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Time Is Running Out For Server 2003

Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 operating system is now in what the company calls an “Extended Support Phase”.  Time is running out for businesses who still use the software as Microsoft will stop supporting the system on the 14th of July 2015.


If your company still uses Windows Server 2003, what are your options?  Our Carl has a few suggestions:


  • The first option is the most obvious, Upgrade to the most recent version of Windows Server.  Not only will this give you better support going forward, it also ensures that more third applications and programmes will work without issue.  This isn’t always the most practical option however, if your server’s are old.

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White House Hacked

White House Hacked

Russians attack America. After hearing this news, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Cold War was back in full swing. But it’s all true – earlier this week the White House was subjected to a pretty extraordinary attack on their computer networks.


This wasn’t just a rogue attack by black-hat cyber criminals on the fringes of the ‘net. According to sources in Washington, the rumour doing the rounds is that this particular hack was a state-sponsored assault on Americans.

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Student Reveals Facebook Messenger Payment Plan

Hot on the heels of Apple’s announcement to bring mobile payments to its new iPhone 6, it seems Facebook is planning online payments via its messaging platform.

A student at America’s Stanford University, Andrew Aude, revealed on Twitter – where else? – that, by using top developer tool Cycript, he had found code that would allow for payments to be made peer-to-peer (P2P) on Facebook Messenger. The news comes just a month after Jonathan Zdziarski, a security researcher, claimed he had found code relating to payments. It was this, Aude said, that started his more in-depth hunt for the truth.

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MasterCard Introduces SafetyNet to Thwart Cyber-Crime

MasterCard, the American financial services corporation, has unveiled its all new SafetyNet tool. The security system is aimed at preventing hackers from accessing account details and – like the Tom Cruise sci-fi film, Minority Report – identifying potential attacks before they even happen.


MasterCard’s President of Security Solutions, Ajay Bhalla, commented on the new system, stating: ‘With SafetyNet, we are really fast-tracking the next generation of security solutions, which are designed to stop fraud or attacks before many of our partners have even noticed it is happening.’

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