Does your anti-virus solution protect you from malware?


Recent research in the US found that more than 50% of all small and medium-sized businesses have been hacked at some point, and nearly 75% were unable to restore all of the lost data. Similarly, in the UK, latest research shows that 87% of small firms and 93% of large firms experienced a cyber security […]

WhatsApp now encrypting users’ messages

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The instant messaging service provider WhatsApp has announced that it is now providing end-to-end encryption for text messages sent via the Android version of its app. It’s also aiming to roll out encryption to all picture, video and group messages sent via its Android app, and, in future, via apps on all other smartphone operating […]

Microsoft warns that Kerberos bug allows hackers to compromise entire networks

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Patch Tuesday this month contained the most security advisories since June 2011, five of which were critical Windows fixes. But it seems that Microsoft missed another critical fix: the Kerberos Checksum Vulnerability (CVE-2014-6324) allows normal users of all supported versions of Windows to elevate their privileges to the level of domain administrator – remotely. “The […]

Fasthosts outage blamed on DDoS attack and Windows security flaw


Website hosting service Fasthosts suffered a five-hour outage earlier this week as a result of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack and a security flaw on its Windows 2003 shared web server kit, according to The Register. There’s no mention of the outage on Fasthosts’ own homepage, nor any statement about service interruptions on its blog, […]

Service management: where are we headed?

With it nearly being the time of year when we review what has happened in the previous 12 months and we set our New Year’s resolutions, I thought I would take some time to reflect on the developments that have occurred in 2014 in the world of service management, and offer my opinion on where […]

Why four-letter obscenities as passwords don’t work


Splashdata’s annual list of the most common weak passwords once again proves that humans are pretty lazy, and – more depressingly – have imaginations that put our species to shame. Last year’s most common password was – you guessed it – ‘123456’, which outstripped the previous year’s killer: ‘password’. Rank Password Change from 2012 1 […]

Microsoft warning: outdated security software is as dangerous as none


The latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR), which covers the first and second quarters of 2014, warns that Windows users are five-and-a-half times more likely to be infected if they are using an outdated version of their security software – in fact, ‘computers that are “protected” by expired, out-of-date security products fare little better in […]