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Eugene Kaspersky: Major Cyberterrorist Attack Is Only Matter of Time
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Eugene Kaspersky: Major Cyberterrorist Attack Is Only Matter of Time

A major, global cyberterrorist attack has long been the stuff of fiction, the threat that a malevolent hacker could bring down businesses, sabotage power plants...

Trouble with Russia, Trouble with the Law: Inside Europe's Digital Crime Unit
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Trouble with Russia, Trouble with the Law: Inside Europe's Digital Crime Unit

Four black brick towers search upwards to an empty grey sky.

Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'
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Heartbleed: Developer Who Introduced the Error Regrets 'oversight'

The developer who introduced the "Heartbleed" vulnerability to the open-source code used by thousands of websites has told the Guardian it was an "oversight"—but...

NSA Performed Warrantless Searches on Americans' Calls and Emails
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NSA Performed Warrantless Searches on Americans' Calls and Emails

The U.S. National Security Agency has performed warrantless searches of its databases to obtain data from Americans' phone calls and emails. 

Meet the Seven People Who Hold the Keys to Worldwide Internet Security
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Meet the Seven People Who Hold the Keys to Worldwide Internet Security

In a nondescript industrial estate in El Segundo, a boxy suburb in south-west Los Angeles just a mile or two from LAX international airport, 20 people wait in a...

Nsa Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily
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Nsa Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily

The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers,...

Bitcoin: Fastest Growing Currency in the World
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Bitcoin: Fastest Growing Currency in the World

Bitcoin is an unregulated, uncontrolled online currency—worth more than £500m, it's the world's fastest growing.

Youtube Reaches a Billion Monthly Viewers, Boosted By 'generation C'
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Youtube Reaches a Billion Monthly Viewers, Boosted By 'generation C'

YouTube has a billion unique users visiting the video-sharing website every month, equivalent to one out of every two people on the Internet—and the generationsmartphones...

Software that Tracks People on Social Media Created By Defence Firm
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Software that Tracks People on Social Media Created By Defence Firm

A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social...

Google Report Reveals Continued Rise in ­.S. Government Requests for Data
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Google Report Reveals Continued Rise in ­.S. Government Requests for Data

Google has revealed the full scale of the U.S. government's use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of...

North Korean Students Show Google Chief How They Search Web
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North Korean Students Show Google Chief How They Search Web

Students at North Korea's premier university have showed Google's executive chairman how they look for information online: they Google it.

Google Cleared of Search Results Bias After 2-Year U.s. Investigation
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Google Cleared of Search Results Bias After 2-Year U.s. Investigation

Google has been forced by regulators in the U.S. to agree to legally binding changes to the way it presents some search results and runs its search advertising...

Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?
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Who Owns the Content You ­pload Online?

The outrage over Instagram's announcement that it is changing its terms and conditions has turned the spotlight on the relationship between websites and users who...

Who Controls the Internet?
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Who Controls the Internet?

Have you ever noticed that wherever you are in the world, every telephone keypad looks the same? Or wondered why satellites don't crash into each other? Or why...

Anonymous: Behind the Masks of the Cyber Insurgents
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Anonymous: Behind the Masks of the Cyber Insurgents

Spalding railway station in Lincolnshire is not a big place. It takes me about two seconds to scan the platform and spot who I'm looking for: Jake Davis, aka Topiary...

­.s. ­rged to Recruit Master Hackers to Wage Cyber War on Al-Qaida
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­.s. ­rged to Recruit Master Hackers to Wage Cyber War on Al-Qaida

Instead of prosecuting elite computer hackers, the U.S. government should recruit them to launch cyber-attacks against Islamist terrorists and other foes, according...

What Is an Internet Troll?
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What Is an Internet Troll?

I'm sitting waiting for the House of Commons to start debating a Law Against Trolls or, as they would call it, an amendment to the Defamation Act. It would basically...

Cyber-Attack Concerns Raised Over Boeing 787 Chip's 'back Door'
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Cyber-Attack Concerns Raised Over Boeing 787 Chip's 'back Door'

Two Cambridge experts have discovered a "back door" in a computer chip used in military systems and aircraft, such as the Boeing 787, that could allow the chip...

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The Guardian's Open 20: Fighters For Internet Freedom

From politicians and professors to computer scientists and the first programmer, champions of the open Internet.

Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin
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Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin

The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the Internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to...
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