When Does Google Hand Over Your Data To Governments?

Governments around the world want to know a lot about who we are and what we’re doing online and they want communications companies to help them find it. We don’t know a lot about when companies hand over this data, but we do know that it’s becoming increasingly common.


Office Macro Virus Attacks Becoming More Frequent

The resurgence in Office macro viruses shows no sign of slowing up. According to Sophos, attacks using Office’s built-in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) now account for more than a quarter of all document-based attacks.


Firemonkeys Hack Reminds Us To Patch, Patch, Patch

Over at Kotaku, my colleague Mark has the story of how EA-owned Australian games studio Firemonkeys shut down its forums after they were taken offline by a hacker.


Patch Tuesday: Four On The Floor

Yes, it’s almost the second Tuesday of the month and we’re due another bunch of Microsoft patches. With just four updates scheduled this month, hopefully the experience won’t be too painful.


Yes, Your Users Are Dumb Enough To Fall For Phishing Scams

The safest way to ensure people don’t fall for phishing scams is to block those emails before they arrive. We’re reminded of this via a study by McAfee, which found that 80 per cent of office workers were sucked in by phishing mail.


Microsoft's Upgraded EMET 5.0 Offers More Windows Protection

We recently covered Microsoft’s lesser-known Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) that adds protection against malware. Microsoft recently upgraded it to version 5.0 with even more protection against Internet nasties.


24 Key Network Threats To Watch Out For Right Now

They are out thereā€¦ or should that be “they are in and around your network?” Yes, at any moment in time, they may infest your network, putting your data at risk; ticking time-bombs waiting to explode, configurations ripe for exploit. And don’t forget those decisions made in the heat of the moment that, had rational thought prevailed, would never have been permitted.


Data Security Requires More Than Using An Archaic Storage Format

Moments when you’re glad you’re not in charge of this IT department: health service executives in the UK say that no-one should be too worried about a disk full of patient data going missing, because it’s highly unlikely anyone will have the gear required to read it. Oh dear.


What We're Spending Our IT Security Budgets On

Australian businesses will spend on $1.9 billion on information security in 2014, according to Gartner. The areas where that’s growing fastest? Privacy protection and cloud.