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Think of Grandma

Here’s a helpful hint. Never do anything online you won’t do in front of your Gran. Seriously. This stuff can come back and bite you. The embarrassment and harm to your reputation can be severe.

Password blackmail

Well, this one is just rolling and rolling. Starting in the summer of 2018 some enterprising scammer decided that the vast number of password exposures can be used for a new purpose – directly blackmailing the account holders. These exposures quite often list both the email address and password for some service or other. Perhaps … Continue reading

Dixons Carphone identify 1.2M record Data Breach

An interesting statement from Dixons Carphone. It should be noted that this is listed as a potential breach, rather than proven. 1,200,000 personal records have been breached via unauthorised access. Additionally (in a separate incident), 5,800,000 chip and pin card details have been accessed and 105,000 non-EU card details that do not have chip and … Continue reading

Bug Collusion

Why do multiple independent researchers find the same bug at the same time? Multiple teams identified Meltdown and Spectre at the same time. How did that happen? A twenty year old flaw suddenly becomes “interesting “?

Large Ransomware attack hits NHS

This will be a story to watch in the commons days as multiple NHS Trusts are reported as closing their doors and shutting IT systems down due to a malware attack. Nurse and doctors are being plagued by a wholly different threat than the usual biological bugs, viruses and so forth.

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