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What the NHS Test and Trace scheme could learn from banks about stopping scams

I’m concerned that fraudsters will disguise themselves as the NHS Test and Trace Service, and trick people into giving over sensitive personal information – and maybe even some money.

Maybe something could be learnt from the banks?

Apparently Coronavirus-tracing scammers won’t sound professional… (Yeah, right!)

Some members of the UK public will soon start receiving text messages and emails claiming to come from the NHS Test and Trace Service, as part of the country’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

The problem is that many of them won’t know if the communication is genuine, or from a scammer.

And the UK Government’s advice isn’t helping.

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Pablo Escobar’s brother says FaceTime flaw revealed his address, sues Apple for a publicity stunt (and $2.6 billion)

As YouTubers warn the public not to buy smartphones from Escobar Inc, the notorious drug lord’s brother orchestrates a publicity stunt.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

OPSEC fail! “Super-hacker” accidentally outs himself through careless clues left on social media

Hacker VandaTheGod didn’t realise he was leaving clues scattered across Facebook and Twitter that helped security researchers uncover his true identity.

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Microsoft warns of PonyFinal ransomware attacks

Malware experts at Microsoft have warned businesses to be on their guard against hackers plotting to plant the PonyFinal ransomware on compromised IT systems.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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NetWalker ransomware – what you need to know

The NetWalker gang are infecting corporations’ computer systems, encrypting and stealing data, and holding it to ransom.

And they’re looking for criminals to join their affiliate scheme.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

Smashing Security podcast #180: Taking care of Clare

On this special splinter episode of the podcast, we’re joined by actor and comedian Clare Blackwood in the hope of convincing her that cybersecurity is no laughing matter.

Hear what happens in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

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26 million LiveJournal users warned that their passwords have been breached

On underground criminal marketplaces the email addresses and plaintext passwords of over 26 million LiveJournal blogging accounts are being traded, despite LiveJournal’s owners refusing to acknowledge that any security breach has occurred.

Read my article on the Hot for Security blog.

How EasyJet customers could make money out of the airline being hacked

If you were one of the many EasyJet customers who received an email from the airline disclosing that your personal information may have been accessed by hackers, you might be eligible for compensation.

Here’s one way you might try to do that.

The Civil Service’s rogue tweet about “Truth Twisters”

You can have a strong, unique password, you can have multi-factor authentication in place, but good luck preventing a member of your social media team ‘going rogue’.

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As hackers sell 8 million user records, Home Chef confirms data breach

Meal kit and food delivery company Home Chef has confirmed that hackers breached its systems, making off with the personal information of customers.

But only after a hacking group put the stolen data up for sale…

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

EasyJet’s breach notification email to customers – a closer look

Let’s take a closer look at the email EasyJet is sending to customers affected by its recent security breach.

Including a brief exploration of how EasyJet’s definition of “recent” might differ from yours or mine…