Tag IT Security

Reality is, she’s a loser

This level of incompetence is guarding national secrets?

Reality Winner, source of yesterday’s NSA leaks, was caught within an hour of the leaked document’s publication. Or perhaps much sooner, but the Department of Justice announcement of her capture came within an hour of the publication.

This post is not about the morals of leaking classified information. Rather, it is about the competence of the people entrusted with guarding this information.

Catching Reality Winner was so easy that one could expect a just-out-of-college trainee to achieve it, even a high school kid.

So how was Reality caught?

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A forewarning of IOT chaos?

Learning from the Wanna Decryptor 2.0 ransomware attack

On Friday 12 May thousands of organizations in dozens of countries became the victims of a ransomware attack until the attack was halted by the registration of a nonsensical domain name.

Plenty has been, and is still being, written about this cyberattack. We won’t repeat the story and analysis here.

Instead, we’re interested in what this means for the Internet of Things (IOT) and the risk of a cyber Pearl Harbor Read more

Simple defense to reduce email risks

Why don’t major webmail providers support this?

We have all been subject to spam. And most of us to malicious emails too. Particularly annoying are emails that present a threat simply by being read, even if no links are clicked. But there is a way to substantially reduce the risk that people will open dangerous emails. But for some reason none of the major webmail providers support a mechanism to enable this.

Why? I have no idea.

The simple solution is to Read more

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