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Facebook could threaten democracy, says former GCHQ boss

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Robert Hannigan led GCHQ from 2014 to 2017 Facebook could become a threat to democracy without tougher regulation, the former head of intelligence agency GCHQ has said. Robert Hannigan told the BBC the social media giant was more interested in profiting from user data than “protecting your privacy”. It comes after MPs this week accused Facebook of striking secret deals over user data. The firm has also been criticised for its handling of fake news. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme,…

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GCHQ warns on Black Friday cyber-threat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Black Friday could provide “prime pickings” for cyber-crime, warns the security agency Black Friday sales could be targeted as “prime pickings” for cyber-crime, the UK’s cyber-security defence agency has warned shoppers. The National Cyber Security Centre, part of the GCHQ intelligence service, is issuing advice to shoppers of the risk of “malicious” online threats. It is the first such official cyber-warning in the run-up to the Christmas shopping season. “It’s vital that knowledge is shared,” says Ian Levy of the cyber-agency. The cyber-wing of…

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Salisbury Novichok poisoning: Threat from Russia is ‘real’ – GCHQ

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Representatives from the UK and Russia met at the UN Security Council on Thursday Russia’s threat to the international community is “real” and “active”, the head of GCHQ has warned. Jeremy Fleming’s comments came after the US, France, Germany and Canada agreed with the UK that Russia was behind the Salisbury Novichok attack. In a speech in Washington, Mr Fleming said Russia’s desire to “undermine” international law was “brazen”. At a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the attack, Russia dismissed evidence presented by the…

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Britain’s GCHQ code-breakers to publish new puzzle book

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s intelligence and security organization GCHQ is publishing a new book of puzzles in the Autumn aimed at those who fancy themselves as potential code-breakers. FILE PHOTO: People sit at computers in the 24 hour Operations Room inside GCHQ, Cheltenham in Cheltenham, Britain, November 17, 2015. Ben Birchall/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo The book is timed to coincide with the agency’s centenary next year. “It has plenty of easy puzzles to get you into the problem-solving mindset,” GCHQ said on its Twitter feed. Example: “The dog’s in the…

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Newspaper headlines: GCHQ Brexit fears and fizzy drink ‘shortage’

Image caption The Guardian says the director of surveillance agency GCHQ has made an unprecedented intervention in a growing row over post-Brexit security. Jeremy Fleming “upped the ante” by warning of the need for an intelligence deal between the UK and EU. Image caption The Times says the GCHQ chief’s comments appear deliberately timed as the UK fights back against attempts to block its access to EU security databases. It adds he outlined how British intelligence had saved European lives. Image caption “Britain is running out of fizz”, says the…

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GCHQ director urges co-operation after Brexit

Image copyright GCHQ GCHQ played a critical role in foiling at least four European terror plots in the past year and the co-operation must continue after Brexit, the intelligence agency’s head has said. Jeremy Fleming said the sharing of intelligence data should not be allowed to “lag behind the pace of the threat”. The UK’s future use of EU security measures and tools has come under scrutiny since the Brexit vote. The government is seeking a bespoke co-operation deal with the EU. Speaking after a meeting with officials at Nato…

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