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This week a report emerged which claimed that teenagers are not only shopping online, but they are meeting strangers in the real world too. The report from (ISC)2 revealed that of the 1,162 pupils it surveyed, 43 per cent use the internet every day, 42 per cent have used a web cam and six per cent have posted a picture of themselves online or sent a picture to someone by text message that they would not want...

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Now four months on from the revelations of Prism from Edward Snowden, it seems that businesses are the next to respond to the surveillance. This week it has been reported that both Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Brazil's Government have announced plans to offer services that deliberately bypass the United States and UK to avoid surveillance by the NSA and GCHQ respectively. According to the German news website Spiegel, Deutsche Telekom is proposing a specified data path...

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If you are prepared to put in the time and effort, there can be great reward in vulnerability research and disclosure, not to mention credit and kudos in the security community. This week that sits in the shape of a blue hat sitting firmly on the head of Brit James Forshaw, head of vulnerability research at Context Information Security, who discovereda mitigation bypass technique in Internet Explorer 11 during its beta testing period in the summer. I'm...

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Yesterday saw the “opening” of the National Crime Agency that will centralise crime investigation and fighting, and tackle all types of misdemeanours. The concept was originally proposed as part of the government’s Cyber Security Strategy, announced in 2011, and with this latest move it is positive that the actions are still being completed. The plan then was for a cyber crime unit within the National Crime Agency that will build on the Metropolitan Police's eCrime Unit, giving...

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This week marked the first week of the now annual ENISA cyber security month and as part of the agency for network and information security's activities, awareness of citizens is key. Speaking to IT Security Guru, head of core operations at ENISA Steve Purser, said that after the “pilot exercise” in 2012, he felt that the effort was going very well on its fourth day and after a lot of preparations and effort, there was a lot...

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