Blackberry punished for winning security software contracts
Published in Mobiles


Damned if it does, damned if it doesn’t

Troubled smartphone maker, Blackberry had some good news today, but it is fair to say its shareholders reacted rather badly.

Intel plans flogging off security business
Published in News


Five years after buying it


Chipzilla has run out of ideas about what it is going to do with it its security business and is apparently planning to flog it off.

Apple claims its opening of the kernel was deliberate
Published in News


A deliberate own goal

Yesterday we ran a story which said Apple may have cocked up by forgetting to encrypt its kernel. Now Jobs' Mob has claimed it did it deliberately.

Apple’s latest security mess
Published in News
Thursday, 23 June 2016 12:13

Apple’s latest security mess


Opened up the kernel for inspection

With its release of iOS 10 Apple appears to have forgotten to encrypt the kernel, leaving security researchers baffled and virus writers rubbing their paws with glee.

Microsoft stuffs up update
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Friday, 17 June 2016 11:25

Microsoft stuffs up update


MS16-072/KB 3163622 patch breaks group policy settings

Software giant Microsoft has admitted that its MS16-072/KB 3163622 patch will cause headaches for system administrators.

Beware Intel’s secret CPU inside
Published in Processors
Thursday, 16 June 2016 12:25

Beware Intel’s secret CPU inside


It takes over your PC

New Intel x86 processors have a secret control mechanism that runs on a separate chip that no one is allowed to audit or examine and according a security expert it exposes all affected systems to nearly unkillable, undetectable rootkit attacks.

Most phishing emails are ransomware
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Thursday, 02 June 2016 12:06

Most phishing emails are ransomware


Because ID theft is too much like hard work

A new report suggests that about 93 percent of all phishing emails contained encryption ransomware.

FBI has a novel way of dealing with security researchers
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Expose rubbish security and we will arrest you

If you find shedloads of personal data freely available on a US software company’s server it is probably better to keep your mouth shut and let them be taken down by hackers.

Serious security flaw in Qualcomm packages
Published in Mobiles


Found in hundreds of Android phone models

FireEye has found a vulnerability in Qualcomm software packages which are under the bonnet of hundreds of Android phone models.

Police can demand fingerprint phone unlocking, but not passcodes
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Touch ID comes under fire with 5th Amendment


In the United States, police can now force an individual to unlock their own smartphone using fingerprints, but are prevented by the 5th amendment from demanding any passcodes, an LAPD warrant discovered in March 2016 now reveals.