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Colossus – the first electronic digital computer

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It's a year since my last book review, so I thought I'd write another. I'm currently finishing off Colossus – The Secrets of Bletchley Park's Codebreaking Computers. This book has been out for four-and-a-half years, so I really ought to Read more…

Oz election outcome – I was right!

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The dust has finally settled on the Australian federal election. As everyone ought to know, the previous ruling party, and the previous Prime Minister, managed to cling somewhat precariously to power. They didn't really win, since they ended up with Read more…

Hundreds of Sophos employees stranded in Berlin by volcano fall-out

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I'm writing to you from the bar of the Maritim Hotel in Berlin, where hundreds of Sophos staff are currently stranded because of the eruption of an Icelandic volcano. Airflights across North Europe are suspended because of the volcanic ash, Read more…

TechCrunch hacked again, as intruders turn potty-mouthed

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Top technology blog TechCrunch has been hacked for the second time in 24 hours, with visitors being greeted by an offensive message directed at site founder Michael Arrington. Part of the message posted by the hacker reads: So Arrington, how Read more…

Jewish Chronicle website hacked by 'Palestinian Mujaheeds'

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The website of the Jewish Chronicle newspaper, the world's longest running Jewish newspaper, has been hacked by a group calling itself the "Palestinian Mujaheeds", protesting against the continuing blockade of the Gaza Strip by Israel. The hackers appear to have Read more…

Baidu, China's largest search engine, defaced by Iranian Cyber Army

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Hot on the heels of last month's attack on Twitter, the so-called "Iranian Cyber Army" appears to have defaced another high profile website. Baidu, formed in 2000, is China's number one search engine, dominating the home market for online searches Read more…

Download your very own Black Screen of Death

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There has been a right royal ruckus over the so-called Black Screen of Death in the last few days. Security firm Prevx kicked things off by warning that "millions" of Windows users could find themselves in front of a black Read more…

Microsoft updates trusted root certs to include Startcom

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This week while I was away at Virus Bulletin Microsoft released an update to the root certificates they include for Windows and Internet Explorer. On its own this is not noteworthy, but I have been meaning to blog about this Read more…

Scareware scammers exploit 9/11

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Just when you think the hackers couldn't get any lower, they plumb new depths. Cybercriminals hell bent on infecting users with scareware by displaying fake anti-virus scans are hacking legitimate webpages and stuffing them with keywords related to the 9/11 Read more…

Endpoint or computer? A call for plain speaking

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I admit it. I've had it up to here with the word "endpoint". It's beloved by the marketing departments from Cupertino to Abingdon and back all the way to Santa Clara, but I don't believe that any of you are Read more…

Pro-Islamic hackers make a monkey out of Dutch politician

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Scores of Dutch websites have been defaced by hackers who have posted pro-Islamic slogans and doctored images of a right-wing politican. Turkish hackers have been blamed for the website defacements, which display a photo of right-wing politician Geert Wilders, edited Read more…

MI5 website hack overhyped by Daily Express

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Apologies dear Clu-blog readers, as I've let you down. Earlier today I blogged about an "exclusive" report in The Daily Express newspaper claiming that MI5's website had been compromised by hackers. (You can read that original blog post here). Lucian Read more…

Don't download Google Chrome for Mac or Linux

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When Google released its very own web-browser, called Chrome, last year it generated enormous attention and many Windows users rushed to try it out. There were some grumblings, however. In particular from members of the Mac and Linux communities who Read more…

Nine out of ten work PCs fail on basic security

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Ninety percent of corporate PCs are a security risk because they are not fully patched, or do not have basic security such as anti-virus software and firewalls properly installed. That's the rather staggering revelation made by the results from Sophos's Read more…

Ten years at Sophos

Ten years at Sophos

I didn't believe them when they told me, but apparently today is the 10th anniversary of me joining Sophos. Sophos wasn't my first job in the computer security industry. In December 1991 I went for an interview at S&S International Read more…

Good riddance - Zango shuts down

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Not many people will be shedding a tear this week at the news that notorious adware distributor Zango has shut its doors. According to media reports, Zango (who were previously known as 180Solutions) was unable to remain in business because Read more…

Michael Jackson quiz: we have a winner!

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Last week I told you about some dodgy goings-on that had been spotted on Michael Jackson's website, and liberally sprinkled my blog post with titles of songs by the llama-loving moon-walking oxygen-tent-inhabiting phenomenon. In no particular order, here are the Read more…

Some competition housekeeping

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Thanks to the more than 700 of you who recently gave your opinion in the social networking survey I conducted on the Clu-blog. The survey is now closed, and one lucky name was pulled out of the hat to win Read more…

Sophos's plans for Red Nose Day

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Red Nose Day is a UK-wide fundraising event organised by Comic Relief every two years which culminates in a night of extraordinary comedy and moving documentary films on BBC One Television. Red Nose Day will be the biggest TV fundraising Read more…

Zune Leap Year bug under the microscope

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More information about the non-virus problem which hung 30GB Zune MP3 players on New Year's Eve has been uncovered. It turns out that the problem is actually on the clock chip from Freescale embedded inside Microsoft's music device. As you Read more…