Graham Cluely

Smashing Security podcast #202: The Wu-Tang Clan are Among Us

Graham Cluely Security Blog - 3 hours 46 min ago
Voting machines are under the microscope, scammers are posing as rap stars, and American politician AOC isn't the only one who's been getting into the Among Us game. 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 James Thomson. Plus don't miss the first part of our featured interview with LastPass's Dalia Hamzeh.
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Donald Trump’s website briefly defaced by cryptomining scammers

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Wed, 10/28/2020 - 5:46am
Donald Trump's official presidential re-election campaign website was briefly defaced by hackers last night. Visitors to the website donaldjtrump.com were not greeted with the normal calls for campaign contributions or offers of Trump-related merchandise, but instead a message which parodied the look of those typically used when the FBI seizes control of servers operated by cybercriminals.
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Finnish therapy clinic’s CEO fired after despicable data breach and blackmail threats

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 11:46am
A Finnish psychotherapy clinic has dismissed its CEO in the wake of a disastrous data breach which has seen patients' personal details, as well as notes of what has been discussed in confidential therapy sessions, exposed... and clients blackmailed.
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Amazon fires employee for leaking customer data

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Tue, 10/27/2020 - 9:55am
Multiple Amazon customers have turned to social media to describe how they have received a notification from the online retail giant that their email addresses have been leaked to an unnamed third party. Emails sent by Amazon to customers admit that a rogue employee unlawfully passed on users' personal email details to a third-party, violating the company's rules Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.
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Sopra Steria confirms it was hit by new strain of Ryuk ransomware, will take weeks to return to normal operations

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Mon, 10/26/2020 - 7:14am
Sopra Steria confirms it has been hit by a new strain of the Ryuk ransomware, and that it will take weeks for its IT network to return to normal operation.
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Fake Instagram follower services slapped with lawsuit

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 12:55pm
Facebook has filed federal lawsuits against four individuals who it claims have been selling fake Instagram followers. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.
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Donald Trump’s Twitter password is “maga2020!”, and there’s no 2FA, claims hacker

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 11:04am
According to Dutch ethical hacker Victor Gevers, as recently as last week the US President's @realDonaldTrump account was protected by the incredibly-dumb password "maga2020!" and did not have two-factor authentication (2FA) enabled.
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Fort Bragg fails to keep a firm grip on its Twitter account, as it blames hacker for saucy tweets

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 8:35am
The Twitter account of the Fort Bragg US military base was deleted last night, after what it claimed was a hack. But whether it really was hacked or not is up for debate.
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Over one million WordPress sites receive forced update to security plugin after severe vulnerability discovered

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 7:51am
Loginizer, a popular plugin for protecting WordPress blogs from brute force attacks, has been found to contain its own severe vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers. The flaw opened up opportunities for cybercriminals to completely compromise WordPress sites. Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.
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Sopra Steria hit by cyber attack. IT services group suspected of falling victim to ransomware

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 5:52am
European IT services group Sopra Steria has been hit by a cyber attack. Which would be unfortunate for any business at the best of times, but is possibly even more galling for a firm like Sopra Steria which has a specialist cybersecurity branch which claims to help customers “protect sensitive information, and prevent costly data breaches.”
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Smashing Security podcast #201: Robin Hood, Flippy, and the web ad bubble

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 8:51pm
The Darkside ransomware gang thinks it's a modern-day Robin Hood when it donates extorted Bitcoins to charity, the micro-targeted ad industry could pop like a bubble, and would you trust a burger-flipping robot? 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 Tim Hwang.
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The Recorded Future Express browser extension – elite security intelligence for zero cost

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 7:39am
Many thanks to the fab folks at Recorded Future, who are sponsoring my writing this week. Recorded Future empowers your organization, revealing unknown threats before they impact your business, and helping your teams respond to alerts 10 times faster. How does it do this? By automatically collecting and analyzing intelligence from technical, open web, and … Continue reading "The Recorded Future Express browser extension – elite security intelligence for zero cost"
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Albion Online gamers told to change passwords following forum hack

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Mon, 10/19/2020 - 9:26am
Sandbox Interactive, the developers of the free medieval fantasy video game Albion Online, have warned players that a hacker managed to break into its systems and gain access to its user database. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.
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Google reveals the most powerful DDoS attack in history… albeit three years late

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Mon, 10/19/2020 - 7:48am
At the end of last week, Google slipped out a blog post that probably went under the radars of some folks. In it, they revealed that they had mitigated against the largest known distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, when its infrastructure blocked a whopping 2.5 Tbps (Terabits per second) attack.
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Hackney Council can’t pay housing benefit after cyber attack

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Mon, 10/19/2020 - 5:01am
The trials and tribulations of London's Hackney Council continue after it suffered a "serious cyber attack" last week. The real-life victims of a cyber attack are the thousands of innocent residents, some of whom may desperately need money in their pocket to pay their rent, living in fear of eviction and homelessness.
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Celebrating 200 episodes of the “Smashing Security” podcast

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 2:53pm
Carole and I have been producing a light-hearted look at the world of cybersecurity and privacy just about every week since December 2016. And this week, after millions of downloads, we released our 200th episode! We wanted to celebrate reaching that milestone, and thank the many many people who listen each week, by doing something special... and so last night we met up on YouTube for a livestream party.
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Having saved credit card details in plaintext since 2015, British Airways is fined £20 million

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Fri, 10/16/2020 - 12:55pm
British Airways has been fined £20 million (US $26 million) following a data breach which saw its systems hacked and the personal and payment card information of 400,000 customers stolen. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.
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Beware COVID-19 charity fraudsters, warns the FBI

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Thu, 10/15/2020 - 9:43am
From the as-if-you-didn’t-have-enough-to-worry-about-in-2020 department, the FBI has warned that scammers are attempting to defraud the public by exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.
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Barnes & Noble warns customers it has been hacked, customer data may have been accessed

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Thu, 10/15/2020 - 6:49am
American bookselling giant Barnes & Noble is contacting customers via email, warning them that its network was breached by hackers, and that sensitive information about shoppers may have been accessed. Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.
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Elite security intelligence for zero cost. Meet the Recorded Future Express browser extension

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Thu, 10/15/2020 - 3:44am
Many thanks to the great folks at Recorded Future, who are sponsoring my writing this week. Recorded Future empowers your organization, revealing unknown threats before they impact your business, and helping your teams respond to alerts 10 times faster. How does it do this? By automatically collecting and analyzing intelligence from technical, open web, and … Continue reading "Elite security intelligence for zero cost. Meet the Recorded Future Express browser extension"
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