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Google launches encrypted search engine

Tuesday 18 May 2010

Google has announced the launch of an encrypted version of its search engine in order to prevent search results being accessed over open connections. The move follows the company's decision to turn on encryption by default for Gmail users earlier this year and comes in the wake of controversy over breaches of privacy by its Street View service .

Yahoo! accounts in China hacked

Wednesday 31 March 2010

According to news reports on Wednesday, the webmail accounts of foreign journalists based in China and Taiwan have been hacked. The BBC News website reported that the Foreign Correspondents' Club of China (FCCC) had confirmed eight cases of email attacks on Yahoo.

Facebook defends its safety policy

Tuesday 16 March 2010

Following the recent controversy over the Daily Mail's erroneous reporting of the dangers faced by under-18s using Facebook , the social networking site has defended its safety policy. The Daily Mail has admitted that its article, published in print and on line on Wednesday - in which it was claimed that young girls who join Facebook could be approached " within seconds " by older men who want " to perform a sex act " in front of them - was incorrect.

Jail for US Facebook blackmailer

Thursday 04 March 2010

In a case that has gripped the American media, a teenage boy in Wisconsin has been handed a 15-year jail sentence after posing as a girl on the social networking site Facebook in order to blackmail male students into sex.

Cyber stalker finally jailed

Thursday 04 March 2010

A man branded one of Britain's most obsessive cyber stalkers by the tabloid press has been jailed for terrorising a female undergraduate for over two years. Jason Smith, from Newall Green, near Wythenshawe, was put behind bars last week after Manchester Magistrates Court heard how he had threatened 20-year-old Alexandra Scarlett and her family through social networking sites.

Microsoft takes down the Waledac botnet

Friday 26 February 2010

US software giant Microsoft has won the latest battle in the global war on botnets - the networks of compromised PCs that are controlled remotely by criminals - by gaining a court order to close down the domains used for the 'command and control' (C&C) of the huge Waledac botnet.

Facebook unveils new privacy controls

Tuesday 23 February 2010

Facebook, the world's largest social networking group, announced new privacy controls this week for content posted using third-party applications, external websites linked to Facebook via the Connect system and Facebook's mobile version.

Google gets stung by Buzz

Friday 19 February 2010

When Internet search giant Google unveiled its brand-new social media product, Google Buzz, on 9 February, it obviously had no idea that there could be a sting in its tail. Google Buzz , which provides a social networking platform to rival Facebook , initially met with a storm of protest from users over privacy problems.

Safer Internet Day gets a mixed response

Tuesday 09 February 2010

Today is Safer Internet Day, an event aimed at promoting safe and responsible use of the Internet and mobile technologies among children and young people. This year's main message is 'Think B4 U post!', which is laudable enough, although the Safer Internet Day site features a curious video of a computer mouse uploading partly pixelated pictures of itself – presumably naked – and the image being sent around the world with resounding laughter.

Google attackers posed as 'friends'

Friday 29 January 2010

According to a report published earlier this week, the perpetrators of the recent cyber attacks that emanated from China had sent messages to key staff at Google, Adobe and other US firms on social networks, pretending to be friends.

Insiders at Google China may have helped with attacks

Wednesday 20 January 2010

According to reports from Reuters on Monday, Internet giant Google is investigating whether some employees in its China office were implicated in the attacks against it and other US companies in mid-December.

Microsoft admits IE was used in Google attacks

Tuesday 19 January 2010

US software giant Microsoft has admitted that its Internet Explorer browser was used in the recent attacks on Google's networks that originated in China. In a blog post on Thursday last week, Microsoft conceded that a vulnerability in IE was used to allow hackers to run programmes remotely on infected computers.

Google issues ultimatum to Chinese government

Wednesday 13 January 2010

A number of recent attacks on Google and its users – specifically, those in China and western nations who support human rights activists – combined with the Chinese government's new resolve to limit information on the Internet seems to have convinced Google to pull out of China.

Gmail attacked by phishing scam

Wednesday 07 October 2009

Internet giant Google admitted to the BBC on Tuesday that users of its web-based e-mail system, Gmail, had been subject to an attack from hackers, with passwords then posted on line. The news came hard on the heels of reports that up to 10,000 Hotmail addresses had suffered similar phishing assaults, being posted on line at Pastebin, a website used by developers to share code.

Hotmail passwords leaked

Tuesday 06 October 2009

Microsoft has today been forced to admit that thousands of Windows Live Hotmail passwords have been leaked on line. The news was originally broken on 1 October by technology blog Neowin and, since then, messages advising friends to change their passwords have been flying around Twitter and other social networks.

Twitter’s embarrassing security lapses

Wednesday 15 July 2009

Real-time social messaging service Twitter has been fessing up over the slack security that allowed a hacker to access the personal web services accounts of co-founder Evan Williams, his wife and at least one other employee, making off with a pile of confidential Twitter documents which are now being published on the Internet.

Google takes action on AdWords scams

Tuesday 07 July 2009

Search Engine Marketing guide SearchEngineWatch.com reports that Google has at last suspended accounts running AdWords scam programmes. A large number of these 'get rich quick' AdWords schemes have come to light, with scam victims filling the pages of relevant web forums, seeking advice on how to recover lost money.

Green light for Google's Street View

Thursday 23 April 2009

Following complaints from privacy campaigners, the UK's Information Commissioner has ruled that Google Street View should be allowed to continue. The organisation's judgement was that, although Street View carries a small risk of privacy invasion, it should not be stopped and that banning the mapping service would be "disproportionate to the relatively small risk of privacy detriment" .

Raise your profile with Google

Tuesday 21 April 2009

Come on, admit it: we've all put our own name into Google to see what comes up! Many of us are disappointed at the results - either because someone with a dubious profile shares our name and hogs your favourite social networking account or, worse still, we finally make an appearance on page 342 in the SERPs.

Guilty verdict for The Pirate Bay four

Saturday 18 April 2009

The four Swedish founders of The Pirate Bay have been sentenced to a year in jail and ordered to pay some £2.5 million in damages for helping Internet users to download music, films and computer games.

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