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John E Dunn


John is one of the co-founders of Techworld, following a spell working for Tornado Insider, the European magazine for tech start-ups. He started in IT journalism as technical editor of Personal Computer Magazine, before progressing to become editor of Network World (formerly LAN Magazine) and Network Week before helping to set up Techworld Insider. He has also freelanced for a number of technical publications in the technology, science and business fields.

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John Lewis mail glitch leaves customers with £1.53 bill for marketing circular

An unknown number of John Lewis and Waitrose customers have been asked to pay a £1.53 postage charge by the Royal Mail after a franking machine failed to correctly stamp letters sent out as part the firm’s latest credit card marketing campaign. read more »

Insurance firm Staysure fined £175,000 for 'unbelievable' credit card hack

The ICO has handed online insurance firm a stinging £175,000 fine after chaotic security practices allowed hackers to steal details of 100,000 credit card numbers from the firm’s database, several thousand of which experienced fraud. read more »

Healthcare and banks fall short on spam and phishing protection

Despite being relentlessly targeted by phishing and spam, the banking and healthcare sectors are still the least likely to use email security technologies to protect their customers, according to Agari’s Email TrustIndex for 2014. read more »

The NSA is inside hard drive firmware - now what?

It’s been almost five years since the discovery of Stuxnet disabused the world of its naivety about nation state malware but since then more attention has been paid to Edward Snowden’s NSA hacking revelations than the occasional technical insights into old-style spying software. read more »

The $1 billion Carbanak bank heist - how it was done

At a time when physical money makes up a shrinking 8 percent of the currency in circulation, the ATM has become a reminder that people still love taking paper money out of holes in the wall. According to a Kaspersky Lab investigation, leaked to the New York Times at the weekend, we have been reminded that some of the technology’s biggest fans turn out to be criminals. read more »

Lumension and FrontRange announce rebirth as Heat Software

US security firms Lumension and FrontRange have sprung a surprise by announcing a merger that will see the combined 350-employee firm rebrand itself as Heat Software. read more »

CISOs cut out of cyber-insurance decision making, study suggests

Most large enterprises in the UK still aren’t managing risk through dedicated cyber-insurance policies and the few that do buy based on recommendations by legal rather than IT departments, an analysis by non-profit the Corporate Executive Programme(CEP) has found. read more »

Liverpool University cures Dropbox security worries with Varonis file sharing

The University of Liverpool has started using Varonis’s DatAnywhere file sharing system after worries that the unmanaged use of consumer cloud storage services such as Dropbox by staff and students was generating unmanageable security risks. read more »

Microsoft products face increased out-of-band patching, predicts Tripwire

Is life getting easier or worse for admins given the job of patching Microsoft products or is it perhaps just the same as it’s ever been but gradually changing in nature? read more »

Lumension now patches third-party software inside Microsoft System Center

Lumension has added a plug-in to its Patch Manager Desktop that lets admins using Microsoft System Center automate one of the environment’s most onerous tasks - patching third-party Windows applications. read more »

More FTSE 100 firms slip cyber-risk warnings into annual reports

Data breaches have started to transform the way large UK companies explain investor risk when writing annual reports, research by security firm Trustwave has found. read more »

Raspberry Pi 2 gets major speed boost and - shock - Windows 10 support

Nearly three years after its first going on sale, the basic Raspberry Pi has been given a major upgrade with the announcement of a new version which significantly bumps up the platform's processing power and memory. read more »

IT staff bearing brunt of EU General Data Protection Regulation planning

With EU Commissioners this week offering another commitment to conclude long-running negotiations to introduce the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the end of 2015, IT departments appear to be the ones handed the job of working out how to meet its demands, a FireEye survey has found. read more »

IBM planning jobs 'bloodbath' as 110,000 employees to go, claims respected journalist

IBM is apparently planning the most “devastating” jobs cuts in US business history, reportedly up to 110,000 employees from a global workforce of 435,000, an unconfirmed report has suggested. read more »

Many UK towns still waiting for usable 4G, new analysis finds

Britain’s 4G networks might offer objectively faster connection speeds than 3G but a usable signal remains a rare privilege for business users in some surprisingly large towns, an analysis of recent Ofcom and carrier coverage has confirmed. read more »

Most serious data breaches could be avoided, new analysis claims

The overwhelming majority of high-profile US data breaches could have been prevented by sticking to a dozen security practices, according to the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) which has outlined the most critical in a new report. read more »

Ten percent of UK Windows PCs are not fully patched, Secunia finds

One in ten UK Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users are running an unpatched version of the operating system and one in twenty still uses software that is so old it will never be patched again, the latest Q4 vulnerability report from Danish firm Secunia has found. read more »

Shoe retailer Office escapes ICO fine despite serious data breach

High street shoe retailer Office has escaped being fined by the Information Commissioner (ICO) after a security breach sometime in the months before May 2014 compromised the personal details of one million customers. read more »

Security teams flooded with security alerts that are ignored, study finds

Businesses are being overwhelmed by large numbers of malware alerts the overwhelming majority of which are never even investigated, a study of US IT security staff experiences by the Ponemon Institute has found. read more »

UK mobile malware in surprise decline as crackdown hits home

The crackdowns by premium-rate regulator PhonepayPlus appear finally to have paid off with new figures from Lookout showing a sharp fall in the number of UK mobile users encountering malware and SMS scams during 2014. read more »

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