Hundreds of thousands of people in the Czech Republic have been bombarded in recent weeks by fraudulent e-mails in what is the biggest attempted internet fraud scam in the country’s history. The emails purport to be from country’s biggest bank, Česká Spořitelna – and ask for client’s account and credit card details. The campaign has been so unrelenting that many Czechs have learned a new word, phishing the name given to this form of scam. I talked to Česká Spořitelna’s spokeswoman Klára Gajdušková and started by asking whether the bank has had
Last Sunday Czech viewers tuning in to watch Czech TV's morning programme "Panorama" probably suffered something of a jolt - some quite a shock - when a camera feed showed a flash and then an atomic mushroom cloud rising over the Czech outdoors. The digital cloud, near the Giant Mountains, was accompanied by a web address belonging to a provocateur group of mostly-anonymous street artists known as Ztohoven.
Anyone with more than a passing interest in computers may at one time or another have heard of Kevin Mitnick - by all standards one of the most famous computer hackers in the world. After being hunted down by the F.B.I. he sent to several years in prison for computer fraud. The court that sentenced him ruled he was "dangerous when armed with a keyboard". A slogan he successfully markets today, even though he has reformed his ways.