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These days anyone can download the tools used for cyber crime. Ivan David Gomez Arce/Flickr

Hackers’ kit bag: the tools that terrorise the internet

Hacking is a state of mind. Traditionally, hackers like to discover, understand and share the secrets they expose. They like to laugh at the dumb things they find. They’re not necessarily in it for the…
Hacking can, and should, keep us on our toes. Alexandre Dulaunoy

Wanted: trainee cyber-criminals to help solve skills shortage

The world is already short of computer security experts, but by 2017 that shortfall is going to have reached about two million. Criminal hackers cause damage running to billions of pounds every year…
Is it a crime scene or just a store checkout? Could be both. Marlith

After a data breach, it’s consumers left holding the bag

Shoppers have launched into the holiday buying season and retailers are looking forward to year-end sales that make up almost 20% of their annual receipts. But as you check out at a store or click “purchase…
We should know by now - don’t click that link. Bill Buchanan

In cybersecurity, the weakest link is … you

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Computer security relies on a great number of links, hardware, software and something else altogether: you. The greatest threat to information security is…
If they go after your computers, it could get worse than that. Alexandrre Claude

Preventing piracy at the cost of your privacy

The theft of intellectual property (IP) online is a serious matter. A 2011 report by the UK Cabinet Office estimates the value of lost IP to the UK economy at about £21 billion. Until recently the debate…
An embarrassing Twitter hack caused a plunge in the markets and revealed the weakness in our reliance on technology. AAP

Why the AP hack is likely to happen again

It has been a bad couple of weeks for social media and Twitter in particular. The degree of misinformation spread by social media sites in the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston marathon has given…
Basic tenets of internet security are being ignored by some users and website developers. dustball

The ABC’s website has been hacked … but how?

Yesterday the ABC was attacked, supposedly in response to the network giving coverage to an Australian visit by the controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders. A Twitter user, “Phr0zenMyst”, claimed…
Hector Xavier Monsegur, 28, was the supposed ringleader of hacking group LulzSec. Fox News

LulzSec arrests will do limited damage to hacktivist movement

The arrests of five members of the hacker group LulzSec are unlikely to land a lasting blow for authorities in the “constantly…

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