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FLAMING RETORT: Eleven UK government employees sacked over social media use at work!

The UK's Guardian newspaper laid into the Department for Work and Pensions yesterday with a story entitled "Eleven work and pensions civil servants sacked for using Twitter or Facebook".

Where does your organisation sit on the social media fence?

FLAMING RETORT: Linux rootkit news "provides some comic relief"

About two weeks ago, a posting on the Full Disclosure Mailing List announced a new Linux rootkit.

Indeed, the posting didn't just announce the malware, but included a fully-working sample...

FLAMING RETORT: Frankenstein Malware - the future of cyberwar, or just a catchy headline?

FLAMING RETORT: Frankenstein Malware - the future of cyberwar, or just a catchy headline?

A paper on "Frankenware" presented at a recent USENIX conference offers to help you build new malware entirely out of code sequences which already appear on your victim's computer.

Of course, this raises the question, "Why bother?"

FLAMING RETORT: All this new Mac malware - whose fault is it?

FLAMING RETORT: It's all your fault!

Flaming Retort is back, this time trying to Coole and Explayne the flames we've had from some Mac users in the past few days.

In a back-to-front way of making Mac fans feel better, I'll start by making everyone feel slightly worse, taking a small potshot at Windows, OS X and Linux fans alike.

FLAMING RETORT: Putting out the HP printer fires


Smoke and fire certainly make good hacking headlines.

But there's a lot more to the flaming war of words between Columbia University and HP than potential pyro printer problems.

Paul Ducklin weighs into the debate.

FLAMING RETORT: Hacktivism, hacking and hackers - what do these words really mean?


I keep getting asked what my attitude is to hacktivism, hacking and hackers.

I usually answer by saying, "What do you mean by hacktivism?" And the answer is frequently, and impassably, circular. "Y'know - all that hacking that hacktivists are doing these days."

FLAMING RETORT: Whither Anonymous, our new generation of cyberfreedom fighters?


Sophos Voice of Reason, Paul Ducklin, takes on hacktivism in another issue of Flaming Retort!

Anonymous. You either get it or you don't. You're either for it our against it. You're either a member or you're not. Which should you be?

FLAMING RETORT: Cooling the friction when Linux meets anti-virus


Welcome to the first installment of a brand new Naked Security column, Flaming Retort!

This week, Sophos Voice of Reason Paul Ducklin soothes the friction which seems to warm things up whenever Linux meets anti-virus.