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April, 2008


April 30, 2008  4:40 PM

Nerds go wild at no-holds barred malware contest

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A new contest running at the Nerdcon hacker event this year has caused a great deal of controversy. Hackers have had the gauntlet thrown down to them by being challenged to design malware that cannot be detected by Symantec or McAfee software. The contest is dubbed Race to Zero, which presumably...

April 25, 2008  2:07 PM

Error messages you never want to see – no. 2

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Almost Zen-like in its simplicity, this error message has a certain amount of aeshetic appeal. But it's not much good at helping you uncover what's gone wrong. This message is from one of the internal legacy systems Downtime has to deal with on a weekly basis... theerrorpage.jpg


April 25, 2008  11:09 AM

Error messages you never want to see

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From the Adobe Updater: “The Adobe Updater must update itself before it can check for updates. Would you like to update the Adobe Updater now?"


April 25, 2008  10:55 AM

1-2-3 you’re back in the room

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Boffins at Stanford University in Silicon Valley are studying a unique course that blends the fuddy duddy world of psychology with an excuse to spend all day on Facebook under the legitimate guise of research. The Psychology of Facebook is the brainchild of B J Fogg, a ‘persuasion...


April 24, 2008  10:46 AM

Clinton penetrates Obama’s portal

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A security weakness in Barack Obama's website has been exploited to redirect visitors to Hillary Clinton's website. Visitors who viewed the Community Blogs section of the site were instead presented with Clinton's website as a result of a cross-site scripting vulnerability. A YouTube clip shows a...


April 23, 2008  10:41 AM

Stripper misses day in court thanks to computer error

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A stripper who was arrested for dressing as a policeman missed a court appearance because of a computer bungle, reports the Daily Record newspaper....


April 22, 2008  10:30 AM

Flame fizzles out on CNN attack

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The phrase “give us sixty seconds and we’ll give you the world” is not just used by over eager grooms on their wedding night, it is also the slogan of news channel CNN. However, visitors to the CNN website this month had to wait considerably more than sixty seconds for pages to load after


April 19, 2008  1:43 PM

Laptop repairs? If in doubt hammer IT

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Reader Alan Thompson wrote in to say that he recently received spectacularly bad service from his local computer shop. “He [the repairman] was smelling of alcohol and tried to repair the...


April 18, 2008  4:54 PM

Post-It note proves revealing

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London mayoral candidate Ken Livingston’s protests that someone hacked the council’s e-mail system to expose crony Lee Jasper’s lurid correspondence with a married woman made entertaining reading. The truth is less interesting but more instructive. Andrew Hosken’s new biography, Ken: The...


April 18, 2008  1:37 PM

Daytime TV turns IT contractor to life of crime

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Police arrested an IT contractor from Wales who found the time to set up and run a pirate software business while claiming to be working from home for his main employer. The...


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