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A friend of mine is, in computing terms at least, stuck in 2005, a time when Tony Blair was still Prime Minister, Sven-Goran Eriksson was still the England manager and people were buying records by Crazy Frog.

Front-room hacker jailed

A computer hacker who accessed highly personal data and photographs in a sophisticated email scam from his mother's front room was jailed for 18 months today.

Warning over 'anti-virus' protection cold call scam

Gangsters are tricking worried internet users into buying anti-virus protection that is actually malicious software in disguise, security experts warned today.

Kiefer Sutherland's last chance to save the world

24 is drawing to a close, after eight series. It's time for Jack to kick back, Kiefer Sutherland tells James Rampton

A cure for the common cold may finally be achieved as a result of a remarkable discovery in a Cambridge laboratory

In a dramatic breakthrough that could affect millions of lives, scientists have been able to show for the first time that the body's immune defences can destroy the common cold virus after it has actually invaded the inner sanctum of a human cell, a feat that was believed until now to be impossible.

Clergyman 'looked at child porn in vicarage'

A married clergyman repeatedly accessed pornographic images of children on his computer while working on church-related business at his vicarage, a jury heard today.

Polio: The deadly summer of 1956

Polio, once the most feared of diseases, is about to be eradicated. This essay by Patrick Cockburn, first published in The Independent in 1999, recalls the epidemic, the panic it provoked and how it changed his life

Threat of cyber attack is the new priority as cuts hit major projects

Trident decision will be delayed and aircraft carriers compromised in defence shake-up

Government vows to transform cyber defences

The Government tonight pledged to transform Britain's defences to counter cyber attacks as it warned of the "devastating real-world effect" of a successful assault on the UK's communications infrastructure.

Microsoft issues its biggest-ever security fix

Microsoft issued its biggest-ever security fix, including repairs to its ubiquitous Windows operating system and Internet browser for flaws that could let hackers take control of a PC.

Iran acknowledges espionage at nuclear facilities

Iran revealed for the first time today that some personnel at the country's nuclear facilities were lured by promises of money to pass secrets to the West, but that increased security and worker privileges have put a stop to the spying.

Bio warfare scientists help solve mystery of dying bees

The cause of the mysterious decline of the honey bee in the United States – and elsewhere in the world – may have been found in the form of a "double whammy" infection with both a virus and a fungus.

Police question 19 over hi-tech online banking fraud

Hi-tech crime police were today questioning 19 people suspected of orchestrating a multimillion-pound attack on British bank accounts.

Has the West declared cyber war on Iran?

Experts say the computer virus found in a nuclear plant is the work of a foreign power

Iran accuses West of unleashing computer attack on nuclear site

A computer virus that experts said may have been created by a state did not affect Iran's nuclear plant or government systems, but did hit computers of staff at the plant and internet providers, officials said yesterday.

Iran's nuclear agency trying to stop computer worm

Iran's nuclear agency is trying to combat a complex computer worm that has affected industrial sites throughout the country and is capable of taking over power plants, Iranian media reports said.

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