May 26, 2010  3:53 PM

The net’s boys-only club

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Internet, VeriSign, Web

Downtime has no objection in principle to Verisign, the long-time operator of the .com domain, having a dinner for its mates from the internet. But it does have some quibbles about who it chooses to bless as ".com honorees".

Among the 25 (well, there's an arbitrary number for you, apparently...

February 26, 2010  12:53 PM

First Direct offers xxx banking on twitter

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First Direct's twitter account has been hacked by a spammer, who used the online bank's account to post a link to a adult sex aid site. Who says banks don't offer overdraft extensions anymore?


February 12, 2010  12:16 PM

Data protection lawyers in demand

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Data protection, Data-security, Shell, theft

It took about four hours from the news break that someone had stolen Shell's internal staff list for an email from headhunters at Privacy Laws and Business to arrive in Dowtime's in-box saying that a Top 20 law firm was looking for an experienced data protection laywer.
The internal,...

January 21, 2010  10:42 AM

Learning to love Big Brother

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Cisco, deep packet inspection, DPI, Encryption, Juniper, Phorm, Virgin Media

News that Virgin Media was working with Detica on deep packet inspection (DPI) to detect illegal file-sharing on its network struck Downtime as yet another dumb approach to the problem. It will simply encourage net users, especially the bad guys, to use encryption and onion ring networks to...

December 9, 2009  2:30 PM

Tiger Woods cited by FBI in corruption study

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corruption, extradition, Gary McKinnon, Hacking

Tiger Woods' problems with wife and mother in law has prompted the FBI to take a closer look at his behaviour. The G-men's Miami boss John Gillies cited Tiger  as evidence of the wave...

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September 25, 2009  2:28 PM

Downtime’s black market value

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cybercriminals, value

Downtime is indebted to Trust's blog which alerted him to the new Norton calculator. This works out what one's personal information is worth to cybercriminals. Having answered the...

August 11, 2009  2:06 PM


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Email, nokia, Phishing

April 21, 2009  10:31 AM

Money can’t buy you love, but love can’t sell you security

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online, Security

There is more chance of catching a virus on the internet than finding true love according to the security bods at Websense.

Websense received thousands of malicious e-mails in its e-mail Honey Pot system. The e-mail claims that someone wants to show the user her pictures and videos,...

April 21, 2009  10:31 AM

Hackers plan to blow up international trade

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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...

February 10, 2009  11:02 AM

Teenage hackers put the fun back into computer crime

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Security firms would have us believe that joyful teenage hackers have been replaced by ruthless organised professional criminals, but the puerile variety has definitely not gone away.

To prove it, some bright sparks in the US hacked into an electronic road sign system. Standard warning...

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