Posts Tagged ‘hacker’

Microsoft’s Telepathwords Guesses Passwords as You Type

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

I can’t decide: Is this a helpful tool for helping users to build better passwords, or could it also be misused by hackers as a tool to help guess passwords?

If you have been using the Internet for some time, you know that password security is a serious issue nowadays.

It is not a single issue though, as multiple come into play here. Many users prefer easy to remember passwords, as it makes it easier for them to sign in to websites and services. To make matters worse, it is fairly common that the same password is used across all services and websites, as it is more convenient than having to remember multiple passwords.


McKinnon extradition put on hold

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Bringing a hacker to trial is a good start … but I’d rather see them going after the people who write the viruses and malware instead.

Theresa May agrees adjournment of judicial review to consider whether Gary McKinnon is fit to be extradited to US

The extradition of the computer hacker Gary McKinnon has been put on hold after the home secretary, Theresa May, agreed to an adjournment of a judicial review that was supposed to start within days.

The move will allow May to begin formal consideration of the medical evidence to see whether McKinnon is fit to be extradited. If it is established that he cannot be allowed to go, it paves the way for a prosecution in the UK.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The home secretary has considered the proposal from Gary McKinnon’s legal team and has agreed an adjournment should be sought. An application to the court is being made today.”