I went on holiday. Hackers didn’t.

Here are some of the security stories I didn't write about...


I’ve been on a family vacation for the last week or so, and decided to freeze the site while I was away.

Thanks to those of you who got in touch asking if I was ok, or worried that they might have accidentally dropped off the list of my regular daily security newsletter.

Maybe I should have mentioned on the site that I was going away for a bit, but that always feels questionable to me. After all, over the years I’ve warned folks plenty of times that they probably shouldn’t tweet that they’re at Heathrow airport waiting to catch their two weeks of the sun in Florida.

(I wasn’t in Florida, by the way… see how crazily paranoid I am of even sharing where I was in the world!)

Anyway, apologies to those who missed me. And those who didn’t miss me at all - well done on having a life!

For those who missed their regular fix, here are a handful of the security-related news stories that caught my eye while the site was sleeping:

Anyway, I’m back in the office now, dusting the sand off my sandals. Normal service will now be resumed…

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3 Responses

  1. Etaoin Shrdlu

    September 1, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

    I realized you were on holiday. The shutdown was a bit of a giveaway that the site is a one man operation. Maybe you need to appoint a locum next time.

    • Bob in reply to Etaoin Shrdlu.

      September 1, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

      You mean to say you “assumed” he was on holiday. Unless you knew he had gone away on holiday as a fact then you can’t have “realised” - he could have been ill or away on business for example.

      Graham does have external contributors (they’re not locums) and you can see who these are by scrolling to the bottom of this website. There’d be nothing to stop Graham giving them permission (assuming he hasn’t already) from posting directly to the website in his absence.

      • Etaoin Shrdlu in reply to Bob.

        September 1, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

        My realizations are more concrete than you surmise. Wordplay is fun, but there is still a difference between realizing and knowing for a fact. The truth may dawn without verifiable confirmation, and of course you have only his word for it that he was on holiday anyway.

        I know he has contributors. He also links to a lot of stories on other sites. Still, if the site is not updated while he is away, he needs a locum to give it professional continuity. Another word for you to quibble about, but the meaning remains.

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