UK Justice Secretary Jack Straw gets hacked

Duncan Geere Computer Security 1 Comment

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The UK government’s Justice Secretary, The Right Honorable Jack Straw MP, has been hacked by Nigerian fraudsters, who sent out hundreds of emails to his constituents and government figures asking for cash because he’d lost his wallet on charity work in Africa.

Straw says that everything’s okay because it was only his constituency office that was hacked, not his official government address. I’m sure that’ll make his constituents feel better, who’ve apparently been calling the office asking about the email. Only one replied, and his or her Hotmail account has since been suspended by Microsoft.

(via BBC)

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O2 Wallet – using your phone as your Oyster/Paywave/etc card

Duncan Geere Mobile phones, Transport Leave a Comment

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O2 have just completed a test of “near field communications”. It’s the technology used in Visa Paywave cards, Oyster cards, cards that let you into your block of flats, and all sorts of things. A similar sort of thing to the Barclaycard OnePulse card, but they want to put it into your phone so you don’t have to carry around a physical card. Good idea in theory. But what about in practice…?

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Relive the '80s with a cassette tape coin purse from Design Boom

Katherine Hannaford Apparel

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Cassette tapes, what are they? I can barely remember what they look like – who has used them in the last five years? I think the last time I ever played a cassette was when I was 16 and a boy made me a mix-tape. Suffice to say, I ended it soon after, like I’d put up with a technologically-repressed man.

These cassette tape coin purses on the other hand are a sweet little throw-back to the days when buying the latest pop single…

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