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You will accuse me of frivolity when I tell you that Adrian Collins' Weston-super-Mare chicken-run webcam at www.

ourchickens. com has had more than 20,000 visitors in the last couple of weeks.

And you would be quite right.

There are more serious issues abroad on the web.

Hackers used to be slack-eyed but possibly brilliant girlfriend-less individuals living at home who, by night, wandered around secret US nuclear armament sites and credit card databases. They did it simply because they could.

Now, it seems, some of them are doing it for serious wonga.

Teaming up with the scumbags who have made the web at least as dangerous as the streets of Glasgow, they develop increasingly sophisticated ways of parting you from the contents of your bank accounts.

Their latest phishing scam centres around Yahoo sign-in pages such as Yahoo Photos. A 'friend' emails suggesting you go to Yahoo Photos to see the latest pics of their new baby.

When you lazily click across and enter your details so you can view the brat, the scum have got you. Serves you right. All babies look like squished tomatoes for at least a year, then they often start looking like the milkman. Why bother looking?

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