Interview with ComodoHacker

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After the recent distribution of nine fraudulent certificates, apparently by an Iranian hacker, Comodo released the following statement:

Ex-ISS Chief Scientist Robert Graham interviews the ComodoHacker.

Defensio 2.0 secures your social media postings

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Defensio scans your social media pages to see if anyone has posted links to malicious content or pornographic web sites, for example.

The service can be fine-tuned to allow you to block links to external websites based on their category. It can also detect, reject and mask swear words from postings.

Download it here:

Blackberry Messenger on iOS and Android?

Those of you who love the BlackBerry Messenger service but want to move to an iPhone or Android smartphone, may soon be able to have both.

In a surprising move, RIM have decided to make their messenger service available as both an Android and iPhone app next month.

Handy what? HDMI/USB adapter from Hanwha

Hanwha have launched a neat HDMI/USB 2.0 adapter for that brand new iPad2 you may have just bought. A little pricey at around $75 but it might prove more cost-effective than Apple’s own HDMI-only adapter. By the way, it will also work on your iPad, iPhone4 or iPod Touch (latest version).

Expedia's late booking app

Having marvelled at the ease and convenience of using the app on my iPod Touch last summer, I see that Expedia are belatedly entering the iPhone (followed by Android) app market.

It will be interesting to see how this competes with the HotelTonight app which has gained substantial popularity due to its ease of use and the ability to find (and book) a hotel near you, by comparing your GPS position with its large database of hotels.

Read Sean O’Neill’s review here:

iPad2 or not iPad2 - that is the question

Apparently the new iPad2 does not offer the full range of enhancements initially expected (I haven’t yet had the pleasure of getting my hands on one), but, as with all Apple products, is aesthetically very pleasing and also has a very nice optional smart cover.

It is 30% thinner and lighter (approximately 100g) than the original iPad and has front and rear cameras (a bit like a big iPod Touch), but does not have a USB socket. All this makes it an attractive option for those wanting to invest in a tablet for the first time, but maybe not enough for those looking to potentially upgrade their existing iPad. Tech Radar have written a comprehensive review:

If you want to see how it compares to other tablets, check out Tablet Leader’s handy comparison page:

Cloud of data

Considering I was at a two day Information Security event, it was ironic that the best technology conversation I had was actually on Wednesday evening, with Paul Miller of Cloud of Data. Topics ranged from iPhone/Android apps versus Chrome Apps to Cloud and Cloud Security.

Mixed messages but a real threat.

The varying opinions on the real (versus perceived) threat of cyber-security and cyber-warfare remind me of the mixed messages we get about what is good and what is bad for us.

The only difference is that I need to click on “Health” instead of “Technology” on the BBC website.

Compare the following two articles, for example:

What are we up against?

With so many different terms around these days for the different types of malware that exist and the different types of attacks we are facing, I thought it would be a good idea to clarify the definitions of some of the more commonly used terms.

Check out:

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