How to Avoid or Remove ‘Mac Defender’ Malware

Recently, our own Harry McCracken revealed that even he’d been hit by the Mac malware known as Mac Defender (also known as Mac Protector). Here’s how to remove it from, or avoid getting it on, your Mac.

First of all, let’s clear up some definitions. “Malware” means “stuff that’s bad for your computer”, and this most certainly …

UK Government Under Constant Cyber Attack

The UK government’s computers are subjected to thousands of attempted cyber-attacks every month, the country’s finance minister said today.

The total number averaged out at more than one per day, and that’s just the ones targeted against his department.

George Osborne, the UK’s current Chancellor of the Exchequer, was speaking at …

Osama bin Laden’s Sneakernet Email System

Osama bin Laden was a prolific user of email for many years, evading the global intelligence community by using simple, cheap tech: USB sticks.

His system depended on couriers who would use internet cafes, checking in to his anonymized email accounts and copying incoming messages to a simple USB memory stick.

They’d take he stick …

EyeLock Will Unlock the Passwords in Your Eyes

Passwords are such a pain. They’re so essential to modern life, but no-one likes using them, or remembering them, or inventing new ones.

Biometrics company Hoyos says it has the solution, with a little hand-held gadget called EyeLock.

Hold it in front of your face, and it scans and recognises the unique patterns in your iris. Once it …

Why Your Personal Information Wants to Be Free

You wouldn’t know it from the buzz, but the hack of Sony’s PlaysStation Network that compromised 77 million accounts is not the biggest breach in history. It’s only 4th according to DataLossDB. We’ve been losing much more data for quite a while now.

In a thoughtful blog post this week, computer scientist Ben Adida reflected on …

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