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Ashley Madison Site Has Been Hacked And Why Should It Matter?

Posted by Tara Taubman-Bassirian on August 21, 2015

update : Consequences of the website’s data breach and the FTC settlment.   This week in the UK, the first news came from the Mumsnet site taken down by DadSecurity ‘Mumsnet’s co-founder suffers ‘swatting attack’ Titled BBC News.r After OPM, Sony, Anthem hacks, after celebrities nude pictures posted online, here comes the Ashley Madison hack exposing private […]

Smoking guns and glass houses in Russia Vs Clinton

Posted by Kevin on January 7, 2017

In the ongoing saga of Russia Vs Clinton, a declassified version of the US Intelligence Community assessment of Russian involvement in the 2016 US election has now been published. But if you hoped for a smoking gun, dream on. The document states very clearly that it is primarily the agencies’ conclusions; any actual proof has […]

Agents Smith & Jones versus the Bad Guys

Posted by Kevin on December 24, 2016

A new breed of endpoint protection software has emerged over the last few years. If we simplify things – probably over-simplifying – this breed of products uses machine-learning technology to teach itself behavioural rules that can detect and block known and unknown malware in situ. This is the central theme of what is usually known […]

Living the Nightmare

Posted by Kevin on November 20, 2016

This is the stuff of nightmares. It is a nightmare set in a shadowy world of total government surveillance, where government can spy on anyone pretty much unhindered (IP Bill), and where citizens’ personal data can be given by government to pretty much anyone (Digital Economy Bill). In this shadowy world there is a government […]

NHS Trusts and the threat from ransomware

Posted by Kevin on November 19, 2016

Healthcare has become a major target for extortionists for two primary reasons: firstly, patients rather than profits are the priority with less being spent on IT and security than by outright commercial firms; and secondly, there is huge pressure to get systems back up and running when health and potentially lives are at stake. These […]

Free and open internet

Posted by Kevin on November 18, 2016

I think I’ve slipped into a parallel universe where contradictions prove themselves. How else do you understand the NCSC, part of GCHQ, one of the Five Eyes, making this tweet: This was the very day that the IP Bill effectively became law. It was passed without amendment by the House of Lords meaning that there […]

Secondary legislation and the role of the House of Lords

Posted by Kevin on November 17, 2016

Secondary legislation is an abomination. It allows the government – usually just the relevant Secretary of State – to alter, amend and expand an existing law without any reference to Parliament. It is described as a necessary means for ensuring laws remain relevant and pertinent to our fast-moving society. In reality, it is simply a […]

Kaspersky calls out Microsoft

Posted by Kevin on November 11, 2016

Readers will know that there are many unhappy Windows 10 contributors on this site. We know we are not alone – but most of us who complain are mere users with voices that don’t carry to Redmond. Now for, as far as I know the first time, an industry leader has publicly said the same […]

New Microsoft Windows 10 update non-options

Posted by Rob Slade on September 22, 2016

We interrupt the security and quantum computing series to bring you news of Microsoft’s latest decision about how your computers will work. (Those wise or lucky enough to use Linux or Macs can sit in the corner and chortle quietly to yourselves.) Last week was patch Tuesday, and, as usual, the machine rebooted itself, and […]

Security implications of quantum computing

Posted by Rob Slade on September 10, 2016

Recently there has been a spate of media articles on how quantum computing is going to destroy the security world as we know it. These articles are all based on one report that has estimated how long before quantum computers are effective at cracking RSA encryption. On the one hand, this isn’t news. We’ve known […]

China launches first quantum-enabled satellite

Posted by Rob Slade on August 17, 2016

(… or, maybe not) Aside from the fact that it allows me to make a quantum joke, this article allows me to rant about quantum cryptography. Ever since I have started to research the security implications of quantum computing, quantum crypto has bugged me. Yes, the theory is beautifully elegant, and (theoretically) allows us to […]