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A fraudulent e-mail headed "Alert! Your email will be blacklisted soon" and purporting to have been sent by an address at spamcop.com is circulating.

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It's all becoming a little too Orwellian. When the previous, Labour government created the "Ministry of Justice" it sounded more 1984 than we were comfortable with. After all, the whole point of the various ministries in the book is to deliver the opposite of what their name promised. Recent changes to costs are removing access to justice except for those that can pay.

And it's all building up to look like a raid on solicitors' firms.

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Phishing scams are nothing new and nor are drive-by browser attacks. They usually involve a simple landing page injected into an insecure website which either effects the scam or attack or diverts the victim to another page. This one is different.

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Before the US Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, there was much criticism of the track: overtaking would be difficult, the tyres chosen by Pirelli were wrong, the tight corners into long straights would lead to bunching and then a train down the straight, and so on. They were wrong.

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Speaking at the first press conference for the first US Grand Prix yesterday, Sebastian Vettel told the global F1 audience to not to watch F1 if they are "sensitive." Bryan Edwards, our motor sport editor, writes him an open letter.

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An administrative Court in the UK has issued a warning to solicitors that it will require the attendance before it of the solicitor having conduct of a case plus the senior partner of the firm to give an explanation as to why applications are made late, are incomplete or have no merit - and, if it is not satisfied with the explanation - to publicly name them.

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PandaLabs has issued a warning: if you get a direct message on Twitter telling you about a video of US President Obama punching a man in the face after a racist insult, don't click the link in the message or things much worse than a black eye will befall you.

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When 15-year-old Joyce Hau posted comments on her Facebook page about a girl of similar age the latter felt insulted. So she and her slightly older boyfriend engaged the services of a hit man - well, hit boy, in fact.

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The biggest revolution in the English legal profession is under way. Not only does it appear that the Bar is carefully managing to take back its previous control of advocacy in the higher courts, new schemes to register approved advocates in some lower courts are dividing the solicitors branch. But these pale alongside the chances that have allowed solicitors practices to incorporate under a Limited Liability Partnership structure and to take in private equity.

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It all began with a package bundled with Windows in 1999 but now, following Microsoft's integration of Skype, MS Live Messenger is to be killed off, except in China, as Microsoft forcibly migrates the users of its messaging system to the Skype platform. From early 2013, it's going to be the Skype way or the highway.

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