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Burglary and murders are down again, but what’s driving this 20-year drop in offences?

Disappointment as climate unit hacking probe draws blank

No criminal charges will be brought despite evidence of a "sophisticated and orchestrated" hacking attack on a university's computers, police said today.

Matthew Norman: Why do we let the US try our citizens?

In any other week, this column would be forced to begin with a personal appeal to Barack Obama, modelled on The Skibbereen Eagle's legendary warning to the Tsar of Russia, concerning American justice. This particular week, however, the President must be spared to focus on an arguably weightier legal matter than the hideously imbalanced Anglo-American extradition treaty of 2003. It's squeaky-bum time for the Prez, and we cannot chastise him for concentrating on more pressing legal concerns than the fate of Richard O'Dwyer.

MI5 warning over terror-trained Britons

Britons are increasingly heading to the Middle East for terrorist training in preparation for attacks in the wake of the Arab Spring, the head of MI5 has said.

LulzSec hack suspect Ryan Cleary 'won't face US court'

An alleged hacker accused of conspiring to bring down the websites of the CIA and the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency is not expected to be extradited to America, his solicitor said today.

Information Commissioner's Office website blocked by 'hackers'

The website of the UK's data protection watchdog has been blocked in an apparent attack by hackers.

Hackers target Soca website

The Serious Organised Crime Agency website has been taken temporarily offline after it was targeted by computer hackers.

Drug farmers' £200m theft

Cannabis farmers steal about £200m of electricity every year to grow their illegal crops, a study has found.

Paul Eddington playing the role of PM Jim Hacker as the satirical comedy show Yes, Prime Minister is to be revived for a new series, nearly a quarter of a century on

'Yes, Prime Minister' set to return to screens after 24 year absence

The country is panic-buying petrol whilst the PM is in a hot spot over a pasty row. The timing couldn’t be better for the return of Yes, Prime Minister to screens after 24 years.

News Corp subsidiary accused over rival's collapse

A website used to spread information on how to pirate pay television smart cards belonging to the defunct ITV Digital was funded by part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, it was claimed last night.

BBC's Persian Service falls victim to 'sophisticated cyber-attack', says Mark Thompson

The BBC has been the victim of a "sophisticated cyber-attack" in an attempt to undermine its Persian Service which broadcasts to Iran, according to director-general Mark Thompson.

Man in court over abortion 'hack'

A man will appear in court today accused of hacking into the website of Britain's biggest abortion provider.

Anonymous hackers launch 'Sabu' revenge attack against security firm

Hackers from a group related to Anonymous launched a revenge attack against a security firm they claimed helped police arrest “hacktivists” today, leaving a message criticising “Sabu”, the former head of LulzSec who turned FBI informant, betraying his colleagues.

The real Sabu

He was one of the world's foremost hackers...until he betrayed his friends to the FBI. Kevin Rawlinson recounts his personal interactions with Sabu.

Police raid 'gangs' after stabbings

Suspected gang members were arrested in raids in a "robust" police response to a spate of stabbings.

Police break alleged $300m smuggling ring

Police in the US claim to have broken one of the country's largest counterfeit goods rings, believed to have smuggled items worth more than $300m (£190m) into the country, mainly from China.

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