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Smashing Security #129: Too Long; Didn’t Listen

Don’t hire a hacker, they might scam you! What works and what doesn’t when it comes to protecting your email account? And China’s controversial social credit system comes under the microscope.

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 Maria Varmazis.


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Under attack! Should your company ever ‘hack back’?

Are targeted companies missing a trick? Could they not use their tech skills to penetrate their attacker’s own computer systems, and launch a counter-attack which might knock out their adversaries’ infrastructure?

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


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Smashing Security #092: Hacky sack hack hack

Is your used car still connected to its old owner? Just how did Apple manage to identify the teenager hacker who stole 90GB of the firm’s files? And why on earth would a firm of lawyers start producing pornographic videos? You’ll be surprised by the answers!

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


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Cybercrime isn’t going away, but hacking prosecutions are falling

The number of hacking prosecutions has fallen again, but that’s no cause for celebration.

PC Plod can’t catch criminals if they don’t have the resources.


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Apple hacked by 16-year-old who “dreamed” of working for firm

An Australian teenager has admitted hacking into Apple’s internal network and stealing 90 GB worth of files. The 16-year-old has pleaded guilty to breaking into Apple’s systems on multiple occasions over the course of a year, from his parent’s home in Melbourne’s suburbs.

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


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New York Times profiles one of its own security experts

Last week, the New York Times published a brief profile of privacy and security researcher Runa Sandvik.

Well known in the security community, Sandvik has been working at the New York Times since March 2016, boosting the security and privacy of journalists, anonymous sources, and indeed subscribers.


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Smashing Security #082: World Cup cybersecurity, crypto crashes, and a bang of a password fail

Coinrail cryptocurrency exchange goes offline after hack, Russia appears to be ‘live testing’ cyber attacks, and Florida stopped running background checks on gun buyers because of forgotten password.

All this and much 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 football-mad John Leyden from The Register.


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Smashing Security #078: Hounds hunt hackers, too-human Google AI, and ethnic recognition tech – WTF?

Dogs are trained to sniff out hackers’ hard drives, facial recognition takes an ugly turn, and do you trust Google to book your hair appointment?

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 investigative journalist Geoff White.


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Smashing Security #077: Why Paris Hilton doesn’t use iCloud, lottery hacking, and Facebook dating

The tricky-to-pronounce Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan is jailed for hacking Paris Hilton, we hear the story of the man who hacked the lottery and almost got away with $16.5 million, and Facebook thinks it is the perfect partner to find you a date.

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 Dave Bittner from The Cyberwire podcast.


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Smashing Security #073: Rick Astley: Never gonna hack you up

Politician admits to hacking a rival’s website, T-Mobile Austria ends up in a Twitter security storm, and siren systems are hit by a Rick Astley attack.

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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How Dutch intelligence spied on the Russian hackers attacking the DNC

Media reports from The Netherlands claim that hackers embedded within the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD watched Russian hackers attack the United States… for years.


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Australian airport hack was ‘a near miss’ says government’s cybersecurity expert

A 31-year-old Vietnamese man has been jailed for a hacking attack that compromised the computer network of Perth International Airport, and reportedly resulted in the theft of building plans and sensitive security protocols.

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


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Smashing Security podcast #056: Peeping Toms, prison hacks, and parliamentary passwords

Why you should check your Airbnb for hidden cameras, a hacker attempts a different kind of jailbreak, and British MPs prove that they really are clueless when it comes to cybersecurity.

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 Ian Whalley.


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Modern-day ‘Ferris Bueller’ hacks school, changes grades, applies to Ivy League colleges

What’s a lad to do if his school grades just aren’t up to snuff, and it looks like his dreams of ever getting to a prestigious Ivy League college are in tatters?

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


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Microsoft bug-tracking database was ‘hacked by Wild Neutron gang’

The Wild Neutron hacking group gained access to an internal database Microsoft uses to track software vulnerabilities.

David Bisson reports.


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F-35 fighter jet secrets stolen from Australian defence contractor in ‘extensive’ hack

Unknown individuals stole sensitive information pertaining to Australia’s defense programs by hacking a government contractor.

David Bisson reports.


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