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Peter RobertsUCL - London

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

29 April 2010  |  4356 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...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

Banking in the future - as seen from 1969

14 September 2009  |  3606 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 which managed to cover all manner of exciting new developments without the obligatory dumbing down you get now. I believed it all - computers would do a...

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Shiney Apple people...

12 February 2009  |  2474 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

I stumbled across this video today which I think perfectly encapsulates the Apple philosophy. Nice to see cutting edge design taken beyond even the iPhone. Now if you'll excuse me I have to pop to ...

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updated - Nine million PCs compromised - it gets worse....

19 January 2009  |  2100 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

Downadup aka Conficker is a rather nasty worm which attacks a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The infection rate is going through the roof according to researchers at F-Secure. The figures are so...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

Control your PC or Mac from your iPhone

06 January 2009  |  1833 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

I've been using logmein for over a year now - it gives you secure access to a remote computer via a web browser and it works very well indeed. I see there is now a version that runs on the iPhone - a...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

UK credit customers worried about the future

02 December 2008  |  1444 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

PricewaterhouseCoopers have published the results of a survey into UK attitudes to credit and to me at least it doesn't look terribly healthy. Twenty per cent of credit customers in the UK are worrie...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

Commenting on Finextra now even easier

02 December 2008  |  1874 views  |  0  |  Recommends 1

Yes, even easier than it was last week. In fairness, we have responded to some user feedback and we've made some adjustments to make it a little more straightforward. In case you missed last week's ...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Exploding German ATMs - three men arrested

11 November 2008  |  1776 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

A curious story here from the wackier, more inept and heavy-handed end of the ATM crime universe. Three men in Berlin have been arrested on suspicion of blowing up several cash machines during the ye...

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Peter RobertsUCL - London

Global financial meltdown? It's ok, just lie about it

11 November 2008  |  2102 views  |  0  |  Recommends 0

A study by Axa has found that more than one in three people admit to having misled a partner, friend or relation about the state of their finances. It also concludes the current dodgy state of the eco...

Peter RobertsUCL - London

Co-op bank - not quite so ethical now?

29 October 2008  |  2795 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 the...

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