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Bashed and Shellshocked

by Leo Waldock on 29.09.2014 18:14

Shellshock is a security hole in Bash that puts Linux systems at risk.

No doubt that sentence is as clear as mud so let's unpack it a little.

Bash stands for 'Bourne Again Shell' in honour of Stephen Bourne of Bell Labs and a command...

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I moderated a fascinating session on cyber security in Zurich earlier this week, and it was very interesting to compare notes with the speakers and audience to see how similar the issues are between us. The evening was a joint event between ICAEW an...

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How to waste two hundred million dollars per annum

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a huge company, as these numbers prove. In 2013 they made $96.6 billion net revenue and raised $2.1 trillion in capital for its clients. Even the costs of such a compa...

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The NAO has today published an update for the Committee of Public Accounts on the Government’s National Cyber Security Programme.

The overall conclusion is that Government continues to make good progress in implementing the Programme. It must, h...
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It comes to something when a chap returns from holiday to find the BBC banging on about nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence. I confess that I knew the name but had to be reminded that Lawrence played the leading role in 'Hunger Games'

Anyway, '...

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Trying to extract data from one program and import into another promises to be easy but is often very time consuming and fraught with problems. In theory it is easy - export as a comma separate value (csv) file and import into a different product....

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I fully accept that Amazon and eBay know a huge amount about me and while I may not like the fact, there is little that can be done.

It is a similar story with the household Nectar card which proves beyond doubt that we prefer baguette to sli...

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Our panel yesterday on cyber security at the AAA meeting provided some fascinating insights from industry and research. While I can't do justice to all the discussion in this blog, I can highlight some of the points that I found particularly helpful...
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BBC iPlayer

by Leo Waldock on 30.07.2014 15:50

BBC fails to tell us diddly squat about iPlayer outage

Last week the BBC suffered a major problem that took down its iPlayer streaming service and also, briefly, hammered its news website.

I listen to the radio via my PC while I work at ho...

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BT Yahoo email outage

by Leo Waldock on 30.07.2014 11:12

Telecoms giant BT has apologised for problems with its email services.

Apparently this problem '...meant a minority of BT Mail customers weren’t able to access their email accounts in the past few days.'

This may or may not be true however...