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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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The EU is set to expand controls on virtual currencies to fight terrorism, reports SCMagazineUK.com. In an effort to combat terrorism, plans are being put forward to ‘strengthen controls of non-banking payment methods such as electronic/anonymous payments and virtual currencies’.... Read more

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The UK is one of the biggest spenders in the EU on IT security, says CBROnline.com. Kable Global ICT Intelligence found that British firms allocate 20.6% of their IT budget to security – 1.2% above the EU average. The most... Read more

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Children’s growing use of mobile devices may hamper their learning of key digital skills, reports BBC.co.uk. An Australian educational body noted a “significant decline” in IT literacy among some students since 2011. Its report said children learned very different skills... Read more

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Small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK are rejecting cloud as their primary storage platform and are even questioning how it might be useful to them, reports Computing.co.uk. According to a survey by IT support company Icomm Technologies, just 13... Read more

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Ransomware brought in $18m in 2015, with 80% of that total coming from sophisticated cyber-attacks, reports TheInquirer.net. IBM have released new research showing that a significantly larger portion of ransomware attacks came from professional sources than previously thought.  While 20% of... Read more