Coronavirus

Smashing Security podcast #188: Dinner with Elon Musk and Kris Jenner

Who stopped Twitter’s hackers from stealing more money? Why are Covid-19 researchers being told to ramp up their cybersecurity? How can you find out if your smartphone is infected with stalkerware? And who does Graham think he is turning down a celebrity dinner invite?

Find out in the latest “Smashing Security” podcast, with special guest Lisa Forte.

Smashing Security podcast #187: Huawei ban, MGM hack, and a contact-tracing cock-up

Login chaos for England’s contact tracing service, our drill-down on the Britain’s Huawei 5G ban, MGM’s blockbuster breach, and how to pronounce “Gigabyte.”

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, and special guest Maria Varmazis.

Watching a $1.14 million ransomware negotiation between hackers and scientists searching for COVID-19 treatments

An anonymous tip-off to BBC News enabled them to watch in real-time as an American medical university attempted to negotiate with the hackers who had infected its systems with ransomware.

Pubs and restaurants left guessing after being told to collect customer data as lockdown eases

In just ten days, the UK Government says English pubs, restaurants, and cafes can open again for business.

However, they are told that they should collect contact information about every customer and visitor to their premises. But what they’re not told is how they should do this in a way that protects people’s security and privacy.

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

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.

NHS Test & Trace sends text to wrong person, telling them they tested negative for Coronavirus

A former MP warns that she received a message intended for someone else, with the results of their Coronavirus test.

Smashing Security podcast #181: Anti-cybercrime ads, tricky tracing, and a 5G Bioshield

Police are hoping to stop kids becoming cybercriminals by bombarding them with Google Ads, phishers rub their hands in glee at the NHS track and trace service, and just how does a nano-layer of quantum holographic catalyzer technology make a USB stick cost hundreds of pounds?

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast.

What the NHS Test and Trace scheme could learn from banks about stopping scams

I’m concerned that fraudsters will disguise themselves as the NHS Test and Trace Service, and trick people into giving over sensitive personal information – and maybe even some money.

Maybe something could be learnt from the banks?

Apparently Coronavirus-tracing scammers won’t sound professional… (Yeah, right!)

Some members of the UK public will soon start receiving text messages and emails claiming to come from the NHS Test and Trace Service, as part of the country’s fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.

The problem is that many of them won’t know if the communication is genuine, or from a scammer.

And the UK Government’s advice isn’t helping.

The Civil Service’s rogue tweet about “Truth Twisters”

You can have a strong, unique password, you can have multi-factor authentication in place, but good luck preventing a member of your social media team ‘going rogue’.

An outbreak of Coronavirus trojans and scams

Recent weeks have seen a spate of scams and attacks associated with the Coronavirus pandemic, and there is little evidence of the end being in sight.

Smashing Security podcast #178: Office pranks, meat dresses, and robocop dogs

Graham shares stories of email storms, Carole describes the steps being taken by firms as they try to coax employees back to the office, and special guest Lisa Forte details a hack that has impacted Lady Gaga and other celebrities.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast with computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault.

Info on NHS Coronavirus app leaks out via Google Drive snafu

Sensitive documents about the UK’s Coronavirus-tracing app have reportedly been carelessly leaked via a publicly accessible Google Drive link.

TalkTalk’s ex-CEO Dido Harding heads up the UK’s Coronavirus tracing app…

Imagine you’re the UK Government in the middle of the biggest crisis the country has faced since World War II.

How are you going to instill some confidence that citizens should install a new Coronavirus tracing app?

Over 300 websites taken down in just two weeks as UK public report suspicious emails

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which tasks itself with “helping to make the UK the safest place to live and do business online,” is making impressive inroads against scam websites.

Smashing Security podcast #176: Hacking hacks and university attacks

Journalists spying on their rivals, the NHS rejects Apple and Google’s approach to Coronavirus-tracing, and universities are hit by an old-fashioned sexy lady attack.

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 Rik Ferguson.