Archive for the ‘Cyber Security’ Category

Fake Pizza Hut “Free Pizza” Coupons Latest Malware Threat

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Andrew Conway

Starting on October 28, we saw a new hook used to try and trick users into installing a Trojan on their computer – Free Pizza. Fans of Robert Heinlein will be familiar with the acronym TANSTAAFL – There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. In this case TANSTAAFPE – There Ain’t No Such […]

The Snappening: Mostly Harmless

Monday, October 20, 2014 by Andrew Conway

As I reported in a previous post, the hacked SnapChat collection known as the Snappening contains very few nude photos, and most of those do not show an identifiable face. I was asked to quantify this, so I took a random sample of 1,000 photos from the collection and categorized them. To respect the privacy […]

The Impact of Shellshock

Monday, September 29, 2014 by Andrew Conway

Shellshock has been getting a lot of press as the worst security bug ever, but while it is terribly embarrassing for the open source movement, I believe the real world impact will be fairly limited. The bug is a fundamental flaw in bash, the command line interface on most Linux and Mac machines. (For once […]

Defcon 2014: Blackphone Beefs Up Android Security

Sunday, August 10, 2014 by Andrew Conway

The vendor area at Black Hat goes by the name of The Business Hall, and that sums it up. It is full of security companies, large and small, pitching their products in typical trade show fashion. The vendor area at Defcon is not like that. It is a jumble of vendors selling hacker equipment, lock […]

Black Hat 2014: Chip and PIN is not Hacker Proof

Friday, August 08, 2014 by Andrew Conway

Today we saw a mobile point of sale device (MPOS) compromised by a malicious credit card. Yes, I did get that the right way round. In a wonderful through-the-looking-glass exploit, Jon Butler and Nils (who like many hackers has no last name) demonstrated how the chip on a chip and PIN credit card could be […]

Black Hat 2014: Why I Hate Free Stuff

Thursday, August 07, 2014 by Andrew Conway

I was watching an excellent presentation by Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar when I realized that I hate free stuff. Not of course the free stuff that I use, I’m fine with that. It’s all the free stuff that spammers and other cyber criminals exploit that ticks me off. Let me explain what Ragan and […]

Black Hat 2014: Russian Spammers Compromise 420,000 Websites

Wednesday, August 06, 2014 by Andrew Conway

Just in time for the Black Hat convention, the New York Times is reporting the discovery by Hold Security that a team of Russian Hackers have collected a total of 1.2 billion user names and passwords from 420,000 different websites, along with 542 million email addresses. Although this dwarfs the Target breach in sheer volume, […]

Apple SMS phishing and the iCloud

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by Andrew Conway

Just last night, I upgraded my Mac Air to the latest release of OSX. The upgrade did not go as smoothly as most. When rebooting, my computer hung for a couple of hours with the screen saying Restarting . When I finally got bored with this and held down the power key for a hard […]

As Predicted, Ransomware is the Latest Mobile Threat

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Andrew Conway

Another one of Cloudmark’s predictions for 2014 has proved to be correct. Last December our CTO Neil Cook wrote: Malware has also kept up a steady migration to the mobile space with ransomware set to be a logical next step in future. In its simplest form, ransomware could simply copy sensitive information from the phone […]

Anti-Virus the Cloudmark way

Monday, May 12, 2014 by Andrew Conway

Symantec is now admitting that traditional anti-virus solutions are losing the war against computer malware, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. “Antivirus is dead,” says Brian Dye, Symantec’s senior vice president for information security. . . . hackers increasingly use novel bugs. Mr. Dye estimates antivirus now catches just 45% of […]

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