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Newspaper review: Papers highlight Wikileaks hacking

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Computer hackers sent Mastercard "into meltdown" when they targeted the firm in revenge for cutting off payments to Wikileaks, says the Daily Mail.

The paper says the attack highlights the vulnerability of the world's computer systems.

The story is also the main news for the Independent and the Financial Times.

The Independent says the American corporations blamed for trying to silence the whistle-blower are under sustained attack from a loose global alliance of anonymous cyber hackers.

In the latest Wikileaks disclosures, the Guardian highlights a claim that oil giant Shell has inserted staff into all the main ministries in Nigeria.

US diplomats are said to have been told that the government of Africa's leading oil producer was unaware of how much the firm knew about its deliberations.

Blood test

The Times hails a "baby breakthrough".

It says a blood test for pregnant women that could detect virtually any genetic disorder without risking miscarriage has been developed by scientists.

The Daily Express is among several papers carrying a front page picture of British businessman Shrien Dewani.

He is wanted in South Africa on suspicion of plotting to murder his wife during their honeymoon - he denies any involvement in the killing.

He is shown leaving Westminster Magistrates' Court in handcuffs after an extradition hearing.

The Daily Telegraph says he looked shocked by the nightmare unfolding before him.

Weather worry

Thursday's live broadcast of Coronation Street, marking 50 years of the ITV soap opera, is big news for the Sun.

The paper claims that the stars are facing the prospect of full body searches because of fears of a possible al-Qaeda terrorist attack.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police insisted there was no specific intelligence of such a threat.

The Daily Mirror says Corrie bosses have recorded a stand-by version of the episode in case the weather intervenes.

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