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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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Increasing demands for internet privacy will soon lead to near-universal encryption of internet traffic, reports CBROnline.com. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales said in an IP Expo keynote, “Global SSL traffic has been booming. Over 80 per cent of traffic on mobile networks will... Read more

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Children today could work up to the age of 100 in as many as 40 different jobs, reports TheGuardian.com. Rising life expectancy because of medical advances, combined with the trend for goods and services to be increasingly produced by smart... Read more

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Edward Snowden has advised that smartphone users can do ‘very little’ to stop security services controlling devices, reports Independent.co.uk. The former intelligence contractor told BBC’s Panorama that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the power to hack into phones without their owners’ knowledge.... Read more

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T-Mobile customer data stolen from Experian is already on the Dark Web, reports Telegraph.co.uk. Experian, the world’s biggest consumer credit monitoring firm, is poised for its worst trading session in 18 months after it revealed a massive data breach on... Read more

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A billion Android smartphones and tablets are at risk from a new bug that can infect devices when they preview audio or video files, reports Telegraph.co.uk. The security flaw carries many of the same features as the text message Stagefright... Read more