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GCHQ Admits £1b Investment in Cyber Security “Hasn’t Worked”

Over the last five years, UK intelligence service GCHQ has spent nearly £1 billion on its cyber security initiative, but the civil servant in charge of the program has admitted, “the bottom line is it hasn’t…

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GCHQ Hacking Deemed Legal by Tribunal

Today it has been announced that computer and smartphone hacks used by the intelligence agency GCHQ are legal according to the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal. The inquiry was launched after the extents of the agency’s hacking was…

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GCHQ-Developed Encryption System Has Built-In Backdoor

A security researcher has discovered that a telephone encryption system developed by UK intelligence agency GCHQ contains a backdoor that can be exploited by anyone who has its master key. Steven J. Murdoch, a Royal Society…

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Ex-NSA Director Warns UK Snooper’s Charter Will Kill People

The former Technical Director of the NSA has warned that should the UK Investigatory Powers Bill – nicknamed the Snooper’s Charter – pass into law that it will result in the deaths of innocent people. Bill…

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NSA and GCHQ Worked Together to Hack Juniper Firewalls

Spies from the UK intelligence services worked with the US National Security Agency to hack firewalls developed by top internet security firm Juniper Networks, according to documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. GCHQ, wanting to crack…

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GCHQ Releases Open-source Spy Tool on GitHub

Open source surveillance has changed the ball game somewhat after British Intelligence security service GCHQ has created an account on well-known code repository site, and one of the fairly recent targets of China’s Great Cannon attack…

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GCHQ Releases Christmas Card Brainteaser

GCHQ is the UK’s intelligence monitoring agency which collects data in the interests of national security. In recent times, the organization has come under a great deal of scrutiny for abusing their powers via the Tempora…

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GCHQ Could Be Fined For Latest Series Of Job Adverts

GCHQ are known for their presence within the UK as the cyber spies, the first and last defence against digital threats within the UK. In recent years though they have not had the best image, with…

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Tor Exit Nodes Hit by Large-Scale DDoS Attacks From the UK

Several operators have reported that their Tor exit nodes have been hit by large-scale DDoS attacks originating in the UK. While some abnormalities have been written off by users as “graph glitches”, the attacks have coincided…

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Paris Attackers Allegedly Used PS4s and PSN to Communicate

In a development that is likely to place more pressure on the technology sector, reports are coming out that the perpetrators of the recent Paris attacks used Sony PS4s to communicate and coordinate their attack. This comes…

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Snooper Charter Powers are Increasingly Worrying

Security is one thing, from a virus on your phone or PC to a coordinated breach and remote access that compromises your computer. While we may not want to believe them, they are the things that…

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GCHQ Given Consent to Spy on Politicians

There has been a great deal of criticism directed at GCHQ by privacy advocates regarding the data collection of citizens. Despite being morally outrageous, the body defended their actions and claimed it was within the confines…

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GCHQ’s Karma Police Has Been Watching Everyone Online

The British intelligence services have been engaging in a mass surveillance program, the likes of which have never before been known, which has been recording the online browsing habits of “every visible user on the internet”.…

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GCHQ Claims Longer Passwords Are Unnecessary

GCHQ is a government body which monitors communication in the UK and protects the security of its citizens. While the organization remains fairly aloof, it has come under a great deal of scrutiny in lieu of the…

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Whistleblower Who Posted Sensitive Materials to 4Chan Not Taken Seriously

A former employee of Australia’s Department of Defense, who held fellow countryman Julian Assange up as an idol, posted sensitive materials he stole from the workplace to 4chan, where no one took him seriously (and called…

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NSA Surveillance Program Operating For a Very Long Time

NSA operations have been going on a long, long, long, long time, that is according to the latest revelations by both Edward Snowdon and also by a report from The Intercept, NSA/GCHQ’s top secret surveillance program…

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Amnesty International Tracked By UK Goverment

Amnesty International is an organisation dedicated to promoting human rights and defends victims who have been abused. They have recently forayed into the world of digital rights, with the release of an Anti-spyware programme  designed to…

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Government Looking for Exploits in Anti-Virus Software to Use Against You

Snowden’s latest leaked documents point to government agencies such as the NSA and GCHQ taking an interest in tracking user activity and spying on networks. However, to do that, they have to get one piece of…

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Astoria: The New NSA-Beating Tor Client

International intelligence agencies, such as the US National Security Agency (NSA), may have developed the ability to peel back the layers of The Onion Router network some time ago, but hackers and activists are determined to…

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UK Government Changes Law Covering Digital Surveillance

Edward Snowden exposed a world which some speculated, but few publically acknowledged. A world where every piece of information we send, be it through phone or computer, is monitored and recorded among thousands of others all…

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UK Government Exempt From Laws Making Hacking Illegal

The UK government has adapted existing anti-hacking laws to allow British intelligence and security agencies to legally hack and launch cyber attacks, according to campaigners. Human rights watchdog organisation Privacy International was in the process of…

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UK Intelligence Confirms They Can Break into Any System, Anywhere, For ANY Reason

There have been talks that the FBI will soon have permission to break into computers anywhere on the planet. However, it comes to no surprise that the UK is following the same approach, having granted similar…

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University of Toronto Creates Online Database of Leaked Snowden Documents

The University of Toronto, in partnership with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), has created an online searchable database of every document leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden that has been subsequently been published in the…

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UK MPs Call to Recruit Mumsnet Members as Spies

Senior MPs in the UK have called for agencies like the MI6, MI5 and GCHQ to use websites like Mumsnet to recruit spies. The remarks come as part of calls to increase the number of middle-aged women…

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Snowden: US and UK Spies Hacked SIM Card Manufacturer

It’s been reported that spies from both the UK and the US hacked into a SIM card company. The information, once again coming from Edward Snowden, details efforts to steal codes that allowed the spies to eavesdrop…

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Privacy International Will Find Out if GCHQ Spied On You

Privacy International, one of the human rights groups that brought a case against UK intelligence agency GCHQ for unlawful surveillance, has launched a new campaign to enquire on your behalf as to whether you were illegally…

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GCHQ Breached Human Rights with Mass Internet Surveillance, Rules Court

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), Britain’s most secretive court, has ruled that British intelligence operations regarding internet mass surveillance were unlawful. GCHQ, the UK’s intelligence and security agency, has been found in breach of human rights…