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The Microsoft case has been less headline-grabbing than Google’s news-dominating mega-fine this week, but it is the far more important case of the two. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

A week may be a long time in politics, but in business, just five days has been time enough for two developments that will worry many tech multination(...)

The US supreme court has been asked by the US government to decide a case involving efforts by law enforcement to access emails held on a Microsoft server in Dublin. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

The United States government has appealed to its own Supreme Court in a case involving US law enforcement’s efforts to gain access to emails held on M(...)

Protesters gather outside the White House in Washingtonon Thursday. Photograph: AP

The heads of some of the largest and most influential American technology companies expressed their “deep disappointment” at Donald Trump’s decision t(...)

The WannaCry hackers  targeted the weakest links. In response Microsoft made the unusual move last weekend of releasing a patch for Windows XP and other unsupported systems.  Photograph: iStock

The message on the screen began with the jaunty, almost innocuous line “ooops, your files have been encrypted!” as if the user had made a silly mistak(...)

A screenshot of the warning screen from a purported ransomware attack. Photo: AP

We were driving up the M6 in the UK on Friday last when news started trickling in of the WannaCry worm attack that was rapidly ossifying the operation(...)

 A ransomware cyberattack on a laptop in Taipei, Taiwan.

The WannaCry cyber attack has dented the reputations of organisations including the UK National Health Service, Telefónica of Spain and the US Nationa(...)

The unprecedented ransomware cyberattack that spread across the world last Friday, crippling computers and affecting hospitals, factories and transpor(...)

 A programer shows a sample of decrypting source code in Taipei, Taiwan over the weekend. A‘WannaCry’ ransomware cyber attack has hits thousands of computers in 99 countries. Photograph: EPA

The massive ransomware attack that caused damage across the globe over the weekend should be a “wake-up call” for governments, the president of Micros(...)

The weaponisation of information: Wars once fought on land, at sea and in the air are now being fought online.

Welcome to the age of weaponised information. As if you didn’t have enough to worry about, your smartphone and other connected devices could threaten (...)

John Lithgow warming up  the  40,000 cyber security professionals at the RSA Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday.

“Imagine a hacked planet. Imagine how the earth would be without security. The privacy we take for granted falls away. We can keep no secrets. No exch(...)

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