Posts Tagged ‘internet’


The words of 2011

December 27, 2011

by Paul Heacock

As the year draws to an end, we make lists: Best Movies of the Year, Favorite Sports Moments and Key Political Events appear in national and international publications; Top Sales Reps or Most-Viewed Intranet Stories show up on corporate websites and in newsletters; many people even send out letters to friends and family detailing their personal “top events” of the year. Lexicographers, too, like to sift through the year’s work, and usually proclaim a Word of the Year. But we felt that a single Word of the Year was too limited. Read the rest of this entry ?


Phishing for botherders: keeping up with modern crime

November 21, 2011

Image courtesy of Andrej Troha

by Liz Walter

Edward Gibbon described history as ‘little more than the register of crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind’.  If this is true, it is perhaps not surprising to note a clear link between changes in a society – its inventions, habits, culture and technology – and changes in the nature of crimes committed within it.

In recent years it has been technology above all that has provided huge opportunities for a range of new crimes.  Phishing  (the practice of masquerading as a reputable organisation, especially via email, in order to trick people out of personal data such as bank account details) has been so widely publicized that only the most naïve would now fall for it.  However, there are still many other internet crimes of varying degrees of sophistication. Read the rest of this entry ?

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