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PwC reports finds security spending is falling – isn’t this what security vendors promised?

October, 01 2014 12:44 PM

PwC reports finds security spending is falling – isn’t this what security vendors promised?

Nothing gets a rise out of security vendors like a good story about under-investment and spending cuts by the very enterprises that a hundred headlines a week tell us are being plundered by cyber-criminals at will.

Bash 'shellshock' flaw is serious because fixing it will depend on manual intervention

September, 25 2014 01:42 PM

Bash 'shellshock' flaw is serious because fixing it will depend on manual intervention

Sometimes security makes you feel tired. Less than six months after Heartbleed, the security industry now has had the potentially even more serious Bash or ‘Shellshock’ CVE-2014-6271 flaw dumped in its lap. Exactly how serious is open to some interpretation but everyone seems to agree on one thing – this one won’t be easy to fix.

Home Depot BlackPOS attack driven by criminal cyberwarfare

September, 08 2014 01:30 PM

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.

HP's Stream laptop shows how confused Microsoft is about cloud computing

August, 19 2014 05:05 PM

HP's Stream laptop shows how confused Microsoft is about cloud computing

Plausible anti-Chromebook fightback or Microsoft throwing oranges at a gorilla? HP has called it the Stream and it’s the first model of what Microsoft hopes will grow into a low-cost notebook niche to take on the Chromebooks that have,...

The NCA has another go at cybercrime 'awareness'. Is anyone listening?

August, 13 2014 12:25 PM

The NCA has another go at cybercrime 'awareness'. Is anyone listening?

Britain's security mandarins are going through the motions. Awareness is not going to dent an issue while the technology is at fault Four in ten UK computer users still don’t install security software on PCs or mobile devices despite the...

SynoLocker NAS ransomware - was February 'PWNED' attack a warning of trouble?

August, 06 2014 02:18 PM

SynoLocker NAS ransomware - was February 'PWNED' attack a warning of trouble?

SynoLocker was not the first malware to target a serious software vulnerability in DiskStation software Could the unprecedented attack on users of Synology’s DiskStation NAS storage drives by ransom malware have been stopped before it...

Google's Project Zero flaw programme - do-gooding spin or a much-needed evolution?

July, 16 2014 04:46 PM

Google's Project Zero flaw programme - do-gooding spin or a much-needed evolution?

It turns out that flaw bounties won't do it on their own. Google is the first to realise this. Germany had its post-WW2 Year Zero, New York has Ground Zero and now Google has added its name to the list with Project Zero, a crack security team the...

Google adopts plain English for new Chrome browser warnings

July, 14 2014 03:39 PM

Google adopts plain English for new Chrome browser warnings

The smallest changes are sometimes the best ones Google is preparing a small but important tweak to the malware warnings thrown up when Chrome encounters a page blacklisted by Safe Browsing security, the firm has sneaked out in a Twitter...

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

June, 30 2014 02:34 PM

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...

The importance of being digital inside and out

June, 30 2014 01:38 PM

The importance of being digital inside and out

As businesses start to recognise that mobile, cloud, social media, virtualisation and big data are more than buzz words and hot topics, it is now the time to adopt work processes that leverage digital technologies to add business value. However,...

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