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  • Identity theft: as easy as one, two, three

    August 16, 2011 @ 12:31 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Have you ever wondered how much you share online? You’d be surprised just what you’re inadvertently revealing.


  • Playstation Network remains shut down

    April 27, 2011 @ 7:57 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    Well isn’t this a massive mess. Sony’s Playstation network has been hit by a major attack and, if you’re registered with it – as 77 million people are – your personal details may now be in the hands of…who knows?


  • So… about that spyware…

    August 18, 2010 @ 9:20 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    So today was not a great day. It wasn’t the early start that did it. it wasn’t even the mysteriously crashing word processor that took a good 40 minutes’ work with it. No. Today was the day I inadvertently installed malware on my PC.


  • Energizer charger infects PCs

    March 9, 2010 @ 11:56 am | by Ciara O'Brien

    This is a new one on me. Apparently, Energizer is responsible for exposing customers who bought a simple USB battery charger to a Trojan.



  • Swine flu makes spammer radar

    May 3, 2009 @ 12:37 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Nothing gets past the scam artists. Oh no. No opportunity too small, no crisis too big to exploit. It was only a matter of time before swine flu made its way into the spammers’ repertoire of scams to pull on unsuspecting punters.


  • Facebook, MS team up to wipe out virus

    April 6, 2009 @ 1:48 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Remember the Koobface worm that attacked Facebook and other social networking sites? For those with short memories, it was the one that invited you to check out an unidentified video of yourself online, usually with “LOL” thrown in there somewhere.


  • Ebay auction tool gets flagged

    February 23, 2009 @ 3:59 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Ebay users beware – apparently a third-party auction tool has inadvertently been harbouring something a little more nasty than a last second bid and a bit harder to shift [BBC].

    The good news is that the company, Auctiva, has already solved the problem. And for those who were infected, the trojan, Adclicker, is classed by some security experts as “very low risk”.

    Google is still flagging the site as potentially harmful, but is reviewing the situation.

  • Newsbytes

    February 14, 2009 @ 9:39 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    Microsoft is planning to go directly to the customer with a chain of retail stores. [Information Week]

    The fight against the Conficker worm heats up [Washington Post]

    Could Twitter be about to branch out? [VNUNet]

  • Cynics unite!

    February 12, 2009 @ 5:56 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It’s not all hearts and flowers for valentine’s Day. Like any other holiday, it’s a prime time for spammers, viruses and spyware to trick their way into your inbox.

  • Motorists get more than they bargained for

    @ 1:26 pm | by Ciara O'Brien

    It seems as though a fine isn’t the only thing people have to worry about when they get a parking ticket – there might be a computer virus on the way too.