Articles by John Hawes
Dutch banks have agreed on a common framework of rules for their online banking customers, which they will require people to follow if they are to qualify for refunds of money stolen through phishing, carding or other forms of online fraud.
According to a large-scale survey which questioned over 27,000 people across the European Union on their internet use, security attitudes and experiences, many are put off using online services by the potential dangers, but few are taking all the necessary steps to carry out their online business in safety.
A study by risk analysis firm BitSight reveals US financial companies are best protected from cyberattacks, followed by the energy and retail sectors, while tech firms are left trailing.
Activists have uploaded mirrored copies of blocked sites to cloud hosting services, challenging China to block major brands like Amazon and Google cloud hosting, or allow freer access to banned material. How long can the Great Firewall last?
Police advice if you are hit by CryptoLocker is to take it on the chin, and not to pay up.
That's a pretty hard demand to make of anyone, and all but impossible to insist on for everybody, but you would at least expect the police themselves to follow it...
Microsoft's opening of a state-of-the-art Cybercrime Center offers hope of better collaboration between law enforcement and industry experts in fighting online threats. How will these developments affect the safety of the digital world, and is there more that needs to be done?
Hotel internet connections make it harder to track people down, and after police were called to investigate the smell of marijuana emanating from a South African hotel room, they discovered an advanced Nigerian letter scam crime hub.
With phone hacking and NSA leaks making the front pages, cyber security is getting more attention from the mass media than ever before. But is the public becoming more informed - or misinformed?
Pan-European law enforcement agency Europol has announced the take-down of a global gang of cybercrooks thought to be responsible for compromising POS terminals in Europe and North America, netting 30,000 sets of card details.
Do we measure resilience? What aspects of test sample selection may bias results? What are the methods used in a field-trial of anti-malware? These were among the presentations at the first Workshop on Anti-Malware Testing Research (WATeR), where we looked at the sort of things current tests of anti-malware solutions reveal, and some things they do not.
Advertising supports a large chunk of the apps we use on our mobile devices. But without oversight, the behaviour of ad frameworks risks crossing all manner of privacy and security lines. A proposed project aims to address this issue and define a standard for acceptable mobile ads.
A woman from South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, faces stalking and identity theft charges after she allegedly hacked into her ex-boyfriend's email and stole information not only on him, but also on his other love interests.
A Florida man will go to prison for defrauding student aid accounts, while his two fellow-conspirators have been given probation and community sentences.
The group's techniques should serve as a reminder that it's not just the information stored on our computers that we need to keep secure.
The official NSA website NSA.gov was offline for several hours on Friday, prompting immediate wild speculation that it had been taken down by a DDoS campaign.
A European study into the commercialisation of child sex abuse online suggests that sexual images and videos shared between youngsters may become a major target for traffickers, who are using increasingly aggressive tactics to gain remote power over vulnerable kids.
Google has pledged to continue supporting its Chrome browser on Windows XP until at least April 2015, a full year after Microsoft officially ends support for the legacy platform in April 2014. But could its decision end up dissuading people from moving away from XP in a prompt and timely manner?
Organised crime is becoming increasingly entwined with hacking, creating a "service-orientated industry" and making the internet "the single most important" factor facilitating major organised crime and drug trafficking, according to the head of Europol.
Two major cross-industry telemetry projects were presented at last week's Virus Bulletin conference in Berlin. The first is designed to up the standard of anti-malware testing, which in turn encourages better products, and the second aims to help reduce the chances of products mis-identifying clean files as malware.