Category: Computer security

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Who owns data on you?

I’ll tell you a little story first. True as it happens. Many years ago – decades actually! – I used to hang around IRC-based chat rooms talking to other techies and MUD gamers. One evening we got a troll, some annoying kid that believed the anonymity of the Internet allowed...

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Book Review : Worm, the first digital world war

WORM, the first digital world war, by Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down. Blurb The Conficker worm infected its first computer in November 2008 and within a month had infiltrated 1.5 million machines in 195 countries. Banks, telecommunications companies and critical government networks – including the British Parliament and...

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EMC and RSA sell their soul to the NSA for a paltry $10m

Making news across Twitter and the world at the moment is the latest government secret revealed by ex-NSA contractor and whistle-blower Edward Snowden, though the altogether sinister #RSA trend, is actually two news items running in parallel. The first is the unbelievable (therefore true) and explosive leak that the NSA...

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My top ten rules for email

Keeping your mailbox clean 1) Always have an up-to-date anti-virus package and ideally use at least one spam filter. 2) Don’t accept mail with attachments even from relatives if you can help it (unless you are specifically expecting something) – and not ever from strangers! 3) Use different emails as...