July 2010 Archives

Interested in Cell (Mobile) Phone Hacking?

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I am running a set of 4 articles covering cell phone/mobile phone hacking and measures you can take to prevent such attacks on the Bloor site here. I'll be covering some of the underlying technology that makes cell phones vulnerable and exploring some of the new attacks that are emerging.

Nigel Stanley
Practice Leader - Security
Bloor Research

US Brands Targeted in Online Attacks

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The latest RSA Online Fraud Report has just been published, revealing some interesting headlines. Some of the featured highlights include:


  • As of July 1, 2010, the RSA Anti-Fraud Command Center has shut down 321,791 attacks in over 175 countries.

  • In June, the number of phishing attacks identified by RSA decreased by 16%; a total of 13,855 attacks were recorded.

  • U.S. nationwide banks remained the most targeted brands for the fourth consecutive month, increasing to 68 percent in June. Overall, U.S. brands in general were attacked at nearly a 2:1 ratio compared to all other countries.

  • 85% of all phishing attacks in June were hosted in the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and Germany

The report can be found here

Nigel Stanley
Practice Leader - Bloor Research

Computer Crime Gets Sexy TV Show

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I loathe the relentless onslaught of TV cop shows that seem to dominate peak viewing schedules these days, so it was with trepidation that I decided to watch a new show on ITV called Identity.

The drama is based on an elite police unit formed to combat the rise in identity-related crime. Of course the unit is staffed with the usual hand picked combination of a dominating boss, a cool but rebellious detective, a techie and a couple of other supporters.

Naturally the building they occupy has fantastic panoramic views across London and an internal styling, furniture and decor that would drain the Met Police decorating budget in one purchase order. The Chief Constable, played by a chap who I think was in The Office, was the usual over demanding stereotype who wore his whistle chain like a huge bog chain. [note to wardrobe - please fix this]

Aside from these irritations it made interesting viewing, and they certainly crammed a lot into a 55 minute program. It's worth a look if you just want to chill out and can ignore the ludicrous tech stuff.

My hope is that it will highlight issues around identity and data theft and will encourage people to be a bit more savvy with their personal data. Anything that can help with this education has got to be good. 

We shall see.

Nigel Stanley
Practice Leader - Security
Bloor Research



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