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What's in a domain name?


Was Microsoft's Bing search engine poisoned for one of Microsoft's own products? Maybe not, but there is a lesson here to be learned for internet marketers. Simply representing your brand can help users stay safe on the internet.

Apple iPad and iPhone infection risk?

Apple iPad and iPhone infection risk?

Major Australian media outfit Fairfax ran a story throughout the weekend warning about "Apple store infection risk". This was understandably a hot story across most of its dailies, including the Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, Brisbane Times and WA Today. Read more…

Privacy threats to dominate security landscape in 2011?

rPrivacy threats to dominate security landscape in 2011?

At Hack in the Box, we decided to have a bit of fun. My Sophos Malaysia colleagues purchased a veritable flotilla of rubber ducks - in traditional bathtime-duck yellow - and tricked me into an autograph session. Duck signing ducks, geddit?

Hack in the Box attack - presenter threatened with arrows

Hack in the Box attack - presenter threatened with arrows

Marco Slaviero, a presenter at Hack in the Box 2010 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, had a narrow escape yesterday after a number of outsized presentation arrows ganged up and threatened to attack him during his talk. Powerpoint was initially suspected.

Hack in the Box - DNS expert swings a punch

Hack in the Box - DNS expert swings a punch

I'm currently in Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, for HITB - the 8th Hack in the Box conference.

HITB prides itself on being a "deep knowledge" security event - no commercial speeches from vendors and no way to buy a speaking slot.

Stuxnet begone! Can we worry about EFTPOS now, please?

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Stuxnet, the malware story which refuses to die, has dominated recent security media coverage. Firstly, Stuxnet targets the Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) used in plants and factories. Secondly, Stuxnet's prevalence was apparently greatest in Iran, giving hyperbolistas plenty to dine out on.

Microsoft - quarantine infected PCs!

Microsoft - quarantine infected PCs!

The Guardian leads today with the story "Microsoft: virus-hit PCs should be quarantined". The idea, endorsed on Microsoft's own technoblog, is not new. The theory is simple: if you are infected with a bot, then the best thing you can do...

Facebook privacy changes - a missed opportunity?

Facebook privacy changes - a missed opportunity?

Facebook, through the medium of CEO Mark Zuckerberg's blog, has just announced a trifecta of changes to the Facebook interface. Apparently, if you are a Facebook user, you will soon be getting...

Apple insecurity in San Francisco

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I'm currently at SFO, San Francisco's main airport, waiting to fly back to Sydney. Thanks to the mysteries of international flight scheduling, I arrived from Vancouver so early that the Qantas check-in desk didn't open for another four-and-a-half hours, which Read more…

Malicious JavaScript – tricks and traps

Malicious JavaScript

Along with my fellow Sophos bloggers, I'm currently attending VB2010, this year's Virus Bulletin conference, in sunny (honestly!) Vancouver, BC. My first trip to Vancouver was in 1999, the first time VB took place in the Pacific North West. (It Read more…

Old habits die hard. New habits die harder

Old habits die hard. New habits die harder.

Humans are creatures of habit. These habits – even if pointless, annoying, or, in extreme cases, immoral and possibly unlawful – can become invisibly and almost intractably ingrained. Many adults, for example, publicly masticate chewing gum almost continuously, even whilst Read more…

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…

August roundup - "90 Second News"


Don't just read the latest computer security news - watch it in 90 seconds! This month: take a lesson from Microsoft on why security is a journey, not a destination; find out about the latest cybercriminal scams on Facebook; and Read more…

Facebook users in Singapore – how do they measure up?

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Singapore recently pipped Hong Kong into first place as the world's most competitive economy. But how do Singaporean Facebook users measure up? Are they smarter than you, or lagging behind? We took to the streets to find out. Listen, and Read more…

Black Hat 2010 – are we headed for cybervictory?


Las Vegas in general, and the Black Hat conference in particular, really do seem larger-than-life, as you can see in the video I made at the outset of the event. Even the bookstand offers a bewilderingly eclectic range of publications, Read more…

Black Hat 2010 – Malware? SCADA? Privacy? Cloud?

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Thousands of international security experts are congregating in Nevada, USA, for the Black Hat 2010 conference. But why? What is the single biggest issue which the 2010 conference will address? Is it malware? SCADA? Privacy? Cloud? Hear from the experts Read more…

July roundup – "90 Second News"


Don't just read the latest computer security news – watch it in 90 seconds! See the CPLINK Windows shortcut vulnerability explained, learn why you need to burn those ageing legacy applications, and find out what's been going wrong on Facebook Read more…

CPLINK and Stuxnet – there is a silver lining

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In case you've missed the big security story of the past few days, it's all about the Stuxnet malware, which brought to the world's attention a rather naughty bug in Windows – the "CPLINK shortcut vulnerability", or just CPLINK for Read more…

Aussies fall for "Shop for Free" scam on Facebook – watch out!

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Don't fall for the Target Week SHOP for FREE scam, which is currently proving very popular on Facebook. Thousands of Australians, and even more people elsewhere in the world, already seem to have decided that they "Like" this special offer Read more…