Stories by Andrew Brandt

Guarding your PC from Net hazards

It's 2004: Computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and spyware applications are flooding the world's networks. You're nuts to use a PC without an antivirus tool, but that alone isn't enough. Antivirus programs can't detect a new virus until it is alr...

Bluetooth phones could leak data

Many of the most popular models of Bluetooth-enabled cell phones can be hacked easily, enabling a malicious hacker to steal phone books, images, calendar information, or virtually anything else stored on the phone, say a pair of security experts.

PDA viruses could get nasty

Viruses that target handhelds can be even more dangerous than their cousins that attack PCs, spawning self-replicating programs that hide easily, a security researcher told an audience of security professionals at the Black Hat Briefings conference i...

A PC user's guide to Macworld

They may not be waving four-color Windows-logo flags, but it's not a complete wasteland for PC users at the Macworld Expo show in San Francisco this week.

A latte, a Wi-Fi link and a hacker

If you have ever connected to the Internet through a wireless hot spot at a Starbucks, McDonald's or other business, you know how convenient it can be. Unfortunately, the setup is convenient for other people, too -- hackers intent on stealing your lo...

Sneaky apps attack

If you're beset by icons that appear in the system tray without warning, or by pop-up ads that run even when your browser isn't open, or by a mysteriously reconfigured browser, you aren't alone. The culprits--among them MemoryMeter and Rapidblaster--...

Class on virus creation draws industry ire

When the University of Calgary announced plans last week to offer a course that includes instruction on writing computer viruses, officials expected the antivirus industry to support the move--designed to help educate future virus fighters. Instead, ...

What's the biggest security problem?

Cyberterrorism is a joke, organized crime syndicates grow their own hackers, and the greatest threat to e-commerce is a metaphorical "angry Bulgarian teenager," said security experts in a lively panel debate in the US.

Info in your inbox

To get a newspaper, you can drag yourself down to the nearest newsagent every day or you can have the daily fishwrap delivered to your door. Online, you have a similar choice: either you spend time using search engines, news sites, and Web-based help...

Archos Jukebox Multimedia 20

The $US390 Multimedia 20 measures 114x79x30mm and weighs a little over 280g. Its 20GB hard drive is big enough to store multiple movies or about 330 hours of MP3s encoded at 128Kbps. A USB 1.1 port makes the device truly plug and play — no special PC...

Biometric security barely skin-deep

With just US$10 in materials and less an hour to complete his work, a Japanese researcher molded fake fingerprints that could overwhelmingly deceive biometric thumb scanners, a security technology expert reported at the BlackHat Briefings conference ...

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