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An attempt to phish my Amazon Web Services account

An email arrived purporting to be from Amazon Web Services (AWS). It claimed that unless I confirmed I had given my correct contact information for a domain’s WHOIS record, a website I administer could be suspended.


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Smashing Security #124: Poisoned porn ads, the A word, and why why why Wipro?

The hacker who lived the high life after spreading malware via porn sites, Wipro demonstrates how to turn a cybersecurity crisis into a PR disaster, and why are humans listening in to your Alexa conversations?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by special guest Brian Honan.


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Smashing Security #109: Grinches target Amazon and Reddit, stealing Christmas from the poor

Join us for our special Christmas episode as we tell tales of printer hacking, website defacement, Grinches, and how Google is snooping on your private YouTube videos.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by The CyberWire’s Dave Bittner.


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Supermicro says independent investigation found no spy chips on its motherboards

An independent audit has found no evidence that malicious chips were planted on Supermicro’s motherboards, debunking Bloomberg claims that servers at Amazon and Apple were being spied upon by China.


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Amazon warns customers it leaked their names and email addresses

What aren’t you telling us Amazon, and why?


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Department of Homeland Security and GCHQ back Apple and Amazon’s denials they were hacked by China

The US Department of Homeland Security and UK’s GCHQ have rallied behind the vigorous denials issued by Amazon and Apple, after Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported China had planted malicious computer chips on systems used by the tech giants.


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China accused of sabotaging thousands of servers at major US companies with tiny microchips hidden on motherboards

An extraordinary report released by Bloomberg BusinessWeek, which claims that China has been exploiting the supply-chain, planting a tiny microchip on servers which ended up in the server rooms of almost 30 companies, including the likes of Apple and Amazon.


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Smashing Security #096: Bribing Amazon staff, and blinking deepfakes

Amazon staff are being bribed to delete negative reviews and leak data, deepfakes are getting more dangerous, an update on John McAfee’s bitcoin bet, and our guest gets a shock…

All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week (for a while at least) by David Bisson.


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Amazon staff said to be taking bribes to leak data

Often the biggest problem is not the threat of external hackers, but rather internal staff to whom you have granted access to sensitive data and who might be tempted to exploit it for financial gain.


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Smashing Security #087: How Russia hacked the US election

Regardless of whether Donald Trump believes Russia hacked the Democrats in the run-up to the US Presidential election or not, we explain how they did it. And Carole explores some of the creepier things being done in the name of surveillance.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.


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welivesecurity.com

Woman says Alexa recorded and shared the private conversation she was having with her husband

It’s every Amazon Alexa owner’s worst nightmare – your private conversations not just being listened to, but shared with random contacts without your knowledge.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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Now Amazon wants the keys to your car

Yes, Amazon is now offering free in-car delivery to customers in some cities.

If you’re comfortable with a stranger remotely unlocking your car, of course.


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bitdefender.com

1 in 50 publicly readable Amazon buckets are also writable – and that’s a data disaster waiting to happen

Don’t dilly-dally. If you haven’t already properly secured the Amazon Web Services S3 servers (known as “buckets”) storing your sensitive data in the cloud then your business has no time to lose.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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Smashing Security #065: Cryptominomania, Poppy, and your Amazon Alexa

Cryptomining goes nuclear, YouTube for Kids gets scary, and TV ads have been given the green light to mess with your Amazon Alexa.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, who are joined this week by special guest Maria Varmazis.


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Smashing Security #062: Tinder spying, Amazon shoplifting, and petrol pump malware

Your Tinder swipes can be spied upon, Amazon is opening high street stores that don’t require any staff, and Russian fuel pumps are being infected with malware in an elaborate scheme to make large amounts of money.

With Carole on a top secret special assignment, it’s left to security veteran Graham Cluley to discuss all this and much much more on the “Smashing Security” podcast with special guests David McClelland and Vanja Švajcer.


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Smashing Security podcast #057: Mikko – live from the sauna – talks Bitcoin security

How to protect yourself from Bitcoin hackers, why you should think twice before giving Amazon the keys to your house, and how a private investigator tried to hack Donald Trump’s tax returns.

All this and much much 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 Mikko Hyppönen from F-Secure.


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