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Berlin hosting talks for EU 'no-spy' pact

Germany has hosted confidential EU talks for months to forge a "no-spying" pact among its member states, a drive opposed especially by Britain, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The pre-released Sueddeutsche Zeitung report came a day after the Munich daily said that similar US-German talks were seen close to failure, sparking denials from both Berlin and Washington. Both sets of talks follow revelations by fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden of American mass surveillance of global online and phone data in cooperation with Britain's GCHQ service.

US-German talks on 'no-spy' deal going nowhere

US-German talks for a "no-spying" agreement in the wake of the NSA espionage scandal are doomed to fail, German media reported Tuesday citing disgruntled Berlin delegation sources. "We're getting nothing," one source close to the negotiations was quoted as telling the Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung about Germany's efforts to formally block US snooping within its borders.

US-German talks on 'no-spy' deal going nowhere

US-German talks for a "no-spying" agreement in the wake of the NSA espionage scandal are doomed to fail, German media reported Tuesday citing disgruntled Berlin delegation sources. "We're getting nothing," one source close to the negotiations was quoted as telling the Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung about Germany's efforts to formally block US snooping within its borders.

Neiman Marcus says hackers may have stolen payment card data

(Reuters) - Luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus said on Friday that hackers may have stolen customers' credit and debit card information, the second cyber attack on a retailer in recent weeks. The data breach comes after Target Corp on Friday said an investigation found a cyber attack compromised the information of at least 70 million customers, in the second-biggest retail cyber attack on record. Neiman Marcus does not know the number of customers affected by the intrusion, company spokesperson Ginger Reeder said.

Internet of Things poses new security risks

The hackers who got into your computer or smartphone are now taking aim at the Internet of Things. The connected toothbrush, sports gear with embedded sensors and smart refrigerators are just a few of the objects showcasing innovations at the Consumer Electronics Show. They are all impressive but "they're all breachable" said Kevin Haley, director of Symantec Security Response, while attending the huge high-tech trade show.

Britain's Guardian says website blocked in China

Britain's Guardian newspaper said Wednesday that China had partially blocked access to its website. The site was first blocked on Tuesday, the broadsheet said, although Chinese netizens were still able to access its mobile and iPad apps. "Obviously we are dismayed that theguardian.com has been blocked in China," a spokeswoman for the newspaper said. "The reason for this is currently unclear but we are investigating the extent of the block and hope that access to our website will return to normal in the very near future."

Britain's Guardian says its website blocked in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Access to the website of the British newspaper the Guardian has been blocked in China, the newspaper said on Wednesday, adding that it did not know why. The websites of the New York Times Co and Bloomberg News have been blocked in China for more than a year after they published reports about the wealth of family members of former Premier Wen Jiabao and President Xi Jinping, respectively.

Snapchat hackers post phone numbers of 4.6 million users online

Hackers broke into Snapchat, the hugely popular mobile app, accessing the phone numbers and usernames of 4.6 million users and publishing them online, tech news website TechCrunch has announced. The numbers were partially masked when they were briefly published on SnapchatDB.info, and the unidentified hackers told TechCrunch they had done this "to convince the messaging app to beef up its security."

Snapchat hackers post phone numbers of 4.6 million users online

Hackers broke into Snapchat, the hugely popular mobile app, accessing the phone numbers and usernames of 4.6 million users and publishing them online, tech news website TechCrunch has announced. The numbers were partially masked when they were briefly published on SnapchatDB.info, and the unidentified hackers told TechCrunch they had done this "to convince the messaging app to beef up its security."

Ex-President Lee's aide denies boss' alleged role in election smear campaign

SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Yonhap) -- Former President Lee Myung-bak did not play any role in the alleged Internet smear campaign by state agencies during last year's presidential election, his ex-press secretary said Friday, rejecting long-standing accusations made against the previous head of state. The denial comes after state bodies like the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and the military's cyber warfare unit were found to have conducted extensive online smear campaigns against the main opposition candidate ahead of the December poll.
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