Articles By Robert MacMillan

CEO sentenced to 3 months “home confinement” for destroying client’s Web site

The CEO of a Seattle-area consulting company was sentenced to three months of home confinement Thursday for destroying a client's Web site following a contract dispute.Minecode CEO Pradyumna Samal will also serve 288

Published on: May 4th, 2009 Robert MacMillan

Undercover FBI agent infiltrates identity theft ring

Salesmen and parents know the technique well. It's called the takeaway, and as far as Keith Mularski is concerned, it's the reason he kept his job as administrator of online fraud site DarkMarket.DarkMarket

Published on: January 26th, 2009 Robert MacMillan

Colorado Spam King found dead

Convicted penny-stock spammer Eddie Davidson has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, apparently after killing his wife and 3-year-old daughter in his home town of Bennet, Colorado, the U.S. Department of Justice said

Published on: July 28th, 2008 Robert MacMillan

Google Desktop, Word may expose encrypted data

If you're using encryption software to keep part of your computer's hard drive private, you may have a problem, according to researchers at the University of Washington and British Telecommunications.They've discovered that popular

Published on: July 17th, 2008 Robert MacMillan

CEOs, senior mangers’ computers hacked in fake subpoenas scam

Panos Anastassiadis didn't click on the fake subpoena that popped into his Inbox on Monday morning, but he runs a computer security company. Others were not so lucky. In fact, security researchers say

Published on: April 18th, 2008 Robert MacMillan

MacBook Air hacked in two minutes in Canadian contest

It may be the quickest US$10,000 Charlie Miller ever earned.He took the first of three laptop computers -- and a $10,000 cash prize -- Thursday after breaking into a MacBook Air at the

Published on: March 31st, 2008 Robert MacMillan

Chinese-style Internet censorship doomed to failure, says Bill Gates

Efforts by countries like China to restrict the exchange of information on the Internet are ultimately doomed to failure, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told an audience of Stanford University students Tuesday."I don't see

Published on: February 21st, 2008 Robert MacMillan

Online attacks “disrupt” power equipment in several cities

Criminals have been able to hack into computer systems via the Internet and cut power to several cities, a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency analyst said this week.Speaking at a conference of security professionals

Published on: January 21st, 2008 Robert MacMillan

MySpace being used to serve up bogus Windows updates

There's now one more reason to be security-conscious while using MySpace.com: fake Microsoft updates.Using a hacked MySpace profile, online criminals are trying to trick victims into downloading a malicious Trojan Horse program by

Published on: January 14th, 2008 Robert MacMillan

Spreading peace and goodwill – and the Storm Worm – to all

Some clever, sexy Christmas-themed spam and a long holiday season helped the criminals behind the notorious Storm Worm more than double their network of infected PCs over the past few weeks, security experts

Published on: January 12th, 2008 Robert MacMillan

Need mobile spyware? Search eBay

Think your wife may be cheating on you? Wondering who your boss might be talking to? "Learn the truth. Spy today."So reads an ad for "Bluetooth Spy Pro-Edition," one of nearly 200 mobile

Published on: November 13th, 2007 Robert MacMillan

17 charged in $35 million ID theft bust

The operators of a New York business have been charged with running a massive identity-theft and money-laundering operation that raked in more than US$35 million over a four-year period.In total, 17 people have

Published on: November 9th, 2007 Robert MacMillan

Patch Tuesday focuses on Windows, Office, Exchange

Microsoft has released its May set of security patches, fixing critical bugs in Windows, Office and Exchange.Seven groups of patches called updates in Microsoft parlance, were released Tuesday, fixing a total of 19

Published on: May 8th, 2007 Robert MacMillan