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Snowden: GCHQ can hack smart phones to listen in on surroundings

From BBC News: Smartphone users can do “very little” to stop security services getting “total control” over their devices, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said. The former intelligence contractor told the BBC’s Panorama that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the … Continue reading

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US appeals court rules NSA phone data illegal

From BBC News: A US appeals court has ruled that bulk collection of phone records by the National Security Agency is illegal. Overturning a 2013 ruling, the judges did not, however, halt the programme but urged Congress to take action. The NSA’s … Continue reading

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EE, Vodafone and Three give police mobile call records at click of a mouse

From The Guardian: Three of the UK’s four big mobile phone networks have made customers’ call records available at the click of a mouse to police forces through automated systems, a Guardian investigation has revealed. EE, Vodafone and Three operate … Continue reading

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Man jailed for filming Fast And Furious in cinema

From BBC News: A man has been jailed for 33 months after recording Fast And Furious 6 from the back of a cinema in Walsall. A judge in Wolverhampton ruled that Philip Danks, 25, uploaded the movie, which was downloaded … Continue reading

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NSA and GCHQ agents ‘leak Tor bugs’, alleges developer

From BBC News: British and American intelligence agents attempting to hack the “dark web” are being deliberately undermined by colleagues, it has been alleged. Spies from both countries have been working on finding flaws in Tor, a popular way of … Continue reading

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Robotic brain ‘learns’ skills from the internet

From BBC News: A super-intelligent robotic “brain” that can learn new skills by browsing millions of web pages has been developed by US researchers. Robo Brain is designed to acquire a vast range of skills and knowledge from publicly available … Continue reading

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Home Office ordered to pay £224m to e-Borders firm

From BBC News: The Home Office has been told to pay £224m to a major US corporation it sacked for failing to deliver a controversial secure borders programme. Ministers will pay Raytheon £50m in damages, plus other costs. The order … Continue reading

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Vatican Library to digitise archives

From BBC News: The Vatican Library has begun digitising its priceless collection of ancient manuscripts dating from the origins of the Church. The first stage of the project will cover some 3,000 handwritten documents over the next four years. The … Continue reading

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Yahoo move to Ireland to avoid snooping laws

From The Guardian: Theresa May summoned the internet giant Yahoo for an urgent meeting on Thursday to raise security concerns after the company announced plans to move to Dublin where it is beyond the reach of Britain’s surveillance laws. By … Continue reading

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Osbourne announces Alan Turing Institute

From BBC News: An institute named after computer pioneer and code-breaker Alan Turing is to be set up, the chancellor announced in his Budget speech on Wednesday. The Alan Turing Institute will focus on new ways of collecting, organising and … Continue reading

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