Monthly Archives: December 2013

Fashion and astronomy lead the way to cost effective tamper protection


Worried about inquisitive individuals opening up your laptop while you are on the road, adding a hardware or firmware Trojan, and closing it up again without you noticing?

Here's an unexpected and effective tamper protection technique...

Try our NYE #sophoscrossword and win a T-shirt!


Are you working over the New Year?

Whatever you're up to, but especially if you're on year-end sysadmin or tech support duty, here's a bit of fun that nevertheless counts as real work. (But don't quote us on that!)

Festive season spammers offer some cutting criticism to the Naked Security crew...


Most of the time, the spam comments submitted to Naked Security are unremittingly flattering.

But at least one festive season spammer has taken the opposite approach...

OpenSSL bug, DDoS bust, Snapchat SNAFU and a free Threatsaurus - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


Can a bug ever be good? What's the prison sentence for DDoS criminality? How well does Snapchat protect your data? What's a Threatsaurus, and why do you want one?

Watch and find out!

Privacy lenses pointed at Snapchat for making phone number searches too easy


Security researchers claim that Snapchat, the controversial selfie-sharing picture site, is far too liberal with the phone numbers of its users.

*If* those users are genuine - the researchers also found they could register bogus users as easily as they could look real ones up...

On tech support duty for family at Christmas? Get our free Threatsaurus...


Are you on tech support duty for your nearest and dearest over Christmas and New Year?

Would you rather be at the snow/beach?

Let the Sophos Threatsaurus help you teach your friends and family how to stay secure...

Naked Security talks about Festive Season Security on BBC Radio 5 Live's "Outriders" show...


Outriders is a BBC Radio 5 Live programme that describes itself as "exploring the frontiers of the web."

On this week's show, host Jamillah Knowles interviewed Naked Security's Paul Ducklin about security and safety on line over the festive season...

SSCC 127 - Target, Microsoft, Apple, Gmail...and some amazing acoustics [PODCAST]


Chet and Duck help you to learn from recent security news, both good and bad.

In this episode: the massive Target breach; Microsoft's and Apple's attitude to updates; and how to respond to Google's recent changes to image rendering for Gmail users.

A little thanks from Naked Security

A little thanks from Naked Security

We're feeling a bit festive so we're giving away an iPad Air and lots of tshirts. Make sure you're in with a chance of winning!

Polish programmers jailed for 5 years for DDoS and cyber-extortion of online casino

Polish programmers jailed for 5 years for DDoS and cyber-extortion of online casino

Two online gaming programmers from Poland have been jailed for trying to cyber-extort the owner of an online marketing company based in Manchester, UK, and the CEO of an unnamed US internet software host.

Spammers take over Twitter Trends with sexy hashtags

Spammers take over Twitter Trends with sexy hashtags

Londoners awoke on Friday morning to find their automatically generated trending topics lists stuffed with sexy tags.

Monday review - the hot 25 stories of the week

Monday review

Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Monkeys with MUTANT BANANAS on the loose in nuclear research server farm


In the same spirit of research openness that led to the Web, CERN has let Google Street View into its server farm.

Now, the nuclear boffins are running a treasure hunt amid the server racks...

The OpenSSL software bug that saves you from surveillance!


Bugs in pseudorandom number generators are usually cause for concern, at least in cryptographic circles.

But this story is different.

It's the curious case of the OpenSSL randomness bug with a happy ending!

CarderPlanet bust, Target credit card breach, online safety for kids - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


What prison sentence for the man who pioneered online carding? How many credit cards did Target lose? Does your encryption software "speak" to passers-by? How to keep your kids safe online over the holidays?

Find out in 60 seconds!

California looks to implement 'kill switch' as smartphone theft deterrent

California looks to implement 'kill switch' as smartphone theft deterrent

If the smartphone 'kill switch' legislation is passed, the carrier can remotely send a trigger to any lost or stolen device to 'brick' itself. With the phone effectively useless, this should be a far less appealing option for would-be thieves.

Use of Tor pointed FBI to Harvard University bomb hoax suspect

Harvard University Logo

It was the combination of the anonymizing service with the university's WiFi that gave investigators a short list of possible suspects, one of whom turned out to be a 20-year-old student trying to get out of a final exam.

Target confirms: Crooks may have spent holiday shopping season feasting on 40m filched payment cards

Target logo

The US retail giant Target confirmed that cyber crooks may have gotten their hands on about 40 million credit and debit card accounts starting the day before Thanksgiving - 27 November - on into the heart of Christmas shopping mania, through until Sunday, 15 December.

Five minute fix: Keeping your kids safe online with parental controls

Keeping your kids safe online with parental controls

We've compiled easy-to-follow instructions for setting up the parental control features on Windows 7 and 8, OS X, iOS and Android, so you can increase your kids' chances of staying safe and emotionally secure online.

Five-minute fix: Setting up parental controls on Windows 7

Setting up parental controls on Windows 7

How to set up parental controls on Windows 7 to help keep your children safe online.