April Fool: Sexy romances distract hackers from data theft, Sophos research proves

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

We published this story on 1 April 2010. Of course, “Protection through Distraction” doesn’t really exist. We hope you enjoy the joke (and the video!) as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

You may already have read the press release about “Protection Through Distraction”, but I wanted to ensure as many people heard about this as quickly as possible. I’m thrilled to report that Sophos is today revealing important new research into how companies can protect their most sensitive data – and asking the internet community to assist by writing romantic fiction!

Yes, I know it sounds crazy, but let me explain…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus 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 security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.