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

Evan Spiegel, the founder of Snapchat, dropped out of Stanford University just before graduation to develop his app

Snapchat hack of 4.6m users' data prompts the company to release updated app

Snapchat has announced plans to release an updated version of its disappearing photo-sharing app after hackers uploaded account information belonging to more than 4.6 million users online.

Skype's social media accounts hacked in protest against US surveillance

The Microsoft-owned video-calling service had both its Twitter account and its blog hacked by the prolific hacking group

Snapchat hack: 4.6 million users have been affected

Hackers claim that 'even now the exploit persists' after releasing phone numbers and usernames of millions of individuals

The NSA in Fort Meade, Maryland. The Office of Tailored Operations, whose existence is rarely acknowledged by the NSA, hacks computers around the world – harvesting data, monitoring communications and even mounting its own cyber-attacks

NSA’s top-secret cyber squad: The hackers at the Office of Tailored Operations are one of the strongest weapons in America's formidable arsenal

TAO was established in 1997 to hack into global communications systems at a time when fewer than 2 per cent of the world’s population had access to the internet

BBC computer server hacked by Russian cyber criminal

Infamous Russian hacker HASH is believed to have masterminded the attack

2013 - the year in review: There's a constantly moving feast of new technology - but who's listening in?

As gadgetry continues to evolve at breakneck speed, it’s harder than ever for people – and society – to keep up

Australian hackers' group reports that users of Snapchat app may be exposed to hackers

Snapchat 'vulnerabilities' could leave you exposed, says hackers' group

That risqué Snapchat photo that you thought would self-destruct after 10 seconds could still come back to haunt you.

Controversial practices of the NSA have been in the news since ex-contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents in June

NSA told to dump phone records by Obama review board: Sweeping reforms aimed at restoring public trust in US security agency

Currently, the NSA holds for five years phone records gathered daily from US phone companies

Rooney Mara in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

Stieg Larsson's Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series to be revived under new author

The successful trilogy will be continued by writer David Lagercrantz

Stieg Larsson's Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series to be revived under new author

The Swedish publisher of the late Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium trilogy has hired an author to write a fourth book in the series.

Nearly two thirds of global web activity is thanks to bots, say study

Increasing levels of non-human activity reflects a rise in automated web services that collect data for us - as well as an influx of more sophisticated hackers

Promise of naked pictures of Carla Bruni was used as bait to break into computers at G20 summit in Paris

'To see naked pictures of Carla Bruni click here', said the message

RBS in turmoil as finance director Nathan Bostock quits for Santander

City hopes of an early a sell-off of the taxpayer’s stake in Royal Bank of Scotland were dealt a massive blow today as its finance director, Nathan Bostock, was poached by rival Santander UK.

Chinese hackers linked to G20 spying, targeted five European countries

A private security firm has presented evidence of hacking to the FBI but has not linked the attacks to the Chinese government

A demonstration organized by Anonymous group was held to protest against the austerity measures adopted by the governement - some people in the crowd also feel at odds with political parties

$183,000 fine for man who joined Anonymous attack for 'one minute'

The attack succeeded in taking a website operated by the controversial Koch Industries company offline for just 15 minutes

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Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
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Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
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Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

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The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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