Author: TheAntiSocialEngineer

Cyber Resilience Week

In support of the Digital Leaders ‘Cyber Resilience Week’ Richard will be speaking at two events:   Monday 11th September 2017 – The DeMontfort University in Leicester – http://digileaders.com/events/securing-business-digital-age Thursday 14th September 2017 – Chelsea Football Club – http://digileaders.com/events/securing-business-digital-age-2   The days will be hosted by the team over at the London Digital Security Centre (LondonDSC.co.uk) and as an alliance partner it will be… Read more →

Malicious Packets

Recently we had quite an interesting engagement and we have been allowed to share some of the details!   Objective: Gain physical entry to a building for the purpose of impromptu network penetration test and wireless testing. Company Arena: Global Offices, Finance, High Security Chances of a consultant wandering around with a laptop for an hour un-noticed: 0   In the… Read more →

Exploiting Chrome Attacks to Educate Staff

Social engineering attacks can normally be quite deceptive and hard to understand, the attack should be a little like magic in the way a victim should be left questioning how you did it after it’s all over. Although as an industry we try our best to relay usable advice to the vulnerable, to prevent the worst kind of magic from happening! –… Read more →

A Special Partnership With The London Digital Security Centre

When you look at the past few years our business has really started with an idea and developed into something meaningful. It was designed to make a difference to the security industry and post-startup we have began to see the fruits of our labour. At the start of this year we formalised our business aim: The AntiSocial Engineer Limited wants… Read more →

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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 such… 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 affecting 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 →