Tourists from China take photos as they stand on Kim Il Sung square in Pyongyang

The two men have just set a trap: a digital wallet storing bitcoin has been moved to a seemingly unsecured device. The pair, perched in front of four (...)

Is this the NSA whose mass snooping was exposed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden? Photograph: Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images

It is not every day that I hear from a huge American surveillance outfit like the National Security Agency, the one whose mass snooping was exposed by(...)

Pegasus spyware can be uploaded via WhatsApp  hack and can spy on calls and chats, and remotely control the device’s microphone and camera. Photograph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic/File

Users of Facebook’s communications app WhatsApp were advised this week to update their software, following the discovery that a previously unknown wea(...)

The executives from NSO Group made a bold claim: using just one simple missed call on WhatsApp, it had figured out a way to ‘drop its payload’, a piece of software called Pegasus that can penetrate the darkest secrets of any iPhone. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon/EPA

As Apple rolled out an advertising campaign last month touting the impenetrability of the iPhone - “Privacy. That’s iPhone”, the commercials promised (...)

Despite attempting to steer Facebook in a more privacy focused direction, chief executive Mark  Zuckerberg could turn to metadata to fuel targetted advertising.  Photograph: Reuters/Stephen Lam/File

Mark Zuckerberg believes the future of social networking lies in private messaging. His convictions are so strong that he plans to merge the messagin(...)

US president Donald Trump talks to the media before boarding Air Force One on Sunday at Palm Beach airport in Florida. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

Obstruction of justice is a crime that requires more than overt acts. It also requires intent. That principle helps explain special counsel Robert Mu(...)

The US argues that 5G will be so fast – and have so many military applications – that the risk of using any Chinese telecoms equipment is too high. Photograph: Chris Wattie/Reuters

The British government has concluded that it can mitigate the risk from using Huawei equipment in 5G networks, in a serious blow to US efforts to pers(...)

Taking a security bet on Huawei in 5G networks when its main competitors, Ericsson and Nokia, are European no longer feels sensible. Photograph: Getty Images

During the Maoist cultural revolution in China, a young soldier called Ren Zhengfei was sent to the northeastern city of Liaoyang to help build a clot(...)

A man walks past the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels. The compromised material provides insight into Europe’s struggle to understand the political turmoil engulfing three continents. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Hackers infiltrated the European Union’s diplomatic communications network for years, downloading thousands of cables that reveal concerns about an un(...)

Tom Lehrer, mathematician, singer, songwriter and satirist, was born in New York 90 years ago. He was active in public performance for about 25 years (...)

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