Author Archive | Graham Cluley

Smashing Security #038: Gents! Stop airdropping your pics! PODCAST

Smashing Security #038: Gents! Stop airdropping your pics!

WannaCry hero Marcus Hutchins (aka MalwareTech) pleads not guilty to malware charges, the Scottish parliament is hit by a brute force attack, IoT smart locks aren't so smart, and.. ahem.. someone is sending intimate pics via AirDrop to unsuspecting commuters.

All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by technology journalist Geoff White.

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HBO offered its hackers $250,000 after attack, leaked email claims

HBO offered its hackers $250,000 after attack, leaked email claims

The fallout from the HBO hack, which has already seen episodes of “Games of Thrones” scripts and episodes leaked online, the distribution of stars’ email addresses and personal phone numbers, and million-dollar demands for an alleged haul of 1.5 terabytes of TV shows and corporate information, continues to get worse.

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

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We all have a natural human tendency to trust... Be prepared! Download VASCO's "Social Engineering" eBook SPONSOR

We all have a natural human tendency to trust... Be prepared! Download VASCO's "Social Engineering" eBook

Many thanks to the great folks at VASCO, who have sponsored my writing for the last week.

Social engineering is certainly not a new problem, but it’s a persistent one that continues to grow, and with seemingly no end in sight.

Social engineering preys on a natural human tendency to trust. Hackers are expert at manipulating the human factor and exploiting trust to steal valuable information. They accomplish this by convincing their victims to divulge confidential information or participate unknowingly in fraudulent transactions.

While most financial institutions have taken significant steps to combat social engineering through user education and additional controls for their customers, they still find themselves struggling to identify new attack methods and mitigate the damage.

Traditional phishing schemes are increasing in frequency and more targeted spear phishing attacks are as well. As customers migrate to additional channels, hackers are following them with threats such as voice phishing (Vishing) and SMS phishing (SMishing).

Education and enhanced security are the best defenses against hackers and social engineering attacks. To arm you for the battle, download VASCO's "Social Engineering" eBook and you'll discover:

  • The latest social engineering attack methods
  • The transaction authorization weaknesses
  • How to minimize the risk of social engineering attacks
  • Industry best practices and use cases

Get your free copy of VASCO's "Social Engineering" eBook now!


If you’re interested in sponsoring my site for a week, and reaching an IT-savvy audience that cares about computer security, you can find more information here.

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Smashing Security #037: Boobs, dragons and data breaches PODCAST

Smashing Security #037: Boobs, dragons and data breaches

Hackers are holding HBO to ransom after a massive data breach, and have leaked the phone numbers and email addresses of "Game of Thrones" cast members. Has security firm Carbon Black been leaking customers's sensitive files while trying to scan them? And Disney's mobile apps are accused of spying on kids...

All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the "Smashing Security" podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by John Hawes.

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