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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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Efforts by the UK government to limit technology spending may have caused more harm than good in numerous instances, reports TheRegister.co.uk. The research features within a new academic paper from Professor Vishanth Weerakkody, which looks at the critical success factors... Read more

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The UK and digital culture minister Matt Hancock announced plans to bring about ubiquitous 5G and fibre broadband over the next ten years, reports CBROnline.com. Hancock outlined the approach at Broadband World Forum, including a plan to introduce universal connectivity... Read more

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Global spending on security hardware, software and services will rise 38 per cent to total $101.6bn by 2020, reports Computing.co.uk. That compares with an estimated spend of $73.7bn this year. Banking and finance will lead the spending spree, accounting for... Read more

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The majority of Britons won’t feel safe using the streets with driverless cars, reports TheInquirer.net. “Many drivers are making increasing use of discrete automated systems in the car, such as cruise control and parking assist, but a guy feeling persists... Read more

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SMEs in the north of England need a defined government strategy on broadband if they are to flourish, reports ComputerWeekly.com. The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) identified two main obstacles for SMEs achieving their maximum potential online. First, many... Read more