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#panamapapers and Mossack Fonseca’s Reckless, Feckless IT Security: Was That Breach a Privacy Curse or a Transparency Blessing?

Posted by Richard Smith on April 9, 2016

…the tight-lipped Mossack Fonseca (believed to be an industry leader) The Economist, 2012 Readers will doubtless have noticed that someone has recently loosened Mossack Fonseca’s lips, quite a lot, by way of an utterly monumental hack. 2.6TB of business emails and documents, covering the affairs of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca’s sometimes rich and politically exposed, sometimes […]

The Islamic State’s Propaganda Network and the Forty-Nine Dollar Challenge

Posted by Richard Smith on November 4, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, this happened, in Iceland: ISNIC – Internet á Íslandi hf., which manages the registry for the .is country code, was forced to shut down a website on grounds of its content for the first time in the company’s history last night because terrorist organization Islamic State (IS) was using the […]

HSBC IT Security: No Sale

Posted by Richard Smith on May 29, 2014

By Richard Smith (Twitter: @ncsmiff) HSBC, global bank, looks as if it could do with a hearty dose of global IT security. Let us traverse some of the timeline and sketch a few conclusions. In the US, in April 2005, HSBC told 180,000 customers that their credit information might be vulnerable to thieves. It was […]