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Why software updates make us WannaCry

The global ransomware attack called “WannaCry” could have been avoided, or at least made much less serious, if people (and companies) kept their computer software up to date. The attack’s spread demonstrates

Blame game over ransomware attacks

There’s a blame game brewing over who’s responsible for the massive cyberattack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world since late last week Microsoft is pointing its finger at the US

James Francis
The long-term risk of surveillance laws

Did you hear the latest gaffe from government? They want to monitor your WhatsApp messages. The fools! Everyone knows you can’t do that. For one thing, there’s just too much of it. For another, a lot of private communication is now encrypted. From Turkey

Duncan McLeod
Now, Obama, pardon Edward Snowden

So, Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of whistleblower Chelsea Manning. Manning will be released in May. Now the US president must follow up that decision, before he leaves office this week, by giving a full pardon to

Russian hacks: how the US might retaliate

US President Barack Obama has vowed that America will respond to Russian hacking undertaken during the country’s presidential campaign. Yet the public may never hear about it. During his presidency, Obama favoured a policy of deterrence when it came

Was Edward Snowden a spy?

Ever since the former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden fled to Hong Kong and handed hard drives filled with highly classified documents to the journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, there has

Snowden is a picture of the cybersecurity state

With the release of a new film about Edward Snowden, the man who revealed secret documents detailing a massive US government spying programme, the debate about his character continues. That includes a renewed

Fears Russia could sabotage global Internet

It may sound far-fetched at first, but there’s a growing fear of the damage a newly aggressive Russia might inflict in a time of tension or conflict simply by damaging or cutting the undersea cables that carry almost all of the West’s Internet traffic. The New

It’s time to kill off the Sim card

The small microchips known as “subscriber identity modules” or Sim cards that are required for mobile phones to log on to a phone network will soon be 25 years old. While mobile phones and network technology have progressed in leaps and bounds, Sim cards are still

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