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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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The rise and rise of domestic spyware apps

When a stranger installs a surveillance app we call it spyware. Does the same apply if it's a spouse? Domestic spyware monitoring has been quietly booming in the PC world for years without any particularly noticing or caring and now...

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Cisco, Juniper, Samsung, Huawei - is nobody safe from the NSA?

New Snowden documents suggest that the NSA is exploiting unpublished flaws in the routers, firewalls and hard drives of the largest tech vendors. Months into what surely deserves to be called the Internet’s ‘Snowden era’ the leaks keep coming, indeed...

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Does Microsoft fear Google's Chromebooks or the people who buy them?

Microsoft never liked Larry Ellison's network computers. Clinging to that orthodoxy risks another mis-step The 1990’s were the greatest of times for Microsoft and Windows but history will surely record it as the era when its leaders also painted themselves...

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Chromebooks: is Google's computer a sales flop or misunderstoood gem?

PC sales are in steady global decline and yet it is Google’s modest newcomer, the Chromebook, that seems to get a kicking on a regular basis simply for daring to exist.  The latest example is by commentator Ed Bott, who...

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Of course the NSA spies on Angela Merkel. The problem is she can't spy back

Well-executed spying is an essential safety valve. But the NSA has got ahead of its friends So the world now knows that the US has definitely been spying on the mobile phone calls of Angela Merkel, François Hollande, David Cameron and...

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