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OS X malware: I hear you KnockKnocking but you can’t come in*

Posted by David Harley on October 29, 2014

Patrick Wardle’s KnockKnock is useful for the generic detection of OS X programs that maintain ‘persistence’, but it isn’t a replacement for anti-malware.

(Alleged) support scam site knocked back

Posted by David Harley on October 26, 2014

Cold calling tech support scams: misleading advice, fake viruses, fake support package deals. Sadly, the FTC’s efforts only reach a few of the offenders.

Mobile Malware: Should I Keep Taking The Tablets?

Posted by David Harley on October 14, 2014

I recently came across a comment to one of my blogs – it doesn’t matter which, because it didn’t actually relate directly to the article it was attached to. The commenter wanted to know whether she needed to install anti-virus onto her tablet, because ‘tablets can’t get viruses’, as her son had told her, and […]

The economics of benevolence: mean memes

Posted by David Harley on September 16, 2014

Sadly, even the anally-retentive security community can forget that social media are not real life: memes are likelier to be factoids than facts.

Back-to-school advice

Posted by David Harley on August 23, 2014

I apologize in advance: I don’t intend to pack my occasional posts here with references to my colleagues at ESET, and I’m sure there’s good advice on similar topics around from other bloggers, but for obvious reasons, I tend to see a lot of the writing they produce even before it’s published, whereas there are […]

Security Certificate #FAIL: No FT, No Comment

Posted by David Harley on July 25, 2014

The Financial Times is running a Cyber Security Conference, but maybe it should be more scrupulous about its own website security practices.

Support Scams and Developer Data Harvesting: is there a Connection?

Posted by David Harley on June 23, 2014

Richard Hay tells us that a cold-caller ostensibly from the DVLUP programme may actually be hoping to harvest some sensitive personal data. Is this human trojan horse from the same stable as tech support scams?

Antipodean iOS ransomware

Posted by David Harley on May 28, 2014

Wherever you live, now is the time to take advantage of Apple’s 2FA for Apple ID credentials.

Hello, ITsecurity

Posted by David Harley on May 24, 2014

Hello. I’m David Harley, a veteran independent researcher and commentator with around twenty-five years involvement in the security industry (mostly as a corporate customer, but since 2006 as a researcher within the industry), with a particular interest in malware management and technology. It’s unlikely that I’ll restrict myself to talking about that, though. I currently […]