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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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WikiLeaks has published hundreds of thousands of emails and documents which were leaked during a highly embarrassing cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment last year, reports Independent.co.uk. The whistleblowing website’s decision to present the documents in a searchable online archive come as Sony attempts to... Read more

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Mark Zuckerberg has revealed he will bring Facebook‘s free internet project to Europe, saying that the service will be made available to anyone “who needs to be connected” to the web, reports Telegraph.co.uk. During a Q&A session on his social network, Mr... Read more

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The European Union is set to file formal charges against Google for allegedly violating antitrust laws, reports Independent.co.uk. The EU’s competition commissioner made the decision on Tuesday to file charges against Google that could result in up to $6 billion in... Read more

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Apple is believed to have received around one million Apple Watch pre-orders within 24 hours in the US alone, reports Telegraph.co.uk. Around two thirds of pre-orders were for the cheapest Sport entry-level model, which retail from $349 (£299), with the... Read more

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The use of technology and sedentary lifestyles has led to a 60 per cent rise in the number of young people seeking help for back or neck pain in the past year, reports Telegraph.co.uk. The British Chiropractic Association said that... Read more