September 13, 2011

SMEs warned against spamming as complaints rise 88%

by Kerry Butters

A UK web hosting provider has warned businesses against spamming customers, as they have seen complaints rise by 88% over the past year. Fasthosts Internet Ltd say more and more consumers are complaining that they have had unsolicited newsletters and marketing emails sent to them and advise small companies not to “cut corners”. Whilst the […]




September 7, 2011

Sony appoint new head of security

by Kerry Butters

Sony have appointed a new head of security in the wake of their hacking problems, according to a report by Reuters. Phillip Reitinger has previously worked for the US government in the field as well as Microsoft and has been made chief information security officer by Sony. A spokesman for Sony told Reuters: “Certainly the […]




September 21, 2010

Cyberminder USB solution keeps the kids safe online

by Darren Allan

Parental supervision of the kids when they’re online is obviously a family priority these days. Most solutions come as part of an Internet security package, or in software form. Cyberminder, a product from Atlantic Surf, takes a different approach. It’s a hardware solution which comes in the form of two USB keys. A blue “supervisor” […]




August 17, 2010

McAfee says 55,000 new pieces of malware created every day

by Darren Allan

Security specialist McAfee, a company that produces anti-malware software, has recently issued its second quarter threat report. And apparently malware activity has hit an all-time high, with six million malicious files uncovered by the company in the last three months. The most prevalent threats included fake anti-virus software and malware targeting social networks. World Cup […]




July 27, 2010

G Data announces free Windows security flaw hotfix

by Darren Allan

Security specialist G Data has made a hotfix available as a free download to combat a serious issue which has sprung up in Windows. The new vulnerability which malware authors are rushing to exploit uses a .lnk file to link remotely to malicious code, which is allowed to happen thanks to a critical flaw in […]




July 8, 2010

Webroot acquires BrightCloud and strengthens cloud protection

by Darren Allan

Security firm Webroot has announced the acquisition of BrightCloud, a web content classification and security services provider. Webroot says that it will integrate the company’s technology with its own proprietary malware detection. BrightCloud apparently boasts “world-class” web filtering capabilities, which will strengthen the cloud-based protection Webroot provides consumers and small businesses with. BrightCloud’s databases include […]




May 28, 2010

Businesses admit using IE6 to stop employees Facebooking

by Darren Allan

Having a computer and the net at work, which many folks do these days, is a double-edged sword for employers. On the one hand, computer programs and resources on the web should drive productivity up. But on the other, there are a lot of ways employees can waste their time online. 36 Facebook updates everyday, […]




May 11, 2010

G Data warns on PDF file malware

by Darren Allan

G Data has issued a report warning that the spread of malware has increased in April, and according to its findings, cyber-criminals seem to be focusing on vulnerabilities in PDF programs. Top of the malware top ten most wanted list for April is JS:Pdfka-OE, a nattily named malicious intruder if ever there was one. The […]




April 29, 2010

Security breaches cost UK businesses billions

by Darren Allan

A new report commissioned by Infosecurity Europe has indicated that a fresh wave of security breaches are costing UK businesses billions of pounds. And that’s in spite of the fact that apparently, IT spending on security hasn’t diminished in the face of the recession. The 2010 Information Security Breaches Survey, which was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, […]




April 15, 2010

Symantec announces four new business security solutions

by Darren Allan

Symantec has just announced four new security suites to aid IT departments in the battle against malware. Symantec believes this quartet of solutions are needed because there hasn’t been a more dangerous time in the business world when it comes to vulnerabilities and exploits. The company’s 2010 State of Enterprise Security Report, a study of […]




March 26, 2010

Browsers hacked at Pwn2Own challenge

by Darren Allan

A number of major browsers were owned, “pwned”, or generally beaten by hackers at a security contest this week. Internet Explorer 8, Safari, Firefox and indeed the iPhone were all successfully exploited during the contest at the CanSecWest security conference in Canada. The (non jailbroken) iPhone was the first to be schooled, with Vincenzo Iozzo […]




March 23, 2010

58% of business software vulnerable to hack attacks

by Darren Allan

Application risk management firm Veracode has conducted research which shows that 58% of the software big businesses employ in the US is vulnerable to a potential security breach. Veracode examined some 1600 programs, some open source, some commercial, and some internally developed, to ascertain how water-tight they were in terms of security. 58% of the […]




March 27, 2008

Google Adwords targeted in phishing attacks

by Brian Turner

Google Adwords customers are being warned to watch out for fake emails claiming to be from Google Adwords, which attempt to steal login details. Google Adwords has become the latest service to be targeted by phishers, using spoof emails to steal user login data. Normally targeted at banks and online financial providers, the aim is […]