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Graham Cluley
  • Smashing Security #122: The big fat con at Office Depot

    Graham Cluley
    Office Depot and OfficeMax are fined millions for tricking customers into thinking their computers were infected with malware, car alarms can make your vehicle less secure, and facial recognition in apartment blocks comes under the microscope.
    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 The Cyberwire’s Dave Bittner.
  • 540 million Facebook users left exposed due to sloppy third-party developer security

    Graham Cluley
    Security researchers have discovered a huge amount of data containing information about millions of Facebook users, left available for anyone to access - no password required.
    The culprits? Third-party developers.
  • In its ransomware response, Norsk Hydro is an example for us all

    Graham Cluley
    It’s been over two weeks now since Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest producers of aluminium, was hit by a ransomware attack that hit 160 of its plants worldwide, forcing many of its sites to switch to manual operations.
    And they’re handling things really rather well…
  • Don’t be foolish when it comes to data security

    Graham Cluley
    Graham Cluley Security News is sponsored this week by the folks at SafeToGo Solutions. Thanks to the great team there for their support!
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  • New Zealand shooter’s manifesto used to spread disk-wiping malware

    Graham Cluley
    Someone has taken a copy of the shooter’s Word document and weaponised it to download malicious code from the internet.
  • Office Depot fined millions for tricking customers into believing their PCs were infected with malware

    Graham Cluley
    Office Depot, and its partner, have been fined $35 million for using the PC Health Check tune-up service to dupe people into buying unnecessary computer repair and technical services.
    Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.
  • Smashing Security #121: Hijacked motel rooms, ASUS PCs, and leaky apps

    Graham Cluley
    An app leaking private conversations and intimate photographs is ignoring requests to fix the problem, hackers poison a security update sent to ASUS PCs, and how to protect your privacy in motel rooms.
    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 Maria Varmazis.
  • Asus pushes out urgent security update after its own automatic Live Update tool was hacked

    Graham Cluley
    Taiwan-based technology giant Asus is advising concerned customers to run a newly-created diagnostic tool on their Windows computers after hackers pushed out malware to what some security researchers have estimated to be as many as one million PCs using Asus’s own Live Update software tool.
    Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.
  • A PSA for twits on Twitter

    Graham Cluley
    Twitter users have been warned not to fall for a prank that claimed their user interface would change colour if they told the service they were born in 2007, after a wave of users locked themselves out of their accounts for being underage.
  • Hackers poison Asus software updates, may have infected one million PCs

    Graham Cluley
    Hundreds of thousands of Asus PCs may have been infected with malware installed by Asus’s own automatic Live Update tool.

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