Monthly Archives: October 2011

RIP Dennis Ritchie, inventor of C and father of UNIX

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Dennis Ritchie, the researcher and computer scientist whom Wired farewelled with the headline The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On, has returned from main(). He died at his home last weekend.

BlackBerry outage, video apologies, a hoax and Ronnie Corbett

BlackBerry outage, video apologies, a hoax and Ronnie Corbett

Millions of BlackBerry owners around the world have been feeling the pain this week as messaging and email systems collapsed in a service outage.

Which is hardly the ideal time for a BlackBerry-related hoax to be spread.

How fast fingerprinting of OLE2 files can lead to efficient malware detection

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SophosLabs experts present research describing how heuristics can help anti-virus products discern between benign and malicious OLE2 files.

Error 3200: Apple iOS 5 stumbles on launch

Error 3200: Apple iOS 5 stumbles on launch

Are you desperate to install iOS 5.0 on your iPad or iPhone?

If so, beware of "Error 3200" which has troubled many early adopters.

Apple releases OS X 10.7.2 and iOS 5 with enormous security patch

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A comprehensive look at the security updates in iOS 5 and OS X Lion 10.7.2. In addition to new features for iOS users, many critical fixes are present.

Celebrity email hacker suspect arrested by FBI

Celebrity email hacker suspect arrested by FBI

Nubile female film stars will be breathing a sigh of relief today at the news that the FBI has arrested a man suspected of hacking into celebrity's phones and emails accounts and stealing their invariably nude photos.

Sony suffers another security scare - 93,000 user accounts broken into

Sony suffers another security scare - 93,000 user accounts accessed

Hackers successfully broke into 93,000 accounts at Sony over the last few days, once again impacting users of the Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network (PSN) and Sony Online Entertainment services.

Government uses secret order to pry open WikiLeaks email

Government uses secret order to pry open WikiLeaks email

The Feds have obtained access to WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum's email accounts with the help of a law that lets them go after email and cellphones without a search warrant.

iTunes 10.5 released to fix 79 vulnerabilties on Windows, OS X to follow

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Apple released iTunes 10.5 today to fix 79 vulnerabilities for Windows users and introduce support for iCloud, wireless syncing and iOS 5 compatibility.

Patch Tuesday October 2011 - 8 bulletins, 2 critical

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Microsoft's Patch Tuesday bulletin for October 2011 covers 23 vulnerabilities in 8 patches. Affected software includes all supported versions of Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET, Silverlight and more.

UPS phishing email wants your shipping credentials

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Phishing emails pretending to be from UPS.com are making the rounds in an attempt to steal your credentials for the My UPS website. Find out what to look for and stay safe online.

Security firm RSA blames nation state for attack on its servers

Security firm RSA blames nation state for attack on its servers

RSA has revealed that it believes two groups, working on behalf of a single nation state, hacked into its servers and stole information related to the company's SecurID two-factor authentication products.

But for some reason it's declining to say which country..

Jeremy Kyle gets attacked by a chav - Facebook scam spreads quickly

Jeremy Kyle gets attacked by a chav - Facebook scam

Jeremy Kyle, the UK's answer to Jerry Springer, is the subject of a fast-spreading Facebook scam that claims he was "attacked by a chav".

Don't be a dumbo, don't click on the links as you'll only be sharing the scams with your Facebook friends.

Sneaky fake company virus warnings trick users into installing malware

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An email from someone in your company tells you that there's a virus problem which has resulted in data being stolen and some files being deleted. You are told to install an anti-virus tool to clean-up the infection properly.

Would you do it?

London Olympic Games to simulate cyber-attacks

London Olympic Games to simulate cyber-attacks

The London 2012 Olympic Games will open in nine months time, and - away from the glories anticipated on the track and field - consideration is being made about how to defend the world's leading sporting event from cyber-attack.

Malware-laden fake YesAsia invoices spammed out

Malware-laden fake YesAsia invoices spammed out

Received an unexpected email from YesAsia.com about a purchase you don't remember making?

Beware the latest spammed-out malware attack, designed to infect your PC.

Best practices for reporting malicious URLs

StopBadware Best Practices for Reporting Badware URLs

StopBadware has teamed up with other members of the computer security community to produce a set of best practices for reporting malicious links.

Find out more now.

Malware compromises USAF Predator drone computer systems

Malware compromises USAF Predator drone computer systems

Malware has infected the control systems used by the United States Air Force to fly Predator and Reaper drones, logging keypresses as the unmanned aircraft are flown remotely in Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan and other conflict zones.

German 'Government' R2D2 Trojan FAQ

German Government R2D2 Trojan FAQ

Was the R2D2 Trojan used by German law enforcement agencies to spy on citizens?

Read our FAQ, and learn more about this unfolding case.

There are NO free iPads / iPhones in memory of Steve Jobs

There are NO free iPads / iPhones in memory of Steve Jobs

Repeat after me - Apple is not giving away any free iPads, iPhones or MacBooks in memory of Steve Jobs.

Nevertheless, Steve Jobs scams claiming to offer free hardware are flourishing on Facebook.