Articles by Paul Ducklin

About Paul Ducklin

Paul Ducklin is a passionate security proselytiser. (That's like an evangelist, but more so!) He lives and breathes computer security, and would be happy for you to do so, too. Paul won the inaugural AusCERT Director's Award for Individual Excellence in Computer Security in 2009. Follow him on Twitter: @duckblog

BadUSB - now with Do-It-Yourself instructions

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Many fimware hacks are benign or even beneficial, like tweaking the ISO range on your digital camera or removing the bloatware from your mobile phone.

But what if even a humble USB flash drive could be turned into a delinquent diddler of your data, or a vindictive vector for viruses?

It's only logical - the BIGGER the bank, the BIGGER the breach! 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's the latest 60 Second Security for your viewing pleasure.

News, advice, opinion and research - and it only takes a minute...

SSCC 167 - Avoiding the shock of Shellshock (and more!) [PODCAST]

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Here's the latest episode of our weekly Chet Chat podcast!

Shellshock leads the list, of course, but Snapchat, cybersecurity awareness and the iPhone 6 all get a look in too...

SSCC 166.5 - Special edition from the Virus Bulletin 2014 conference [PODCAST]

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Sophos security expert Chester Wisniewski was at the Virus Bulletin 2014 conference in Seattle.

In this special edition of the Chet Chat, Paul Ducklin puts Chet on the other side of the mic to find out more about both the technology and the ethics of anti-malware research.

How to pick a proper password [VIDEO]

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Here's a short and straight-talking video that not only shows you how to pick a proper password, but also explains why you should bother...

Apple patches OS X against Shellshock

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If you're a Mac user, you may have felt wrongfully left out of all the Shellshock kerfuffle over the past few days.

Not any more!

Point-of-Sale vendor loses password, causes breaches at 324 US restaurants

In its own words, a US point-of-sale vendor "acts to Block Payment Card Security Incident."

Bit late for the 324 restaurants that were breached for between 3 days and 3 months in the incident...

Are you tired of weak or fake zero-day exploits? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Watch our latest 60 Second Security video!

An entertaining but insightful look at the week's security woes - in just one minute...

SSCC 166 - A sleeping bag and a camping stove to queue for an iPhone? [PODCAST]

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For your listening pleasure!

Here's the latest episode in our weekly podcast series...

Bash “Shellshock” vulnerability – what you need to know

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Shellshock is the media-friendly name for a remote code execution hole in Bash, a command shell commonly used on Linux and UNIX systems.

Paul Ducklin explains...

Mozilla fixes "phishing friendly" cryptographic bug in Firefox and Thunderbird

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Mozilla just patched a bug in its cryptographic library, NSS.

The bug is rated "critical" because it could permit skullduggery in apparently secure connections.

Is it *really* such a bad idea to use a password twice?

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We regularly warn you against using the same password for multiple accounts.

But if you memorise one really long and complex password, isn't that enough?

No! Here's why...

10 security holes that cybercrooks dream about - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's this week's episode of 60 Second Security.

Enjoy the latest security news in just one minute...

Apple ships a sevenfold security surprise, including iOS 8 and OS X 10.9.5

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Apple doesn't have Patch Tuesdays, but it does have Update Surprisedays.

We just had one of them, with brand new and more secure versions of iOS, OS X and Safari.

SSCC 165 - "U2 or not U2," that is the question [PODCAST]

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It's Chet Chat time!

Here's this week's episode of our news-you-can-use security podcast...

Apple adds two-step verification for iCloud, effective immediately

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Apple has listened, and extended its two-step verification system to iCloud.

It's a great start...but does it go far enough?

Apple relents, lets you "depurchase" that U2 album you never bought in the first place‏

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Apple has listened!

The company has come up with a free Album Removal Tool that allows you to "unbuy" the U2 album that recently showed up in your iTunes account...

"Shocking" Android browser bug could be a "privacy disaster": here's how to fix it

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The Metasploit crew is calling this Android Browser bug a "privacy disaster.”

Here's what you can do to avoid trouble...

Firefox sneaks out an "inbetweener" update, with security improvements rather than fixes

Usually, if everything goes according to plan, Firefox updates appear every six weeks.

But if needs must, Mozilla delivers in-between updates, too, and that's what has happened here, bumping Firefox from version 32.0 to 32.0.1.

Why would we let you say "No" to something that's free? 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's our latest 60 Second Security video for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy...