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'If you monkey with a system that’s supposed to provide global connectivity, it’s very easy to make mistakes'

Trust in Whitehall falls to a new low

Public confidence in the government's ability to protect personal information has fallen to a new low in the wake of a series of damaging data scandals and growing fears of a Big Brother state. Even the most trusted institutions – GPs and police forces – have experienced a decline, according to a report into data security. The poorest performer was central government with only one in five people trusting Whitehall to protect the security and confidentiality of personal data and details. Confidence levels have slumped across the board, according to the report by the security firm DQM, which surveyed 2,000 people last month. Despite this downturn, commercial organisations do not fare too badly, with around half the country happy about data security standards at their banks and building societies, two fifths of the population trusting travel companies and credit card issuers, and around a third comfortable with data security at hotels and insurance firms. Surprisingly, around 30 per cent of adults trust e-Commerce companies and loyalty schemes to keep their personal data secure, whereas mobile phone companies and utility firms score relatively low, trusted by just 28 per cent and 27 per cent respectively

Hackers steal personal details of millions

Hackers have stolen the personal details of millions of job seekers in one of the biggest cases of data theft in Britain, it emerged.

Hackers steal details of 4.5 million job-seekers

The personal details of millions of people have been stolen from one of the UK's largest recruitment websites in potentially the largest data theft ever in Britain.

The Hacker: Late change in scoring means Keith and I have had our Chips

According to the latest survey, the game of golf is in a very healthy state and contributes to the European economy a total of €53 billion (£46bn) every year with a net profit of €14.5bn. More importantly, perhaps, are the other benefits they say golf brings to society, such as the enhancement of social, personal and environmental skills.

Insurers warned of lax risk controls

The Financial Services Authority has criticised life insurers for slack risk controls and warned management to plan for events that could cause their companies to implode. Sara Wilson, the regulator's insurance chief, said the FSA had found poor checks for data security and fraud as well as financial risks.

Lockheed Martin's UK head to step down

Ian Stopps, chief executive of the UK arm of US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, is to step down after nearly a decade in the cockpit. A source close to the company, which had global sales of $42bn (£23bn) in 2007, said that Mr Stopps is looking to retire "at Christmas or very early next year". No decision on a replacement has been made.

Gary McKinnon: 'If I have to spend some time in an American jail, I will survive but it will be tough. I can't imagine that I'll be too welcome'

Jerome Taylor meets Gary McKinnon, the hacker who this week lost his appeal against extradition to the US

HMRC goes cap-in-hand to Americans for help with fraud

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is set to hand over sensitive trade data to its American counterpart in return for access to a state-of-the-art fraud detection system, too expensive for the British agency to build.

Most marketing staff have lost personal data

Three out of five marketing staff have lost customers' confidential data in the past two years, according to a survey.

The Hacker: I'm not making allowances, high handicappers call the shots

My recent complaint about better players refusing to enter singles knockout competitions at their clubs because they begrudge the number of shots they have to give to higher handicappers brought an indignant response as I sat sampling a pint in the club bar last week. "Why should we enter competitions we haven't got a chance of winning?" I was asked by a peeved top player.

The Sketch: Evidence points to Gordon's cack hands

Des Browne stood up to withdraw the Prime Minister's party conference offer of troop reductions. Gordon and his cack hands. The fact that he'd announced it in the middle of the Tory party conference, prior to a planned general election, shouldn't be forgotten.

The Orphanage, 15

This Spanish horror is stewed so thick you expect lumps of chorizo and garlic to float to the surface. Not for the weak-stomached or faint-hearted

Cyber crime stays one step ahead

What started as the preserve of geeky hackers has become a multibillion-pound, international criminal industry, reports Sarah Arnott

Caryn Franklin: My life in media

'As a fashion journalist you continuously meet people who just take themselves too seriously. That's when you want to say, for God's sake, it's only frocks'
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