Articles By Robert McMillan

Steve Jobs tributes pour in from friends and rivals

As news of the death of Steve Jobs spread around the Internet, the tributes came pouring in Wednesday, crediting Apple's co-founder and chairman with -- more than once -- changing computing as we

Published on: October 6th, 2011 Robert McMillan

Intel, McAfee link security to the chip

Nearly seven months after Intel shelled out US$7.68 billion for antivirus vendor McAfee, the two companies are offering a glimpse of their future.At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco Tuesday, McAfee will

Published on: September 14th, 2011 Robert McMillan

Former

In the late 1990s Robert Soloway made US$20,000 a day as a spammer. He drove fancy cars. He wore Armani clothes. He was, by all accounts, one of the most successful spammers on

Published on: July 4th, 2011 Robert McMillan

Canadians’ records stolen from Sony e-commerce site

The problems keep coming for Sony. On Tuesday the company confirmed that someone had hacked into its Web site and stolen about 2,000 customer names and e-mail addresses. Close to 1,000 of the

Published on: May 25th, 2011 Robert McMillan

Windows users falling prey to social engineering tactics

The next time a web site says to download new software to view a movie or fix a problem, think twice. There's a pretty good chance that the program is malicious.In fact, about

Published on: May 19th, 2011 Robert McMillan

Researcher to demonstrate smartphone radio hack

More than three years after the iPhone was first hacked, computer security experts think they've found a whole new way to break into mobile phones -- one that could become a big headache

Published on: January 18th, 2011 Robert McMillan

2010 tech stories nobody predicted

Welcome to 2011. Usually around this time of year, pundits guess what we'll be seeing in the year ahead. On the computer security front, we're hearing that 2011 will be the year of

Published on: January 3rd, 2011 Robert McMillan

MasterCard, PayPal reap botnet payback siege for shunning WikiLeaks

PayPal's website was hit late Wednesday by two botnets as online activists continued their Web attacks on companies that have severed their relationships with WikiLeaks. The activists have recruited volunteers, who have banded

Published on: December 10th, 2010 Robert McMillan

A peek at Google’s Chrome laptop

Google gave the world a first look at its new Chrome OS laptop Tuesday and according to CEO Eric Schmidt it's very much like the Network Computer devices that he was pitching while

Published on: December 9th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Facebook’s new groups feature raises concerns

This week's overhaul of Facebook groups quickly led to an outcry over the way the service works, but the bigger lesson may be simply this: Be careful who you befriend.The problems started on

Published on: October 12th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Google, Apple tap crowdsourcing to map out WiFi locations

Four months ago, amidst a backlash from government regulators and privacy advocates, Google stopped collecting Wi-Fi data with its Street View cars. But that doesn't mean Google has stopped collecting wireless data altogether,

Published on: September 10th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Spammers get the boot with Facebook’s new remote logout

Facebook users will soon have a new way of knocking spammers out of legitimate accounts.The social-networking company is rolling out a new security feature that lets users see which computers and devices are

Published on: September 7th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Demand Media ‘worst ISP in the world’

As Demand Media gears up for its initial public offering, anti-spam advocates and online crime fighters say that the company needs to clean up its act.In a report, released late Tuesday, HostExploit, a

Published on: August 12th, 2010 Robert McMillan

Hackers’ guide to staying secure on the Web

You already know the basics of internet security, right?You know to keep your antivirus program and patches up to date, to be careful where you go on the Internet, and to exercise online

Published on: August 9th, 2010 Robert McMillan

More attacks loom as virus writers pick up on Windows flaw

The Windows attack used by a recently discovered worm is being picked up by other virus writers and will soon become much more widespread, according to security vendor Eset.Eset reported Thursday that two

Published on: July 26th, 2010 Robert McMillan