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

SMS is still voted the top function of a handset that people can't live without

Government to start trials of text-message disaster alerts in Yorkshire, Suffolk and Glasgow

Trials will be voluntary with 50,000 messages sent

'USB Condom' prevents unwanted computer infections

Device works by blocking the data transfer pins on USB cables, which security researchers have shown are vulnerable to attack

Argentinian police have arrested a 19-year-old on suspicion of leading a network of criminals specialising in cyber-fraud

Argentinian teenager arrested over '$600,000-a-year' super-hacking network

Police investigating under Operation Zombie believe the 19-year-old son of an IT engineer led an elaborate cyber-fraud

A branch of Santander has been targeted in an 'audacious' cyber-attack

Foiled – gang that tried to 'download' a bank branch's entire funds

'Audacious' cyber-criminals try to steal millions by remotely accessing Santander Bank computers

GTA 5: map leak shows off the biggest Grand Theft Auto game world to date

Fictional game world of Los Santos casts a satirical eye over the excesses of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas.

Andrew Gibbo, left, and David 'Dodge' Pentek, right

YouTube-clip soldiers drafted in for C4 cyber-attack drama 'Blackout'

Two British soldiers who filmed themselves stuck in a lift and posted the clip on YouTube have become the unlikely stars of a television disaster movie filmed by a Bafta-winning director.

AIM juniors left waiting for M&A activity

M&A activity on London’s junior market has plummeted, with just 49 companies on Aim taken over during the 12 months to the end of June 2013 – the lowest number for seven years.

Android devices attract 79% of malware attacks; iOS gets just 0.7%

A memo from the US to security personnel warns that Android's "market share and open source architecture" make it specially vulnerable.

Readers who tried to click on the New York Times' website got nothing but error messages on Tuesday afternoon

Syrian Electronic Army in 'malicious electronic attack' against New York Times, Twitter and Huffington Post UK

Regime-backing hackers group thought to be targeting any Western media outlets who it regards as sympathetic to rebels

Police officers make their way down a blackened street after a blackout in Croydon, 8 August

What happens if the lights go out? Channel 4 drama Blackout imagines a post cyber-attack Britain

A new drama will use mobile phone footage and amateur actors to show what might happen if the lights went out in Britain.

Channel 5 announces return to original British drama - putting further pressure on its rival Channel 4

Director of Programmes says commissions will 'add texture and diversity'

Anonymous hacking EDL is pointless - the nationalist group do a good enough job of making themselves look stupid

Who are we to deny EDL the right to show the world just how prejudiced they are?

Soca chief, Trevor Pearce, treated hacking committee ‘with contempt’

The head of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) is facing fresh questions over his evidence to Parliament after he provided MPs with contradictory statements over the unit’s activities regarding corrupt private investigators.

Instagram virus shows that online 'likes' are worth more than stolen credit cards

Malicious software used to create fake followers and likes on Instagram sell its wares for five times more than stolen credit card numbers

Low rates and high inflation take £7bn toll on business

British businesses are losing more than £7bn a year due to a combination of low bank interest rates and above-target inflation, new figures reveal.

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