The first annual report from the Data Protection Commission, under the auspices of the GDPR has just been released.
A colleague at another company forwarded me an email he’d received knowing that I’d get a kick out of it. It claimed to be from the UK GDPR Compliance Directory and that his company was not GDPR compliant. Of course no such directory exists and this was nothing but a ruse.
Whatsapp Authentication sucks. It sucks really badly. I’d never thought about it before, but then I saw this tweet yesterday. A lady got a new phone number and when she set up Whatsapp, she had a load of messages on there from the previous owner of the number.
How did you hear about the Luas Ransomware incident? Was it on the news? Online? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Or did you happen to visit the website to check some fare information and get confronted by a very basic ransom demand.
I continue not to see many people who make predictions for the coming year actually come back to review what they predicted. As I showed last year, I’m not one of those, so here is my review. I’ve included the original text below in blue, but the full article for my 2018 predictions is here.
Some businesses that are affected by a Ransomware incident, make a decision to pay the criminals in order to recover their data. This is usually because they believe it is more expensive to go through the recovery process. If they have poor or non-existent backups, then that may very well be the case, so they…
A dash cam is a popular Christmas present or indeed a present at any time of year. I got one earlier this year and have been having it merrily record the road ahead of my car ever since. I was doing this with the belief that the household exemption covered such recording. This is the…
In the last couple of days there are reports of hoax bomb threats being sent by e-mail. They’ve been particularly prevalent in the USA, but there is nothing to stop them spreading. They’ve targeted schools, government facilities and some businesses.
Remember the original Sextortion scam back in July? The one where they used an old password to make it look like the e-mail was plausible. This then evolved in August to add the use of partial mobile numbers. Well, it’s BAAAACKK!!!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … has come early for the evil doers. There just seems to be a relentless tale of data breach after data breach in recent weeks and it has been really bad in the last week.
Shortly after I posted about the Austrian GDPR fine, another fine was issued by the regulatory authority in Portugal. Late last week the German regulatory authority imposed another fine on an App maker. So the GDPR fines are beginning to come. Let’s take a quick look at these three cases and then see what you…
Like it or lump it, today is Cyber Monday here in Ireland now, because the retailers want it to be. So we have adopted another US tradition. Most Irish people prefer to buy their stuff in bricks and mortar stores. Online shopping, though, has been growing dramatically in recent years.
The NUI Galway data breach that was revealed this week is concerning. Particularly the initial reports about the breach, which weren’t very clear.
You remember the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica mess from earlier this year? Well, Facebook have been issued with a notice that they are to be fined £500,000 as a result of this. “What? Facebook are only fined £500,000?” I hear you cry.
Something I’ve noticed since the summer holidays came to an end, interest in GDPR related training and discussions have dropped away. I’ve asked around why this might be. The most common type of response is “Sure that GDPR thing was a pile of scare mongering. Nothing has happened. It’s like that Y2K nonsense we had…
We are an Irish IT Security Consultancy, founded in 2016. We have over 27 years of experience working in IT. Our founder, Liam Lynch, has an inherent ability when it comes to security, both physical and digital. It can be best described by altering the catchphrase of Cole Sear, the child in the movie The Sixth Sense, “I see security!"
Liam has worked with a number of companies over the years. From small operations to large corporations. He found that, in spite of massive expenditure on technological security solutions, these can all be thwarted by "Fred" in accounting opening an “invoice” (i.e. evil software) in an e-mail which has sneaked past all of the filters, firewalls and anti-virus.
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