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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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The eBay breach is part of a pattern - big brands can no longer protect their users


Check Point plots to disrupt threat intelligence market with new IntelliStore feeds

Security giant Check Point has launched a pioneering new market for real-time security threats it hopes will offer a way for smaller third-party security firms to embed their intelligence on cyberattacks and malware directly into the real-time filtering applied by the company’s security products.


Worried US retailers battle cyber-attacks through new intelligence-sharing body

Stung into action by a wave of devastating data breaches, US retailers have taken the historic decision to share data on cyber-threats for the first time through a new initiative, the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC).


Smartphone battery dead? UK startup launches world's first charge rental service

Tiny British startup SaveSquared has launched a service it believes can cure the affliction of smartphones and tablets that run out of power while out and about - power up the device by renting a portable recharger from a nearby shop.


Average US business fields 10,000 security alerts per day, Damballa analysis finds

The average North American enterprise fields around 10,000 alerts each day from its security systems, far more than their IT teams can possibly process, a Damballa analysis of Q1 2014 traffic has found.


NetClean forensic tool gives police way of analysing growing volume of image evidence

Image forensics firm NetClean Technologies has come up with a way to use its world-renowned child porn image-fingerprinting technology to help police document and investigate images and videos connected to a much wider range of crimes.


ICO turns teacher with hit-list of top data breach weaknesses

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is burnishing its credentials as a centre of best practice by publishing a hit-list of the top security weaknesses that are the root cause of many of the data breaches it investigates.


Is Windows 7 more vulnerable than XP? In fact 'Rotbrow' malware is a warning for all Windows users


FireEye finds another piece of its security jigsaw


Reveton malware biggest ransom menace of 2013, Microsoft's SIR report finds

Cryptolocker ravaged computer users in late 2013 but it was still only the seventh most common form of ransom malware for the second half of the year, Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report (SIR) has calculated using the firm's inhouse Windows user data.


Anti-virus pioneer Alan Solomon thinks anti-virus is dead. He uses Linux instead


DDoS attacks increasingly used as diversions for data theft or fraud

A growing number of the DDoS attacks that hit UK organisations in 2013 were probably diversions designed to distract defenders from attempted data breaches or frauds, a survey and analysis by mitigation firm Neustar has suggested.


US Navy sysadmin charged with 'Team Digi7al' hacktivist attacks on military

A sysadmin who worked in the nuclear reactor department of a US warship used his privileged access to hack Navy databases before boasting of the exploits on Twitter, US Government prosecutors have alleged.


Criminals target Android smartphones with reheat of 'police ransom' attacks

Security researchers have discovered a crude malware Trojan targeting Android smartphone users using the same ‘police ransom’ tactics that scammed large numbers PC users three years ago.


Antivirus is 'dead' says Symantec security head as firm launches more services and cloud security

With antivirus software revenue falling, security giant Symantec has finally conceded a point that has seemed obvious to the rest of the industry for some time. Antivirus software “is dead”, senior vice president for information security Brian Dye has told the Wall Street Journal.


Admins offered geo-mapping feature on iboss web gateway to spot data theft

Web filtering outfit iboss Network Security has added an innovative geo-mapping capability to its gateway platform to visually alert admins to unusual movements of data in and out of a network more rapidly than trawling through conventional logs.


Microsoft caves in and patches XP's nasty zero-day


Microsoft caves in and patches XP's nasty zero-day


Microsoft Office applications barely used by many employees, new study shows

Organisations are wasting money licensing Microsoft Office applications that the majority of employees barely use, a study released this week by application analytics startup SoftWatch has found. Conclusion: many users could easly be migrated to far cheaper cloud applications such as Google Apps.


TDL4 rootkit can be modified to pwn any security product, Bromium researchers discover

Kernel mode rootkits are more viable than has been realised and could be used to bypass more or less any security product in existence, researchers at Bromium have discovered after conducting a proof-of-concept attack using a modified variant of in the infamous TDL4 malware.


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