National Lottery Accounts compromised

November 30th, 2016

THis morning Camalot released the news that they’d detected suspicious logins on 26,000 of its on-line punter accounts, of which 50 had been altered. As far as they know. They’re keen to stress that this doesn’t affect their core system (i.e. can’t be used to fiddle the payouts). It may be re-use of passwords blagged elsewhere.

Putin the Boogy Man

November 28th, 2016

I’ve been listening to Today on Radio 4. Francois Fillon has won the conservative presidential candidacy for the French president. Apparently, shock horror, he likes Margret Thatcher and is friendly with VLADIMIR PUTIN. That sounds a bit like Vlad the Impaler! The presenter also had a jibe about Donald Trump; he also wants to do […]

Enough with this “Trump Crashes Immigration Site” rubbish!

November 10th, 2016

Ha Ha Ha! On Wednesday, Canada’s web site for prospective immigrants crashed due to the weight of American’s trying to escape from a USA run by Donald Trump. Really? Now other immigration sites such as New Zealand are reporting similar problems and certain some media outlets are lapping it up.

Are you a Tesco bank customer? Please verify your details. Spam meets salami.

November 7th, 2016

I’m surprised I haven’t seen any phishing emails targeting hapless Tesco Bank customers following the publicity surrounding the weekend’s account raids. But what’s interesting is this appears to be close to a good old fashioned salami fraud. How does this square with theories it was their on-line portal?

Baofeng UV-5X vs UV-5R Review

November 3rd, 2016

Someone asked me today whether they should get a UV-5X instead of an UV-5R. The 5R is a bit of a legend in the handheld transceiver world – a very cheap and capable VHF/UHF unit covering Business Light and Ham bands on FM. It has a few flaws – for example you can’t disable the […]

Is Claire Barber the worst PR consultant ever?

November 2nd, 2016

A young lady by the name of Katie Cutler was so moved by the mugging of a disabled, blind 68-year-old Alan Barnes in January 2015 that she set up a fund to help him. Enter Miss Barber, self-styled PR expert, who did some work and then stuck Katie Cutler with a bill for £6K, pursuing her through the courts. Whether Katie Cutler deserved this or not is irrelevant; the question is whether Claire Barber will ever be able to work in PR again.

A-Level scrappage scheme – Tony Robinson dug up to condem it

October 18th, 2016

Scrapping weird A-Levels has been criticized by career academics, Labour activists and media personalities, who all seem to agree. I think the more we scrap, the better for everyone,

Has LinkedIn had its data blagged again?

October 17th, 2016

An email address that should only be known to me and LinkedIn found its way in to the hands of spammers this morning. How?

Google Drive Hacked to spew Spam

October 11th, 2016

Google Drive is still being abused to send out spam over a month after I first informed them of the problem (discretely). Presumably they’re too busy trying to secure Gmail.

The Royal Mail is Doomed

October 7th, 2016

Britain without the Royal Mail? ThRoyal Mailat’d be, well, un-British. But, like Woolworths, it’s coming to the end of its natural life after 500 years. The only thing that could save it is being done better by the competition. Much better.