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Students looking to make £2,500? GCHQ has the cyber summer school for you

posted onMarch 6, 2015
by l33tdawg

GCHQ has announced a ten-week ‘cyber insiders summer school’ for aspiring white hat hackers, the latest attempt by the Government security organisation to uncover the next generation of British cyber-talent.

Due to be held between 6 July and 11 September in GCHQ’s home town of Cheltenham, the ten-week course will be open to any student in year one or two of a University computer science course with the incentive of being paid £2,500 ($3,800) to attend. GCHQ will also cover the cost of accommodation in the town and hand candidates completing the course a CV-boosting certificate.

The British army is allegedly training a group of 'Facebook Warriors'

posted onFebruary 2, 2015
by l33tdawg

Long ago, wars were fought on the basis of physical weapons and strength, however that's not the case today. The Financial Times reports that the British army is expanding its digital armory of weapons by creating a group of soldiers referred to as the 'Facebook Warriors'. This unit will be named the "77th Battalion" and will be tasked with fighting their adversaries on social media in a non-lethal way.

Police reportedly arrest UK hacker behind gaming network attacks

posted onJanuary 1, 2015
by l33tdawg

Lizard Squad probably shouldn't have bragged about being impossible to track following its cyberattacks against the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live.

According to both The Daily Dot and a Thames Valley Police report, law enforcement arrested alleged group member Vinnie Omari on December 29th -- not for the gaming network attacks themselves, but for stealing from PayPal accounts. Omari says that the cops haven't pressed formal charges (they released him on bail), but they also confiscated all his computing devices and storage to gather evidence.

MPAA Considered Pulling Out of UK Pirate Notice Program

posted onDecember 29, 2014
by l33tdawg

This year the entertainment industries reached agreement with the UK government to begin sending warning notices to Internet pirates. However, TorrentFreak has learned that the MPAA considered pulling out, fearful that the so-called VCAP scheme might prove ineffective.

One of the cornerstones of modern online piracy schemes are so-called ‘copyright alert’ programs. The idea is simple – rightsholders monitor online file-sharing networks, capture IP addresses of alleged pirates and have ISPs send warnings to subscribers.

UK's Ministry of Defence posts open source code to Github

posted onNovember 10, 2014
by l33tdawg

THE UK MINISTRY OF DEFENCE (MoD) has revealed that it has put a piece of code into the open source community for the first time.

A commercial subsidiary of the MoD known as the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) has posted a program that has been used internally at the MoD to collate ideas and exploit "the creative power of a workforce".

UK crime chief wants even more powers to snoop NSA-style

posted onOctober 9, 2014
by l33tdawg

It has been said that we are living in a post-NSA world. What this really amounts to is that we are now slightly more aware of the level of snooping that has been going on in the background for many years. There has been widespread outrage at the revelations made by Edward Snowden, and there have been similar concerns raised outside of the US. In the UK, the FBI-like National Crime Agency, wants greater powers to monitor emails and phone calls -- and it wants the public to agree to this.