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Google nets Spider.io to thwart fraudsters

Google is looking to boost the security and fraud prevention arms in its advertising business with the acquisition of London's Spider.io. The company announced on Friday that it had agreed to terms on a deal to integrate the fraud-detection specialist into its advertising services. The company will seek to help Google spot fraud …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Feb 2014

Crusading lawmen want more details on Apple's iOS 7 'Activation Lock'

The New York State attorney general and San Francisco district attorney are in a wait-and-see mode as to whether Apple's "Activation Lock" theft-deterrent feature in iOS 7 will satisfy their call for smartphone manufacturers to make their devices less attractive to thieves. "We are appreciative of the gesture made by Apple to …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Jun 2013

Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

Whitehall is negotiating a deal with Microsoft to prevent thousands of NHS computers from falling victim to hackers targeting Windows XP from April. The government and Microsoft are in talks to offer extended security support to NHS PCs running Windows XP that miss an 8 April deadline to ditch the OS. The Department of Health …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Feb 2014
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Apple tears itself away from iThings to squash Mac OS X bugs

Apple may be more interested in phones and watches these days than the 20th century legacy product that is the PC, but has nonetheless issued a new update for the operating system it still offers for the antediluvian machines. OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.3, to give the update its full name, slipped down the skids today promising, …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2013
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World's most gullible supermarket chain falls victim to online scam

Red-faced accountants from one of the biggest supermarket chains in the US are frantically trying to regain control of more than $10m lost after falling victim to online fraudsters. Evidently, no one at Minnesota-based Supervalu bothered to confirm the authenticity of emails sent in late February. Purporting to come from two of …
Dan Goodin, 29 Oct 2007
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Crypto guru: Don't blame users, get coders security training instead

Experts on both sides of the vendor-customer divide in the UK and a US cryptographer are at odds over whether or not security training is a waste of time. American crypto guru Bruce Schneier says the fact that "we still have trouble teaching people to wash their hands" means the dosh splurged on staff training is likely better …
John Leyden, 23 Apr 2013
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Stealthy, malware-spewing server attack not limited to Apache

A mysterious backdoor that has been used to drive traffic to malicious websites may be more widespread than previously thought, security researchers say, and it affects more web servers than just Apache. The malware – which has been dubbed "Linux/Cdorked.A" or "Darkleech," depending whom you ask – was first spotted in the wild …
Neil McAllister, 08 May 2013
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Gunman takes potshots at Dell HQ, chopper search ensues

Labor Day ended with a bang at the Dell headquarters in Round Rock, Texas, after an unidentified shooter fired a number of rounds though its windows. At least three shots were fired at Building Seven on the Dell campus at 9:30pm on Monday night, with the first floor windows of a breakout room falling victim to some senseless …
Iain Thomson, 05 Sep 2012

Queensland Police warn of tax refund phishing

Queensland Police are warning residents of the Sunshine State about a new phishing scam that sees emails arrive in Australian Taxation Office (ATO) livery, complete with promise of a refund. Such emails are, we imagine here in El RegM’s antipodean eyrie, probably the only email one really wants to open from the ATO. Queensland …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2012
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Popular FTP package download tarball poisoned

A backdoor has been discovered in the source code of a widely used FTP package. Version 2.3.4 of the source code for vsftpd – billed as probably the most secure and fastest FTP server for Unix-like systems – was replaced with a compromised version with an invalid signature. The dodgy tarball version of the code was uploaded onto …
John Leyden, 05 Jul 2011

Don't get 2e2'd: How to survive when your IT supplier goes titsup

I used to know a finance director who had a favourite mantra: “Minimise fixed costs.” The concept's a simple one: by all means use permanent staff to deal with the aspects of your business that don't change much, but where your revenue streams go up and down, think of ways of allowing the cost of servicing those revenue streams …
Dave Cartwright, 11 Feb 2013
DVD it in many colours

CPU and RAM hogs overstaying their welcome? Here's a fix

Multicore processors drive everything these days from the biggest HPC cluster to the lowliest tablet – even smartphones. While parallel programming has come quite a way, there are still many apps that aren’t well-behaved at all. They’re the worst kind of guests – acting like they own the whole damned house while paying …
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Oracle updates Java to stop SSL-chewing BEAST

Firefox developers said Tuesday that they have no plans to keep the browser from working with the Java software framework now that Oracle has released a patch that prevents it from being used to decrypt sensitive web traffic. In a blog post published in late September and updated on Tuesday, Mozilla recommends that Firefox …
Dan Goodin, 19 Oct 2011
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RSA appoints security chief amid blistering criticism

RSA has appointed its first chief security officer, three months after a data theft on its network contributed to the hack of the world's biggest defense contractor, and possibly other important customers. RSA awarded the position to Eddie Schwartz, who held a similar title at NetWitness, the security monitoring firm acquired …
Dan Goodin, 10 Jun 2011
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Online ID theft, an employee IT security guide

Tired of telling the net numpties at work to smarten their act on email security? Is the company's message about the dangers of online id theft falling on deaf ears? We have the just the right material for you to distribute to your workforce. The Register has teamed up with Messagelabs to offer the Employee IT Security Guide, a …
Team Register, 22 Sep 2009
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OFT outlines plans to protect online shoppers

UK consumers still need to be educated about online shopping to prevent them falling victim to scams and problems, consumer protection regulator the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has said. The OFT has published plans to improve the protections available for consumers when they are shopping online. It does not recommend the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 23 Jul 2010
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Gut instinct no protection against net scams

Those who rely on gut instinct and are open to persuasion are more at risk of falling prey to internet scams, according to a research sponsored by the UK Office of Fair Trading. Far from being naive and easily led, many scam victims are often decent decision-makers in their everyday life, psychology researchers at the University …
John Leyden, 19 May 2009
Pirates ahoy!

Microsoft struggles to rid US shores of pesky pirates

Microsoft yesterday confirmed that it has filed 21 civil lawsuits for software piracy in US federal courts against resellers in 14 states. The tech multinational has slung its latest round of sue balls at resellers, claiming they have used a crafty technique that it likes to refer to as “hard-disk loading”. It said that the …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jun 2008
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Will DNSSEC kill your internet?

Internet users face the risk of losing their internet connections on 5 May when the domain name system switches over to a new, more secure protocol. While the vast majority of users are expected to endure the transition to DNSSEC smoothly, users behind badly designed or poorly configured firewalls, or those subscribing to dodgy …
Kevin Murphy, 13 Apr 2010
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Google in preemptive strike on Microsoft Office 365

Google Apps product manager Shan Sinha was once director of strategy for Microsoft SharePoint, Redmond's longstanding effort to facilitate business collaboration over the net. Sinha left Microsoft in the fall of 2007 to create DocVerse, a service that bypassed SharePoint, plugging Microsoft Office clients into Google Apps. …
Cade Metz, 28 Jun 2011
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Office online and Windows Mobile: Ballmer's last laugh

It wasn't the glazed expression or the tired nod. It was the dismissive laugh that characterized how Steve Ballmer and Microsoft failed to fully comprehend the iPhone. "$500, subsidized with a plan!" That was the reaction of Microsoft chief executive to the unveiling of the iPhone by Apple wunderkind and control freak Steve Jobs …
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English speakers hit hardest by ID theft

Victims of identity theft are twice as likely to hail from English-speaking countries than from France, Germany or Spain. Some punters worldwide are putting themselves at risk by putting personal details - such as pet names - used as passwords for sensitive online accounts into social networking profiles. A survey commissioned …
John Leyden, 23 Oct 2008
Warning: biohazard

Thousands snared by malware warning from big-name websites

Thousands of PC users have been duped into surrendering sensitive information and installing malicious software after falling victim to a complex scam that continues to plague well-known websites, a researcher warns. The scam is the latest to piggyback on banner ads that are fed to high-traffic destinations. Malicious code …
Dan Goodin, 07 Nov 2007

Skipton in lost laptop security woes

Skipton Financial Services has confessed to losing a laptop containing records of 14,000 customers. Information exposed by the breach includes names, addresses, National Insurance numbers, and fund investment details of clients of Skipton's Fidelity FundsNetwork. The laptop was nicked from a locker being used by a staff member …
John Leyden, 21 Dec 2007
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Best Western plays down impact of hack attack

Hotel chain Best Western has denied falling victim to a large-scale hacking attack. A report in the Scotland's Glasgow Sunday Herald claims that the hotel chain has been turned over by a hacker who lifted eight million customer records. It reports that the Indian hacker who carried out the heist sold on the information to …
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2008
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Relay server attack tactic dupes auto-reporting

Sysadmins have begun noticing a coordinated attack on servers with open SSH ports that tries to stay under the radar by only attempting to guess a password three times from any compromised machine. Instead of mounting an attack form a single compromised host, hackers have worked out a means to relay a brute force attack between …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2008
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BT spooks SMEs over mis-selling fears

Six in ten small businesses (SMEs) have been the victim of telecoms mis-selling, according to BT, while four in ten small firms say they are badgered by dodgy operators every other day. The UK's dominant fixed line telco says there's been a 13 per cent jump in attempted mis-selling over the last seven months making telecoms " …
Tim Richardson, 09 Mar 2006

Trojan phishing attack claims multiple victims

Security watchers have discovered a string of malicious websites that install Trojan code, allowing hackers to compromise end-user banking credentials for more than 50 financial institutions and ecommerce websites. Thousands of surfers a day are falling victim to the sophisticated attack, net security firm Websense warns. The …
John Leyden, 23 Feb 2007
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Users want ISPs to filter spyware

A majority of net users want their ISPs so block spyware traffic. Half (51 per cent) of 1,000 consumers quizzed by NOP said their service providers should block spyware apps - invasive programs that covertly snoop on user's online activities - while only one in 10 of those quizzed reckon employers should take responsibility for …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2005
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Schools should teach typing to prevent RSI, says TUC

Typing should be taught in schools as a way to prevent the suffering of tens of thousands of UK workers from repetitive strain injury (RSI), according to the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The call was made to mark RSI day, which is today. Poor typing skills are responsible for many cases of RSI, said the TUC, and these cases …
OUT-LAW.COM, 01 Mar 2007
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Bird flu fears see Holland's hens ordered inside

Dutch authorities have ordered that all farmers must keep their poultry indoors, in a bid to prevent the country falling victim to a new infection of bird-flu. Most birds reared for food are grown in battery farms, and so are kept indoors anyway. But starting today, the Netherlands' approximately 5 million free-range chickens, …
Lucy Sherriff, 22 Aug 2005
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DIY phishing kits hit the Net

Do-it-yourself phishing kits are being made available for download free of charge from the Internet, according to anti-virus firm Sophos. Anyone surfing the Web can now get their hands on these kits, launch their own phishing attack and potentially defraud computer users of the contents of their bank accounts. These DIY kits …
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2004
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BT denies pulling phone plug on kiddie charity

BT has been condemned for allegedly pulling the plug on a telephone helpline used to support a children's charity. ADHD in Suffolk - a voluntary group that supports families with children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - got clobbered with a £400 phone bill after falling victim to a rogue …
Tim Richardson, 10 Jun 2005
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BT blocks 1,000 rogue dialler numbers

BT is once again writing to its 1.8m dial-up internet users warning them to be on their guard against rogue diallers. In the last three months the UK's dominant fixed line telco has blocked 1,000 numbers which it reckons are being used to run premium-rate dialler scams. In July, BT said it would take action against rogue …
Tim Richardson, 05 Oct 2004
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Users play fast and loose with corporate PCs

Users are more likely to engage in risky internet behaviour at work because they reckon their IT department will protect them against viruses, worms, spyware, spam, phishing, and other security threats. That's according to a recent online survey of 1,200 corporate end users in the US, Germany, and Japan conducted by net security …
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2005
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PRC forces also ravaging UK gov nets, insist Brits

In the wake of Pentagon leaks suggesting that the Chinese military has conducted network attacks against US military systems, some in the UK are clearly feeling left out. The Guardian yesterday said its anonymous Whitehall sources had confirmed that: "Chinese hackers, some believed to be from the People's Liberation Army, have …
Lewis Page, 06 Sep 2007
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Fear of phishing hits e-commerce

Concerns about falling victim to phishing scams are eroding US consumer confidence in online banking and e-commerce. A survey out yesterday points to fears about online fraud based on widespread misconceptions about the minimal impact of phishing in overall fraud losses. Almost three in four online account holders (74 per cent …
John Leyden, 05 May 2004
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Phoney Net contest 'winner' sued by bank

An American woman is being sued for fraud by her bank after falling victim to an online scam. Prize money from an Internet contest turned out to have been a bad cheque, and the Cooperative Credit Union wants its money back. Jaclyn Swenson, 26, from Racine, Wisconsin thought she had won $13,000 in the first phase of an Internet- …
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Jul 2004
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Ireland bars South Pacific in rogue dialler crackdown

Ireland is to block direct dialling to 13 countries, mostly in the South Pacific, to combat the growing menace of rogue autodiallers. The ban comes into force on 4 October. Rogue diallers change the number used in dial-up connections to an expensive international number. Sometimes users are offered access to porn sites in …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2004
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Spyware fears prompt changing net habits

The threat of spyware and other unwanted software programs is changing the way people use the internet, according to a survey of US net users from the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Nine out of ten internet users quizzed said they'd "adjusted their online behavior" out of fear of falling victim to malware attacks. Pew …
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2005
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Oracle is still serious about acquiring PeopleSoft

How many Oracle executives does it take to assure the world at large that it still wants to acquire PeopleSoft? Three. Without leisure suit Larry around, Oracle on Monday was forced to turn to a trio of other hands for a momentum building exercise. Safra Catz, Jeff Henley and Chuck Phillips held a conference call to tell …
Ashlee Vance, 25 Nov 2003
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Theglobe.com spins out of orbit

Chat and gaming site theglobe.com is to shut most of its Web business and axe half its staff after falling victim to the online ad slump. The New York-based outfit said on Friday it would close its community site theglobe.com on August 15. It also plans to shut its web-hosting business webjump.com on the same date. Meanwhile …
Linda Harrison, 06 Aug 2001
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Cost of IT security breaches doubles – FBI

Two in three US firms say they lost money after falling victim to security breaches last year, according to an FBI survey. The cost of intrusions was almost double that of 2000. Eighty-five percent of respondents taking part in the sixth annual Computer Crime and Security Survey, detected computer security breaches in 2001. …
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2002
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The growing problem of identity theft

According to the 2003 Computer Crime Survey conducted by the Computer Security Institute in conjunction with the FBI, nearly 13 per cent of respondents were the victim of identity theft in the past year in the US, writes Fran Howarth OF Bloor Research. In total, losses from identity theft in the US in the past year are estimated …
IT-Analysis, 04 Dec 2003
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UK banks and police proffer anti-phishing advice

The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) and the UK banking industry today issued guidelines to help consumers protect themselves against Internet fraudsters. The advice was prompted by a two-tiered email scam that has emerged in the past two months. The first part of the scam involves emails being sent to UK consumers claiming …
John Leyden, 22 Oct 2003
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Believe your own hype - always

In our third extract from Paul Carr's book Bringing Nothing to the Party, the nascent net-botherer muses on one particularly irksome and precocious flash in the dot com pan... During the post-bubble years, between 2000 and 2004, the entire dot com industry was in turmoil. No one could agree whether we were seeing an industry in …
Paul Carr, 22 Oct 2008
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Musicians demand EU protect copyright on the Net

Proponents of the MP3 digital music encoding system who argue that artists support the format because it takes the power of distribution out of the hands of the records labels and places it in theirs may have to think again. French composer/performer Jean-Michel Jarre today presented to the European Parliament a petition signed …
Tony Smith, 19 Jan 1999
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2001: vintage year for virus infections

Firms were hit last year by an average of 113 virus infections per month for every 1,000 computers they own, according to a survey of end users by ICSA Labs. The ICSA Labs' seventh annual computer virus prevalence survey show the threat viruses to businesses increased throughout 2001. ICSA Labs, a division of TruSecure, polled …
John Leyden, 08 Mar 2002
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PoizonBOx hacks past security firm's ‘honey pot’

New Zealand security firm Co-Logic has become one of the latest victims of prolific hacking group PoizonBOx. In order to monitor hacker activity the security assessment firm had set up a "honey pot" server, a poorly protected section of its Web infrastructure that contained no real data and was designed purely to log the …
John Leyden, 09 Jul 2001
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Sun to give away Solaris source code

Sun is planning to tilt rather more in the direction of open source by making Solaris source code free under its community-source licensing scheme. It did this earlier this year for Sparc and Java CPUs, but the plan shouldn't be interpreted as equivalent to the open source model - Sun is trying to build a kind of 'middle way' …
John Lettice, 01 Oct 1999