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IoT Hacking: Surviving an Online World

Posted by David Harley on October 13, 2015

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Today has been a good day for panic (for tomorrow we die). Plane hacking, sea port hacking, even EEG hacking. Let’s go down singing.

Dennis Technology’s 2015 testing report

Posted by David Harley on October 6, 2015

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An interesting report on product testing from one of the better anti-malware testers.

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 […]

Watching the Furby Fly

Posted by David Harley on September 16, 2015

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Somehow, the Furby, a furry toy vaguely resembling a Mogwai (the cuddly pre-Gremlin version in Joe Dante’s films, rather than the demons of Chinese tradition1) has always invited a certain amount of paranoia, fuelled by (or perhaps fuelling) the interest of the hacking community. As well as a fairly dumb discussion on the newsgroup alt.comp.virus […]

Spam: Casablanca Revisited

Posted by David Harley on August 24, 2015

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20th century film star reincarnated as spam star.

Information, News and Education

Posted by David Harley on August 19, 2015

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Where all content on a security site is seen as assumed to be at the same level of expertise, a number of things can go wrong.

Comment spam: what would Letitia say?

Posted by David Harley on August 6, 2015

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Would it ease the strain on my mailbox if I point out that it’s very unlikely that I will ever approve a comment on any of my articles anywhere promoting football jerseys, escort services, or rent-a-hacker services? No, I suppose not… I can’t imagine what Letitia, (my former colleague at ESET and Chainmailcheck and a legend […]

Spy Versus Spy: Campbell, Snowden and ECHELON

Posted by David Harley on August 3, 2015

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My eye was caught by Duncan Campbell’s article for The Register and Intercept on the origins of automated surveillance – partly because I didn’t think there was any doubt about the existence of ECHELON.

Double Dipping: Nuclear exploit, fake BSOD, support scams

Posted by David Harley on July 31, 2015

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Support scam articles are like buses: there’s nothing happening for months, then there are half a dozen at once. I’ve already mentioned in several places a burst of issues relating to support scams, iOS and OS X that have been reported this month. This morning I saw a warning in a Facebook group about a classic […]

Sysadmin Day: have you tried rebooting

Posted by David Harley on July 31, 2015

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Sysadmin Day: appreciating the unsung heroes of IT support.