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November 20, 2014  3:26 PM

Google arrives in Streatham, but for how long?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
crime

Apparently the UK's first 'Google House' is being kitted out in a flat in Streatham. Will Davies, head of property maintenance firm aspect.co.uk said the "normal flat", on a very normal street, is being fitted with all of the future hi-tech gadgets and gizmos that make it the house of the...

June 30, 2011  1:59 PM

Twitpic founder uses Twitpic to make himself look like a Twitpric!

falani Profile: falani
crime

Twitpic.jpgYou've been arrested by the police. You've done something quite embarrassing. Things aren't...


April 7, 2011  10:23 AM

75 year old woman cuts off the interwebs in Georgia and Armenia

falani Profile: falani
crime

A 75 year old woman faces up to three years in prison for damaging property, but what's really annoyed everyone is that her actions cut off internet supply (Facebook, Twitter and of course porno) from Georgia and Armenia.

So how did this evil mastermind do it? Well, while collecting...


May 26, 2010  1:55 PM

Slough today, gone tomorrow

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
crime

FiFA.com is running its 75 supercomputer server farm for the world cup in Slough.

According to Matt Stone.head of new media at FIFA, "Slough was the natural choice for FIFA.com to house its additional bandwidth requirements. The state-of-the-art venue offers security and will ensure...


March 2, 2010  11:56 AM

UK trials Nose ID on 72 nostrils

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
crime

The bods at Bath University certainly like to sniff out their research. The humam nose is unique and makes a brilliant biometric. Technically speaking, by combined the curvature of the ridge with the ratios of the tip and nasion widths and ridge length, they were able to distingish between the...


January 20, 2010  3:04 PM

12,500 electronic devices left in taxis – who are these idiots?

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
crime, Mobile Computing, Surveys

Those of us who have never lost a pen drive, left a mobile on a bench or decided their laptop would be of better use on a bus, please join me.

We are the select few who see our handheld devices as an extension of ourselves. You would never leave your right index finger in the library...


April 21, 2009  10:31 AM

Hackers plan to blow up international trade

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
crime, online, Security

What the neutron bomb could not do, hackers hope malware will, judging from Wall Street Journal reports that Chinese, Russian and other cyber-spies have left viruses and Trojans all over the electricity grid, just in case of a hot war with the US.

Downtime reckons this could be the...


April 3, 2009  2:28 PM

Councils wise up to the many benefits of Facebook

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
crime, government

Soon your braggings about your day-to-day activities on Facebook could be read with interest by benefit fraud investigators.

Councils are reportedly using the social networking website to catch fraudsters.

Downtime hopes they have a close look at that bloke from RBS who was...


February 23, 2009  3:41 PM

Wardens kill murderer’s Facebook connection

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
crime, online

Facebook has the power to connect users with anyone, anywhere - even a murderer in a Guernsey jail. Craig Rouget, who was convicted of murder in the island's capital of 
St...


January 27, 2009  3:39 PM

Dry cleaning businesses become data hub

ComputerWeeklyStaff Profile: ComputerWeeklyStaff
crime, Hardware, Surveys

Money laundering is a risky business, and so is sending clothing to the local launderette, it seems, without first removing all USB storage devices contacting potentially sensitive information.

Selling data could easily become a second revenue stream for any less than scrupulous...


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