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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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Data protection authorities are facing a “considerable resource challenge” due to the rise of internet-connected devices and the ways in which organisations want to collect the personal information of consumers, reports Computing.co.uk. Hannah McCausland, senior international policy officer at the... Read more

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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