December 2009 Archives

Time to say what we want from Government IT

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FIPR has issued a call by Ideal Government for suggestions as to "what we want from government IT". yesterday I pointed out that those promoting on-line services commonly ignore the cost of the time we spend trying to access them. However, we need to do rather more than "merely" transform the quality of current public sector on-line services if we are to use IT to help make the savings and service improvements needed to help HMG balance its books.     

The case for e-Government values your time at zero.

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Christmas is a time for talking to "real" people. Among other "setting the world to rights" conversations, I heard a more credible view as to why the proportion of the UK population transacting regularly on-line has not only stopped growing but is falling. But first the data:

Is Global Warming God's way of telling us something?

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Two thousand years ago God sent his only son as the final messenger to tell mankind to get its act together. Two thousand years of "progress" later, most of us, still appear unable to plan for the inevitable. Y2K was a classic dummy run: expensive for those dummies who had not fixed their systems well in advance: in ICL John Pinkerton ordered us to fix them as part of the   decimalisation programme - back in 1971.

Why do phishermen take Christmas Day off?

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They don't but most of the machines in their botnets have been switched off for the day. Only the obsessives are on-line and they are less likely to be infected.

 

 

Phished while waiting for the delivery of your on-line orders?

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The holiday season is busy for everyone including criminals. Here are some of the holiday attacks that E-Victims.Org have been seeing:

 

The attack on off-line banking

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Whichever way the UK Payments Council votes today with regard to setting a date for switching off the cheque clearing system it puts current debate on e-crime into context. From the perspective of the banks, major supermarket chains and the on-line world it is a nuisance factor - not a serious problem and certainly not a show-stopper. Their world appears to look rather different to that seen by small firms and the elderly and vulnerable. Who is right? 

Net industry told to adapt or die: it didn't. Now we are kicking the corpse.

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This morning I had cause to look at the BBC cover of my speach at TMA 2002. I told the audience unless they got their political act together most of the exhibitors would be out of a job within the year. They did not and they were. There was no TMA 2003.

Who trusts who and what over the Internet?

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Last monday the EURIM E-Crime Group, chaired by the Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, discussed progress and plans for the formation of the E-Crime Reduction Partnership and how the various communities of information systems and security professionals might contribute. Much of the discussion was predictable but a few eyebrows were raised at comments on industry complacency and gaps between perception and reality and the pace of change.  

Is today make or break for UK trusted on-line trading?

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Today is the annual peak of on-line transactions in the run-up to Christmas. Will consumers stay away because they are scared of being ripped off? Will they once again flock on-line for their annual binge? If so, will the proportion of fraud be such as to trigger a backlash in the New Year?

Puzzled or paranoid: Can you trust pop-ups on a "trusted" site?

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Further to my entry yesterday I did a little Googling. Work at Home Moms gave the best advice - any on-line advert is almost certainly not from Google and the US Federal Trade Commission is investigating a wide variety of scams. I think the message is that even pop-ups on trusted sites are not to be trusted. I wonder when Bernie Krebs will do a set of on-line job hunter tips.   

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