UK Security

Why is Facebook Such a Strong Platform for Online Scams?

Catalin Cosoi | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Catalin Cosoi

These types of scams often prey on users' curiosity by deceiving them into clicking on posts that either promise alluring prizes or exclusive content that can only be accessed if interacted with socially.

Is Google's 'Project Zero' Leaving Windows Users Vulnerable?

Catalin Cosoi | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Tech
Catalin Cosoi

This issue seems to have been more one of timing, rather than not having the manpower to fix a patch within the allocated timeframe.

Is Europe Overlooking the Far-Right 'Foreign Fighter' Issue in Ukraine?

Lewis Barton | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics
Lewis Barton

Think of a 'foreign fighter'. Are they a young male, aged between 19-29, probably of Middle Eastern origin, and possibly a Muslim? Are they associated with the concern and debate over Syria and Iraq? To most people it's more than likely that this is the image that comes to mind. This isn't necessary wrong, but it's definitely not completely accurate.

Prosperity Can Save the World

Joana Alfaiate | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Politics
Joana Alfaiate

Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama have come together to champion prosperity. The two leaders highlight the importance of economic growth - but they define prosperity as being also the rule of law, peace and freedom...

Homerton and Hebdo: Thoughts on Violence in and From the Margins

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is one thing for some of the world's leaders to march for freedom of expression. Well done that they did so, even if some of them were being more than a little hypocritical. But freedom of expression should be used to help build a more just and fair world. Let millions march for that too.

Disillusioned, Embittered but Not Afraid: The UK's Thinning Blue Line Brace Themselves for Armageddon.

Chris Hobbs | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK
Chris Hobbs

There is little doubt, as has been made abundantly clear by the head of MI5 Andrew Parker, that the UK will suffer terrorist attacks in the future. The major difference however is that unlike France, terrorists in the UK will be faced by a largely unarmed police force which, in many parts of the country, could pose serious problems.

Michael Rundle

Meet The 'Unhackable' Gadgets Battling 'The Internet Of Things'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Rundle | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK Tech

Tech Editor Michael Rundle finds the 'unhackable' gadget makers fighting a rear-guard defence against the all-encompassing Internet of Things at CES 2...

Cover Your Tracks Online; Privacy is Your Birthright

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

In the days of raging debates on internet privacy, consider this question if you are a novice on the topic. What kind of information do you reveal when you go online, do your searches, do your shopping, check your preferences, surf sites that interest you, read news, share information about yourself, express your opinions and upload pictures of a vacation you took with your family?

Cybersecurity: 'Be Paranoid - It helps'

Caroline Hyde | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Tech
Caroline Hyde

Well, in the news they seem to be....and doesn't Sony know it. It is the latest big company to be thrown into the media spotlight as a result of highly embarrassing data breaches, reported to have occurred in both its Pictures and PlayStation units.

The Torture Report Did Nothing Except Endanger Other Countries

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

I'm absolutely convinced that the report has no value whatsoever. It just confirmed already confirmed allegations from 2009 and put multiple European and Asian partners in danger by the militant fundamentalists and aggressive states in general.

'Foreign Fighters': Different European Responses to the Same Threat

Tanya Silverman | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

Many communities that foreign fighters come from have a troubled relationship with the police and a mistrust of the government. In response to this there have also been a number of civil society-led hotlines to report prospective travellers without the need to involve law enforcement.

Google Just Killed This Forever

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Tech

Google has killed CAPTCHA. The online security widget, through which users 'prove' they are human by typing out nearly-unreadable passwords, is nea...

Black Is the New Green, Part One: Energy Security

David Saddington | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK
David Saddington

Energy security is one of the most talked about topics not only in terms of the debates around climate change action but also conventional policy. Energy price and stability have very real economic implications for any nation and there is now more than ever increasing concern to secure the resource by internalising energy generation.

'Adapt and Survive': The British Establishment's Answer to the Security Threat of Climate Change

Guy Shrubsole | Posted 11.01.2015 | UK Politics
Guy Shrubsole

Of course, there is no military solution to climate change. You can't resolve it with bombs and bullets. You can only solve it by ending our usage of fossil fuels, and protecting the public from the climate change impacts already in the pipeline. That is a rather different security challenge to the one usually faced by the military. But it also makes fossil fuels and the firms lobbying for them Public Enemy Number One.

You'll Never Feel Lonely Again If You Give Out Your Details Online - So Don't!

Jacqui Hames | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Tech
Jacqui Hames

More and more people are signing up to the hundreds of paid and 'free' dating sites to be found on the net. If you're tempted, what you are really getting is a place on the web where you can post your details for strangers to read, and be able to contact you.

100 Mr Big's Control Cybercrime

Graham Welch | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

While I wouldn't want to speculate on if this number is correct or not, I do agree that such is the industrialisation of cybercrime today faced by businesses, governments and consumers, that relatively small numbers of common exploits and cybercrime tools are widely used by the professional gangs operating around the world.

Moazzam Begg - Case of the Suspect State

Yasmin Khatun | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK
Yasmin Khatun

Just over seven months ago, activist, human rights champion and former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg was arrested, arrested on the basis that during a trip to Syria he had facilitated terrorism (or so they said). Now two seasons later and just as his trial was set to begin he's been released with all charges levelled against him dropped.

Apple Just Did Something Amazing

Jon Geater | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Tech
Jon Geater

Apple Pay, the contactless and in-app purchasing system announced by Apple this week... is not that amazing something.

Apple Won't Unlock iOS 8 Phones For The Police. Ever.

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Tech

The iPhone 6 comes with one feature that went largely ignored at the unveiling last week: privacy. Apple has confirmed that a change at the core of...

And The 'Suspicious Item' Behind The Luton Airport Bomb Scare Was...

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK

Around 2,000 people were evacuated from Luton Airport on Monday due to a security threat that turned out to be triggered by... a pair of hair straight...

Bomb Disposal Squad At Luton Airport, Thousands Evacuated

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK

Luton Airport has been evacuated after a "suspicious item" was found in the terminal building at around 2pm Monday. All incoming flights suspended...

What Can We Learn From This Week's iCloud Incident?

Gary Newe | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Tech
Gary Newe

This week has been a wakeup call to many individuals that hackers target individuals and businesses alike. What we must learn from it is that we are all responsible for our own data and we must all do what we can to secure it.

Russian Group Hacking: What We Know and What We Can Learn

Gary Newe | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Tech
Gary Newe

A Russian group has hacked 1.2 billion usernames and passwords belonging to more than 500 million email addresses... Nowadays hackers actually get more value out of personal information as opposed to credit card details. In fact, one article even points out that Twitter account information is of more worth to a hacker than their credit card.

The Non-Specific Details of the Norwegian Threat

Bjørn Ihler | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Politics
Bjørn Ihler

The Norwegian Police Security Service have announced that they had received credible threats of terrorism against Norway within the next few days. The Security Service were very non-specific when sharing this information with the general public...

The Securitisation of the Charity Sector

Dr Hany El-Banna OBE | Posted 20.09.2014 | UK
Dr Hany El-Banna OBE

When that space is claimed and tainted by perceived security interests and the engagement with certain actors has more to do with the fear of legal retribution back home than any tangible threat from individuals or groups, the sector has surrendered to the political and interests of our governments, not of universal humanitarian principles.