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All Hands to the Pump (and Dump)

Posted by David Harley on April 19, 2017

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A few years ago, even before I started working directly with vendors in the security industry, ‘Pump and Dump’ scams were a major nuisance. Here’s a description from a paper Andrew Lee and I wrote after I started working with ESET. Pump and Dump (or Hype and Dump) mails are designed to inflate the value […]

Robocalls: Automating Nuisance Calls

Posted by David Harley on August 8, 2016

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Recently I received an email from Nikki Courtney of Radio KTRH, in Houston, requesting a radio interview on robocalls. Why me, I’m not sure, unless it was because of an article I wrote earlier this year for ESET. It’s academic really, as I live in entirely the wrong time zone, and was in any case out of […]

The 419: Mugs and Mugus

Posted by David Harley on September 23, 2015

I was delighted to receive the following invitation recently from someone calling himself Heinz: … I have an offer worth 23million if interested, please contact me I wonder what it’s worth if I’m not interested? (And 23 million of what? If we’re talking about bedbugs or Zimbabwean dollars I’m not at all interested.) Grammatical pedantry […]

Hoaxes and Facebook

Posted by David Harley on January 22, 2015

The security industry doesn’t generally take hoaxes very seriously – even if it recognizes the SEO value of Facebook – but Facebook itself has recognized that it has a massive problem with scams and hoaxes. Is crowdsourcing the answer? Opinions vary.

Phishing, Spoofing, and Looking a Glyph Horse in the Mouth

Posted by David Harley on January 12, 2015

I recently posted an article on the ESET blog about recognizing phishing messages. It covers quite a lot of ground that I don’t intend to go over again here, though I’ll include a quick summary at the end of this article, to give you an idea as to whether it’s worth reading – or recommending […]

ITsecurity Daily News: 09/17/2014

Posted by Kevin on September 17, 2014

The ITsecurity daily security briefing: Wednesday, September 17, 2014. If you find this security briefing useful, please spread the word via social media. If you have any comments or recommendations, please email kevtownsend at gmail dot com. News Papers/Reports WebThings Events M&A Alerts News Why you shouldn’t ignore those ‘low’ severity patches   Bromium recently […]