More credit card details stolen – Rosen Hotels have admitted that they’ve had active malware stealing credit cards inside their systems for 18 months. You’d think after all the other point-of-sale compromises in the last couple of years, retailers would have tried a bit harder to check if they were infected. Have you checked? Blackmail … Continue reading Friday security round-up
Here’s today’s summary of all the security news that’s fit to print (and at least vaguely relevant to normal people). The ICO is preening over having effectively shut down a cold-calling firm that breached rules on automated calls. The fine? £350,000. The company’s reaction? Liquidation. Hmmm. So pop quiz: what will the ICO do the … Continue reading And in other news…
Apologies for the infrequency of recent updates. I’ve been busy – understanding the GDPR, doing some speaking engagements and (hush!) actually working for a living. So, without further ado, here’s what’s going on right now: Theresa May is trying to push the Snoopers Charter (aka the Investigatory Powers Bill) through Parliament despite plenty of expert … Continue reading Roll up! Roll up! It’s a security round-up!
“That’s criminal!” said my wife when I told her about Cryptolocker. Actually, all malware is criminal (Computer Misuse Act 1990, for the legal eagles), but Cryptolocker is particularly nasty, and currently running rampant. In case you haven’t heard of it, it’s malware which once running on your PC sets about encrypting your files; to get … Continue reading What can we do about Cryptolocker?
It’s hard to know what - indeed, whether - to post in the wake of the Paris attacks. I’d just come off the phone to a French client when the news broke, which made it feel all the more immediate and proximate. I wish we had a simple answer to this awful conflict; at the … Continue reading Business as usual
By rights, 2015 should be the year of cyber security. After all, 2014 was the year of cyber-security failure. Just consider some of the highlights: Target Michaels JP Morgan Sony Pictures Viator Home Depot Goodwill Nieman Marcus US Postal Service iCloud (if none of the others mean anything to you, this one will. Just think … Continue reading What a year it’s been – review of IT security 2014