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

WannaCryptor Afterthoughts…

…Not that we’re exactly in the post-WannaCryptor era yet. But forgive me if you’ve heard enough of the saga of the ransomware ESET calls Win32/Filecoder.WannaCryptor.D (after just a few days, I certainly have). Craig Williams, of the company Gigabyte IT Solutions on St. Helena, mailed me wondering about my take on the issue.* Here are a […] The post WannaCryptor Afterthoughts… appeared first on ITsecurity. Source:

May 17, 2017

WannaCryptor: XP, Win8, WinServer 2003 patches

Even XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003 systems can now be patched against the vulnerability exploited by WannaCrypt. Patching is highly recommended! The post WannaCryptor: XP, Win8, WinServer 2003 patches appeared first on ITsecurity. Source:

May 13, 2017

Did democracy win with Macron? Doubtful

My first thoughts on Macron’s victory were that democracy had prevailed. But second thoughts made me wonder. We’re too accustomed to thinking of democracy in old-fashioned Left (socialist) and Right (fascist) terms. Democracy is the peoples’ decision anywhere between left and right. But there is a new (or at least only recently so overt) political […] The post Did democracy win with Macron? Doubtful appeared first on ITsecurity. Source:

May 8, 2017