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John E. Dunn

Biography

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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UK appoints first SME cyber-security 'czar' with £4 million funding boost

The UK Government has appointed Andy Williams from industry body TechUK as its first ever SME cyber-czar and pumped £4 million into a competition for small firms looking to develop new security technology.

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Four UK science and tech universities in global top ten, says latest QS rating

UK universities continue to achieve out of proportion to the country’s size, placing four universities in the global top ten, with institutions dedicated to science and technology growing in importance, according to the QS World Rankings for 2014.

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Majority of Scottish science academics will vote no in referendum

A sizable majority of Scottish academics working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects plan to vote ‘no’ in this week’s referendum citing worries over future UK research funding, a poll for the Times Higher Education has found.

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Wikileaks outs latest FinFisher 'government spyware' that anti-virus can't spot

Wikileaks has released what it claims are previously unknown fourth-generation versions of the controversial ‘government’ FinFisher spyware, lambasting the German Government for allowing it to be sold to “some of the most abusive regimes in the world.”

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Phishing attacks take £30 million toll as UK online bank fraud rises

Online banking losses in the UK reached nearly £30 million ($48 million) in the first half of 2014, as criminals targeted the accounts of businesses that allow higher-value transfers, according to banking organisation Financial Fraud Action UK (FFA).

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Apple Pay's security is impressive - but that won't stop the hackers trying

The world turned up to Apple’s launch event this week for news of the new iPhone 6, but CEO Tim Cook ended up showing them something that could turn out to be more important than another smartphone. “Payments are broken,” he said announcing the broad details of Apple Pay, the firm’s entry into the world of contactless payments.

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UK users receive most phishing spam, email analysis suggests

Research by security firm Proofpoint has discovered something unexpected about the flood of spam sent to users in the UK – more of these emails seem to contain malicious links than for other countries.

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Enemies no more, McAfee and Symantec agree to SHARE threat data

The recently-launched Cyber Threat Alliance has been given a big boost with the news that Intel's McAfee division and former arch-enemy Symantec are to join the industry group whose mission is to create the first significant cross-vendor movement of threat data.

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Blackphone SSL security flaw was patched within days, says CEO

Researchers checking out the $629 (£390) Blackphone ultra-secure Android smartphone recently found a potentially significant vulnerability that could have allowed an attacker to carry out a man-in-the-middle (MitM) to sniff the login credentials for the device’s Silent Circle apps.

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DDoS attack victims need to involve police, says Verisign CSO

With DDoS reflection attacks growing into mammoth events with unforeseen consequences, mitigation firm Verisign believes a radical new approach is needed to head off a pile of trouble – go after the “guys behind the keyboards.”

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Home Depot BlackPOS attack driven by criminal cyberwarfare

A new variant of the BlackPOS malware reportedly used to infect Home Depot cash tills is connected to a Russian group that left evidence of its strong anti-American world view buried inside the code, security blogger Brian Krebs has discovered.

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CryptoLocker took heavy toll on UK users, decryption figures show

Dutch security firm Fox-It has received 546 requests to decrypt files from UK-based victims of the CryptoLocker ransom Trojan since it launched a free unlock service last month, the highest proportion from any country.

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Phishing emails fool most employees. But is this their problem or email's?

More than a decade after phishing attacks became the standard way of getting around corporate defences, all but a tiny minority of employees still fall for this kind of email, a McAfee test of UK-based workers has found.

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Linux servers turned into bots by 'IptabLes' and 'IptabLex' malware

A botnet that infects and exploits poorly-maintained Linux servers has been used to launch a spate of large DDoS attacks targeting DNS and other infrastructure, Akamai’s Prolexic division has warned.

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AVG splashes $220 million on mobile services firm Location Labs

Security firm AVG has decided to splash $220 million (£135 million) on up-and-coming California-based mobile services firm Location Labs, the largest acquisition ever made by the European firm.

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Apple iCloud backup quirk could have allowed hackers to access 'deleted' files

The hackers who broke into iCloud accounts could have accessed revealing images and data users believed had been deleted weeks or even months in the past, an eagle-eyed Check Point Software researcher has suggested.

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'Harkonnen' espionage Trojan stole data from 300 European SMBs

Hundreds of UK-registered companies were used for more than a decade as fronts for a huge data-stealing cyber-espionage campaign that targeted 300 SMBs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Israeli security startup Cybertinel has claimed.

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North Korea using foreign bases to launch cyberattacks, says HP

The Democratic People's Republic of North Korea (DPRK) is a country with almost no conventional Internet presence and yet it has among the most active cyberwarfare footprints of any nation on earth and appears obsessed with expanding its operations, HP has concluded after reviewing evidence from a range of third-party sources.

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Allocacoc PowerCube - the humble powerstrip reinvented

Is it possible to review a simple power strip? Until we came across the marketing pitch for the Dutch-designed PowerCube family of products we’d have said not but the company behind, Allocacoc, it claims to have taken an everyday object nobody thinks twice about and improved it in subtle ways without dramatically increasing the price.

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CryptoWall ransom Trojan has infected 625,000 systems, says Dell SecureWorks

Is ransom malware business on the wane at last? New figures from Dell SecureWorks suggest that the current market leader, CryptoWall, hasn’t been as profitable as the infamous CryptoLocker despite infecting more PCs and holding hostage a staggering 5.25 billion files.

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