New Website!

March 31, 2008

The Technology Strategy Board has a new website – check it out here


Hackers attack Patients

March 29, 2008

It seems that the actions of hackers have caused users of a website to have epileptic fits. PR stunt or reality? Have a look here


March 24, 2008

We have all heard of the problems in Tibet over the past few week, well it looks as if, and I say if, the Chinese government have started a cyber campaign against free tibet pressure groups. F-secure’s blogs have reported that these groups have started receiving targeted Trojans which are specifically for the people inside these groups. (these kind of attacks are known as spear phishing).


The Results are in!

March 6, 2008

After a long hard few months we are finally at the end of the EPAC selections, the consortia panel session was yesterday and all presentation went very well. A Decision has been made around which ideas will go forwards and receive funding for the next few years. The funding meeting is tomorrow and once the ratio fundings have been decided then consortia will know early next week.

I would just like to say a big thank you to all whom have been involved over the past months and watch this space for updates and announcement about our new competitions and activities in the coming months!

Google Health

February 29, 2008

Google is in the news this week with it’s soon to be released ‘health platform’. This is essentially a database of all your personal details that can be used to help diagnose possible illnesses. It can organise your medical records and suggest possible side effects to treatments. I hope the security is up-to-scratch. How difficult is it to remove your data from facebook? I wonder how difficult it would be to remove your health records from google?

Pakistan recently has removed itself from the Internet

The Pakistani government recently ordered the censorship of blasphemous material on youtube. The way which the main ISP within Pakistan decided to do this was by re-routing traffic from youtube to essentially anywhere. The first thing which happened was that youtube disappeared of the Internet for a few hours, and the second was that Pakistan caused an denial of service attack against itself.


Professional e-crime…

February 24, 2008

It looks like the house of lords is to debate again the report it submitted to the government last summer. This is in the shadow of these news articles which shows that the on-line environment seems to becoming a more organised and sinister place. We have heard about the shift from the hobbyist hacker to the organised criminals well it looks as the professionalisation of this move has shifted up a gear. Websites and adverts are now starting to appear advertising (quite blatantly) for people with language skills to help target phishing emails and make them more believable. The three languages are Russian, Mandarin and Portuguese.

Finally ISP’s have been asked by the Dept of Culture Media and Sport to tackle the problems around the illegal downloading of copyrighted material. I wonder how this is possible to do, IDS, deep packet inspection or just a random sampling. It is very easy to obfuscate traffic especially further up the Internet hierarchy you go.