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Introducing David Harley

Posted by David Harley on April 28, 2015

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This time it really is all about me, says David Harley.

Social Engineering v. Malware: Remembering VBS/Loveletter

Posted by David Harley on February 20, 2017

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VBS/Loveletter demonstrated that sometimes the quality of malcode doesn’t matter if the social engineering hits the spot.

Key Card Ransomware: News versus FUD

Posted by David Harley on January 30, 2017

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On the 28th January 2017, a news site reported that Hotel ransomed by hackers as guests locked out of rooms. The story initially claimed that a ransomware gang had been able to compromise systems in the Romantik Seehotel Jägerwirt in Austria including the key card registry system, even managing to lock guests into their rooms. The […]

Support Scams and Diagnostic Services

Posted by David Harley on November 24, 2016

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Sometimes the borderline between out-and-out support scams and sub-optimal diagnostic services is too blurry for comfort.

Misinformation, Memetics and Electoral Fallout

Posted by David Harley on November 12, 2016

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Why make judgements based on memetic misinformation when there’s plenty of live footage to work from?

Wire-Wire Scams: Evolution beyond the 419

Posted by David Harley on November 7, 2016

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West African cybercrime nowadays has moved on from unsophisticated 419s to technically-based, effective Wire-Wire attacks on businesses.

SANS, Signatures, Next-Gen and DIY Testing

Posted by David Harley on October 31, 2016

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SANS has done some good work in security, but its webcast on next-gen product evaluation is based on fallacies.

Trust Us, We’re Facebook

Posted by David Harley on October 25, 2016

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Facebook has inconspicuously announced that it intends ‘to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest — even if they might otherwise violate our standards.’ Facecrooks is understandably unenthusiastic: ‘This policy change … may help Facebook avoid controversies like … censoring a historic picture from the Vietnam War […]

Ransomware, Support Scams, and Old-School 419s

Posted by David Harley on October 21, 2016

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Ransomware is the buzzword of the moment, but other scams haven’t gone away. Some are even converging with ransomware.

Ransomware at the University of Hard Knocks

Posted by David Harley on September 3, 2016

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I recently happened across an article by ‘next-gen’ provider SentinelOne about ransomware attacks experienced by universities in the UK: Freedom of Information requests reveal 6 out of 10 universities have been ransomware victims and almost 2/3 of targets were hit multiple times. SentinelOne drew its conclusions from responses to Freedom of Information requests for information […]

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 […]