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No antidote for new PoisonTap tool

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American super-hacker Samy Kamkar has invented a plug-in device that could take PC vulnerability to a whole new level. The aptly named PoisonTap is an inconspicuous tiny USB dongle. An attacker only needs briefly to plug it into a computer – whether locked or unlocked – to open a series… Read more »

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USB sticks used to rob from cash machines

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Researchers have revealed how cyber criminals cut holes into cash machines in order to plug in USB drives that installed their code onto the ATMs. Details of the attacks on an unnamed European bank’s cash dispensers were presented at the hacker-themed Chaos Computing Congress in Hamburg, Germany. The thefts came to… Read more »

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Rochdale Council breaches Data Protection Act with loss of memory stick

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Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council has become the latest local authority to be named and shamed after it lost an unencrypted memory stick that contained the details of 18,000 residents. According to ComputerWeekly.com, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has found the council in breach of the Data Protection Act but is… Read more »

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