB), is to implement plans to achieve access to all internet traffic in the country, decrypted.

UAE 'VPN ban' creates confusion

Increased fines for using VPN to commit criminal acts resulted in confusion over who can use VPN for what in the United Arab Emirates.

Founder of Just10 says global surveillance laws are a 'false dichotomy'

Fred Ghahramani, founder of Just10, says global surveillance laws are a 'false dichotomy' as the risks presented are far greater than what is gained for the average citizen.

Cyber-security - Kryptonite for lawyers

Analysis of the website of Mossack Fonseca, of Panama Papers 'fame', reveals glaring security weaknesses. The firm is not the only one to have been targeted by cyber-attacks. Emily Taylor suggests law firms are easy targets.

Email server hack behind Panamanian law firm leaks

The names leaked from the email hack on Mossack Fonseca include many of the world's rich and powerful

Trustwave faces £280,000 lawsuit over "woefully inadequate" breach probe

Trustwave is facing yet another lawsuit from a gambling company who claims Trustwave failed to spot several pieces of malware when investigating a breach.

European Parliament failure to protect net neutrality 'threatens encryption', says Berners-Lee

New internet laws agreed by the European Parliament today have been branded as a threat to encryption by campaigners including British world wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Tech giants team up against new cyber-security law

A public protest has been issued against a controversial US cyber-security bill by some of the world's tech giants.

Update: DRIPA declared unlawful

UK government's surveillance plans have been dealt a blow after a new court ruling.

Met Police chief admits cyber-crime difficulties

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe admits that the UK police are still "skimming the surface" when it comes to tackling cyber-crime, a view that is shared by security experts.

UK crypto firm relocates over 'Snooper's Charter' fears

Industrial cryptography company Eris Industries has become the second UK firm to relocate over fears of the surveillance imposed by the incoming Draft Data Communications Bill, otherwise known as the 'Snooper's Charter'.

Update: GCHQ and police hackers protected by revised Computer Misuse Act

The Computer Misuse Act 1990 has quietly been updated, handing out life sentences to hackers and seemingly giving more power and protection to law enforcement and surveillance agencies.

Box in no rush to open EU data centres, sees end of Safe Harbor

US-based cloud collaboration and storage provider Box tells us that there are currently no plans to open European data centres, despite continuing concerns around NSA surveillance.

Police still 'ill-equipped' to deal with cyber-crime

Police are still playing catch-up with cyber-crime, and are particularly struggling with poor reporting, a lack of data and the InfoSec skills shortage, said Ian Maxted, safer cyber coordinator at the Gloucestershire Constabulary, at 44CON in London yesterday.

New EU data protection law to arrive in 2015

The European Union has indicated that the widely-awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come to fruition before the end of the year.