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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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IT admins think antivirus is essential. The Australian Department of Defence begs to differ

IT staff consistently over-rate the importance of security technologies that a study for the Australian Department of Defence (ADoD) based on real-world attacks has assessed as being of much lower importance, according to security firm Avecto.

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If Brian Krebs is this hated he must be doing some good

Journalists are supposed to report cybercrime. Now one of them is regularly on the receiving end. Security journalists are normally pretty much ignored by cyber-criminals but  campaigning security blogger Brian Krebs seems to have got under the...

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UK teen arrested for Spamhaus DDoS attacks charged by police

The teen arrested last year in connection with the huge DNS reflection DDoS attack against anti-spam outfit Spamhaus has been charged, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

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US airports compromised during major APT hacking campaign, says CIS

APT hackers successful compromised the networks of two US airport networks in the summer of 2013 as part of a major campaign targeting dozens of others, a report from public sector security non-profit the Center for Internet Security (CIS) has revealed.

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Italy's 'Hacking Team' spy Trojan targeting Android and iOS devices, researchers discover

Italy’s infamous and dubious hackers-for-hire Hacking Team (or HackingTeam) have set up a worldwide command and control network comprising several hundred servers and expanded into Android and iOS surveillance, a study by Kaspersky Lab and the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab has revealed.

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Credit and debit card fraud eating away at consumer confidence in providers

Credit and debit card fraud is starting to erode confidence in providers, with many consumers using cards less often or abandoning them altogether after fraud incidents, a global survey of 6,100 consumers by ACI Worldwide has reported.

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NCC Group's new '.trust' domain promises Internet security overhaul

With a flood of new general top-level domains (gTLDs) reaching Internet users in 2014, security UK firm NCC Group and a clutch of large Internet brands have announced a new secure domain they hope will turn out to be the most significant of them all.

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Syrian Electronic Army phishes Reuters ad partner to post political message

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has followed up last week’s attacks on The Sunday Times by successfully if briefly hijacking content embedded by the Taboola ad network on Reuters’ news website.

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The Syrian Electronic Army is quieter but still out there

Paradoxically, the SEA's attacks 'micro-hacks' against the Sunday Times and The Sun this week suggest that defences are improving So often bitten in the past, website owners appear to be getting to grips with once-feared Syrian Electronic Army...

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Google Play analysis reveals security flaws in apps, say researchers

Researchers analysing Google’s Play Store apps using a specially-written ‘crawling’ tool uncovered serious security problems that would have allowed attackers to compromise social media and other accounts as well as steal the credentials used by developers running on Amazon’s Web Services (AWS).

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UK's first cybersecurity fund C5 Capital pumps $8 million into promising Hungarian play BalaBit

The first UK-based fund investing purely in cybersecurity firms, C5 Capital, has launched its $125 million (£73 million) fund by investing in a promising Hungarian security unknown called BalaBit.

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Chinese Star N9500 Android smartphone contains factory-installed Trojan, says security firm

The powerful but surprisingly cheap Chinese-made Android Star N9500 smartphone sold on a wide range of websites including Amazon UK and eBay is being used to distribute a dangerous factory-installed Trojan, German security firm G Data has alleged.

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TowelRoot Android rooting tool presages malware exploits against kernel flaw, suggests security vendor

Is the Towelroot tool a simple way for Android smartphone users to gain root access on their devices or an inadvertent proof-of-concept that shows the way to cybercriminals?

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DNS servers still sitting ducks inside many organisations, IDC survey finds

DNS servers remain an unprotected sitting duck in many organisations despite good awareness of the risks posed by external attacks, a survey carried out by IDC for Efficient IP has found.

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Domino's Pizza hit with mocking ransom demand after hackers steal 650,000 customer records

Hackers have demanded a €30,000 (£24,000) ransom not to make public the stolen personal details of 650,000 Domino’s Pizza French and Belgian customers, including - bizarrely - their favourite special toppings preferences.

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Mission impossible? Malwarebytes invents software that blocks zero-day attacks

US firm Malwarebytes has announced a security product it believes can do something that has eluded even the best-resourced security firms in the business – block all zero-day attacks known and unknown against popular Windows applications.

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CryptoLocker ransom malware infected 2,000 users in Singapore

The US-led operation to de-claw the Gameover Zeus botnet has uncovered 2,000 users in Singapore infected by the CryptoLocker ransom Trojan, authorities in the country have said.

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Apple products boom in the enterprise despite lack of management tools

Apple’s success in the enterprise market is still being held back by the perception that the platform is difficult to manage, a survey of US businesses by Apple specialist JAMF Software has found.

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Cybercrime costs $445 billion a year but that might be the least of it

In a world where governments ape the behaviour of cybercriminals, costs estimates risk missing the point. Cybercrime cost the global economy a staggering-sounding $445 billion in economic losses in 2013, a McAfee-sponsored report from the Center...

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Boom in web comment spam driven by hardcore of abusers, says Imperva

The boom in comment spam is controlled by a small hardcore of abusers that have hit on a way to game Google’s search algorithms in order to spread advertising and malware, according to a new report from security firm Imperva.

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