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Free Wi-Fi - but it'll cost you your privacy

Citizens asked to trade their privacy for free WiFi

The UK city of York is planning to roll out citywide free Wi-Fi. Correction: it's only "free" if you don't count the privacy you stand to lose.

1,000,000 lost credit cards = £150,000 fine

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A UK travel company has been fined £150,000 for putting an "internal only" parking database system on the internet without securing it first.

The vulnerable system was used as a stepping stone for a crook to steal more than 1M e-commerce records.

Child abuse images dragnet snares 660 suspected paedophiles

Child abuse images dragnet snares 660 suspected paedophiles

Doctors, teachers, scout leaders, care workers and former police officers - all professions that entail unsupervised access to children - were among 660 who've been arrested in an unprecedented child abuse image dragnet in the UK.

Teachers cyberbullied by students and their parents

Teachers cyberbullied by students and their parents

One in five UK teachers have been cyberbullied by students and/or their parents, according to a survey published by the teachers' union NASUWT.

Porn site age-check law demanded by UK media watchdog

Porn site age-check law demanded by UK media watchdog

A video-on-demand watchdog in the UK - whose government seems to have its knickers in a permanent twist over children potentially accessing internet porn - is demanding an age-check law for porn sites.

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.

UK firms to be "encouraged" to adopt upcoming security standard

UK firms to be "encouraged" to adopt upcoming security standard

The UK government has released two reports looking at the progress of its Cyber Security Strategy so far, with details of plans going forward, including a new security standard for businesses hoping to get government contracts.

New Snowden docs reveal secret deal that let NSA spy on innocent Britons

New Snowden docs reveal secret deal that let NSA spy on innocent Britons

The UK in 2007 gave the go-ahead to the US National Security Agency (NSA) to snoop on innocent Britons not suspected of any wrongdoing, new documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show.

Fear of bugging prompts iPad ban in UK Cabinet meetings

Fear of bugging prompts iPad ban in UK Cabinet meetings

Fast on the heels of reports that Russia allegedly passed out boobytrapped USB sticks at the G20 summit, iPads were plucked from users' hands at a UK Cabinet meeting out of fear that they might be bugged by foreign intelligence agencies.

Police discover 3D printer parts, suspect gun making factory

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UK police thought they'd uncovered the 3D printing of gun parts - what they actually found were parts for printers. Embarrassing as this might be, their sensitivity is perhaps understandable - with 3D printers on sale for around £1,000 it could prove to be a stealthy and affordable means for criminals to acquire lethal weapons.

UK report: Banks let e-criminals pinch gobs of money underneath the law's nose

UK report: Banks let e-criminals pinch gobs of money underneath the law's nose

A new government report blames a "black hole" wherein banks don't report fraud to investigators and/or investigators just don't bother to pursue the crooks. Instead, banks just reimburse customers.

We may be talking chump change, but high volume means it all adds up to a tidy profit for e-criminals.

Normal humans - aka "non-celebrities" - are telling Big Brother to go stick his head in a sack

Normal UK humans - aka "non-celebrities" - are telling Big Brother to go stick his head in a sack

A legal publisher says that privacy actions against police, hospitals and security services in the UK are up 22% over last year. A few years back, it was mostly celebs who were trying to elbow the media out of their private lives, but nowadays, normal humans are using privacy laws to try to claw back their data.

UK political bigwigs demand return of snoopers' charter. Seriously? Today?

UK political bigwigs demand return of snoopers' charter. Seriously? Today?

In a stirring display of bad timing, a cluster of top UK political figures has issued a public letter insisting on the revival of the so-called "snoopers' charter" - legislation to give British police and intelligence services more access to personal data.

How effective are data breach penalties? Are ever-bigger fines enough?

Since 2011, data security company ViaSat UK has spiced up the Infosecurity Europe conference by filing a Freedom of Information request for data breach statistics.

In previous years they've fallen out with the regulators over the matter, but things turned out better in 2013...

Ransomware scares victims with child sex abuse images

Ransomware scares victims with child sex abuse images

A ransomware attack takes a sinister twist - displaying images of the purported sexual abuse of children in an attempt to scare computer users into paying up.

FLAMING RETORT: Eleven UK government employees sacked over social media use at work!

The UK's Guardian newspaper laid into the Department for Work and Pensions yesterday with a story entitled "Eleven work and pensions civil servants sacked for using Twitter or Facebook".

Where does your organisation sit on the social media fence?

Police penalty-payment website makes amateurish coding errors

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Trust is crucial for financial web transactions, which is why it is so important that legitimate organisations don't get sloppy with best practice.

Only a few hours remain to give your opinion on proposed UK "Snooper's Charter"

Only a few hours remain to give your thoughts on proposed UK Snooper's Charter

Time is rapidly running out for people to submit their comments to the UK government, about draft legislation which could allow police and intelligence services to spy on who you have been emailing, and what websites you have been visiting.

Here's how to have your say..

WikiLeaks.org is crippled under a massive DDoS. Is the TrapWire leak to blame?

Wikileaks crippled under massive DDoS - is the TrapWire document leak the reason?

WikiLeaks says it is the victim of a massive DDoS. Is it because it leaked TrapWire's surveillance system that makes use of real-time facial profiling to search databases of red-flagged individuals?

Baltic SpyEye malware trio sent to prison

Baltic SpyEye malware trio sent to prison

Despite the cross-border challenges of prosecuting cybercrime, the cops sometimes do get their man - or men.

We think it's worth reminding you when this happens.