INSIDE THE SCAM FACTORY

21,000 TalkTalk customers had their data stolen. A gang of professional fraudsters created an industrial-scale fraud network to con them. This is the inside story of how the scam worked. The hacking of TalkTalk in October 2015 propelled the company into the headlines. But in reality, it wasn’t the cyber attack that hurt the company’s…

The Inhuman Truth of AI

“balls have a ball to me to me to me to me to me to me to me”…. It may look like gibberish. But to the computers that created it, it was part of a Trump-esque piece of deal-making. It was part of an exchange between two chatty computers Facebook created to test how artificial…

The hell of the “never-ending story”

It’s the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars. But there’s brewing controversy around the fact that it is, apparently, near-impossible to watch the original film. Turns out, most versions now shown in cinemas or sold on DVD are the 1997 Special Edition, tweaked on its 20th anniversary by the film’s creator ahead of…

“ONLY” 90 HACKED ACCOUNTS?!

Quick thoughts on the Parliamentary email attack of the last few days: Apparently “only” 1% of 9,000 accounts were compromised Using words like “only” or “just” in relation to the 90-or-so email accounts hacked is ridiculous. Because to cause merry havoc in an organisation, hackers only need access to one email account. Because once inside…

NHS Ransomware attack-how it worked

First thing to say is that the ransomware wasn’t the new and interesting thing here. Ransomware has been hitting organisations and individuals for years, and the strain of ransomware used in this attack (WCry) isn’t new, or interesting. It does what all other ransomware does: scrambles victims’ files and charges them a ransom to get…

NHS hack – a silver lining?

By bringing global attention to ransomware, the hackers may inadvertently have killed the goose that lays the golden eggs. Ransomware has been the tech security industry’s bogeyman of choice over the last few years, but for Government and the public, it’s been largely under the radar. Businesses have been paying the ransom demands, but very…