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Windows XP - why Microsoft will continue to patch the zombie OS

Officially, Microsoft casts off Windows XP next week. In all probability it will have to continue patching it whether it whether it likes this prospect or not. You have to hand it to Windows XP, an operating system that seems...

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Edward Snowden has done cloud encryption a huge favour

Far from chilling cloud take-up, the Snowden effect could eventually be its making The possibility of NSA snooping has had barely any effect on the willingness of US IT professionals to commit sensitive data to the cloud, according to a...

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Microsoft should have explained the Word RTF security flaw in plain English

This week's RTF zero day in Word was a chance to reach out to the masses. But Microsoft only speaks to engineers and experts. Years after zero day flaws in popular software were accepted as a pressing security worry vendors...

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Huawei v the NSA - who is winning the farcical backdoor war?

Huawei allegedly put surveillance backdoors in its equipment to spy on the West. Now we know the NSA might have put its own back doors in these backdoors. The NSA has long harboured suspicions that Chinese firm Huawei has been...

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Finally, belatedly, mobile networks get behind '7726' SMS spam reporting

UK operators have this week unified on the 7726 spam reporting service they've been quietly using for some time. This should have happened long ago. Ever heard of the SMS 7726 shortcode? Ask that question of the average UK mobile...

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Full-Disclosure reaches the end - "there is no honour amongst hackers any more"

Full Disclosure was not the only security vulnerabilities discussion list but somehow it has always felt like the one that counted. The announcement by admin John Cartwright that it is closing thanks to the actions of an unnamed security researcher...

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Windows license fee cut to $15? This is as good as marketing gets

Windows 8.1's problems go deeper than its price A single Bloomberg report quoting unnamed Microsoft sources and suddenly the Internet is awash with headlines telling us that PC vendors will now be charged only $15 (£9) to load Windows 8.1...

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Chromebooks and Linux on the rise, ad network traffic numbers show

Chromebooks remain a tiny presence in the US, says one ad network. But is looking at traffic necessarily the right measurement? The share of North American web traffic from Chromebook systems doubled last year but was still only 0.2 percent...

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The Syrian Electronic Army attack on Forbes shows the irresistible power of phishing

The Syrian Electronic Army might be predators but their attacks don't need big teeth Earlier this week the Forbes news site became the latest media organisation to find itself on the receiving end of the attentions of the Syrian Electronic...

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Stupid passwords are security's silent rebellion

Passwords might be lousy, but they're also cheap If you assumed the old-fashioned ‘000000’ represented the nadir of bad passwords, think again. According SplashData, zero (repeated six times) only just scrapes on its list of the worst passwords of 2013...

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