Monthly Archives: February 2012

Megaupload's Kim Dotcom bursts the jail bubble

Megaupload's Kim Dotcom bursts the jail bubble

File sharing entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, the larger-than-life figure who was controversially busted by the cops hiding in a panic room in his $30 million mansion in New Zealand, has finally convinced a court to grant him bail.

YouPorn passwords available for download, thousands of users exposed

YouPorn passwords available for download, thousands of users exposed

Want a free password for one of the world's most popular adult websites?

YouPorn, one of the world's most popular porn video websites appears to have been caught with its pants down.

IMP or CCDP? Who cares, it's still storing your data

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The Communications Capabilities Development Programme is the British government's attempt at rehashing the opposing Labour party's failed surveillance reforms.

The Interception Modernisation Programme was the subject of much criticism; does this new programme look any better?

IRS releases its top 'Dirty Dozen' tax scams

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Ushering in tax season, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released its annual "Dirty Dozen" tax scams for 2012.

Beware Changelog spammed-out malware attack

Beware Changelog spammed-out malware attack

Internet users are receiving emails claiming to contain a changelog - but the files attached are really designed to infect computers.

Alleged fraudster has until next week to decrypt her hard drive for prosecutors

Alleged fraudster has until next week to decrypt her hard drive for prosecutors

Prosecutors are keen to discover what is on the encrypted laptop of Ramona Fricosu, a Colorado woman accused of committing financial fraud.

The case has raised interesting questions of whether you can be forced by law to hand over your password, or decrypt your computer.

Pirate Bay faces UK web block

Pirate Bay faces UK web block

The High Court in London has paved the way for what could become a nationwide ban on accessing the notorious Pirate Bay file-sharing website.

'X' is named. Alleged computer hacker at the centre of News of the World scandal

'X' is named. Alleged computer hacker at the centre of News of the World scandal

Security consultant Philip Campbell Smith is alleged to have used a Trojan horse to hack into a computer belonging to Ian Hurst, a former British army intelligence officer who handled IRA informers in Northern Ireland.

Don't lose your Klingon inheritance. It's spam of the day

Don't lose your Klingon inheritance. It's spam of the day

Our Klingon anti-virus product has been told it could receive a massive inheritance.

Hmm.. does anyone smell anything a bit Ferengi about this?

Ex-girlfriend sex videos, browser plugins and Facebook survey scams

Ex girlfriend sex videos, browser plugins and Facebook survey scams

Scammers are up to their old tricks on Facebook, tricking users into visiting revenue-generating survey scam websites by appearing to offer sex videos.

Jail for 'ethical' hacker who bypassed Facebook security from his bedroom

Jail for 'ethical' hacker who bypassed Facebook security from his bedroom

A British student who breached security at Facebook last year has been sentenced to eight months in jail, despite arguing that his intentions were not malicious.

World abuzz over single-atom transistor which "may yield computer with unparalleled computational efficiency"

World abuzz over single-atom transistor which "may yield computer with unparalleled computational efficiency"

How far can nanotech go?

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney today officially announced the publication of a paper entitled A single-atom transistor. And there, it would seem, you have it. What more is there to say?

Vikileaks Twitter campaign falls over, but Vic Toews still standing

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While the fury over Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews' really, really poor choice of words continues to snowball, Vikileaks Twitter campaign was shut down last night.

We want to hear from you (and you might just get a free book out of it)

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Calling IT managers... You're busy. Everyone expects everything to be working smoothly. Bet you'd like some useful articles to make your life a bit easier? Tell us what these are and be in with a chance of winning Bruce Schneier's latest book, 'Liars & Outliers'.

Trust and society: a review of Liars & Outliers by Bruce Schneier

Trust and society: a review of Liars & Outliers by Bruce Schneier

Paul Baccas reviews Bruce Schneier's latest book.

Bogus Twitter and Wikipedia sites fined and booted offline

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Two typosquatting sites, "Wikapedia.com" and "Twtter.com," have been forced offline and fined £100,000 ($156,000) each by a UK telephone regulatory agency. Learn tips on how you can avoid falling victim to typosquatters.

Canadian politician accuses bill opposition of siding with child porn peddlars

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Canadian politician causes stir, saying anyone who objects to the "Protecting Children from Online Predators Act" sides with child pornographers. Do statements like this serve anything more than muddying the waters?

Second passport for South Africans? It's spam of the day

Second passport for South Africans? It's spam of the day

If these spammers want to get a higher return on their email campaign they might want to try targeting just South African internet users in future.

Researchers take another crack at SSL

Researchers take another crack at SSL

Just how unique is is your private key?

Is there a chance that someone else, without any malice aforethought, might unexpectedly end up with a key pair that is identical or at least dangerously similar to yours?

Apple's Gatekeeper security feature leaves a lot to be desired

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Apple is introducing a new security feature called Gatekeeper in its upcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion release. Read on to find out what it does and how it measures up.