Author: TheAntiSocialEngineer

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UK Parliament Cyber Attack

At the end of last week, news organisations started reporting of a ‘sustained and determined attack’ against the mailboxes of the 650 members of parliament and staff. In the initial release of information it is quite clear the login portal was the target of an automated attempt to log-in and subsequently the log-in portal has been taken offline. Somewhere in the… Read more →

Gibraltar Cyber Security Summit

We attended the Gibraltar Cyber Security Summit this week. It’s an initiative to bring together policing departments, local authority and cyber crime related experts. Speakers from the AFP, FBI, NCA, GCHQ and others took to the stage to transfer essential knowledge to an audience of Gibraltar’s business delegates.   The line up of speakers includes some of the industries celebrities… Read more →

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Google Ignored Warnings About Phishing Risks.

On Wednesday the 3rd May 2017 a Phishing campaign propagated across the internet effecting Google users. It was like nothing we’ve seen in recent years. Now the issue has been resolved and the risk mitigated it’s time for some reflection. I’m sure you will be aware of how the Google Docs phishing campaign spread, users were tricked by authorising a… Read more →

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Will they send a SMS or won’t they?

Recently I stumbled across a publication from HMRC, it stated the forms of communications they would use to contact the tax paying public. Example messages were displayed in an attempt to ‘whitelist’ communications. Basically, if you receive correspondence that looks like the examples listed, it could be from them. Some excerpts from the article found here read: Text messages HMRC is… Read more →

Lawyers Must Recognise the Value of their Data

This is a copy of a guest blog authored for Ascertus Ltd, feel free to read the post over here.   Whilst content in our 9 – 5 employment, slightly resentful that our personal activities aren’t getting the attention they deserve, it’s easy to forget about the true value of things around us – especially their inherent value to other walks… Read more →

How to Handle A Data Breach

To a modern business, a data breach can have devastating effects. We have seen TalkTalk hastily bungle, Sage coyly dawdle and much more generally mess it up, it’s got to change. We don’t spend all day hunting these elusive beasts either, but we have had our involvement in both mentioned breaches and feel we could offer some public insight to the very elusive modern mishap.… Read more →

Sage UK Payroll Data Breach

Personal details and bank account information for employees of as many as 300 large UK companies may have been compromised as part of a data breach at Sage, a UK accountancy software group. August 11th, 2016 Sage UK Payroll services started notifying customers of a data breach effecting their staff payroll systems. A rather generic statement was believed to be provided… Read more →

InfoSec Interviews – Richard De Vere

Original article by IT Governance: here So a while back I was interviewed by Lewis Morgan from the IT Governance Blog and thought i’d share this on the site. It is a little tongue in cheek reading it back actually! But genuine none the less.   First, let’s quickly cover the basics: what is social engineering? Well, a good question straight… Read more →

How we Support Magicians, Fraudsters & Hackers

One advantage of running a small boutique consultancy is I get to steer the business activity towards subjects I personally find interesting. Throughout my career, I have always been fascinated with frauds and that is where my focus normally lies. It’s that magic-like performance for me that has a very similar feeling to the showmanship of great magicians. When you watch a magic… Read more →

Yorkshire Cyber Security Event – A reflection of the real risks

The AntiSocial Engineer Limited is supporting the Yorkshire Cyber Security Cluster to announce the first annual Yorkshire Cyber Security Event taking place on the 12th May at the 3m Buckley Innovation Centre in Huddersfield. We will be talking about our recent research into SIM Swap Fraud and sharing tips on how to keep safe online, we are even providing the refreshments… Read more →