Smashing Security #017: Data breaches, zero day exploits, and toenail clippings

Three security industry veterans, chatting about computer security and online privacy.

Smashing Security #017: Data breaches, zero day exploits, and toenail clippings

Hotel malware has been stealing guests' payment card details... again, should businesses relay delay rolling out vulnerability patches, and Burger King's Whopper TV ad campaign tries to take advantage of viewers' Google Home devices with predictable results.

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 special guest Paul Ducklin.

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2 Responses

  1. Bob

    April 20, 2017 at 5:15 pm #

    More on this story:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/04/19/intercontinental-hotels-group-breach-holiday-inn-crowne-plaza-front-desk-malware/100652570/

    One thing you didn't mention Graham was that if you use Apple Pay it generates a unique card number per transaction so even if a retailer's system is compromised then you're safe. Obviously this can't be used for deposits but it can be used for everything else.

    Another option is to get a pre-paid card such as:

    https://uk.virginmoney.com/virgin/prepaid-card/

    Of course the "nth-complexity infinite binary loop" is a "meaningless term"

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodtimes_virus
    https://www.sophos.com/ko-kr/press-office/press-releases/1999/11/va_hoaxes.aspx

  2. Bob

    April 20, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    Also:

    http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/4/20/15364960/google-home-speaker-multi-user-new-feature

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