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Russia to test cyber-war defences

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The net independence plan is seen as a way for Russia’s government to get more control over online life Russia is planning to briefly disconnect from the internet as part of planning for a future cyber-war. The test will mean data passing between Russian citizens and organisations stays inside the nation rather than being routed internationally. A law mandating technical changes needed to operate independently was introduced to Russia’s parliament last year. The test is due to happen before 1 April but no exact date…

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Storm Callum: Flood defences fail and homes without power

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionVehicles are seen struggling along flooded Exmouth seafront (video footage: Tom Hurley) About 2,000 homes and businesses have lost power and some flood defences have failed as Storm Callum batters the UK. Some coastal flood defences in Exmouth, Devon, have been breached and a yellow weather warning is in place for the west coast and north-east of England, parts of Wales and Northern Ireland. Wind speeds recorded in the Scilly Isles hit 76mph and 64mph at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall. In Northern…

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Rural crime rise prompts ‘medieval’ defences

Image caption Farmers are digging trenches and earth banks to prevent thieves driving 4x4s onto farms The cost of rural crime has risen to £44.5m as organised criminal gangs target farm machinery. Farmers are resorting to “medieval” fortifications such as earthworks to protect their property, according to NFU Mutual, which produced the figures. Police said that the global demand for agricultural equipment was attracting organised crime to the countryside. Thefts of quad bikes, agricultural vehicles and 4x4s have driven the 13.4% increase in crime over the last year. NFU Mutual,…

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