Irish Tax Revenue Has 10 Laptops Stolen

On Friday, 28th January, the Data Protection Commissioner has begun an investigation into the theft of laptops from the Revenue Commissioners in Dublin.

Three men walked in to an office block at Ashtown Gate on the Navan Road last night and stole ten laptops.

The Revenue Commissioners are still trying to determine if anything else was stolen, but a spokesman said all of its laptops are encrypted.

The commissioner is seeking to establish what type of data was on the laptops and how sensitive it was.

More Data Breaches – Fine Gael Website

There have been more Data Breaches – this time it was the Fine Gael website. Fine Gael has confirmed that the contact details of just under 2,000 people were compromised in the attack on its website on Sunday 9th Jan 2011.

Fine Gael

Fine Gael

The website is currently closed down and there is a message saying that an entity called called the Anonymous Group was responsible for the attack.

Apple Mac – New Virus

ZD Net reported on 29th Oct 2010 

A new Trojan horse malware that affects Mac OS X has been uncovered by Macintosh Security site SecureMac.

The Trojan is called ‘trojan.osx.boonana.a’ and is being disguised as a video and distributed through social-networking sites such as Facebook. It appears on people’s Facebook pages and may contain the text “Is this you in this video?” in the link. When the link is clicked, the Trojan runs a Java applet that downloads other files to the computer and automatically opens an installer.

The Trojan will then run in the background and appears to report system information to servers on the internet, leading to a potential breach of personal information. The Trojan also attempts to spread itself by sending spam email messages from the user’s account.

Davy’s Stock Market app for iPhone

Davy Stockbrokers have launched a new stock market app for the iPhone .

Simply visit the App Store and type in Davy to install.

It is available for free.

Apple’s iPhone v Google’s Android

Ciara O’Brien has a good article in today’s Irish Times (16th July 2010) highlighting the battle between Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android system which operates across a range of handsets.

Both systems have had recent upgrades. Apple’s iOS4 boasts over 100 new features or tweaks including multitasking (limited), ability to create folders easy shutting down of applications in the background,  but still no Flash support. Android has beefed up Exchange support and has always supported Flash.

Apple has a tight control over the os on its iPhone and Google has little or no control on what handsets uses its Android system. This is reminiescent of the early eigthies when Apple only allowed Mac OS on its PCs but Microsoft allow DOS/Windows onto any PC.

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