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Sweden data leak 'a disaster', says PM

The Swedish government has admitted to a huge data leak made by one of its own departments during an IT outsourcing procedure in 2015. Sweden’s prime minister said it was “a disaster”, Swedish media reported. Reports say that confidential data about military personnel, along with defence plans and witness protection details, were exposed by the Transport Agency. They were visible to workers without security clearance during the transfer. Last month, the agency’s former director general Maria Agren, who left her role in January, was fined 70,000 Swedish krona (£6,500, $…

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Gaming 

Tantalizing Rumors Leak Ahead of AMD’s Vega Launch

AMD has been quite tight-lipped about Vega, its upcoming consumer GPU meant to compete at the high end of the market, as opposed to the midrange RX 400/500 families. Thanks to some leaks, however, we now know a bit more than we did before about what Vega can do and how it does it. Longtime AMD fans may remember the company’s use of various X-derived GPU names, including XL, XT, and XTX. AMD is reviving this branding style for Vega, according to Tom’s Hardware, with plans to offer four different GPU…

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Government data site user details leak

The government digital service is to make users of its data.gov.uk website change their passwords, following a security breach. It said a database of usernames and email addresses had been discovered on a publicly accessible system during a routine security review. The data.gov.uk site lets registered users browse information published by a variety of government departments. The GDS has informed the information commissioner of the leak. A GDS spokeswoman told the BBC that the breach had affected only data.gov.uk accounts, and people with separate accounts for other government websites were…

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Technology 

Microsoft patched 'NSA hack' Windows flaws before leak

Microsoft says it had already fixed software flaws linked to an alleged breach of the global banking system before they were exposed last week. On Friday, a group called the Shadow Brokers published details of several hacking tools, indicating they had been used by the US National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on money transfers. Reports suggested Microsoft’s Windows operating system remained vulnerable. But the firm revealed it had in fact addressed the problem in March. “Customers have expressed concerns around the risk [Shadow Brokers’] disclosure potentially creates,” it said…

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Technology 

Cloudflare bug data leak exposed

Private messages exchanged on dating sites, hotel bookings and frames from adult videos were among the data inadvertently exposed by a bug discovered in the Cloudflare network. The firm protects websites by routing their traffic through its own network, filtering out hack attacks. It has 4 million clients, including banks, governments and shopping sites. Customers wouldn’t necessarily know which of the online services they use run on Cloudflare as it is not visible. The bug came to light while Cloudflare was migrating from older to newer software between 13 –…

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Health 

Leak shows full extent of NHS winter crisis

Record numbers of patients are facing long waits in A&Es as documents leaked to the BBC show the full extent of the winter crisis in the NHS in England. Nearly a quarter of patients waited longer than four hours in A&E last week, with just one hospital hitting its target. And huge numbers also faced long waits for a bed when A&E staff admitted them into hospital as emergency cases. There were more than 18,000 “trolley waits” of four hours or more last week. That suggests about one in five…

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