The Gist of Things

(This is a copy of my Loose Wire Sevice column, produced for newspapers and other print publications. Hence the lack of links.) By Jeremy Wagstaff It’s interesting to see how we’ve changed in the past few years. If you had predicted that we could follow someone’s activities by accessing a single page, right down to …

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Art, the Internet and the Rise of Symbiosis

Great piece from the NYT on the decline of mystery and the rise of symbiosis for artists, who find there’s a living of sorts to be made by engaging with fans online and allowing the community that emerges to choose the direction their musical careers take — even to the point of how much to …

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The Privacy Myth

If there’s one myth that endures in this age of online participation, blogs, shared photo albums and Web 2.0, it’s that we’ve overcome our concerns about privacy. It sounds on the surface, logical: We must have gotten over this weird paranoia, or else why would we share so much online? Why would we bother about …

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Are You a Pirate?

In my town piracy, I suspect, is the norm. But in an effort to to see whether that’s true, and how that compares to other places, I’ve launched a survey, which I hope you, dear reader, will take a few minutes to complete. It’s entirely anonymous, I’m not connected to the industry, and I have …

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The Future: Software on a Stick

Why isn’t more software sold on sticks these days? F-Secure sent me their latest offeing, F-Secure Internet Security 2006, on a USB dongle. I don’t know if this how you buy it in stores but it makes a lot of sense. Why isn’t all software delivered like this, instead of on CD-Roms? Or is it …

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Phishing And The U.S.-Europe Link

A 23–year old man called Daniel A. Defelippi in the U.S. has pleaded guilty to three years of phishing and identity fraud, according to the the Democrat & Chronicle: A Rochester man admitted Tuesday that he engaged in widespread identity theft, pilfering credit card numbers through fake Web sites and even collaborating with computer hackers in Eastern European …

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A Glimpse Of The Internet Banking Future?

One bank in my town has stopped offering Internet banking, and suddenly I feel I can see the future post-phishing. Of course, the bank is not saying it’s abandoning Internet banking. Nor is it saying that the fact that now customers have to dial into a modem in the bank to access their account is …

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Bicycle Bandits And Phishing

Further to my post about the phishing incident at SunTrust, you don’t always need to be that sophisticated to rob a bank. All you need is a bicycle. Late last month, the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia reported that a man entered the SunTrust bank in Richmond “shortly before 11 a.m. and made a verbal demand …

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Credit Card Fraud And Keeping The Customer In The Dark

Banks have failed customers over credit card fraud; why should they do any better over phishing? Further to my piece on how banks had failed customers over phishing by continuing to communicate with them by email and failing to warn customers about possible breaches of security, here’s an example from the world of credit card …

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