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Cybercrime and fraud scale revealed in annual figures

(Media Release) There were an estimated 3.6 million cases of fraud and two million computer misuse offences in a year, according to an official survey. The Crime Survey for England and Wales included the offences for the first time in its annual report, which covered the year to September. Separate figures recorded by police showed […]

Russia’s ‘kompromat’: Soviet-era tool to blackmail opponents

(Media Release) Reports that Russian intelligence gathered compromising information about US President-elect Donald Trump have stirred memories of the dark art of “kompromat”, a Soviet-era form of blackmail used to shame adversaries. The practice was widely used by the Soviet Union’s secret services to squeeze information out of Western diplomats during the Cold War and […]

Trump denies Russian ‘leverage’ amid claims of compromising material

(Media Release) US President-elect Donald Trump has reacted furiously to claims that Russia has “compromising” material on him, saying Moscow has “never tried to use leverage on me”. Mr Trump condemned intelligence agencies for allowing “fake news” to “leak” into the public, asking: “Are we living in Nazi Germany?” The claims say his election campaign […]

Apple sued over fatal ‘FaceTime crash’

(Media Release) An American couple, whose daughter was killed by a driver allegedly using FaceTime on his iPhone, have launched a lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit alleges that the firm should have introduced a feature that disabled use of the video-chat application while driving. It points to a patent for a such feature for drivers […]

The farmer who built her own broadband network

(Media Release) “I’m just a farmer’s wife,” says Christine Conder, modestly. But for 2,300 members of the rural communities of Lancashire she is also a revolutionary internet pioneer. Her DIY solution to a neighbour’s internet connectivity problems in 2009 has evolved into B4RN, an internet service provider offering fast one gigabit per second broadband speeds […]

Google responds on skewed Holocaust search results

(Media Release) Google has said it is “thinking deeply” about ways to improve search, after criticism over how some results – including ones discussing the Holocaust – were ranked. Searching for “did the Holocaust happen?” returned a top result that claimed it did not, as Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr reported. Now, the ranking has changed […]

US hacking claims: Russia says ‘indecent’ without evidence

(Media Release) US claims that Russia hacked official emails, without evidence, are “indecent”, the Kremlin has said. “They need to either stop talking about this or finally present some sort of proof,” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said. US President Barack Obama has vowed to take action against Russia for its alleged interference in the […]

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