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Bank dumps customers in 'irrigation ditch'

It's clear that things are pretty rough in Spain, but we wonder if it's really necessary for banking monolith La Caixa to rub its customers' noses in it. No doubt La Caixa has plenty of account holders who, in times of plenty and easy credit, took out a couple of mortgages (flat in Madrid, nice little place in the country) and …
Lester Haines, 30 Apr 2012
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Paddy Power website fell at Grand National first fence

Irish betting behemoth Paddy Power is giving out a free bet to customers after its website crashed for 20 minutes just before the Grand National horse race on Saturday. Sheer traffic on the day sent the site falling at the first fence and only getting its legs again 15 minutes before the race. Some punters told The Reg they …
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1&1 outage knocks down websites in Spain, UK

Websites using hosting firm 1&1 are down today while the company deals with a problem with "one of its nodes", according to some of its customers. 1&1's service status page claims that all systems are functional, but British and Spanish customers are complaining on Twitter that their websites are down or they're having issues …
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Chinese woman sparks net craze with virgin website

A 38-year-old virgin has become the talk of the web in China this week after she set up a site devoted to her near four decades of abstinence - and urged the nation’s youth to join her in saying no to hanky-panky before marriage. Shanghai Daily reported that singleton Tu Shiyou from Hubei Province set up the “virginity website …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Feb 2012
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Security mandates aim to shore up shattered SSL system

A consortium of companies has published a set of security practices they want all web authentication authorities to follow for their secure sockets layer certificates to be trusted by browsers and other software. The baseline requirements (PDF), published this week by the Certification Authority/Browser Forum, are designed to …
Dan Goodin, 17 Dec 2011
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Now Post Office branches hit by computer glitches

Computer glitches reduced Post Office branch services to a crawl on Monday. The Post Office network was knocked for six in two 30-minute periods, leading to long queues on one of the busiest posting days in the run-up to Christmas. The bugs coincided with problems accessing services on the Post Office website. The Post Office …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2011
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Digital certificate authority suspends ops following breach

Websites belonging to a Netherlands-based issuer of digital certificates were unavailable following reports hackers penetrated their security and accessed databases that should have been off limits. Dutch telecommunications giant KPN issued a statement (translation here) that said it temporarily shut the website of it's Gemnet …
Dan Goodin, 8 Dec 2011
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Royal Mail fights to address website outages

Parts of the website for the Royal Mail still aren't operational today, after the site reportedly went down over the weekend. Using the website at the time of publication was very slow going, and Reg readers said that the Smartstamp service for printing postage was offline. The website wasn't carrying any message for …
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SSL authority stops issuing certificates following breach

Yet another web authentication authority has stopped issuing secure sockets layer certificates after discovering a security breach that allowed hackers to store attack tools on one of its servers. Netherlands-based KPN Corporate Market said it was taking the action while it investigated the compromise, which may have taken …
Dan Goodin, 4 Nov 2011
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Accused Hollywood hacker does about face, pleads not guilty

A Florida man has pleaded not guilty to charges he broke into the email accounts of actresses Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, and as many as 50 other celebrities, and made off with nude photos and personal information. Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Florida, denied the allegations contained in a 26-count indictment …
Dan Goodin, 2 Nov 2011
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Thousands of WordPress sites commandeered by Black Hole

Mass attacks that exploit a known vulnerability in the WordPress publishing platform have continued to bear fruit for hackers, with thousands of websites claimed in the past few weeks, a researcher said. The security bug, in a widely used image resizing utility known as TimThumb, allows attackers to seize control of WordPress …
Dan Goodin, 2 Nov 2011
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Mass ASP.NET attack causes websites to turn on visitors

An infection that causes poorly configured websites to silently bombard visitors with malware attacks has hit almost 614,000 webpages, Google searches show. The mass infection, which redirects users to a site exploiting old versions of Oracle's Java, Adobe's Flash player and various browsers, was first disclosed by researchers …
Dan Goodin, 14 Oct 2011
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Hundreds of websites share usernames sans permission

Home Depot, The Wall Street Journal, Photobucket, and hundreds of other websites share visitor's names, usernames, or other personal information with advertisers or other third parties, often without disclosing the practice in privacy policies, academic researchers said. Sixty-one percent of websites tested by researchers from …
Dan Goodin, 11 Oct 2011
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Thailand PM's Twitter account breached

The Twitter account belonging to Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been suspended after someone took control of it and used it to send messages critical of her administration. A government official said that investigators believe a Thai citizen broke into Yingluck's email account and used it to access her Twitter …
Dan Goodin, 4 Oct 2011
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Check your machines for malware, Linux developers told

Following a series of embarrassing intrusions that hit the servers used to maintain and distribute the Linux operating system, project elders have advised all developers to check their Linux machines for signs of compromise. Emails sent Friday by Linux kernel lead developers Greg Kroah-Hartman and H Peter Anvin arrived as …
Dan Goodin, 4 Oct 2011
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Bank of America website disrupted for 4th day in a row

Bank of America's website continued to suffer sporadic outages on Monday, marking the fourth day that some customers have been unable to use its online services to check balances and pay bills. "We're sorry, but some of our pages are temporarily unavailable," a note posted to the homepage for the biggest US bank read. "Thanks …
Dan Goodin, 3 Oct 2011
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Qualys endorses alternative to crappy SSL system

San Francisco-based security firm Qualys is throwing its support behind an experimental project designed to improve the security and privacy of website authentication by reducing reliance on certificate authorities that issue secure sockets layer credentials. The Convergence project was devised by Moxie Marlinspike, a security …
Dan Goodin, 30 Sep 2011
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Firefox devs mull dumping Java to stop BEAST attacks

Firefox developers searching for a way to protect users against a new attack that decrypts sensitive web traffic are seriously considering an update that stops the open-source browser from working with Oracle's Java software framework. The move, which would prevent Firefox from working with scores of popular websites and …
Dan Goodin, 29 Sep 2011

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