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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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The total IT infrastructure spend for on-premise and cloud rose by 19.5 per cent in Q3 of 2016, with Infrastructure-as-a-Service experiencing a jump to 24.9 per cent, reports CloudPro.co.uk. The growth resulted in an all-time high in revenue of $1.5bn... Read more

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The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to put science and technology first in the UK’s Brexit negotiations, reports Computing.co.uk. The government aims to continue a policy of attracting “potential, talent and ambition” to the UK following its departure... Read more

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The recent cyberattack affecting Barts Health NHS hospitals has been confirmed as Trojan malware, reports ZDNet.com. In Friday’s attack, Barts Health NHS Trust was forced to take its computer systems offline. A number of systems, including those in the pathology... Read more

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The UK government’s plans for tax digitisation could be delayed by at least one year following ‘serious shortcomings’ exposed by the Treasury Committee, reports TheRegister.co.uk. In 2015, HMRC was awarded £1.3bn of digital investment over four years, designed to end... Read more

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Snap, the owner of Snapchat, has confirmed it will make the UK its main hub outside of the US, reports Sky.com. The California-based tech giant, which is reportedly preparing for a $25bn stock market float on Wall Street, said the... Read more