Articles By Paul McNamara

Profit to prison time

Profit to prison time

More big-time spammers may find themselves doing longer stretches behind bars -- and wouldn't that be swell -- if a...

January 2nd, 2008 Paul McNamara
BSA targets SMBs; half the planet is mobile

BSA targets SMBs; half the planet is mobile

When it comes to threatening legal action to make sure users pay for their software, the organization representing the industry's...

December 10th, 2007 Paul McNamara
Did ‘crowdsourcing’ impede Fossett search?

Did ‘crowdsourcing’ impede Fossett search?

Wired magazine last week took a critical look at Amazon's highly publicized "Mechanical Turk" project that enlisted 50,000 volunteers in...

November 15th, 2007 Paul McNamara
Who should pay for lost data?

Who should pay for lost data?

After a month of back and forth, the computer store that lost my co-worker's old hard drive instead of transferring...

October 30th, 2007 Paul McNamara
Federal

Federal

Even the government shudders when someone says they’re from the government and they’re here to help.Case in point: A hacker’s...

October 23rd, 2007 Paul McNamara
Crustacean security still gets in real security

Crustacean security still gets in real security

I’ve been writing columns about the folly of placing most of the corporate security effort into perimeter firewalls for more...

October 1st, 2007 Paul McNamara
Hello, you have reached my iPhone

Hello, you have reached my iPhone

I know what you’re thinking: No one could possibly be so enamored of their iPhone — not to mention so...

September 23rd, 2007 Paul McNamara
Why PDF spam went pffft

Why PDF spam went pffft

It’s no secret that spammers have informal communications channels and freely share tricks of the trade on the Internet. But...

September 9th, 2007 Paul McNamara
Three surveys say a lot, most of it bad news

Three surveys say a lot, most of it bad news

A “State of the Net” survey released last week by Consumer Reports makes clear that Americans continue to have ample...

August 29th, 2007 Paul McNamara
E-mail etiquette question: Thanks or no thanks?

E-mail etiquette question: Thanks or no thanks?

This is a minor matter, obviously, so if you’re busy I’d suggest you move on.Here’s the setup, which happens to...

August 12th, 2007 Paul McNamara