Week in Review: Bank busts, RIM blocks and a Wave goodbye

Week in review

Bad guys hit the banks

This week saw two pretty serious cyber attacks on bank customers uncovered.

The first saw the return of Zeus, but in a different guise, hitting over 100,000 systems and taking online banking login details, as well as credit and debit card numbers.

Then six were arrested for their alleged role in a phishing scheme, which took 20,000 bank account and credit card details.

Elsewhere in security, Adobe fixed some critical flaws and a fresh iPad and iPhone security hole was found.

RIM blocking

Governments in both Saudi Arabia and the UAE decided they weren't too happy about not being able to access encrypted messages sent via RIM's Blackberry devices, and threatened to block services.

RIM responded saying it would not alter its approach on a country-by-country basis, leading to a very sticky situation indeed.

Elsewhere, RIM launched its new Torch handset, which IT PRO got a first glimpse at.

Best of the rest

Vodafone had an interesting week, being named Britain's most valuable brand before angering customers with an upgrade that wasn't Froyo.

The kids just don't seem to care about IT anymore, a city council could spend thousands on some iPads and open source investment is set to grow in 2010.

And finally, Google said goodbye to Wave, with almost every journo trying to get the best pun in their headline. IT PRO declined to take part in such silliness.

Tom Brewster

Tom Brewster is currently an associate editor at Forbes and an award-winning journalist who covers cyber security, surveillance, and privacy. Starting his career at ITPro as a staff writer and working up to a senior staff writer role, Tom has been covering the tech industry for more than ten years and is considered one of the leading journalists in his specialism.

He is a proud alum of the University of Sheffield where he secured an undergraduate degree in English Literature before undertaking a certification from General Assembly in web development.