Meltdown, Spectre and other James Bond movie titles

Hoo boy. Here we go again. More silly codenames, more incomprehensible tech gobbledegook, more security flaws, more worry. What does it all mean? I’m not going to give a detailed technical explanation. The best one is here. The very very short version is that processor speeds have run ahead of memory speeds for some time, … Continue reading Meltdown, Spectre and other James Bond movie titles

It’s 2018 and we still can’t get basic things right

I wrote a blog entry five years ago, explaining why using security questions for password resets was a bad idea. (Why “improved” on-line security could compromise your bank account). It's still true, and we're still getting it wrong. Last week saw an American fined about £200k and sent to prison for nine months for hacking … Continue reading It’s 2018 and we still can’t get basic things right

What does it take?

I wasn't going to blog about Carphone Warehouse being fined £400k by the ICO for a breach, because boring-boring-you've-done-this-before, but then I couldn't help myself. Carphone's offence? A data breach. Resulting from poor maintenance of cyber security on an internet-facing webserver. You remember TalkTalk? They were fined £400,000 just over a year ago. For a … Continue reading What does it take?

Y2K wasn’t a rip-off; neither is GDPR

If 60’s and 70’s programmers had anticipated that their code would still be in use thirty-odd years later, we wouldn’t have needed a massive effort to fix the installed codebase before the century rolled over. But they didn’t, and we did. A lot of money was spent. The world didn’t end on the 1st of … Continue reading Y2K wasn’t a rip-off; neither is GDPR

Big fines aren’t the big deal

Uber decided to double-down in its race to the moral bottom. Not content with spying on customers, misleading regulators, employing sex-pests and generally having a toxic corporate culture, the taxi-subsidy service tried to conceal a hack that breached the personal details of more than 57m people, including drivers as well as riders. Much is being … Continue reading Big fines aren’t the big deal