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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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UK schools must invest in an online strategy and encrypt sensitive data, reports SCMagazineUK.com. More than a third of parents with children of school age in the UK would be happier and engage more with their child’s school if it... Read more

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Companies should face severe financial penalties if they fail to keep customers’ data safe, reports Telegraph.co.uk. Seven in 10 board members have demanded stricter punishment for those who fail to meet basic cyber-security requirements. The figures, due to be presented... Read more

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The government, GCHQ and O2 are throwing their weight behind an initiative to create two new cyber security startup accelerators, reports Computing.co.uk. The aim is to find firms with ideas to protect the nation from the increasing number of cyberattacks.... Read more

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Yahoo has now confirmed a previously suspected attack, undertaken in 2014, where an estimated 500 million user account credentials were stolen, reports UK.BusinessInsider.com. The company confirmed that the stolen data includes names, email addresses, telephone numbers and hashed passwords –... Read more

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Cyberattacks on satellites could spark a global catastrophe due to a combination of lax security and increasing number of potential attackers, reveals Independent.co.uk. The warning follows a new report from independent policy institute Chatham House, which suggested authorities should commit... Read more