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BBC News Online has reported the arrests of six people accused of being high-ranking members of the LulzSec hacking group. According to reports, the men had been turned in by the group’s leader, Hector Xavier Monsegur following his arrest and subsequent guilty plea to a dozen criminal charges in August 2011. It is understood Mr Monsegur then co-operated with the FBI, which led to the latest accusations. The LulzSec leader, who went by the online handle “Sabu”, admitted involvement in a number of cyberattacks made in 2011, including against Sony Pictures Entertainment and Fox Broadcasting Company.

BT and TalkTalk have lost an appeal in which they argued some measures in the Digital Economy Act aimed at tackling online copyright infringement are incompatible with EU law, reports BBC News Online. The measures in the Act will mean internet service providers will have to issue warning letters to alleged illegal copyright infringers before eventually cutting their internet access. The creative industry believes online copyright infringements costs £400m a year in lost turnover.

The Guardian has reported on a final rumour surrounding the impending launch of the third-generation iPad, which is expected to take place later today. According to the newspaper, the iPad3 may include a haptic feedback display giving users the ability to “feel” objects on the screen. The Guardian believes the technology could have be provided by a start up firm in Finland called Senseg, although the company has declined to comment on whether it is working with Apple.

 

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BT has announced plans to scrap half of the UK’s remaining 40,000 telephone boxes in the next five years, reports TheInquirer.net. The cost of maintaining these phone boxes is £6m per year, with over a third never used for calls.

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Leaked SMB exploits have increased the capacity of malware authors in undertaking cyber-attacks, reports ComputerWeekly.com. Researchers behind the information noted that “there is nearly no skill required to leverage these tools and gain unauthorised access to vulnerable systems”.

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NHS Digital has signed a new cybersecurity agreement with Microsoft, reports ComputerWeekly.com. The custom support agreement will cover the NHS across the UK until June 2018, including security updates for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and MS SQL 2005.

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The number of attacks utilising malicious emails spiked in Q2 of 2017, reports ComputerWeekly.com. Campaigns utilising this strategy rose by 250%, according to new research, with attachments favoured over links.

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TalkTalk has been fined £100,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act, reports Silicon.co.uk. Their poor practices reportedly allowed scammers to access huge amounts of data for phone-based phishing attacks.