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ICO probes clients of private investigators who broke the law on their behalf

The UK's privacy watchdog is now investigating whether corporate giants and others breached the Data Protection Act by hiring private eyes who allegedly hacked systems and blagged personal records. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has received a list of 98 companies and individuals probed by the Serious Organised …
John Leyden, 3 Sep 2013
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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

UK police and government officials are considering a plan to block the sale of small mobile phones designed to look like car key fobs after confiscating an increasing number of the mini-mobes from prisoners. Car key fob phone Phone too popular with prisoners "A range of techniques – including body orifice security scanners …
Iain Thomson, 22 Aug 2013
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MPs get secret squirrel dossier of 'lawyers, megabiz hiring hackers'

Blue-chip firms who allegedly hired private investigators to unlawfully hack systems for personal and sensitive information have been named in a secret list submitted to Parliament. That's the same sort of alleged skullduggery that ended up bringing down Rupert Murdoch’s best-selling Sunday tabloid News of the World. Law …
John Leyden, 1 Aug 2013
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British LulzSec suspect charged in US over hacking

American prosecutors have filed charges with a federal grand jury against accused British LulzSec member Ryan Cleary over hacking attacks on Sony, Fox, and several US hosting companies. Cleary, 20, is already facing charges in the UK that he hacked into the website of Soca (the UK police agency charged with investigating …
Iain Thomson, 15 Jun 2012
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Norwegian teens arrested over SOCA DDoS attack

Norwegian police have charged two teenagers suspected of taking part in denial of service attacks against the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency and other targets. The unnamed youngsters (aged 18 and 19) are also suspected of attacking the Norwegian financial services group DNB and Germany's Bild newspaper, according to …
John Leyden, 10 May 2012
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Botnet army flicks 'off' switch at UK crime agency website

The UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency's website has been taken offline following a DDoS attack that started last night and is still going on. SOCA decided to take the site down itself around 10pm last night to stop the distributed denial of service attack from bothering other connected websites. "We took the site off …
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UK cops cuff suspect after RnBXclusive takedown

Blighty's Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has arrested an individual in connection with the closure of UK music exchange site rnbxclusive.com, an agency spokesperson told The Reg. In a statement, SOCA cops said they had taken action against the website as part of a criminal investigation and stated that the person was …
Anna Leach, 15 Feb 2012
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UK crime-busters knock hiphop site off the Internet

The UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has moved on a popular hip-hop news and track-exchange site, RnB Xclusive, and is threatening those trying to access the site with criminal investigation. The site, described by TorrentFreak as a popular blog posting news, commentary and links to music, has been seized by SOCA and …
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UK police warns off hacktivists

UK police have taken the unusual step of warning prospective hacktivists that they risk arrest and prosecution if they get involved in denial of service or other forms of cyberattack. An update on the Met Police's official Twitter account points surfers towards a notice stating that defacing websites, running denial of service …
John Leyden, 3 Aug 2011
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Police charge Scottish teen over Soca attack

UK police have charged an 18-year-old with hacking the Serious Organised Crime Agency's (Soca) website as part of an ongoing investigation into the infamous LulzSec and Anonymous hacktivist crews. Jake Davis, who allegedly used the online nickname Topiary and acted as a spokesman for the groups, will face five computer hacking …
John Leyden, 1 Aug 2011
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Feds on trail of LulzSec raid Ohio house

The international investigation into the notorious LulzSec hacking crew has moved from the UK to the US Midwest with the search of a house in Hamilton, Ohio by FBI agents. Feds searched the house without making any arrests – at least initially – according to local media reports (here and here). It is unclear whether …
John Leyden, 30 Jun 2011
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Accused autistic hacker Ryan Cleary freed on bail

Ryan Cleary, the alleged hacker behind the attack on Soca's website, has been freed on bail. Cleary denies the charge. He is also accused of using denial of service attacks against websites run by copyright lobbyists the British Phonographic Industry and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. The 19-year …
John Oates, 28 Jun 2011
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Elite UK police agency website downed by Lulzsec

The Serious Organised Crime Agency is facing serious embarrassment this morning - it was forced to take its website offline last night after an attack by LulzSec hackers. The Metropolitan Police is still suffering big computer problems of its own and Soca's website doesn't include operational functions but this is still …
John Oates, 21 Jun 2011
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Logica nets ten-year police deal

The Serious Organised Crime Agency has signed a ten-year deal with Logica to outsource its IT and case management systems. Alongside Logica, Detica, Qinetiq and Cable & Wireless will also provide the police with services. The £157m contract will give Soca improved ways to collaborate with partners, better use of intelligence …
John Oates, 11 Jan 2011
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Police to get greater web censorship powers

Police will effectively get more powers to censor websites under proposals being developed by Nominet, the company that controls the .uk domain registry. Following lobbying by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Nominet wants to change the terms and conditions under which domain names are owned so that it can revoke …
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Brussels blocks UK from biometric superdatabase

European judges have rejected an attempt by British security officials to gain access to a huge new store of visa application data being set up to combat illegal immigration, organised crime and terrorism. The government went to court to force the EU to allow agencies such as MI5, SOCA and the UK Border Agency to use the Visa …
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SOCA 'faces axe'

The Serious and Organised Crime Agency, created just four years ago and presented as Britain's answer to the FBI, is to be scrapped by coalition ministers, it's reported. A Home Office consultation to be published today will propose replacing the secretive organisation with a National Crime Agency, which would include a new …
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Cyber cops want stronger domain rules

International police have called for stricter rules on domain name registration, to help them track down online crooks, warning the industry that if it does not self-regulate, governments could legislate. The changes, which are still under discussion, would place more onerous requirements on ICANN-accredited domain name …

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