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Google says government requests ‘up 120%’ in four years

Woman displays a sign at a Senate hearing into Google activity
Technology firms like Google are pushing to be allowed to release more data on government requests

The rise was blamed on an increase in users, but the company also said more governments were starting to “exercise their authority to make requests”. In releasing the data the search giant renewed its calls for government surveillance reform. Last year, 53,356 requests for data were made globally, Google said. The majority …

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Cloud-based archive tool to help catch child abusers

Investigators are often faced with huge amounts of data they have to sift through

The database has been created to help investigators cope with the vast amount of images abusers typically amass. It will help police forces quickly check images seized in raids and spot those showing children not seen before. Forces in the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia are helping test …

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Apple issues fix to reported OS X security hole

The flaw could have enabled hackers to impersonate a website and intercept and capture data en route

A software update was released last week to iPhone, iPad and iPod owners to protect users from “an attacker” who may “capture or modify data”. It was later discovered that the problem also existed on Apple laptops and desktop computers running OS X. On Tuesday, Apple issue a security fix …

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Security failings in home routers exposed

Security flaws are being actively exploited but malicious attacks are currently rare

In recent weeks, attacks have been mounted on Linksys and Asus routers via loopholes that thieves could exploit. In Poland, reports suggest one gang has successfully adjusted router settings in a bid to steal cash. A separate study found many of the routers sold online have bugs that attackers could …

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