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Criminals scam UK taxpayers

Build those poorly conceived and insecure applications and they will come. Trust the UK Revenue & Customs service to remind us of this tedious maxim with its online tax credit application system, which has had just had its credibility...

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Carry on spyware

It’s hard to feel sorry for anyone making a living out of selling keylogging software. Officially, there are legitimate uses for putting software on a PC in order to monitor how that computer is being used but we can’t...

Tags: apple, internet, mac

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The slow take-up of U3

Several months on from launch, and it looks as if the " target="_blank">U3 drive standard will take time to catch on. In case you don’t know, U3 drives are physically identical to conventional USB storage drives, but come with...

Tags: email, virus

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Sony sent back to DRM drawing board

We’re not fans of surveys at Techworld, but couldn’t help noticing the findings of a poll of 1,500 customers of anti-virus company Sophos. According " target="_blank">to the poll, 98 percent of those considered Sony’s digital rights management software (see...

Tags: virus

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Doom-mongers jump the gun

No sooner had the virtual ink dried on our ">commentary on the alarming Troj_emfsploit.A Trojan, than the company that discovered it – Trend Micro – scaled down its claims. The gist was that the malware appeared to be exploiting...

Tags: virus

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What's happened to common vulnerability scoring?

Not everyone in IT has heard of the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS), launched formally earlier this year, but it could turn into one of the most interesting stories of 2006 nonetheless. The name has a bureaucratic ring to...

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Firewalls go industrial

It’s hard to believe that there is still a huge untapped sector out there begging to be sold security hardware, but there is. News arrived this week that a small, little-known German outfit called " target="_blank">Innominate has launched a...

Tags: apple, firewall, hacker, mac, virus

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Tuesday will be zero day. One day.

Only two days after Microsoft issued a patch for a “critical” flaw related to the graphics rendering engine in Windows, Trend Micro has unearthed a Trojan out to exploit it. As it happens, the Troj_emfsploit.A (Trend’s name) does nothing...

Tags: virus

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Cookies that don't crumble

Browser cookies are a simple means of tracking how a browser is interacting with a website. Each one carries some history of such events, but also basic elements of software identification. They’ve long been a target for fraudsters intent...

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Americans are not global village idiots

A small revelation. The fact that there are people who fall for the Nigerian 419 “advance fee” scam does not mean that humanity is plagued by naivety, greed and stupidity after all. In fact, if you look at the...

Tags: email, internet

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