Smashing Security podcast #183: MAMILs, gameshows, and a surprise from eBay

Industry veterans, chatting about computer security and online privacy.

Graham Cluley
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A TV gameshow with cash prizes if you’re obeying Coronavirus lockdown rules, ex-Ebay staff charged in crazy cyberstalking case, and when the wrong cyclist was accused by the internet bearing pitchforks.

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 Maria Varmazis.

Smashing Security #183: 'MAMILs, gameshows, and a surprise from eBay'

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Graham Cluley – @gcluley
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Maria Varmazis – @mvarmazis

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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.

One comment on “Smashing Security podcast #183: MAMILs, gameshows, and a surprise from eBay”

  1. Did you say, “NHS app” ?
    Please distinguish the truth.. It is the NHSX app.. we live in strange times, the track/trace app is the creation of a new Government / Cummings / no competitive tender app.. from NHSX.
    —-
    Your Ebay story, that of over-reaction by staff in some strange defence of the behemoth against ‘gnat bites’ from a tiny newsletter critique, reminds me of over-reaction by OTA booking.com .. whilst normally it is hard work getting help with urgent booking issues, a single, quite innocuous tweet, one suggesting that hotel bookers are wise to always ask hotels to better OTA pricing (ask for a discount)..
    ..was almost immediately met with an email [they determined that the twitter account “name” matching with a hotelier name was a sufficient match to directly email that hotel/person, not reply on twitter] ..immediately met with the equivalent of a ‘cease and desist’ type message: “Do not repeat this Twitter messaging event or there we may terminate your use of booking.com.. “ [words to this effect]
    How over the top is that?
    Alike your guest – the named person has a name shared by some number of individuals..
    It was very strange. Such horrible defensiveness by a domineering / near-monopoly marketplace player, where their customer service is suspect at best.. eg. No priority to accommodation providers (paying, typically, 15% commission) .. they have to phone the same number, wait in the same telephone queue, as hotel booking guests with queries..
    :)

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