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Peter RobertsUCL - London

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

29 April 2010  |  4558 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  |  3976 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

Is it just me or has online banking got worse?

04 January 2010  |  4700 views  |  5  |  Recommends 0

I recently had the misfortune to receive a chip and pin card reader to use with my Smile account and in a stroke the entire banking experience has been ruined. It's fiddly to use and generally annoyin...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Apple in Mac virus U-turn shocker

02 December 2008  |  2479 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

Apple forced to scrap iPhone advert

26 November 2008  |  3893 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

Apple have been told not to run a TV ad again in the UK for the iPhone 3G after 17 people complained that it exaggerated the speed of 3G. The ad used the phrase "really fast" repeatedly, cou...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Hey Ocarina

25 November 2008  |  3675 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

As you may be aware I do occasionally suffer from Internet shopping hand, a condition whereby I lose control of my mouse hand and click on the BUY NOW button. It's even worse on the iPhone apps store....

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

London gig 25 Nov - The Vince Rogers Project

24 November 2008  |  2943 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

My mate Vince has a gig on Tue 25th at the Bull and Gate in London - he's had a fair bit of airplay on Radio 2 so should be a good crowd there. Funnily enough I used to be in a band with him years ago...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Game review: World of Goo

24 November 2008  |  2411 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

There was a time when computer games were written by a single person - Manic Miner on the ZX Spectrum for example. Eccentric, inspired genius. Now they're all blockbusters with massive teams and budge...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Microsoft to offer free virus protection

19 November 2008  |  1717 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

A handful of interesting stories caught my eye today all involving malware. It was reported by The Register that a rare example of a Trojan capable of infecting Macs had been discovered masquerading ...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

Co-op bank - not quite so ethical now?

29 October 2008  |  2871 views  |  1  |  Recommends 0

I'm appalled by this. How can a bank with an ethical policy treat its own workers like this? I shall be writing to ask them once I've calmed down a bit. I would transfer all my funds elsewhere if ther...

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