Graham Cluley

Virus-writing contests are still a bad idea

There has been a right hoohah in the media and blogosphere about the "Race To Zero" contest being arranged for the next Defcon conference. In a nutshell, the "Race To Zero" organisers think it's a good idea to encourage people to create new malware variants in order to test anti-virus products.

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Graham Cluley

German spooks deploy spyware against Afghan ministry?

An interesting news story broke this weekend in Germany. According to reports in Der Spiegel, the BND - Germany's foreign intelligence service - used spyware to monitor the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in Afghanistan.

Confidential documents, passwords and email communications are said to have been compromised by German spies, and sent to the BND's headquarters in Pullach, Germany.

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