Tag Archive 'security'

The Internet: You broke it, you own it. Now fix it.

I am hereby declaring the Pottery Barn Rule to be in effect for the entire Internet. Memo to all hackers worldwide: You broke it, you own it, now fix it. Let’s just recap the last week or so. We have the Mandiant report, published earlier this week by the New York Times, which details how [...]

Online security? It’s dead, Jim. Now what?

A couple of days ago I received a scary sounding email from Twitter. It started like this: Twitter believes that your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter. We’ve reset your password to prevent others from accessing your account. My first thought was that this email was bogus [...]

Murder 2014: Colonel Mustard, in the chat room, with the Internet

In a couple of years the Internet might just kill you. At least, that’s one of the 2014 predictions from one security company. This is the time of year when everyone and their dog posts their predictions for what will happen in the wacky world of tech in 2013. The reason? Nobody wants to work [...]

Is your iPhone spying on you?

And you thought those iPhone 4 signal problems were bad. At last week’s Blackhat conference, a San Francisco firm called Lookout Mobile Security revealed that third-party smart phone apps are stealing user information and (literally) phoning home with it. And by ‘home,’ I mean China. But unlike those bogus Droid X signal problems, this problem [...]

Don’t be a sucker for scareware

A couple weeks back the digital version of the New York Times found itself hip deep in manure when it got tricked into serving up “scareware” ads to unsuspecting readers. You know the scam. You’re merrily surfing the Web when suddenly a window pops up: “Your computer is infected with malware, but if you send [...]

Does Obama want to tap your computer?

Rumors that Uncle Sam wants to use our own computers to spy on us are raging across the blogosphere. Fortunately, they’re not true, no matter what Glenn Beck says.

Swedes, creeds, and dirty deeds

Got an opinion on Google profiles, Swedish pirates, our antiquated legal system or Twitter’s swine flu obsession? You’re not alone. Here’s the best of what Cringesters had to say on these and other topics.

Conficker worm ends life as we know it; film at 11

Yes the Worm of the Century has struck — and our lives will never be the same. Right?

All the best cowboys have Chinese spies

By now you’ve probably read about GhostNet, the vast spy network that was uncovered after the office of the Dalai Lama asked researchers at the University of Toronto to examine their computer networks for malware. The researchers not only found nasties there, they uncovered an entire network that connected almost 1300 computers in 103 countries [...]

Windows: Unsafe at any speed?

Microsoft has issued an emergency patch for Windows (again). Is it time to finally trade in that old clunker for something that works? Cringely has a few thoughts.

Data security meets disco fever

Seductive Asian agents, wayward Brits, purloined Blackberries — it sounds like a LeCarre novel, but it’s really a true story. Cringely dives deep into a sex/spy scandal of Olympian proportions and talks about what this means for you and your data.

Seven things IT should be doing (but isn’t)

Taking a hard, honest look at what you need to accomplish is the key to keeping your business competitive — and yourself gainfully employed (This post originally appeared on Infoworld.com) by Dan Tynan Pity the poor IT managers. They’re expected to know what their end-users want need, even if their end-users can’t articulate it themselves. [...]

Smart phones, stupid people

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) by Robert X. Cringely A Mexican press attache walked off with “six or seven” Blackberries belonging to US officials at a summit between the presidents of Canada, Mexico, and some guy named Bush in New Orleans last week. Press officer Rafael Quintero Curiel was [...]