Black Friday, Cyber Monday, fraud, and marketing…

It’s not so many years ago that my arm was twisted into writing a blog article about Black Friday and Cyber Monday scams. I had to look up both terms before I wrote on the topic because they didn’t mean much to people in the UK back in 2009 (and in fact the term/marketing initiative […] Source:

November 25, 2017

The Equifax Breach – Another case for professionalizing Information Security

One of my part-time hobbies is pushing to professionalize the Information Security profession. Admittedly, it is a lonely pastime and not nearly as exhilarating as it sounds. I wrote a multi-part article about the topic called “What does Information Security have in common with Eastern Air Lines Flight 401?” Allow me to quote myself: Providing […] Source:

September 23, 2017

Are Crowdfunding and the Gaming Industry Failing Each Other?

Kickstarter Games’ Failures Crowdfunding has firmly established itself as part of 21st-century economics, despite a lot of early and ongoing scepticism. Prominent crowdfunding site Kickstarter, the centrepiece of these emerging economies, has seen more than three billion dollars-worth of pledges across all its projects. Ever adaptive and eager for new methods of monetization, the gaming […] Source:

September 22, 2017

The Equifax breach beggars belief

The art of spin is to make bad news look like good news. Well, good luck to Equifax in spinning its way out of the loss of 143 million credit records in America. Equifax UK, however, is having a stab at it. With classic timing it released its statement late on Friday — I received […] Source:

September 17, 2017

September Sketch: Machine Learning Takes Charge of Security

There probably actually isn’t anything to worry about with the U.S. military bolstering its user-authentication security with machine learning – being ahead of the curve on AI is apparently the only way to be sure of winning World War 3, after all. But one can’t help being reminded of…well, virtually every sci-fi movie and book […] Source:

September 5, 2017

Industry Vs. Consumer: Pre-orders, Critics and Hype

Pre-orders: Selling Promises Every year seems to bring a new feature from one or another gaming publication on why pre-orders are a bad concept, urging consumers to reject them after various high-profile games have under-delivered on their promises. Pre-orders certainly have fewer benefits for the consumer when compared to publishers and retailers; a pre-order purchase […] Source:

August 21, 2017

Bioware and the EA Pattern

Bioware fitting a pattern In early May reports surfaced that Bioware Montreal, a division of the long-established game studio acquired by EA in 2007, has been relegated to a ‘support’ studio following the fairly disastrous release of Mass Effect Andromeda earlier in 2017. This has caused some concern that Bioware’s days are numbered, due to […] The post Bioware and the EA Pattern appeared first on ITsecurity. Source:

June 6, 2017

My June Vote

I must repeat what I said before the last general election in the UK: I shall not vote. I dismiss as absurd the thoughtless claims that I have a duty to vote. I do not. I have a duty to follow my beliefs, to stand for what is right and to criticise what is wrong. […] The post My June Vote appeared first on ITsecurity. Source:

May 30, 2017

May must be out in June: our last chance

Let’s not beat about the bush — Britain was tricked into voting for Brexit by an establishment determined to break Brussels’ interference in its increasingly hard-line and authoritarian policies. Theresa May is implementing that determination. There could be no IP Act nor Digital Economy Act if the ECJ has any say over UK laws. The […] The post May must be out in June: our last chance appeared first on…

May 22, 2017