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UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content? JAN 2nd 2018

Because the state has a great track record of recouping tax from internet giants

Tech firms are indirectly costing the UK government millions in "human surveillance" of extremist content and should have a windfall tax levied against them to make up for it, according to security minister Ben Wallace.

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Ripple becomes second most valuable crypto-coin JAN 2nd 2018

A crypto-currency called Ripple has become the second most valuable virtual cash system.

Over the weekend the value of the digital currency hit more than $100bn (£74bn) according to some market monitors.

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CryptoMix ransomware variant carries new .tastylock extension JAN 2nd 2018

Cyber-criminals have given CryptoMix ransomware a few minor twists, including adding a new extension name to the encrypted files.

Bleeping Computer's founder Lawrence Abrams did a quick overview of the changes, which was uncovered by cyber-security researcher Michael Gillespie. The main difference is the addition of the .tastylock extension to all encrypted files. The email address used to contact the attacker for payment information has also changed and is now t_tasty@aol.com.

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'Kernel memory leaking' Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign JAN 2nd 2018

Other OSes will need an update, performance hits loom

A fundamental design flaw in Intel's processor chips has forced a significant redesign of the Linux and Windows kernels to defang the chip-level security bug.

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German spy agency warns of Chinese LinkedIn espionage DEC 11th 2017

China is using fake LinkedIn profiles to gather information on German officials and politicians, the German intelligence agency (BfV) has said.

The agency alleges that Chinese intelligence used the networking site to target at least 10,000 Germans, possibly to recruit them as informants.

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Dynamics 365 sandbox leaked TLS certificates DEC 11th 2017

Hey Microsoft, is this your private key?

Another day, another credential found wandering without a leash: Microsoft accidentally left a Dynamics 365 TLS certificate and private key where they could leak, and according to the discoverer, took 100 days to fix the bungle.

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UK.gov law resources now untrustworthy, according to browsers DEC 8th 2017

justice.gov.uk website SSL certificate expires

The SSL certificate on the criminal justice and court listing site justice.gov.uk expired yesterday, causing browsers to now warn users that their information is at risk.

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TeamViewer releases emergency patch for permissions flaw DEC 8th 2017

TeamViewer has rushed out an emergency patch to fix a security flaw that could allow hackers to take over other machines during an active session.

Hackers could gain control of other PCs in desktop sessions

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