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iPads too insecure for British cabinet

posted onNovember 5, 2013
by l33tdawg

Apple's legendary security standards have resulted in its fruity tablets being banned from British cabinet meetings.

According to British intelligence, Ipads are two easy for foreign spooks to hack and it does not think that it is a good idea to UK cabinet minsters to bring them to meetings.

NSA, UK hacked Yahoo! and Google data center interconnects - report

posted onOctober 31, 2013
by l33tdawg

British and US intelligence agencies managed to tap into the connections between data centers run by Yahoo! and Google, and in one month this year slurped 181,280,466 records, including metadata and the contents of communications, according to new documents from Edward Snowden.

A report dated January 9, 2013, from NSA’s acquisitions directorate, detailed the operation, dubbed MUSCULAR, in which operatives from the NSA and Britain's GCHQ tapped the fiber-optic transmission cables from the non-US data centers run by the two firms.

Parents of Gary McKinnon and Richard O'Dwyer back Lauri Love, who is accused of breaking into US military networks

posted onOctober 29, 2013
by l33tdawg

The mothers of Gary McKinnon and Richard O'Dwyer, who faced down US attempts to extradite their sons over hacking and copyright charges, have accused US authorities of targeting "young British geeks" after a vicar's son was charged with breaching US military networks from his home in rural Suffolk.

Lauri Love, 28, is facing 10 years in a US jail after being described by prosecutors as a "sophisticated and prolific computer hacker" who allegedly broke into US army and Nasa networks in an attempt to steal confidential data.

British man charged with hacking US military networks

posted onOctober 28, 2013
by l33tdawg

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.

Hackers target UK patient records

posted onOctober 7, 2013
by l33tdawg

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.

UK says Snowden leaks hurt its national security, could expose spies

posted onSeptember 2, 2013
by l33tdawg

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.

UK agents, seeking to stop leaks, destroyed The Guardian's hard drives

posted onAugust 20, 2013
by l33tdawg

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.

Soca refuses to publish names of blue-chip hackers

posted onAugust 8, 2013
by l33tdawg

Britain's organised crime fighting agency last night said it will not publish the names of blue chip firms which used rogue investigators despite the appointment of a new chairman.

Last month Sir Ian Andrews stepped down from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) after failing to disclose that he owns a consultancy with his wife, who works for a leading international investigations firm.