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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Hacking your bank with the help of social networks...

29 April 2010  |  4676 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Just read an interesting blog post from a security researcher performing a stealth penetration test on a bank, at the request of the bank incidentally. What was interesting to me was the amount of technical information about the bank's systems that they obtained from public sources - the Facebooks and LinkedIns of the world. This was then followed ...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Britons tech knowledge a little lacking?

15 January 2010  |  4111 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

In case you've not seen this yet - here's a slightly disturbing insight into the state of awareness of information technology issues in the UK. According to a recent survey, one in 10 Britons think Apple founder Steve Jobs is a trade union leader. One in 20 thinks he's a footballer. Nine percent thought Sir Tim Berners-Lee was head of MI5. Two perc...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Banking in the future - as seen from 1969

14 September 2009  |  3778 views  |  1  |  Recommends 1

The BBC have put a priceless collection of items from Tomorrow's World online. If you've not heard of it, this used to be essential viewing on BBC1. It was a weekly look at science and technology whic...

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The BBC, Gaza and editorial impartiality

25 January 2009  |  1574 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

The Disasters Emergency Committee is an umbrella group of UK charities that swing into action when needed to raise urgently needed money. At the moment they have launched an appeal for Gaza - you can ...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

Improved on Finextra - the search engine

20 January 2009  |  2733 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

One of my colleagues here pointed out that our search engine on the site wasn't bringing back the right results if you typed in web 2.0. I thought it was just displaying good taste - the phrase web 2....

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The top 25 most dangerous programming errors

13 January 2009  |  2199 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

It's always worth taking note of anything from the SANS institute so it was interesting to see their latest announcement. They've gathered consensus from experts in over 30 computer security organisat...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Need a new PC? Make do and mend.

11 December 2008  |  1985 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

A couple of weeks ago a friend called me, worried that after clicking on a link in an email seemingly via Facebook from a friend she knew, "some virus thing came up" and the PC was now real...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

Festive online gift ideas

03 December 2008  |  1795 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Apparently online sales are still doing quite well, despite the credit crunch. Anyway, rather than leave it to the last minute I thought I'd start my seasonal present research early this year while pr...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Apple in Mac virus U-turn shocker

02 December 2008  |  2553 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Brian Krebs at Security Fix reports that Apple appear to have made an interesting U-turn on the whole virus on a Mac thing. "Apple encourages the widespread use of multiple anti-virus utilities s...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Help! My iPhone has ruined my productivity!

01 December 2008  |  2195 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

It's temporary I hope - eventually I must get bored with playing Fieldrunners. Anyone still under the impression that the iPhone is not a real games platform should have a look at this offering from S...

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