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John E Dunn


John is one of the co-founders of Techworld, following a spell working for Tornado Insider, the European magazine for tech start-ups. He started in IT journalism as technical editor of Personal Computer Magazine, before progressing to become editor of Network World (formerly LAN Magazine) and Network Week before helping to set up Techworld Insider. He has also freelanced for a number of technical publications in the technology, science and business fields.

His Techworld blog is War on Error

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Data breaches eroding usefulness of personal identification, argues new analysis

The number of personal records compromised by data breaches has reached such proportions that once important identifiers such as US social security numbers could soon stop being a reliable way of authenticating people, a new analysis by NSS Labs has suggested.


Edward Snowden has done cloud encryption a huge favour


Nottingham Trent University buys ForeScout to secure booming Wi-Fi network

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has completed the installation of Forescout’s network access control platform as part of a long-running plan to rationalise, upgrade and secure its once-sprawling Wi-Fi network.


Man wins 16-year laptop battle after spending £250,000 on legal fees

A man who claimed his credit rating was ruined after he returned a laptop bought using a finance agreement has won a pyrrhic legal victory that brings to a close a dogged 16-year battle for compensation.


Microsoft should have explained the Word RTF security flaw in plain English


Cryptolocker infection forces chamber of commerce to spend $5,000 on new PCs

A chambers of commerce in Vermont has found itself $5,000 (£3,000) out of pocket after having to replace computers, servers and backup drives infected by the rampaging Cryptolocker malware.


Microsoft Word users told to disable RTF support after Google uncovers targeted attacks

Microsoft Word users on both PC and Mac have been advised to apply a temporary fix for a dangerous remote execution zero day flaw after Google researchers discovered it being exploited in targeted attacks.


Open University launches MSc in computer forensics to bridge UK skills shortage

The Open University (OU) has announced a new MSc programme in computing it hopes will help to plug a UK skills shortage in areas such as digital forensics, insider threats and IP theft.


Malwarebytes new Anti-Malware Premium features XP protection for life

Malwarebytes has announced a major overhaul of its popular Anti-Malware tool, changing the name of the paid ‘Pro’ version to ‘Premium’ and promising to support Windows XP users after 8 April


Huawei v the NSA - who is winning the farcical backdoor war?


Finally, belatedly, mobile networks get behind '7726' SMS spam reporting


Full-Disclosure reaches the end - "there is no honour amongst hackers any more"


Hospital hit by screen-grab Trojan that attempted to steal 5,400 patient records

A US hospital has admitted suffering a mysterious malware attack that grabbed screenshots containing the personal data of 5,400 patients from hospital PCs before hiding them in an encrypted folder for probable transmission to criminals.


Infamous Zotob virus author 'Diabl0' arrested in Thailand on phishing charges

On-the-run hacker Farid Essebar, best known for writing the 2005 Zotob worm using the handle ‘Diabl0’, has been arrested by police in Thailand on new charges connected to phishing Swiss online banking sites.


'Windigo' Linux bot hijacks servers to feast on PCs behind sysadmins' backs

The curious ‘Cdorked’ Apache web server backdoor that alarmed admins a year ago was only one part of a larger 'Windigo' Linux-Unix botnet that has managed to hijack 26,000 Linux servers since 2011, security firm ESET has discovered.


Most organisations plan to seek external help after security breaches, study finds

Most large organisations now make advance plans to bring in external security consultancies should they suffer data and security breaches, a new survey for Arbor Networks has found.


US Army red faced after phishing test sets off Defense Department email storm

A US Army commander’s well-intentioned plan to test how easily his staff would fall for phishing scams went farcically wrong last month after recipients believed the email was real and forwarded it as a warning to thousands of staff in other government departments.


Morrisons employee arrested in Leeds in connection with massive pay-roll breach

British supermarket Wm Morrison has confirmed that one of its employees has been arrested in connection with last week’s huge data breach in which most or all of its pay-roll was leaked to a website.


Morrisons supermarket suffers major pay-roll data breach after insider attack

British supermarket Morrisons has reportedly suffered a major data breach which saw the pay-roll data of a large but unspecified number of its 100,000 staff stolen and published on a website.


DDoS criminals plot massive NTP amplification attacks as next wave, vendors warns

Last month’s huge Network Time Protocol (NTP) DDoS amplification attack on CloudFlare was part of a larger and sudden spike in such attacks, remediation vendors have warned.


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