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The Guardian features a report on the LulzSec and Anonymous splinter group, AntiSec, which targets ‘government systems, police systems and evil corporations’ in a bid to expose what it calls high-level corruption. The hackers – affiliated to cyber-activist network Anonymous – have in recent months expanded their targets, becoming increasingly unpredictable in a quest to expose what they see as a conspiracy of high-level corruption. The group breaks into servers, exposing security vulnerabilities while mining data, often including passwords and credit card numbers, that it ultimately places onto the web for anyone to download. Since December 2011, AntiSec has embarked on a seemingly unstoppable rampage.

Google’s major privacy shake up has only been read by one in ten British Google users. The Telegraph reports the new system comes into force on Thursday and despite heavy promotion and controversy over its “invasive” terms, a survey has found few users have read the new policy. Google will pool personal data from more than 60 Google services into a single file for each of its hundreds of millions of users. The move has been criticised by privacy campaigners and was described as “troubling for a number of reasons” by a group of state Attorneys General last week, who accused Google of invading consumer privacy. The firm has meanwhile argued it is “making things simpler and we’re trying to be upfront about it”.

The BBC reports companies are now able to search and analyse up to two years of Twitter updates for market research purposes. Until today, only the previous 30 days of tweets were available for companies to search however in order to plan marketing campaigns, firms are now able to search tweets back to January 2010, target influential users or even try to predict certain events. UK-based Datasift is the first company to offer the archive. Its existing customers will be able to use access “historical” tweets from today, the company said. Regular users can access posts from the past seven days.

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Swedish carmaker Volvo plans to run driverless car trials on public roads around London, reports BBC.co.uk. Initially the cars will be semi-autonomous, with real families travelling in them. Similar trials will run in the Swedish city Gothenburg. Drive Me London,... Read more

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The smartest buildings of the future will be those designed with people in mind, reports BBC.co.uk. This can mean design that speaks directly to the function of a building, for example, a hospital designed to help make people feel better... Read more

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The NHS has increased its allocations to CCGs for the provision of IT services and technology for general practice by over 18 per cent, reports Computing.co.uk. The GP IT budget will be controlled by the CCGs, and the NHS is... Read more

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The £55.5m cyber heist that hit the Central Bank of Bangladesh in February has been blamed on almost non-existent IT security, reports Computing.co.uk. According to investigators, the bank had not even installed a firewall and used second-hand switches bought for... Read more

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The FBI admitted to paying $1.3m to hack into the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter, signalling further growth of the so called ‘exploit market’, reports TheGuardian.com. While the FBI disclosed it paid a third party outside of the US... Read more