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Stories by John E Dunn

OpenBSD back door claim now in doubt

The claim that the FBI planted a backdoor in OpenBSD a decade ago has been flatly denied by developer protagonists named as having been involved in the conspiracy in an email sent to OpenBSD founder, Theo de Raadt.

Written by John E Dunn17 Dec. 10 01:27

New HP security group will push services

HP has created a new security group in the UK, gluing together a clutch of acquisitions it has made in the last two years into a single brand selling security services.

Written by John E Dunn16 Dec. 10 05:31

YouTube 2010 'top videos' list ruled by music

If YouTube started as a place for people to upload low-res videos, Google's global 2010 'most popular' video list shows just how fast the model is evolving into something nakedly commercial.

Written by John E Dunn14 Dec. 10 05:18

Virus writer donates money to Chinese pandas

The Chinese man jailed for writing the 'Fujacks' worm in 2006 appears to be trying to rehabilitate his public image, reportedly making made a donation to a panda research centre in the country.

Written by John E Dunn14 Dec. 10 05:14

Wikileaks DDoS tool downloads grow rapidly

A disproportionate number of people downloading the open source DIY tool being used to launch DDoS attacks on companies deemed hostile to Wikileaks appear to be based in the UK, new figures have suggested.

Written by John E Dunn11 Dec. 10 01:46

Teen arrested for selling Call of Duty DDoS tool

A teenager in Manchester has been arrested after being caught selling a 'booting tool' used to attack and kick players of the hugely popular Call of Duty online game.

Written by John E Dunn10 Dec. 10 11:03

Google Nexus S gives Apple huge headache

Google has dived back into hardware, formally announcing its second smartphone, the Nexus S for US and UK consumers.

Written by John E Dunn08 Dec. 10 01:37

AVG antivirus users in reboot chaos after bad update

Antivirus company AVG has had to issue roll-back instructions to users of the free edition of its AVG 2011 program after 64-bit versions of Windows fail to reboot correctly after a mandatory update.

Written by John E Dunn04 Dec. 10 01:45

Toshiba laptop drive embraces new security features

Toshiba has become the latest storage vendor to build Opal Security Subsystem Class (Opal SSC) specification into its self-encrypting drive (SED) for PCs and laptops, the MKxx61GSYD.

Written by John E Dunn03 Dec. 10 01:24

US data laws spur encryption take-up

Data security laws are now the main reason US companies take up encryption, for the first time surpassing even anxiety over data breaches, a new report by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of Symantec has found.

Written by John E Dunn17 Nov. 10 04:24

Man loses $20 million after taking laptop for repair

A New York couple have been charged with defrauding a wealthy musician to the tune of $20 million (£12.3 million) after he innocently visited their computer servicing company to have a virus removed from his laptop.

Written by John E Dunn10 Nov. 10 02:09

Boonana Mac Trojan was ‘not Koobface’, says Microsoft

The widely-reported 'Boonana' Trojan was a new piece of malware after all and had nothing directly to do with Koobface, Microsoft and other security companies have reported a week after the event.

Written by John E Dunn09 Nov. 10 02:07

Zeus Trojan defeats Microsoft security tool

Only weeks after Microsoft added anti-Zeus Trojan detection to its free Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT), it is unable to detect the latest versions, a rival security company has claimed.

Written by John E Dunn06 Nov. 10 04:13

Sophos delights Mac users with free antivirus

Security software company Sophos has finally broken ranks and decided to offer Mac users a free antivirus product without hidden strings.

Written by John E Dunn03 Nov. 10 01:15