The media, online and off, has been full of scare stories about the 'biggest Internet attack ever' and how a distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaign aimed against anti-spam outfit Spamhaus peaked at an attack volume of 300 Gbps (the highest ever recorded by those who record such things) was 'slowing down the global Internet'. DaniWeb didn't join the rush to shout 'the sky is falling' as, frankly, we didn't believe it as there was precious little evidence to be found that the DDoS attack was impacting anyone other than Spamhaus along with it's anti-DDoS protection service CloudFlare and their …

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At the risk of being somewhat obsessed by hitmen after [one recent news story](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/microsoft-windows/viruses-spyware-and-other-nasties/news/441025/dont-be-fooled-by-the-fake-hitman-scam) here at DaniWeb, I'm running another. This time though, it's cybercriminals and hackers who would hold your computer and data to ransom that are the target of a contract killer. The killer in question being the latest version of HitmanPro, and in the cloud 'second opinion' anti-malware file scanner that's been around for many years now. The HitmanPro.Kickstart feature, however, is brand new and really rather clever. ![hitmanpro](/attachments/small/0/hitmanpro.jpg "align-right") What it does is enable users to create a bootable USB flash drive which can then be …

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The trouble with being a mobile kind of guy is that the proliferation of mobile gadgets that I tend to carry around with me demand a small suitcase to bring the power supplies along if I am to be away from home for longer than a day or so. Sure, battery longevity is improving all the time, and convergence means that I can carry multiple technologies with me in a single gadget these days, but the power supply problem remains. If I want to travel light and leave the laptop at home, that means I don’t want to fill a …

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It has long been affectionately known as the [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2008/08/28/jesus-phone-does-not-perform-miracles/"]Jesus Phone[/URL] because of the almost religious following it receives, but can the iPhone really harness the power of the Cosmos to help organise your life? Veteran TV presenter Noel Edmonds, he of Deal or No Deal, Are You Smarter Than A 10 Year Old and Noel's Christmas Presents fame reckons it can. Indeed, Edmonds already created something of a fuss about the new age concept of Cosmic Ordering after taking to drawing different symbols on his hand for each show in the Deal or No Deal TV programme. The show became …

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How many passwords do you have to remember? The common answer is either too many and I sometimes forget them, or alternatively just the one as I use it for everything. Both options are bad in terms of security. Which is where password management systems come in, and these can take many different formats. Some people use the pen and paper format, writing down all logins and passwords in a book and hiding it somewhere. Bad, bad security. Others do the same, but using dedicated software, which is much better security-wise as the list can be encrypted. Atek has come …

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In a [URL="http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;649220418;fp;16;fpid;1"]comprehensive review[/URL] of the new ZonaAlarm virtualized security environment that is ForceField, Roger Grimes praises the elegant user interface. While admitting to being a big fan of Check Point and the ZoneAlarm brand, Grimes remains skeptical of these kind of virtualization products and it would appear with good reason: because he reveals that the sandbox security client still allowed his test system to be compromised by malware within sixty seconds of browsing. "ForceField did stop many malicious Web sites from loading and many malicious programs from being installed" Grimes says "it reported stopping more than 16,000 threats from …

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The End.