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Same as it ever was

Posted by Kevin on July 4, 2016

Baroness Neville-Rolfe has laid out Britain’s IT security and data protection plans in the post-Brexit era. It is simple and consistent with Britain’s historical approach: we don’t know and it all depends. That, frankly, is amazing. She doesn’t even know if the UK will proceed with GDPR. It seems to depend on whether the EU […]

FPTP balderdash

Posted by Kevin on June 26, 2016

This has to be just about the most stupid, ill-conceived, undemocratic, authoritarian, thoughtless comment I have ever heard outside of the Fifth Form. FPTP gave us Blair who took the country to war against the will of the people; Brown who never had the will of the people; and Cameron who seeks to sap the will […]

Privacy and trading pariah

Posted by Kevin on June 25, 2016

The UK’s Information Commissioner has made a case for the implementation of the GDPR regardless of Brexit. This will be necessary to prevent the UK becoming a privacy and trading pariah. …if the UK wants to trade with the Single Market on equal terms we would have to prove ‘adequacy’ – in other words UK […]

Well, that was disappointing. Britain is leaving the EU

Posted by Kevin on June 24, 2016

Well, that was disappointing. Britain is leaving the EU. In my opinion it’s all down to immigration – and I think if Cameron had got better immigration concessions out of Brussels, Britain would have voted differently. Immigration is – or at least was – a serious problem. Britain is hugely overpopulated already. Unimpeded economic migration […]

For f’s sake vote Remain – ‘f’ stands for Freedom

Posted by Kevin on June 22, 2016

At last somebody has raised the privacy issue in relation to Brexit. While the in-out debates have focused mostly on immigration, spending and so forth, it’s also important that the public gives consideration to their right to privacy. The UK’s proposed Investigatory Powers bill – or Snooper’s Charter – would make it easier for the […]

Brexit – why I will vote to stay in the EU

Posted by Kevin on June 12, 2016

I do not vote in British political elections. But on 23 June I shall vote for the UK to remain within the EU. Brexit should be Bremain. Why I won’t vote in British politics The reasoning behind both decisions is linked. I won’t vote within the British system because the political system is rigged. It […]

Spear-phish the technical director

Posted by Kevin on June 11, 2016

Wouldn’t it be something if you managed to spear-phish the technical director of an anti-malware company? The criminal kudos would be sky-high; but just imagine the possible effect of getting top-level credentials into a cloud-based anti-malware product that automatically pushes out updates to millions of customers. Worth a try, I think. And try they do. […]

Fear Sells; is FUD an acceptable marketing tool?

Posted by Kevin on June 6, 2016

Fear sells. Fear is what makes us buy security products. If there was no fear, we wouldn’t buy them. This simple statement lies behind the ever-present question that maybe, just maybe, the security industry can sometimes exaggerate the fear factor to increase sales. Does it do that? You decide. On two consecutive days I looked […]

CryptoLocker, wait, no, CryptoWall 4

Posted by Kevin on May 2, 2016

Seriously folks, what hope is there for us when the experts aren’t clear what they’re talking about? Talos has published a new whitepaper on a particular brand of ransomware. Cisco’s Craig Williams (a seriously good guy) invites us on LinkedIn to have a look. But that’s not the subject of the whitepaper. Sophos describes these […]

Don’t CC when you mean to BCC

Posted by Kevin on April 20, 2016

It’s a mistake we’ve all made at some point or other – CC’ing the mailing list rather than BCC’ing it. Nevertheless it’s a huge irony that even the European Parliament’s rapporteur for the GDPR and a leading European light on all matters ‘privacy’ can make the same basic privacy error. All of us on this […]