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Lycamobile offices 'raided over fraud allegations' – report

The offices of telecoms giant Lycamobile have been raided in France amid allegations of fraud and money laundering. Nineteen people were arrested in Paris last week and nine of them were charged on Friday, including Lycamobile’s general manager in France, Alain Jochimek, reported Buzzfeed. The Register has contacted UK- …
Kat Hall, 20 Jun 2016
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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd has made an assurance that consumers will be able opt out of having their smart meter energy data shared with companies, in a letter to Labour MP Chi Onwurah seen by The Register. In a Parliamentary response last month Rudd initially said: "The data are protected... and they belong not to the …
Kat Hall, 16 Jun 2016
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No 10's online EU vote signup crash 'inevitable' – GDS overseer

MPs have taken the Government’s digital masters to task for their inability to handle online voter registration for this month’s European Union referendum. Members grilled Cabinet Office minister for Government Policy Oliver Letwin after the Government Digital Service’s EU voter registration site crashed under "unexpected" …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jun 2016

Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague

Infosec 2016 Lord Hague has predicted that Western societies will enact laws and regulations against unbreakable encryption – while conceding that the technology has always existed. The former UK foreign secretary, who is also a historian and author of a biography of Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, told delegates at the Infosec …
John Leyden, 08 Jun 2016
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Norway might insist on zero-emission vehicles by 2025

Norway's sparked a flurry of applause and misunderstanding in equal measure, with a report that the country is going to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2025. The news came from a blog post hailing a paywalled story in Norwegian outlet Dagens Næringsliv, which was then enthusiastically endorsed by Elon Musk. Just …

YouTube skiddie busted for hacking Country Liberal Party

A man from the Australian state of Victoria has been charged after stealing, using, and publishing credit cards of political party members using basic tricks he learned from YouTube. Aaron Warren Camm, 20, of Kangaroo Flat, learnt how to use the skiddie tool Havij to launch SQL injection attacks and applied the lessons in …
Darren Pauli, 16 May 2016
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Lessons from history for UK Home Sec Theresa May's Investigatory Powers Bill

IPB “Let me be clear,” Theresa May said on the introduction of the Investigatory Powers Bill in Blighty, “the draft Bill we are publishing today is not a return to the draft Communications Data Bill of 2012.” She was referring to the previous, the UK's previous coalition government's attempt at a Snoopers' Charter. This was true …

UK Snoopers' Charter crashes through critics into the next level

IPB The Investigatory Powers Bill – better known as the Snoopers' Charter – has passed its second reading in the UK Parliament amid fierce criticism. There were 281 votes in favor and 15 opposed. All the main opposition parties decided to abstain from voting rather than oppose the bill. The proposed law – which would in effect …
Kieren McCarthy, 16 Mar 2016
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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

Claims by a former Conservative Party energy adviser that the government's £11bn smart meter project will be “a ghastly mess” have been dismissed by current energy secretary Amber Rudd. Meg Hillier, Labour MP and head of the Public Accounts Committee, questioned Rudd yesterday over the much-criticised scheme, which will also …
Kat Hall, 08 Jan 2016
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Merseyside DDoS daddy given eight months behind bars

A UK man has been given eight and a half months in prison for launching a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks in 2013. The Liverpool court gave Ian Sullivan the 34-week sentence for conducting more than 300 denial of service attacks on various government, political and financial sites in 2013. Sullivan admitted to …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Nov 2015
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Tech tycoon TV star Doug Richard charged with child sex offences

Ex-Dragons' Den dragon, and founder of a number of Cambridge startups Doug Richard has been charged with child sex offences. The charges include three counts of sexual activity with a child and one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Caroline Hughes, a Crown Prosecution Service reviewing lawyer from …
Simon Rockman, 07 Sep 2015
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Wikipedia’s biggest scandal: Industrial-scale blackmail

Analysis “It’s the wisdom of the crowd that gives you the best results in the long-term.” Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC No media mogul in history has ever matched the power of Wikipedia, which is capable of damaging reputations on an industrial scale. But with no checks in place to identify contributors, it was only a matter of time before …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Sep 2015
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Ex top judge admits he's incapable of reading email, doesn't own a PC

A retired judge presiding over an Australian Royal Commission into corruption in the union movement has admitted he is incapable of sending email and does not own a computer. Dyson Heydon – once a judge of the High Court, Australia's ultimate jurisdiction – revealed his utter cluelessness in a ruling [PDF] on his own behaviour …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Aug 2015
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Canadians taking to spying on their spies

Comment As Canadians settle in for the longest general election campaign since 1867, some uncomfortable incidents that had been ignored by commercial media outlets are gaining new exposure. Allegations that Canadian spooks are spying on protesters have become a hot topic online. The result is that Canada's online civil liberties …
Trevor Pott, 22 Aug 2015
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Wikiland turns to Shapps and says ‘those emails you wanted, we deleted them, sorry’

Wikimedia UK, the national charity supporting Wikipedia and its sister projects, has told the MP and former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps he can't see internal emails he has requested under the Data Protection Act ... because it has deleted them. One of the charity's own staff was censured after being involved in …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Aug 2015
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CIOs ready to leap boundaries in our omni-channel world

Reg Roundtable It’s an omni-channel world, they say, and the dissolving lines between organisations and their customers, and their suppliers, are countered by the multitude of ways they might be hitting your systems. Systems that might be driven as much by the apparent whims of other departments as traditional IT planning. We gathered a …
Dominic Connor, 24 Jul 2015
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Shapps launches probe into Wikimedia UK over self-pluggery allegs

Exclusive Former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps, who lost his Cabinet seat after allegations sourced from Wikimedia UK were widely publicised during the 2015 General Election campaign, has filed a request under the Data Protection Act to find out what the organisation knows and wrote about him. While the BBC has (sort of) …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Jul 2015
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Osbo PRINTS first Tory budget in 19 years with his BARE HANDS

Summer Budget 2015 Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered the first full fat Tory budget statement in 19 years today by shedding billions of pounds from Blighty's welfare system. During his statement to the House of Commons, Osbo praised Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith's "herculean efforts" with the …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Jul 2015
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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

The BBC has apologised to MP and former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps for the way it reported allegations regarding Shapps and Wikipedia, which were based on a single anonymous source. Shapps lost the position of party chairman and left the Cabinet, despite running a successful general election campaign. He is …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Jun 2015
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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

Worstall @ the Weekend That austerity doesn't make the economy grow, is one of those things we all know to be true. And yet we've also got a government insisting that a recession, when there's spare capacity and we'd really rather like the economy to grow, is a great time to be cutting government spending and thus instituting that austerity. This …
Tim Worstall, 14 Jun 2015
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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

The first session of the new Parliament was opened by the Queen today and, as expected, a renewed push for a Snoopers' Charter was high on the agenda. Her Majesty said: Measures will also be brought forward to promote social cohesion and protect people by tackling extremism. New legislation will modernise the law on …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 May 2015

Policy tsarina Rachel 'baby GIF' Whetstone dumps Google for Uber

Google’s comms and policy chief Rachel Whetstone is leaving the company, just weeks after a bizarre, GIF-laden blog post – and her former team has had its wings clipped. Whetstone has been at Google for a decade and was its US policy chief for seven years. In a sign that Google needs to look more grown up, Whetstone’s team …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 May 2015
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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

The Scottish National Party had an astonishing election night. It previously had six Westminster seats; it now has 56 of Scotland’s 59 MPs, some elected on swings in excess of 30 per cent, with most of its seats gained from Labour. It already runs the Scottish Parliament as well as 11 of Scotland’s 32 councils, although some in …
SA Mathieson, 12 May 2015
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Snoopers' Charter queen Theresa May returns to Home Office brief

Theresa May has – despite her failure to ram through the Snoopers' Charter under the previous Tory-led Coalition government – once again, been handed the troublesome Home Office brief. Prime Minister David Cameron, whose Conservative Party secured a slim majority in the House of Commons on Friday, has been lightly reshuffling …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 May 2015
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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

The story of Grant Shapps and Wikipedia – which dominated news coverage of the General Election for a whole day last week – shows that new media can make a monkey out of respectable old media – even with a tale that falls far short of old media’s standards of proof. The purpose of what follows is not to defend Shapps, who is …
Andrew Orlowski, 30 Apr 2015
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Surveillance, broadband, zero hours: Tech policy in a UK hung Parliament

Election 2015 Five years after its first coalition government for decades, Britain again looks likely to refuse to elect a single party to government. The Liberal Democrats, which joined the 2010 government as the Conservative’s junior partners, look set to lose a significant number of seats, meaning the party may not have the numbers to form …
SA Mathieson, 24 Apr 2015

Who runs this world? Sony Pictures CEO jokes about getting UK culture minister fired

Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton mulled pulling strings to get UK culture minister Ed Vaizey fired to replace him with the grandson of former prime minister Harold MacMillan. Vaizey, a democratically elected Tory moderniser, oversaw "digital industries" for Britain's Coalition government – from broadband to copyright …
Kieren McCarthy, 18 Apr 2015
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Lib Dem manifesto: Spook slapdown, ban on teen-repelling Mosquitos

Election 2015 The Liberal Democrats published their election manifesto today, promising stronger protections for freedom of speech and claiming to be the party pushing back against mass state surveillance. While many of the tech promises echoed those of the two bigger parties, the main difference for the Lib Dems appears to be a pushback on …
Kat Hall, 15 Apr 2015
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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

Former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind is stepping down as chair of the UK Parliament’s influential security committee in the wake of "cash for access" allegations. In a statement, Rifkind said he intends to remain a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee but will step down as chairman. The ISC, which overseas …
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2015
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'If someone in Australia says lick my toad, it's not a euphemism'

CoTW The application of one's tongue to an Australian amphibian is no laughing matter. Neither, for that matter, are conspiracy theories around the launch of the Raspberry Pi 2 or love/hate reactions to Phil Zimmerman. Yes, it's Comment of the Week time. Opening this week's snorkworthy commentardery was Simple Si, who pitched up with …
Gareth Corfield, 07 Feb 2015

Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

Crypto pioneer Phil Zimmermann has labelled UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s anti-encryption plans as "absurd". Zimmermann, creator of the PGP email privacy package, countered Cameron's argument that encryption is creating a means for terrorists and child abusers to communicate in private, arguing instead that intelligence …
John Leyden, 03 Feb 2015
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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

Opinion As various unsavoury characters scrabble to grab the limelight after the Charlie Hebdo mass murders in Paris, the British government is using the atrocities to justify yet more intrusive snooping powers to use against ordinary people. The Home Secretary told Parliament that because the French authorities might have used …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Jan 2015
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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

Scots may vote to leave the United Kingdom, ending a union lasting 307 years, on 18 September. Until a few weeks ago, the referendum on independence looked like an easy win for those wanting to stay in the union - or to use the parlance of the campaign, "no" voters. But a surge in support has put those planning to vote "yes" …
SA Mathieson, 11 Sep 2014
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Top Canadian court: Cops need warrant to get names from ISPs

Canadian ISPs can no longer simply hand over customer information without a warrant after the country’s Supreme Court ruled that internet users were entitled to a "reasonable" expectation of privacy. The decision means that internet service providers can no longer disclose the names, addresses and phone numbers of their …

Web smut filter advisor to UK PM cuffed in 'child abuse image' probe

A top aide who advised British Prime Minister David Cameron on broadband internet filtering in the UK is being investigated over an allegation involving “child abuse imagery". The man at the centre of the investigation was named last night as 62-year-old Patrick Rock, a powerful advisor to the Conservative Party for 30 years. It …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Mar 2014

Nudge Unit flies into Nesta's arms: Is the hype justified?

Analysis No 10's controversial "nudge unit" has been spun out into a company - but it hasn't fallen far from the nest. The 16-strong Behavioural Insights Team (as it's known) will become a private entity and will be able to tap into cash originally set aside for fledgling inventors. It will then sell its services back to the government …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Feb 2014

EU tsars rubbish Brit PM over attempt to delay beefed-up privacy rules

Sources close to EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding have dismissed reports suggesting her proposed overhaul to the bloc's data protection laws has been stalled, after Britain's Prime Minister appeared to have postponed the regulation. Late on Friday, the Financial Times reported that David Cameron had apparently convinced …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Oct 2013

Hundreds of hackers sought for new £500m UK cyber-bomber strike force

The UK's Ministry of Defence wants to recruit an army of computer experts to serve as "cyber reservists" to defend national security. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the MoD will take on "hundreds" of IT wizards to work "at the cutting edge of the nation's cyber defences" at a cost of up to £500m. The tech talent will …
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Tory think tank: Hey, civil servants! Work with startups to save £70bn

Analysis Articulated-truck-loads of paperwork awaiting the ministrations of a rubber stamp- or pen-wielding civil servant should soon be a thing of the past, according to Tory think tank Policy Exchange. It wants to see bureaucrats mashing up APIs with Silicon Roundabout startups instead and leaders "driv[ing] digital into the DNA of …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Sep 2013

Government intervention unlikely for beleaguered BlackBerry

Struggling Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry shouldn't expect any help from the government, a prominent cabinet minister has indicated. Although he acknowledged that BlackBerry is having "a hard time" with its latest products, Canadian Minister of Industry James Moore told Bloomberg, "It's for them to engage the market and …
Neil McAllister, 23 Aug 2013
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At #guardiancoffee, we can now TASTE THE FUTURE through a PRISM!

¡Bong! "Everything reactionary is the same; if you do not hit it, it will not fall. This is also like sweeping the floor; as a rule, where the broom does not reach, the dust will not vanish of itself. - Mao Tse Tung from "The Situation and Our Policy After the Victory in the War of Resistance Against Japan" (August 13, 1945), Selected …
Steve Bong, 14 Jun 2013
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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

Obituary Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the former prime minister who worked alongside the world's first business computer and who privatised the UK's phone network, has died. She was 87. When Britain's Iron Lady came to power in 1979, your average Brit had just one phone, which was fixed to a wall by a wire and connected to a network …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Apr 2013
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Blighty's revolutionary Cold War teashop computer - and Nigella Lawson

Geek's Guide to Britain The Victorian offices were bulldozed long ago for a stack of flats and mirrored offices, and there's not a single indication to the significance of this site - or what happened here. This isn't the scene of a lost battle, and the bones of a missing Plantagenet king do not slumber beneath the car park serving the offices. …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Mar 2013

Oz Senator says Google Glass could 'end privacy as we know it'

Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has declared Google Glass might just be the end of privacy as we know it, because Google could use the device to conduct enable mass surveillance. Bernardi is a Liberal Senator for South Australia. Australia's Liberals are the nation's dominant right wing party and claim kinship with the UK's …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Mar 2013

UK.gov: You didn't trust us with your ID, so we gave it to private biz

2012 review Earlier this year your correspondent was standing tantalisingly close to Matt Smith in the ACTUAL TARDIS - long story, not gonna Facebook it, never gonna tweet it. However, many Brits are happy to noisily ricochet chunks of their private lives across any number of websites and systems, in a year in which the British government …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Dec 2012

Psst: Heard the one about the National Pupil Database? Thought not

Analysis The Tories were big fans - in opposition - of labelling the then-Labour government a "database state" as it lumbered from one ID card disaster to another. But now that the Conservative Party is heading towards the mid-term point of its coalition with the Lib Dems, the notion of hoarding ever-more information about British …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Nov 2012

IBM and Somerset council in tiff over South West One venture

IBM and Somerset County council are currently in a dispute over their joint venture outsourcing company South West One. SW1's just issued annual report for 2011 said that a mediation session was held between the two organisations on the 4 and 5 July this year, but they couldn't reach any agreement. "No settlement has been …
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BOYLE and BONG: The secret story of my OLYMPIC TRIUMPH

¡Bong! "People like me sound like a lot of big cannons" - Mao Tse-Tung When Danny Boyle rang me out of the blue wanting to devise the greatest ever Opening Olympic Ceremony, I was in tears of joy. The chance to work with the man who wrote Trainspotting and brought Bend It Like Beckham to the world's cinema screens was unmissable. " …
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Who runs UK? 'Tories, Lib Dems and Google' says Labour

Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman has slammed Google's extraordinary influence over the UK's ruling Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. The Shadow Deputy Prime Minister said "there are three parties in the Coalition: the Tories, the Lib Dems, and Google". It's the strongest attack yet on the Google-Tory …
Andrew Orlowski, 04 Jul 2012
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Cameron: A nod's not as good as a wink to a Murdoch blind bat

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed as "nonsense" claims that suggest a "nod and wink" arrangement had been struck between his Conservative Party and Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper business News International. The PM, speaking at the Leveson Inquiry into the relationships between politicians and media owners, added …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jun 2012