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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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HP expands Threat Central intelligence sharing with clutch of security vendors

HP is expanding its Threat Central intelligence-sharing platform to crowdsource threat data from third-party security vendors, the firm has announced.


Samsung's Knox smartphone security integrated with Zscaler cloud

Samsung’s Knox mobile security platform has bolstered its status as the emerging standard in mobile enterprise device security by inking a deal with Zscaler to integrate its technology with the software.


Windows license fee cut to $15? This is as good as marketing gets


Best-selling home wireless routers wide open to attack, study finds

Many of the best-selling consumer and SOHO wireless routers are wide open to attackers thanks to known software vulnerabilities and poor configuration, a study by security firm Tripwire has found.


Chromebooks and Linux on the rise, ad network traffic numbers show


The Syrian Electronic Army attack on Forbes shows the irresistible power of phishing


Game firm hit with £45,000 fine for deceptive Pac Man game

A UK game firm has been fined £45,000 ($74,000) for using a bogus web game distributed on Facebook and Tumblr to trick mobile users into agreeing to receive weekly premium-rate texts.


Europe's mobile criminals migrate to 'chargeware' fraud for richer pickings

Tougher regulatiory intervention in Europe has caused criminals to move away from traditional premium SMS fraud in favour of newer cons such as chargeware, mobile security firm Lookout Mobile Security has reported.


Bit9's new Carbon Black sensor to be integrated with Check Point firewalls

Days after merging its operations with tiny startup Carbon Black, US security firm Bit9 has announced a new deal that will see its technology integrated with Check Point firewalls.


New website ranks worst global data breaches using Richter-like scale

Data breaches are a bad thing but are some worse than others in a way that can be measured objectively?


Healthcare dominates US data breach incidents, latest figures show

The healthcare sector accounted for more than four out of ten US customer data breaches recorded by the non-profit Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) in 2013, the organisation’s latest figures show.


Pastebin analysis reveals true scale of 2013 data breaches

The true scale of global data breaches must reach into the hundreds of millions, according to Swiss penetration testing outfit High-Tech Bridge which has discovered that 311,095 user credentials were posted to the popular Pastebin website during 2013 alone.


The simple way to stop serious Microsoft software flaws? Take away 'admin' rights

Running Windows users with ‘standard’ rather than ‘administrator’ rights would have removed over 90 percent of the risk posed by critical vulnerabilities reported in Microsoft products last year, an analysis by privilege management firm Avecto has found.


The Syrian Electronic Army wins again as 1 million Forbes accounts breached

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has struck again, defacing the Forbes news website and publishing the names, email addresses and encrypted passwords of over a million of its users.


Target breach started with phishing attack on contractor, researcher alleges

The air conditioning firm whose remote access credentials were abused in the massive Target data breach probably had them stolen by a run-of-the-mill phishing attack, a security researcher has reported.


Bit9 merges with Carbon Black for APT incident response technology

Up and coming US security firm Bit9 has merged with small but high-regarded ‘incident response’ startup Carbon Black in a deal that will also see $38.25 million (£23.3 million) of venture funding used to seed the joint operation going forward.


Monster NTP DDoS attack was too easy, complains CloudFlare CEO

This week’s gigantic DDoS attack on mitigation firm CloudFlare was made possible by weak configuration of a relatively small number of NTP servers, including some inside the intended target, the firm’s co-founder and CEO Matthew Prince has complained.


DNS Flooder toolkit turns DDoS reflection attacks into service, says Prolexic

Criminals have started using a new DDoS toolkit that offers a simple shortcut for criminals interested in using DNS reflection attacks to pound targets with vast amounts of traffic, mitigation firm Prolexic has warned.


Data breaches drive growth in use of encryption, global study finds

Data breaches have for the first time become the main reason enterrises implement encryption technology, according to a study of global encryption trends by The Ponemon Institute on behalf of security firm Thales e-Security.


Large number of organisations still struggle with PCI DSS compliance, Verizon finds

Large numbers of firms still struggle to achieve full PCI DSS 2.0 compliance despite meeting almost all of its requirements, according to an analysis of real-world assessments carried out by Verizon.


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