McAfee man stole my identity

Graham Cluley
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Last Friday, the BBC Radio 4 six o’clock news show ran a piece about how easy it is to lose USB memory sticks, and how identity thieves can benefit if the data is not properly encrypted. This news story surfaced after the revelation that a memory stick had been lost containing the personal information of every prisoner in England and Wales.

The BBC contacted me that afternoon, a few hours before the show was to be aired, and recorded a few pithy comments from me in the little recording studio we have here at Sophos.

Now, I was busy working that night so I didn’t get to hear the programme when it was broadcast at 6pm. But Mark Harris, director of SophosLabs, was tuned in as he drove his family on a weekend break to Wales.

And it was Mark who blew the whistle, and informed me that…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.