Honda’s (inadvertently) phishing iTunes users

Over at Netcraft - the Internet services company which provides data mining, defence against fraud and phishing, and security testing – an employee spotted an interesting phishing scam against iTunes users, which is hosted on Honda’s website.

The employee in question, Nicholas Hatter, contacted me about his findings.

Appearing to affect the Brazilian arm of the automotive giant; a page was hosted with a SSL certificate which redirects to a page that replicates iTunes...

By Ryan Daws, 15 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Industry, Security.

UK prepares for cyber security war, recruits top firms

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on Friday that it will be partnering with BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, BT Group, Lockheed Martin and Hewlett Packard in an attempt to counter the rising cyber-security threat.

From rogue individuals, to hacktivist groups such as Anonymous, all the way to other governments themselves – such as the rising number of attacks thought to originate from China – concerns from the web are of rising worry and the...

By Ryan Daws, 09 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Security.

Interview: Telefónica’s Pavan Mathew on “Connected Cars”

This week Pavan Mathew, Global Head of Automotive Telematics at Telefónica, privileged me with an exclusive interview about a report released by the company on how the “Car industry must remodel itself to exploit the connected future.”

As we move towards a fully digital lifestyle we expect devices to be connected; with not just access to the wider world via the internet and services that entails, but also seamlessly with one...

Avoiding tax on Bitcoin? Think again, friend

Bitcoin has been getting plenty of coverage, ourselves included, but for those of you who don’t know, it’s essentially a decentralised virtual currency. Many people are under the illusion that because of this fact, it doesn’t accrue tax, but I’m sure the IRS would beg to differ.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report (PDF) which gives a clear example:

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  • By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Billing, Consumers, Government, Industry, Networks, Research, Security.

    World War Web: Preparing for Cyberwarfare

    A question I’ve asked myself many times is: if a third World War were to occur today; just how different would it be?

    With everything internet-connected as part of the “Internet of Things”, are we leaving ourselves open, and what prevention measures are in place?

     

    The main issue these days is we expect our information to be easily available; but with a rise of decentralised and increasingly powerful hacktivist groups, alongside the usual...

    Looking to hide online? PRISM-break shows you how

    First off – if you’ve done anything illegal, go to the authorities now.

    For the rest of us, read onwards if you’re simply looking to stay safe online away from prying eyes; whether from hackers, crackers, or invasive privacy measures such as that pyramid-like named legislation you may have heard about.

    It’s from these latest concerns which website PRISM-break.org is born, showing the best – generally open source – alternatives to all the most popular...

    By Ryan Daws, 14 June 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Industry, Mobile, N America, Security, Smartphones.

    “Provide clarification on PRISM”, says EU commissioner

    The past week I’ve written two articles regarding the US Government; allegations of spying using PRISM, and calls by involved companies for more transparency as a result.

    The Director of National Intelligence claims PRISM is solely for data-collection of non-US citizens; naturally, the EU’s commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, Viviane Reding, wants some clarification.

    In a...

    By Ryan Daws, 13 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Europe, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

    Facebook, Twitter join Google’s call for surveillance transparency

    The US Government has been under heavy-fire recently over leaked documents such as PRISM; showing the extent of potentially unwarranted surveillance operations. Companies including Google, Facebook, and Twitter were all pulled into question; now they’re calling for transparency...

    At first glance many would think “convenient timing” but, in fairness to those involved, many have taken steps previously for their relevant company to be totally open...

    By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Google, Government, Industry, Security.

    PRISM: The dark side of the US government?

    The internet is in uproar over the US government monitoring citizens and international users through a “direct access” backdoor to the biggest companies, using a program codenamed PRISM.

    Born out of the “Protect America Act” approved by Congress in 2007, the legislation allows warrantless interception of foreign-to-foreign communications. Created with the aim to protect from foreign threats; not monitor citizens.

    Supposedly the system has instantaneous access to companies including...

    By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Government, Industry, N America, Networks, Operators, Security.

    Chinese hackers breach Google to reveal US spy data

    Chinese hackers gained access to “years worth of US law enforcement and spy data” in a breach of Google’s servers back in 2010, according to a report.

    Official response from Google at the time said the hackers were after “human rights activist information”, where in fact US officials actually say they were after a sensitive database.

    At the time a dispute was raised between Google and the FBI stemming from distrust for making no reference to the possible hacked database.

    It now...

    By Ryan Daws, 21 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: China, Google, Security.