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Tag Archives: online security


The Irish Independent today carries the story of the 10.10.10 virus. “Fears that a computer virus could be unleased (sic!) on October 10 – 10.10.10 – are circulating on the internet, with experts warning users to be careful”, the newspaper reports with breathless urgency. (10.10.10 has a particular significance to many in geekdom, since in […]

Spider Hack

Mention earlier this week of the Morris tribunal reminds me of one of the minor riddles that inquiry left in my mind. In June 2005, the tribunal apparently learned that it’s website had been ‘hacked’. The Sunday Times later reported that ‘rogue computer software known as spyware was attached to the server used to “air” […]

Computer Virus, World Fever

A devastating computer virus is set to wreak havoc on computers today, as the ‘Conficker’ virus takes effect on thousands of machines in Ireland and worldwide. PC makers are warning users worldwide not to switch on their machines for 24 hours, as the rogue ‘time bomb’ program is designed to cause computers and monitors to […]

Lost in Cyberspace

Microsoft just isn’t having a good year. The dubious Mojave experiment. A strange series of advertisements with Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates. The botched Yahoo! takeover. Net books promoting Linux to the masses. The refusal of XP to die. And now, yet another emergency patch to fix a critical flaw in Explorer. The patch itself […]

Window Cleaning

Today is Patch Tuesday, the day when Microsoft issues security patches and bug fixes for its software. This month’s update contains eight critically rated updates, which repair problems with Windows, Office, Media Player, Internet Explorer 6, and SQL Server, among others. One of the patches is designed to fix problems with Graphics Device Interface (GDI+), […]