All posts by Andrew Conway

Spear Phishing: Not Just For Finance

Phishing, and particularly spear phishing, may be low tech, but it remains one of the most potent tools in the cyber criminal’s toolbox. In the past it has usually been used for financial crimes, along with some industrial and national espionage, but there is an alarming increase in attacks aimed at more general intelligence gathering. […]

How The Clinton Campaign’s Emails Were Hacked, And How They Might Have Prevented The Attack

Wikileaks is currently in the process of releasing thousands of emails stolen from the account of John Podesta, the Chairman of Hillary Clinton’s election campaign. Two of these contain a forwarded email that has been reported to be the original phishing attack that compromised the account. Let’s take a look at how the Clinton campaign […]

A Proportional Response to Email Hacking

One of the significant issues in the current US Presidential election campaign has been the use and abuse of email. Both Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for government business while she was Secretary of State, and the allegation that the Russian government has been hacking Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign emails […]

We Rate the Election Campaigns

With the interminable American Presidential election season now hitting full speed we thought we would grade the campaigns on their mailing practices. The CAN-SPAN law that governs commercial bulk email in the US does not apply to political email, but it is still a good idea to follow best practices when contacting your supporters, if […]

2016 Security Predictions

The stream of massive data breaches continued in 2015. It seems that no sector was immune to hacking: banks, government, dating sites, healthcare, ISPs, and even security companies were compromised. Anywhere there was sensitive data hackers were trying to obtain it, and in many cases they succeeded. However, hacking is not entirely without risks, and […]

$22 iPad Really Costs $1,300

With the holiday shopping season well under way, many people may be tempted by an offer of brand name goods at ridiculously low prices. Of course, something seems to good to be true, it’s almost certainly false, especially if it’s promoted in a spam email. In this case clicking on the image in the email […]

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