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The world’s biggest phishing attack?

This London bank raid seems impressive: The investigation was started last October after it was discovered that computer hackers had gained access to Sumitomo Mitsui bank’s computer system in London. They managed to infiltrate the system with keylogging software that would have enabled them to track every button pressed on computer keyboards. Of course, it’s likely that there are lots more cases like this we don’t hear about. As Computerworld reports: [Security experts] Cluley and Barnes said keylogging hacks are more common than thought, and they said the $423 million plot was probably the largest corporate case that had been made public. Both experts saidContinue readingThe world’s biggest phishing attack?

The Charting Of An Urban Myth? Or A Double Bluff?

Here’s a cautionary tale from Vmyths, the virus myths website, on how urban legends are born. Vmyths says that Reuters News Agency filed a report from Singapore last week quoting anti-virus manufacturer Trend Micro (makers of PC-cillin) as saying computer virus attacks cost global businesses an estimated $55 billion in damages in 2003. That’s a lot of damage. Two spokesmen at Trend Micro have since called Vmyths to “correct” the report. One said it was “wrong.”  Another said Trend Micro “cannot gauge a damage value — because they simply don’t collect the required data”. Vmyths says the report was later pulled, but without any explanation. I’m not soContinue readingThe Charting Of An Urban Myth? Or A Double Bluff?

News: Is Windows About To Be Defenestrated?

 Interesting story about how Linux seems to be catching up with Windows in its user friendliness, at least among Germans. According to an article from ComputerWorld’s IDG News Service, “study findings suggest that it’s almost as easy to perform most major office tasks using Linux as it is using Windows”.  The study was conducted by Relevantive AG, a Berlin-based company that specializes in consulting businesses on the usability of software and Web services.     Linux users, for example, needed 44.5 minutes to perform a set of tasks, compared with 41.2 minutes required by the XP users. Furthermore, 80% of the Linux users believed thatContinue readingNews: Is Windows About To Be Defenestrated?

News: You’re a Bad, Bad Owner

 From the This Gadget May Well Tell More Than I Really Want To Know About My Pet Dept, a Japanese company that produced the world’s first dog translator is working on a similar device for cats. An article at ComputerWorld’s website says that Japan’s Takara Co. Ltd. is working on a the Meowlingual, that “will have some of the same functions as the company’s Bowlingual translator including the ability to “translate” cat calls into one of around 200 phrases that are displayed on a built-in LCD”.     There will also be body-language analysis and medical-analysis functions, a new feline fortune telling function and other features thatContinue readingNews: You’re a Bad, Bad Owner

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