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John E Dunn

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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Mumsnet falls to Heartbleed hackers as 1.5 million users reset passwords

The Heartbleed flaw has claimed its first big-name victim with the hugely popular British Mumsnet site admitting that cyber-thieves have exploited the bug to compromise an unknown number of if its 1.5 million user accounts. read more »

Infosec teaching boost as security body (ISC)2 launches education programme

Security organisation (ISC)² has announced a new Global Academic Programme it hopes will boost the importance of security in higher education teaching programmes around the world. read more »

Inspectors slate police forces for ignoring cybercrime and cyberdefence

Many police forces in England and Wales are behaving as if cybercrime and cyberdefence are not part of their remit, lacking detailed strategies to prevent, detect or react to it, a stinging report from inspection body Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has found. read more »

World hit by record wave of 'mega' data breaches in 2013, says Symantec

What do Target, AOL, LivingSocial, Evernote, and Adobe have in common with one another? Answer: they were all victims of huge data breaches during 2013, part of a phenomenon that a new Symantec report calcuates has reached epidemic levels. read more »

CERT-UK launched by Francis Maude to battle cyberattack threat

Britain’s brand new Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UK) has finally been launched, the latest and most high-profile part of the Government’s long-running overhaul of UK cyber-defences. read more »

Open University launches MSc in computer forensics to bridge UK skills shortage

The Open University (OU) has announced a new MSc programme in computing it hopes will help to plug a UK skills shortage in areas such as digital forensics, insider threats and IP theft. read more »

'Windigo' Linux bot hijacks servers to feast on PCs behind sysadmins' backs

The curious ‘Cdorked' Apache web server backdoor that alarmed admins a year ago was only one part of a larger 'Windigo' Linux-Unix botnet that has managed to hijack 26,000 Linux servers since 2011, security firm ESET has discovered. read more »

Target hackers showed intimate knowledge of firm's network, suggests McAfee

The attack that planted malware on Target's point of sale (POS) terminals in November's huge data breach used inside knowledge of the network rather than a vulnerability in its retail software, McAfee has said in its latest quarterly analysis. read more »

FireEye $460 million offering will fuel more hiring and M&A

With one of the fastest-rising head counts in Silicon Valley, security darling FireEye has announced a $457 million (£280 million) secondary offering to raise cash for even more hiring and future acquisitions. read more »

The greatest security story never told -- how Microsoft's SDL saved Windows

Microsoft has launched a new website to "tell the untold story" of something it believes changed the history of Windows security and indeed Microsoft itself – the Software Development Lifecycle or plain ‘SDL' for short. read more »

(ISC)2 appoints new head to expand security qualifications beyond US

Security organisation (ISC)2 has appointed Adrian Davis as its new EMEA managing director to expand the body’s work in developing certfication programmes within the region, it has been announced. read more »

Tor network used to hide 900 botnets and darknet markets, says Kaspersky Lab

The Tor network is in danger of being swamped by criminals abusing its anonymity to hide an underworld of parasitic botnets, malicious command and control and ‘darknet' markets, according to research from Kaspersky Lab. read more »

Is this Russia's Stuxnet? Security firm spots suspicious 'Uroburos' rootkit

‘Uroburos' is an advanced rootkit that has been infecting networks since as far back as 2011, quietly stealing data after setting up rogue P2P networks within its high-level targets. read more »

Samsung's Knox 2.0 makes container and BYOD app security easier to use

Samsung has greatly enhanced the practicality of its Knox smartphone and tablet security system, adding the ability to deploy apps from Google Play and offering a dedicated KNOX Marketplace for business-class software. read more »

Samsung's Knox smartphone security integrated with Zscaler cloud

Samsung's Knox mobile security platform has bolstered its status as the emerging standard in mobile enterprise device security by inking a deal with Zscaler to integrate its technology with the software. read more »

Pastebin analysis reveals true scale of 2013 data breaches

The true scale of global data breaches must reach into the hundreds of millions, according to Swiss penetration testing outfit High-Tech Bridge which has discovered that 311,095 user credentials were posted to the popular Pastebin website during 2013 alone. read more »

The Syrian Electronic Army wins again as 1 million Forbes accounts breached

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has struck again, defacing the Forbes news website and publishing the names, email addresses and encrypted passwords of over a million of its users. read more »

Data breaches drive growth in use of encryption, global study finds

Data breaches have for the first time become the main reason enterprises implement encryption technology, according to a study of global encryption trends by The Ponemon Institute on behalf of security firm Thales e-Security. read more »

Imperva grabs cloud security with Incapsula and Skyfence buy-ins

Security vendor Imperva has gone on a mini spending spree, buying out web application firewall subsidiary Incapsula, cloud security firm Skyfence and bringing in-house small US OEM partner Tomium Software. read more »

Cryptolocker scrambles US law firm's entire cache of legal files

A small US law firm has bravely admitted losing its entire cache of legal documents to the Cryptolocker Trojan despite attempting to pay the $300 (£180) ransom in a bid to have them unscrambled. read more »

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