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Quantum cryptography record broken

Scientists have reported an important speed breakthrough which brings closer the day when quantum encryption becomes a usable part of communications security.

Microsoft outs typo-squatting menace

Microsoft has released an Internet Explorer plug-in that reveals the true scale of the phenomenon of squatting popular URLs with misspelled equivalents.

HP fills LaserJet security hole

HP is warning of a vulnerability in some of its printer driver software that could allow hackers to siphon information from a user's PC.

Malware volumes hold steady

Global rates of spam, viruses and phishing e-mails stagnated in the last month, managed e-mail provider MessageLabs has reported.

Phishers now targetting SSL

Information theft scammers are increasingly spoofing SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates in a bid to fool Web users, Netcraft reports.

Antiporn tool now in Mozilla flavor

Guardware has release a new version of its antiporn system which it claims can stop employees viewing sexual content in web browsers, regardless of the source.

RSS could aid worm attacks

A researcher has claimed that increased support for RSS (Really Simple Syndication) in browsers could lead to a marked increase in botnet worm attacks.

Sony DRM code hijacked by Trojan

A Trojan horse program has been discovered that hooks into Sony's controversial DRM copy protection software to hide itself on any PC it infects.

Phoenix tags PCs using BIOS

Phoenix Technologies has announced a new product designed to tag and identify Windows PCs using a BIOS-protected encryption key.

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