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Mousejacking: What you need to know

February 25th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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US startup Bastille Networks boldly claims to be “the first and only company to completely secure the Enterprise,” even though it doesn’t have any products on its website yet. But it is nevertheless making waves with a vulnerability it’s calling Mousejacking, caused by a raft of security problems the company says it’s found in numerous […]

The SLOTH attacks: why laziness about cryptography puts security at risk

January 11th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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The big “cryptographic cracking” story so far in 2016 is SLOTH, which is not only interesting and important, but also a VUWACONA, making it eye-catching as well. VUWACONA is short for Vulnerability With A Cool Name, our new acronym for bugs like LOGJAM,FREAK and Poodle. Like those three previous security problems, SLOTH is the result […]

Ukraine power outages blamed on “hackers and malware” – the lessons to learn

January 6th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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You may have read news stories over the New Year’s break about hackers causing power outages in Ukraine, using malware as their primary toolkit for attack. Ars Technica went as far as to lead with the headline: “First known hacker-caused power outage signals troubling escalation.” The article was perhaps a little more circumspect, suggesting that […]

Monday review – the hot 10 stories of the week

January 4th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Get yourself up to date with everything we’ve written in the last seven days – it’s weekly roundup time. Tuesday 29 December 2015 The weird and wacky of 2015: strange security and privacy stories Protect your Android for free – here’s a present for your new present! Silk Road founder was tracked down by a Googling tax agent […]

Advent tip #24: The Big One!

December 24th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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It’s the night before Christmas, and all through the net, Lots of packets are stirring, their routing all set. The access points hang by the chimney with care With hope that no hackers will ever be there. The children are nestled in front of the screen Playing Minecraft together, a heart-warming scene. And mamma with […]

Monday review – the hot 33 stories of the week

December 21st, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Get yourself up to date with everything we’ve written in the last seven days – it’s weekly roundup time. Monday 14 December 2015 Exploit upgrade for Microsoft Word Intruder crimeware kit Twitter users targeted in possible state-sponsored attacks Advent tip #14: Beware of login links in emails! US State Dept. cyberstalker pleads guilty to sextortion Google extends Safe Browsing to […]

Police could hack any device, even toys, under UK surveillance draft bill

December 17th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Internet-connected toys, cars, TVs and other smart devices of the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) bring up a host of privacy concerns, as more data is created and shared across the internet from “things” that lack basic security. What if these poorly-secured devices were exploited by the government to spy on our activities and communications? That rather […]

Advent tip #16: Logout when you’re done. Yes, even from Facebook!

December 16th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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We’ll be honest. Today’s Advent tip is a harder sell than most of the others we’ve done so far. We’re suggesting that you don’t stay logged in to your favourite online services all the time. We know how convenient it is to login to Facebook in the morning, or at the beginning of the week, […]

OFFICIAL! Good passwords more difficult than rocket science

December 16th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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It’s official! Picking proper passwords is harder than rocket science. While the UK is celebrating the arrival of British astronaut Tim Peake at the International Space Station, a reminder that rocket science is alive and well… …the European Space Agency (ESA) is living down a database breach that took place over the weekend, in which […]

Facebook rolls out Security Checkup tool to Android users

December 16th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Following the successful rollout of its Security Checkup tool for desktops, Facebook is now making this feature available to its Android users. With over 1.39 billion active mobile users as of September 2015, it was just a matter of time before this feature found its way on to phones and tablets. So why just Android […]

MacKeeper fails to keep 13 million Mac users safe

December 16th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Even if you don’t have a Mac, you’ve probably heard of MacKeeper. If you do have a Mac, you’ve probably seen the company’s promotional material, whether as clickable ads in third-party websites, or as popup warnings, or as pop-under dialogs. (Pop-unders are those annoying windows that are left behind when you close or move your […]

Advent tip #15: Set your Facebook so you can’t be searched for by phone number or email

December 15th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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By default, anyone can look you up on Facebook via your email address or phone number. You can change your privacy settings to limit who’s able to search for you. Here’s how: Click the little “down” arrow at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings. Select Privacy on the left. Under the […]

Advent tip #14: Beware of login links in emails!

December 14th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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You’ve heard of phishing. It’s where crooks “fish” for personal details you wouldn’t give them if they asked outright – information such as date of birth, ID number, login name, password, bank account number, SSN, and so forth. Most phishing happens by email, and the process is surprisingly simple and effective. The crooks send you […]

Monday review – the hot 28 stories of the week

December 14th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Get yourself up to date with everything we’ve written in the last seven days – it’s weekly roundup time. Monday 7 December 2015 The Internet of Things includes safety equipment vulnerable to a remote ‘attacker with low skill’ Has Mark Zuckerberg left Facebook? No, but a bug made it look that way Company told to […]

Advent tip #11: Ask permission to post photos, not forgiveness!

December 11th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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There’s a famous saying: “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.” The idea is that the best ideas and the coolest stuff often emerge when you have the guts to back yourself and just Go For It, sidestepping any fuddy-duddy reasons why you shouldn’t. But if you’ve ever tried this excuse, you’ll know […]

Advent tip #10: Don’t put off those updates!

December 10th, 2015 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Lots of us do it. We know there’s an update available, and we know perfectly well that it serves a vital security purpose… …so we promise ourselves we’ll install it Really Soon Now, perhaps even tomorrow. And before we know it, it’s the end of next month, and we’re still putting off the download, or […]

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