Teenage hackers motivated by ‘moral crusade’ not money

Children as young as 12 attack computer networks to impress friends and challenge political system, crime study shows

Teenage hackers are motivated by idealism and impressing their mates rather than money, according to a study by the National Crime Agency.

The law enforcement organisation interviewed teenagers and children as young as 12 who had been arrested or cautioned for computer-based crimes.

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Private parking firms issue tickets every seven seconds, data suggests

Requests by private parking companies for vehicle-keeper records rose 28% last year to 4.7m, RAC Foundation finds

The number of drivers fined by private parking companies in the UK has risen by more than a quarter in the past year, research by the RAC Foundation suggests.

Private parking companies requested more than 4.7m vehicle-keeper records from the DVLA in 2016-17, a rise of 28% from the previous year. The vast majority of these requests are likely to have been for the purpose of issuing fines to drivers of up to £100, the motoring research organisation says.

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Hanif Kureishi: ‘Britain’s middle class is more racist now than ever’

The My Beautiful Laundrette writer on Brexit Britain, collaborating with his sons and seeing his seventh novel as a B movie

The afternoon I meet Hanif Kureishi seems fittingly ominous, with dark skies and swirling wind a reflection of the political weather. Over in Westminster, Theresa May is busy triggering Article 50, and fulfilling the will of the British people (little did we know, of course, what further turbulence was to come, with the election called this week). Meanwhile, Kureishi and I set up shop in a jolly brasserie in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, with polished wood and a chequerboard floor; he sips a glass of red, I chug an espresso and, despite the day, there is something cheerfully European about the whole scene.

There’s also something about Kureishi that chimes with the mood of the times: laconic and deadpan in manner, he alternates between intense seriousness and comical flippancy; there’s a sort of throwaway, geezer donnishness to him. Here we are, he points out with relish, “the hated metropolitan elite”, as if it is chiefly a matter of naughtiness, of occupying the countercultural margins. But at the close of our conversation, when I ask him if there’s anything he would like to expand on, he becomes focused and exact: race, he says, is the thing he thinks and worries about the most. He refers to the Britain of his youth and early adulthood (he is now 62), which he memorably charted in early work such as My Beautiful Laundrette, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and The Buddha of Suburbia; the waning of the racism of early multiculturalism and of the emergence of London, “a new idea”.

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French markets in focus as weekend election looms – business live

Investors focus on France as voters head to the polls for the first round of the French presidential election on Sunday

Traders at spread betting firm IG are expecting European markets to open higher this morning:

Our European opening calls:$FTSE 7131 +0.18%
$DAX 12055 +0.23%
$CAC 5088 +0.20%$IBEX 10391 +0.18%$MIB 19858 +0.04%

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Investor minds will be focused on France as voters prepare to head to the polls for the first round of the presidential election on Sunday.

With all eyes on the first round of the French presidential vote this weekend, the France CAC 40 outperformed yesterday as markets started to price in the prospect of the independent candidate Emmanuel Macron making it through to the second round of voting against Marine Le Pen, or possibly Jean Luc Melenchon who has enjoyed a late surge in the polls.

Whether it will be enough to deliver him into the second round is debatable, but markets are starting to price in the prospect that Macron will probably win a contest between either of the other two contenders.

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Apocalypse, how? A survival guide to the end of the world – video

We live in uncertain times. With global tensions escalating and unpredictable leaders like Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin in office, increasing numbers of people are turning to self-sufficiency as insurance against disaster. These people are labelled ‘preppers’, a term loaded with baggage thanks to the extreme stereotype imported from the US. Richard Sprenger goes in search of the reality of the UK survivalism scene

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We’re still giving: but our vulnerable should not be so dependent on charity | John Harris

Schools and hospitals are, more and more, surviving on donations – a sign of how Darwinian our nation has become

Someone needs cancer treatment only available in Germany. Someone else is leading a 187-mile bike ride across India to pay for research into brain tumours. Top right is a team of swimmers with learning disabilities who want to attend an international competition in Sheffield; bottom left is a girl who desperately needs a bone marrow transplant. And all around are numbers that dance in front of your eyes: “£64,994 raised by 2,773 supporters … £1,044 raised by 47 supporters … £900 raised by 23 supporters.”

The online donation platform JustGiving seemingly soothes the world’s ills with a sleek, altruistic efficiency the pre-digital world could get nowhere near. Since its foundation in 2001, it claims to have raised $4.2bn (£3.3bn) for “good causes” in 164 countries.

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If you don’t feel rich on £70k it is because of a broken housing system | Dawn Foster

High-earners will get short shrift for complaining about being squeezed, unless they extend that sympathy to people hit even harder by the housing crisis

With yet another election kicking off after last year’s referendum, multiple party leadership debates, and two years after the last general election, ludicrous arguments over small details of party policy have begun in earnest.

This week, shadow chancellor John McDonnell announced that Labour, if elected, planned to increase tax rates for the rich. Pressed on how he defined “rich”, McDonnell said: “We believe the rich will be above £70,000 to £80,000 a year and that’s roughly defined as what people feel is an earning whereby people feel they can pay more.” There ensued on social media an argument that earning £70,000 did not constitute being rich: the Guardian crunched the numbers and came down on McDonnell’s side, which did little to quell vocal masses who insisted it was almost a piddling sum.

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Peter O’Toole personal archive heads to University of Texas

Exclusive: Letters, manuscripts, photographs and props have been acquired by university in Austin for $400,000

The personal archive of Peter O’Toole, including bundles of letters, unpublished manuscripts, photographs and props, has been acquired by the University of Texas in Austin for $400,000.

O’Toole, who died aged 81 in 2013, was as well known for his hellraising and his enormous appetite for alcohol as he was for his memorable performances including his career-defining role in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia.

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Plunged into a soundscape of rich noise

Stanage, Derbyshire Listening to moorland might illustrate its health just as well as looking at it does

The eastern horizon was a pale streak capped with pink, but it was still dark at Hollin Bank car park and I could barely make out Bill Gordon’s face as he waited. Bill is a volunteer for the Eastern Moors Partnership, monitoring ring ouzels, the mountain blackbird. To record their calls, he was carrying an impressive-looking microphone on a pole with a “dead-cat” windshield, rather cosy on a frosty April morning.

We had barely walked a few yards when, without a word, he pushed his headphones over my ears. It was a moment of complete transformation. From peering at the tenebrous moors, I was plunged suddenly into a soundscape at its zenith, its high noon, a matrix of rich, vital noise. To my right, I could hear a pair of snipe chipping away and, from all around, with a measure of distance between each, the looping voices of curlew. Just ahead of me, on steep scrubby ground, the wren that had sounded so thin and distant became gigantic, all lungs.

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Queen’s visit to Ceylon coincides with birthday – archive, 21 Apr 1954

21 April 1954: Official telegrams have already started to arrive, and messages from Prince Charles and Princess Anne will be brought by special courier

Colombo, April 20
A crowd expected to number fifty thousand will sing “Happy Birthday” for the Queen here tomorrow – her twenty-eighth birthday. They will be watching her review troops of the three Services on her last day in Ceylon.

After the review the Queen will hold an investiture. Then she and the Duke will rest until they board the Gothic in the evening to set out for Aden, though it is expected that they will give an informal luncheon party with the Governor-General, Lord Soulbury, as principal guest.

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