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Stories by John E Dunn

Internet Explorer 9 hammers rivals in download blocking test

The in-house reputation system used in Internet Explorer 8 and 9 is markedly superior at blocking social-engineering attacks than the Google equivalent used by Chrome, Firefox, Apple's Safari, an independent test by NSS Labs has found.

Written by John E Dunn17 July 11 03:37

Russian CEO arrested for alleged DDoS attack on rival

One of the most controversial figures in Russia's online world, ChronoPay co-founder and CEO Pavel Vrublevsky, has been arrested on suspicion of ordering a DDoS attack against a rival firm.

Written by John E Dunn27 June 11 23:48

ICANN votes for huge domain expansion as users shrug

The age of .com has been put on notice. After years of wrangling, Internet governing body ICANN has finally approved a dramatic expansion of top-level domain suffixes from the current 22 commonly used to just about anything an applicant can think of.

Written by John E Dunn21 June 11 00:28

Writerspace site warns members after LulzSec hack

Literary website Writerspace.com has admitted that almost a quarter <a href="Literary website Writerspace.com has admitted that almost a quarter of the 62,000 email logins published after an attack by LulzSec came from its user database. ">of the 62,000 email logins published</a> after an attack by LulzSec came from its user database.

Written by John E Dunn18 June 11 01:04

New LulzSec hack leaks 62,000 web logins

Only hours after embarrassing the CIA by downing its website, hacking jokesters LulzSec have issued another self-declared indictment of the Internet's woeful security, leaking a database of 62,000 stolen passwords and user names.

Written by John E Dunn17 June 11 04:37

Laptop with 8.6 million NHS records vanishes from hospital

A laptop containing unencrypted medical data for 8.63 million people has reportedly gone missing from a storeroom of a health authority in London, potentially the biggest data loss disaster ever to befall the NHS.

Written by John E Dunn16 June 11 03:05

World Bank cut connection to IMF after "major" cyberattack

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has admitted to being the victim of a cyberattack so serious that its global partner the World Bank temporarily decided to cut all computer links between the two organisations.

Written by John E Dunn14 June 11 00:41

Russian bank puts lie detector in ATM machine

Customers of the Russian Sperbank might in future have to pay attention to how nervous they sound if they wish to withdraw money from the bank's ATM machines.

Written by John E Dunn14 June 11 03:41

Firefox users targetted by fake antivirus scams

Firefox users have targeted by new scam that tries to load a user's PC with fake antivirus software using a passably convincing version of the Windows Update page.

Written by John E Dunn10 June 11 23:36

Windows 8 gets dramatic smartphone makeover

Whatever Microsoft ends up calling Windows 8, a press event at the Computex Show in Taiwan confirms that the company has already given the next version of the world's most ubiquitous operating system a heavy smartphone makeover.

Written by John E Dunn03 June 11 03:59

North Korea training cyberwarriors at foreign colleges

North Korea is trying to boost its cyberwar capability by its best sending programmers abroad for training in the latest hacking techniques, a defector from the country has told a security conference in Seoul.

Written by John E Dunn02 June 11 03:12

Stealth startup invents 'do-it-all' analytics database

A highly-touted Anglo-US startup has emerged from stealth mode this month with a new type of database design it believes can transform the way this class of software is used by many large companies.

Written by John E Dunn28 May 11 04:07

Spammers create short URL systems to beat security

Spammers have started setting up bogus URL shortening services to act as relay points for traffic generated by their emails, Symantec's MessageLabs division has reported in its May 2011 Intelligence Report.

Written by John E Dunn25 May 11 04:23

Norwegian military admits to March cyberattack

The Norwegian military has admitted to being hit by a potentially serious targeted cyberattack attack in March, sources in the country have reported.

Written by John E Dunn24 May 11 04:12

Fake drive rescue utility demands $80 to restore desktop

The fake software pushers just won't give up. Security company Symantec has discovered a Trojan that tries to get PC users to pay for a worthless drive rescue utility by disrupting their system so convincingly they will believe that the PC's hard disk is about to fail.

Written by John E Dunn24 May 11 01:08