The U.K.'s Home Office will decide by Oct. 16 whether to block the extradition to the U.S. of Gary McKinnon, who has admitted to hacking into U.S. government computers, McKinnon's attorney said on Thursday.
McKinnon, 46, of north London, was indicted in 2002 at the U.S. District Court in Virginia for hacking into 97 military and NASA computers between February 2001 and March 2002.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has joined the opposition to the Communications Data Bill that was proposed by the UK government earlier this year. Civil rights groups have raised the alarm about provisions that could require British ISPs to keep records of every website their customers visit for 12 months. Now Wales is threatening to enable encryption on Wikipedia for UK Web users to protect their privacy.
The government's spy agency, GCHQ, is to launch a programme today that aims to help business leaders in their attempts to tackle the growing threat of cyber attacks.
The programme, dubbed Cyber Security for Business, will be the first time that the government and intelligence services have co-operated directly with the private sector in this type of role and could be the first of many future programmes, the Independent newspaper reported.
Security company Imation has found that the number of self-reported data breaches in the United Kingdom has skyrocketed since 2007, in some instances by over a thousand percent.
According to a report in Computer Business Review, figures from the UK Data Protection and Information Commissioner's Office — obtained under freedom of information — show that local government data breaches increased by a staggering 1609 percent over the last five years.
It was always to be expected that hacktivists would respond vigorously to the effective house arrest of Julian Assange within the Ecuador Embassy in London, and the UK’s apparent determination to extradite him to Sweden.