Big Time Crooks

Big Time Crooks

When an online scam becomes too successful, the results can be farcical. In the movie Small Time Crooks, Woody Allen leads an inept gang of would-be robbers who rent a store next to a bank. They plan to tunnel into the vault. As a cover, Allen's girlfriend (played by Tracey ... Read More
Anatomy of a Phishing Attack

Anatomy of a Phishing Attack

Who attacked a couple of Internet pressure groups earlier this year? Jon Thompson examines the evidence. For those on those of us engaged in constructing carefully-crafted tests against client email filtering services, the public details of an unusually high-quality spear-phishing attack against a low value target make for interesting reading ... Read More

The Government Encryption Enigma

Is Amber Rudd right about encryption? Jon Thompson isn't so sure. UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd recently claimed in an article that "real people" prefer ease of use to unbreakable security when online. She was met immediately by outrage from industry pundits, but does she have a point? Though paywalled, ... Read More

Quantum Inside?

Is this the dawn of the quantum computer age? Jon Thompson investigates. Scientists are creating quantum computers capable of cracking the most fiendish encryption in the blink of an eye. Potentially hostile foreign powers are building a secure quantum internet that automatically defeats all eavesdropping attempts. Single computers far exceeding ... Read More
Brexit and Cybersecurity

Brexit and Cybersecurity

Is the UK headed for a cybersecurity disaster? With Brexit looming and cybercrime booming, the UK can't afford major IT disasters, but history says they're inevitable. The recent WannaCry ransomware tsunami was big news in the UK. However, it was incorrectly reported that the government had scrapped a deal with ... Read More