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Boston Bomber slipped past while spelling glitch tripped up the law

Boston Marathon bombing suspects

The old data-quality maxim "garbage in, garbage out" proves true yet again in the case of the Boston Marathon bomber, who, a Congressional report confirms, slipped through the border when a database failed to suggest an alternative name spelling.

UK gov wants to censor legal but "unsavoury" YouTube content

UK gov wants to censor legal but "unsavoury" YouTube content

The UK government wants the power to pull "unsavoury" content - with an eye trained on terrorist material in particular - regardless of whether it's illegal or not.

Jailed terrorist gets extra time for refusing to divulge USB stick password

Jailed terrorist gets extra time for refusing to divulge USB stick password

A British man already in jail for terrorist activity was given another 4 months for refusing to give police the password to a memory stick that they couldn't crack. The convicted terrorist suddenly got his memory back when police said they were launching a new investigation into credit card fraud.

Security scare after airline boarding passes reveal how passengers will be screened

Boarding passes tell passengers how they'll be screened

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) already has a pretty poor record with security experts. The news this week that the agency was tipping its hand by encoding how it planned to conduct passenger screening in boarding passes isn't helping that.

New US counter-terrorism guidelines can hold data on citizens for years

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Last week, US counter-terrorism officials were granted permission to increase the period of time they can retain information about citizens, even if those citizens aren't tied to terrorism.

Manila AT&T hackers tied to terrorist attack in Mumbai

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The FBI worked with the Philippines National Police to arrest hackers who allegedly attacked US telecom companies to raise money for terrorist organizations. Were those arrested simply pawns in a very dangerous game of chess?

Osama Shoot down video scam spreads on Facebook

Osama Shoot down video scam spreads on Facebook

Facebook users are being tempted to click on links to what purports to be a video of Osama bin Laden being shot, in the latest scam to exploit the hot news story of the Al Qaeda leader's death.

Osama bin Laden death video scam spreads virally on Facebook

Osama Bin Laden death video scam spreads virally on Facebook

A link which claims to point to a video of the death of Osama Bin Laden has been spread virally across Facebook today, just hours after the death of the Al Qaeda leader.

But in truth it's a scam.

Osama bin Laden dead - so watch for the spams and scams

Osama bin Laden dead - so watch for the spams and scams

Google's top-trending Anglophone search term right now is, understandably, "osama bin laden dead". So don't be surprised to see cybercrooks taking advantage of this.

Keep a level head out there!