Graham Cluely

Action Fraud? Inaction Fraud

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 6:41pm

In recent months serious questions have been raised about whether victims of cybercrime are getting the support they deserve from the UK’s national fraud reporting centre.

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Alexa and Google Home devices can be exploited to eavesdrop on users, phish passwords

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 10:14am

Researchers have shown just how easy it is for third-parties to exploit the so-called “smart” speakers that many home owners have purchased to eavesdrop on conversations and even steal passwords and credit card details.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.

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Avast fends off hacker who breached its internal network in copycat CCleaner attack

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Mon, 10/21/2019 - 8:42am

Czech anti-virus firm Avast has been targeted for a second time by hackers seemingly attempting to plant malware inside a malicious CCleaner update.

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About that “Any fingerprint can unlock your Samsung Galaxy S10” report

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Thu, 10/17/2019 - 10:35am

Plenty of headlines are warning about anyone’s fingerprint being able to unlock a Samsung Galaxy S10, but I’m not sure it’s quite as simple as that…

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Smashing Security #150: Liverpool WAGs, Facebook politics, and a selfie stalker

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 7:48pm

Footballers’ wives go to war over Instagram leaks, it turns out fake news is fine on Facebook (just so long as it’s in a political ad), and things take a horrific turn in Japan, as a stalker uses a scary technique to find out where his pop idol lives.

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 Dave Bittner.

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Ransomware attack hits Pitney Bowes, impacting company mail rooms around the world

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Wed, 10/16/2019 - 3:13am

Global shipping and mailing service Pitney Bowes has fallen foul of a ransomware attack that has encrypted data on its computer systems and disrupted customer access to its online services.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Fake iOS Checkra1n jailbreak site installs slot machine game, generates click-fraud revenue

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Tue, 10/15/2019 - 6:38pm

A website that promises to jailbreak your iPhone using the Checkm8 exploit actually installs apps with the intention of generating click-fraud revenue.

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Alleged “Psycho” hacker in court over EtherDelta cryptocurrency robbery

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 8:48am

An alleged hacker has appeared in a US federal court to answer charges related to the theft of at least $1.4 million in cryptocurrency from the EtherDelta cryptocurrency exchange platform in December 2017.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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Stalker zoomed in on Japanese idol’s eyes to find out where she lived

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Fri, 10/11/2019 - 8:08pm

An obsessed fan assaulted J-Pop star Ena Matsuoka after determining where she lived by zooming in on selfies she had posted on social media, and examining the reflection in her eyes.

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Smashing Security #149: Falling in love with fraudsters

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Thu, 10/10/2019 - 4:37am

We take a trip to Staten Island, New York, to hear how a case of cyberstalking resulted in the arrest of 20 alleged mobsters, learn about the nude photo-loving insider threat at Yahoo, and discover how fraudsters might be boosting Match.com’s profits.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Ran Levi of “Malicious Life.”

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Ransomware victim hacks attacker, turning the tables by stealing decryption keys

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Wed, 10/09/2019 - 8:31am

A victim of the Muhstik ransomware paid his attackers money to recover his files, but then wrought his revenge by hacking them right back.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

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Yes, MFA isn’t perfect. But that’s not a reason for your company not to use it

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Tue, 10/08/2019 - 8:42am

Multi-factor authentication is one of the simplest steps you can take to harden your security. It would be an enormous mistake to think it is worthless just because it’s not a perfect solution.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.

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Toms Shoes newsletter “hacked by a nice man”

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 12:24pm

Footwear retailer Toms has had its email newsletter compromised by someone who calls himself “a nice man”.

And he has strong opinions on the behaviour of other hackers…

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How a GIF could let a hacker view your WhatsApp messages

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:22am

A flaw in WhatsApp could have allowed hackers to snoop upon your chat history just by tricking you into opening a boobytrapped GIF image.

If you’re going to run WhatsApp, make sure that it’s properly updated.

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Former Yahoo employee admits he hacked 6000 users’ accounts, stole nude photos and videos

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Fri, 10/04/2019 - 8:51am

A former Yahoo software engineer has admitted hacking into thousands of Yahoo users’ accounts in a search for naked images and videos of young women.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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A short history of hacked billboards and road signs

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 9:54am

Hacked roadside billboards are in the news again, so here is a look back on some of the more notable incidents that have caught the media’s attention in the past…

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FBI: Don’t pay ransomware demands, stop encouraging cybercriminals to target others

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 9:14am

The FBI has some unambiguous advice for organisations on how they should handle ransomware demands:

Don’t pay.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.

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Smashing Security #148: Billboard boobs, face forensics, and Alexa gets way too personal

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Wed, 10/02/2019 - 7:10pm

Drivers are distracted by a hacked billboard, we take a deeper look at how the deepfake problem has… uh… deepened, and Carole is less than happy about Amazon’s announcement about new Alexa integrations.

All this, an annoying goose, and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

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It’s been a couple of days, so Apple releases yet another iOS update

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 7:16pm

Yup, there’s a new update to iOS. But don’t expect it to have resolved the worrying Checkm8 exploit one hacker found in the iPhone’s secure ROM.

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Hack strikes Words with Friends and Draw Something, amid claims 218 million players’ details breached

Graham Cluely Security Blog - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 9:22am

Players of the popular Words with Friends and Draw Something smartphone games are being advised to change their passwords following what sounds like a security breach at game developer Zynga.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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