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Stories by John E. Dunn

Industry upbeat about IPv6 Day despite low traffic volume

It's been billed by its organizers as the most important day for the future of the Internet, but so far World IPv6 Day has probably served to confirm what the industry already knows about the 128-bit protocol on which the 21st century digital society will be built -- there is not a lot of it about.

Written by John E. Dunn09 June 11 01:34

UK developing cyber-weapons, Armed Forces minister admits

The U.K. Government is developing a "toolbox" of Internet cyber-weapons that could be used to attack other countries, Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey said in an admission that the military now treats the Internet as a battlefield like any other.

Written by John E. Dunn01 June 11 00:59

Dimension Data finds vulnerabilities on Cisco devices

Large numbers of companies using Cisco network equipment are still vulnerable to a single security vulnerability flaw nearly two years after a patch was issued, an analysis of network scans by Dimension Data for its 2011 Network Barometer Report has found.

Written by John E. Dunn24 May 11 23:51

Industry agrees on security vulnerability reporting format

Three years after its founding, the Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security on the Internet (ICASI) is starting to bear fruit with the launch of version 1.0 of its framework designed to allow tech vendors to more easily share data on software vulnerabilities.

Written by John E. Dunn21 May 11 04:10

Overhaul of U.K. copyright law would boost GDP, says report

The U.K.'s obsolete copyright laws are hurting innovation and should be overhauled to boost economic growth and make it easier for content and creative businesses to set up in the country, an independent report has recommended.

Written by John E. Dunn19 May 11 03:30

Vendors patch firewalls after controversial NSS Labs test

Four out of the five vendors shown last month by testing company NSS Labs to suffer a security flaw in their high-end firewalls have since patched their products, including two companies that disputed the issue at the time.

Written by John E. Dunn10 May 11 04:02

WebGL hit by hard-to-fix browser security flaw

The WebGL graphics technology turned on by default in Firefox and Chrome poses a serious security risk and IT managers should consider disabling it, a security consultancy has recommended.

Written by John E. Dunn10 May 11 03:37

Developers' frustration with Android growing, survey finds

The latest Appcelerator/IDC mobile survey has uncovered a growing well of frustration among Android developers, with underwhelming tablets, OS fragmentation and multiple app stores cited as the main worries.

Written by John E. Dunn26 April 11 22:07

Sourcefire takes intrusion prevention to masses with IPSx

Open-source security company Sourcefire has announced an entry-level Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) it claims will democratize a technology that is still seen as being exclusively for large companies with experienced security teams, rather than small and medium-size enterprises.

Written by John E. Dunn18 April 11 23:09

Google Chrome gets 'native' PDF support

Google has started using its next generation plug-in API to embed support for Adobe Acrobat PDFs more deeply into the Chrome browser. The company believes this will benefit security, performance and reliability.

Written by John E. Dunn21 June 10 07:45

Panda's free antivirus adds new malware blocking

Panda Security has bolstered the features available in its free antivirus product, Cloud Antivirus, adding a new behavioural engine and Windows autorun control.

Written by John E. Dunn04 June 10 02:18

ZoneAlarm adds cloud automation to Free Firewall

Check Point has re-launched its most famous consumer product, the ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, adding an upgraded outbound defence layer with access to a cloud-based threat network.

Written by John E. Dunn24 May 10 23:38

Quantum key security hacked for first time

An important weakness has been discovered in the technology of quantum key distribution (QKD), which is increasingly being used by military and government to secure sensitive communications.

Written by John E. Dunn20 May 10 23:35

Oracle buys Secerno to get database firewall

Oracle has bought UK <a href="http://www.secerno.com/?gclid=CPHdsPyK46ECFUcA4wodtUUIKg">database security startup Secerno</a> for an undisclosed sum, bringing to an end the independence of one of the last decade's most unusual UK-based startups.

Written by John E. Dunn21 May 10 23:47

Gumblar Trojan vanishes suddenly yet again

A prolific variant of the Gumblar Trojan has performed another vanishing act, disappearing suddenly from malware figures gathered by Kaspersky Lab.

Written by John E. Dunn10 May 10 17:39