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April 2010

Armor-Piercing Rounds for Chain Mail

In my copious free time, I contribute to and in some cases maintain a number of other blogs (the ones with a security bias are listed in my signature here). The chainmail/hoax checking page at http://chainmailcheck.wordpress.com/ was specifically set up to explore a hoax/chainletter mitigation project that's still in the preparatory stages, but I've been posting

April 1st: Your Questions Answered

We're not really set up to use the ThreatBlog as a full strength Questions and Answers resource, but we got so many questions after my blog yesterday about April 1st hoaxes that I feel obliged to try to answer some of them. There is no truth in the rumour that the eCity of San Diego

Shortened URLs: Don’t Sweat the Short Stuff?

A press query was passed to me concerning our blogs about the Russian bombings and the fact that criminals are making use of the topic to spread malware using blackhat SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and abuse of the twitter service. See "Russian Metro Bombings: here come the ghouls" and "Here come (more of) the ghouls" for more

Phishing and Scamming: it’s a Taxing Occupation

SANS posted a story at the Internet Storm Center a couple of days ago that they were seeing fake email from the IRS. (Even I don't have time to read everything on the Internet relating to current information security issues.) The emails described try to kid the victim that they've under-reported or failed to report

April is the Cruellest Month*

This time last year I was on my way to Cambridge to deliver a presentation, having stayed up till the early hours of the morning to post a blog reporting that Conficker, although it had changed its behaviour, as we already knew it would, had not initiated the heat death of the Internet.  What's really

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