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Online gossip site, Gawker Media, has experienced a cyber attack enabling spammers to take over thousands of Twitter accounts
, reports BBC News Online. A group calling itself "Gnosis" acquired and then released a 500MB file containing Twitter user data on the file-sharing system Bittorrent. Spammers were then able to break into thousands of Twitter accounts where users had used the same or weak passwords.

 The national security adviser, Sir Peter Ricketts, has warned permanent secretaries that "hacktivists" who last week targeted the sites of companies such as MasterCard and PayPal could switch their focus to Britain. The news comes as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is due to appear in court today. Extra security measures have been added to selected government web services and in particular those used to claim benefits or provide tax information. See the full story in The Independent.

Google's new cloud computing operating system, ChromeOS, looks like a plan "to push people into careless computing" by forcing them to store their data in the cloud rather than on machines directly under their control, warns Richard Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the operating system GNU. He warns that many could lose their legal right to data if it is stored on a company's machine in the cloud rather than on your own. Read the full story in The Guardian.

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BT has announced plans to scrap half of the UK’s remaining 40,000 telephone boxes in the next five years, reports TheInquirer.net. The cost of maintaining these phone boxes is £6m per year, with over a third never used for calls.

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Leaked SMB exploits have increased the capacity of malware authors in undertaking cyber-attacks, reports ComputerWeekly.com. Researchers behind the information noted that “there is nearly no skill required to leverage these tools and gain unauthorised access to vulnerable systems”.

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NHS Digital has signed a new cybersecurity agreement with Microsoft, reports ComputerWeekly.com. The custom support agreement will cover the NHS across the UK until June 2018, including security updates for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and MS SQL 2005.

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The number of attacks utilising malicious emails spiked in Q2 of 2017, reports ComputerWeekly.com. Campaigns utilising this strategy rose by 250%, according to new research, with attachments favoured over links.

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TalkTalk has been fined £100,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act, reports Silicon.co.uk. Their poor practices reportedly allowed scammers to access huge amounts of data for phone-based phishing attacks.