Hackers have set up fake URLs for UK banks, using website names that sound genuine in order to trick people into handing over their personal information and login details. Security researchers at Domaintools ( www.domaintools.com) found 346 fake sites, comprising 110 for HSBC, 74 each for Barclays and Standard Chartered, 66 for Natwest and 22 for Lloyds. False URLs run by scammers include www.hsbc-direct.com, www.natwesti.com, www.barclaya.net, www.barclays-supports.com and www.11oydstsbs.com.
Many bogus URLs have an extra letter or character that may go unnoticed at a glance, such as the 's' after ‘lloydstsb', or the dash between ‘hsbc' and 'direct'. Sometimes scammers even use 'rn' instead of 'm'. Kyle Wilhoit, one of the company's researchers, called on companies to buy fake URLS so that they can't be used by scammers. He said that at around £12 a year, it is "a relatively cheap insurance policy". He added that the rise in scams is a sign that so-called cybersquatters are becoming more dangerous. In the past they would buy a URL similar to a company's or celebrity's official site, hoping to make money by pretending to be affiliated with them, or by forcing them to buy it (Microsoft vs Mikerowesoft is one of the best-known examples: www.snipca.com/24267). But now, Wilhoit warns, they are more sophisticated, using "spoofed domain names for more malicious activities".
It's an all too common problem: your broadband just isn't as fast as you think it should be. Perhaps your Internet Service Provider (ISP) promised you 20Mbps, but you are barely managing half of that? Or maybe your speed fluctuates throughout the day, and stutters if you move to a different room.
Thankfully, there are several excellent tests and apps that will tell you what speeds you're getting, and why these might be slower than you'd hoped. These are even worth trying even if you're happy with your broadband speed and Wi-Fi - you never know when you might need this kind of information.
Virgin Media has announced the next 30 locations that will receive so-called 'ultra-fast' fibre broadband as part of its Project Lightning scheme. They include Grimethorpe in South Yorkshire, Wargrave
in Berkshire and Llanharry in Rhondda. Virgin says that
by spring 2017 households in those areas will benefit from speeds of 200Mbps, and businesses 300Mbps.
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A powerful photo-editing program that once cost $500 (around £350) is now free for anyone to use. The Nik Collection, which is owned by Google, is a package of seven desktop plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop. It’s one of the best programs of any kind to be made free in recent years.
The plug-ins include tools for improving a photo's colour (see screenshot), for editing photos in black and white, and for applying effects to specific parts of an image. Google bought Nik in 2012, when the software was priced at $500, and was used mainly by professionals.
It looks like a tiny terraced cottage but it hides an incredible secret.
The company's 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index (downloadable from here) said that healthcare was the most attacked sector in 2015, overtaking banking. Private clinics, hospitals and health insurance companies are all being targeted.
Shocking statistics in the report highlight the growing threat. Five of the eight largest healthcare security breaches this decade took place during the first six months of 2015.
It looks like a tiny terraced cottage but it hides an incredible secret.
Number 30 Railway Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire looks like another modest mid-terrace home from the outside but it’s so much more than that.
From the outside it looks like any other modest mid-terrace home. But step through the front door and it immediately becomes clear that this property in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, is far from ordinary - boasting not only two bedrooms, a lounge and a galley kitchen but also a hidden roof garden, impressive vaulted ceilings and even a secret cave.
Gmail now lets you send money by email to anyone in the UK via your PC.
Google insists that any transactions you make are “safely encrypted on secure servers” and “monitored 24/7 for fraudulent or unauthorised activity”.
To use this service, you will first need to set yourself up with Google Wallet –the company’s secure payment service.
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A design for a home anchored to a sheer cliff face offers a striking vista. But what would it take to live in such a place, asks Jon Kelly.
For sale: distinctive seaside property with spectacular coastal views. Would suit high-value buyer untroubled by vertigo.
So far it only exists as a concept, but the design for the Cliff House by Modscape, an Australian firm that designs and builds prefabricated homes, is enough to give a lurch to the stomach of anyone uneasy with heights.
June 18 (Reuters) - McLaren have lost a claim that a record 32 million pound ($51.33 million) fine the Formula One team paid after a 2007 spying controversy should be tax deductible.
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Two Australians have applied in vain for Sri Lanka's hangman job after the island nation's last official executioner got upset on seeing the gallows for the first time and quit.
MELBOURNE, March 14 (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton lent some credibility to the hype around Mercedes by posting the fastest time in Friday practice at the Australian Grand Prix, as the Formula One season kicked off with teams still battling reliability problems.
MELBOURNE, March 4 (Reuters) - Renault have made some progress in ironing out the engine problems that have blighted Formula One preseason testing, but will head into the season-opener in Melbourne with doubts about "incomplete" preparations.
(Reuters) - Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd have asked Chinese regulators to ensure that Microsoft Corp's bid to acquire Nokia Oyj's phone business did not lead to higher licensing fees on patents that remain with the Finnish company, Bloomberg reported on Monday.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Wednesday it was considering regulation of bitcoin and warned citizens that using such decentralized virtual currencies was risky.
(Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co's senior executives were aware of certain Autonomy Corp sales practices months before a whistleblower flagged them, prompting HP to write down the value of Autonomy, the Financial Times reported, citing email records.
Feb 14 (Reuters) - IndyCar driver Simona de Silvestro has joined the Sauber Formula 1 team as an affiliated driver, the Swiss team said on Friday.
LONDON (Reuters) - British construction output rose modestly in the fourth quarter of 2013, led by the greatest amount of new housing since the first quarter of 2008, providing some evidence that builders are responding to rising property prices.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The fight is on between San Antonio police and a motorcycle rider who posted a video on Facebook that shows him zooming through interstate traffic at speeds up to 100 mph with a message: "Catch me if you can."
LONDON (Reuters) - British repair and insurance group HomeServe has agreed to pay a 30.6 million pounds ($51 million) fine, the largest retail penalty imposed by the UK's financial regulator, after it was found to have committed a series of failings including mis-selling policies.
LONDON (Reuters) - Google has said its UK sales hit $5.64 billion in 2013, a rise of 16 percent on the previous year -- its lowest growth rate in three years.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Lenovo Group Ltd leader Yang Yuanqing says the Chinese technology giant will draw on cost-cutting lessons learned when it bought IBM Corp's ThinkPad laptop unit to turn losses into profit at businesses acquired for $5.2 billion last month.
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - In one of the odder sideshows of the Sochi Olympics, two skiers from Mexico and Lebanon are embroiled in a controversy over topless photos that one took of the other.
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia said on Wednesday it was appealing a ruling last week by the Delhi High Court which said the company must pay deposits on tax claims by local authorities in order to transfer assets related to its mobile phone business to Microsoft.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission called on Wednesday for a dilution of U.S. influence over the organization of the Internet, a sign of tension following snooping exposed by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden.
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish mobile game maker Supercell plans to launch a third game next month, hoping to replicate its success with hits "Clash of Clans" and "Hay Day" that helped it to earn $892 million in revenue last year.
OSLO (Reuters) - A ten-year-old Norwegian boy came up with a novel excuse after he drove his parents' car into a snowy ditch on Wednesday morning: he told police he was a dwarf who forgot his driving license.
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