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OpinionSpy resurgent

Posted by David Harley on February 12, 2015

Some of us were slightly confused back in 2012 when Intego flagged a problem with the alleged spyware/adware program security vendors usually call OSX/Opinionspy. According to Intego, users were required to install the program – claimed to be a market research utility – but reported to have  as part of the installation process for a number […]

Targeted phishing: the $17m sting

Posted by David Harley on February 9, 2015

A very effective piece of social engineering as targeted phishing has been reported by Omaha.com. Over a few days in 2014, it seems that the corporate controller at commodities trader Scoular transferred three large payments adding up to $17.2 million to Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, to be held on behalf of a company called Dadi Co. Ltd. Keith McMurtry […]

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.

Steve Gold: a Journalist and a Gentleman

Posted by David Harley on January 14, 2015

I remember Steve as an amusing and knowledgeable conversationalist and commentator. As a journalist, he was outstanding.

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 […]

Hoaxes, Facebook, and the Mother of Parliaments

Posted by David Harley on December 10, 2014

Yesterday, I put up a new post about Trust, Truth and Hoaxes in Social Media. Among other things, it referred to misleading posts seen on Facebook and other social media suggesting that British politicians only turn up to debates that concern their own financial wellbeing. I still don’t think that’s at all the case – which […]

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.