A British man has been arrested in England and charged by the United States and Britain with hacking into US government computer systems, including those run by the military, to steal confidential data and disrupt operations, authorities said.
Lauri Love and three co-conspirators allegedly infiltrated thousands of systems including those of the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US space agency NASA and the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to a US grand jury indictment made public on Monday.
They frequently target the rich and powerful who they see as having most to lose, according to Professor Carsten Maple, a member of the Information Assurance Advisory Council.
His warning came as the Sunday Express reveals that on average one patient a day has their medical records and personal data either lost or stolen.
Figures from the Information Commissioner for the second quarter of 2013 reveal 91 data health sector security breaches. Prof Maple said patients secretly battling “stigma”, diseases such as HIV and other sexual problems are vulnerable to blackmail.
The Pirate Party UK's leader, Loz Kaye, has hit back at the British content industry pressuring top ISPs to introduce a database of suspected pirates for copyright breaches.
Speaking with TechEye, Kaye said the industry "seems intent on turning ISPs into the music NSA".
Leaks by a fugitive US intelligence contractor have damaged Britain's national security, and the data he gave journalists includes information that might expose the identities of British spies, a government official told the High Court in London.
The official said Brazilian David Miranda, the partner of a Guardian newspaper journalist, was carrying a computer hard-drive containing 58,000 highly classified intelligence documents when he was detained at Heathrow airport earlier this month.
Two "security experts" from the British intelligence agency GCHQ have overseen the destruction of hard drives owned by The Guardian, the newspaper that has published leaked NSA documents describing the work of US and UK intelligence agencies.
The revelations are in a column published Monday afternoon by the newspaper's editor, Alan Rusbridger. In it, he describes the escalating concerns of the British government about the leaks given to The Guardian by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.