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GCHQ has been at the heart of the Edward Snowden leaks and been widely criticised for spying on internet activity

Former correspondent of the News of the World and Sunday Mirror Dan Evans arrives at the Old Bailey

Hacking Trial: NOTW reporter Dan Evans was 'a risky hacker' who 'wanted to get caught'

On the day a serial hacker from the News of the World claimed to have played an illegally obtained voicemail recording to Andy Coulson on the newsroom floor of the paper’s Wapping headquarters, Mr Coulson was not in London, the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey has heard.

Revenge porn founder Hunter Moore arrested on charges of hacking

Moore faces charges including computer hacking and aggravated identity theft

David Prosser: The booming FinTech 50 businesses are exploring the use of new technologies – and many are British

Has Britain found its niche in the dotcom 2.0 boom? The growing number of financial technology businesses that are based in the UK but successful in the global marketplace suggests it just might have done – and rightly so, given its importance as a financial services hub.

Guccifer: Conspiracy-obsessed hacker who targeted George W Bush arrested in Romania

The hacker targeted email and social media accounts belonging to various high-profile figures by guessing passwords using biographical information

The Internet's top 25 worst passwords, and what yours say about you

In the spirit of educational shaming, here are the year's most popular — and therefore least effective — passwords

Worst passwords of 2013: 'Password' is no longer the top choice - but what is?

A survey of 2013's most popular passwords (as revealed by hackers) has shown that '123456' is now the most popular password

Could your fridge send you spam? Security researchers report 'internet of things' botnet

A report published last week claimed that a 100,000-strong botnet included 'at least one refrigerator', but do we need to worry about getting scammed by our kitchen appliances?

The presenter, who is thought to be a friend of the Prime Minister, told his followers on the micro-blogging site that he was thinking of standing as an independent at the next general election.

Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson apologises after posting ‘gay c**t’ picture on Twitter

The famously acerbic TV personality then shared the image on his Twitter account alongside the caption: "Sadly, I fell asleep on the plane."

Starbucks app leaves passwords unencrypted and users at risk

A security researcher identified a problem with the US version of the app - it's thought that the UK version suffers from a similar flaw

GoldMoney Group adds Bitcoin to commodity vault

One of the UK’s leading precious metals storage firms is adding an altogether more unusual commodity to its vaults – Bitcoin.

Ed Balls hints at possible Labour-Lib Dem coalition after 'friendly chat' with Nick Clegg

Ed Balls has hinted at a possible coalition between Labour and the Liberal Democrats after having a “friendly chat” with Nick Clegg.

Downton Abbey may be on our screens until 2020

Downton Abbey will not be cancelled after fifth season, producer confirms

The show's producer has said there are 'no plans' to end the period drama

Oliver Dimsdale and Lily James in Downton Abbey’s Christmas special

Script for finale of latest Downton Abbey series accessed by infamous hacker Guccifer

'Guccifer' apparently downloaded it from writer Julian Fellowes’ BT internet account as part of an assault on prominent individuals

Masonic conspiracy or MI6 recruitment tool? Internet mystery Cicada 3301 starts up again

The international puzzle that requires knowledge of steganography, Aleister Crowley and the darknet is back again, and the internet is just as confused

Eton's headmaster said the school wanted to 'make boys think twice' about using Snapchat by blocking it from the wifi network

Eton bans Snapchat over concerns it could be used for sexting

Headmaster Tony Little says the app is blocked from the school’s wireless network – but boys could still be accessing it via 3G

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
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Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape