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UK consumers remain concerned about bank security

A survey of UK consumers, sponsored by telecoms supliers Avaya and Sabio had some worrying results for the financial sector.

UK’s new Cyber Security Champion announced

The winner of the 2103 UK Cyber Security Challenge, launched two years ago as part of a government and industry backed initiative to encourage people to choose a career in information security, has been announced.

UK and India to co-operate on cyber security

The Financial Times reported that the UK and India will improve co-operation in a bid to combat the growing threat from international cyber crime and cyber warfare in a new agreement between the two countries. The announcement was made during British Premier David Cameron’s trade trip to the emerging economic power.

UK cyber security strategy “beginning to deliver benefits”

According the UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) the Cyber Strategy outlined in November 2011 has started to deliver benefits but more must be done. According to the NAO the cost of cyber crime to the UK is estimated to be between £18 billion and £27 billion. Business, government and the public must therefore be constantly

UK Information Commissioner targets spammers

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) fined two owners of a marketing company £440,000 ($713,000) for bombarding the public with millions of unlawful spam texts over a period of three years. It’s the first time that the ICO has used its power to issue a monetary penalty for a serious breach of the UK Privacy

British police arrest three on suspicion of ransomware scam, victims fooled into paying £100 fines

Detectives from the UK Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) investigating cyber criminals who use “ransomware” have arrested three people.  Ransomware is a form of malicious software or malware that is served up by infected websites (which themselves may be legitimate). Victims inadvertently download the software which infects their computer. The scam takes different forms in

Cybercrime and Punishment

Like everyone else, law enforcement is expected to perform miracles of efficiency. But it’s not all about financial analysis: there is no such thing as victimless crime.

Giving Cold Callers the Cold Shoulder

…And therein lies a problem that goes beyond support scams. The telephone network, like the Internet, isn’t very good at recognizing national boundaries. Which is why I have a couple of rules of thumb when it comes to cold callers…

419: UK lets the Good Times Roll

…It’s a 419 (Advance Fee Fraud) message, of course. Stripped of the pseudo-governmental flim-flam, the core of the message is that they want you to forward them this…

Thanks for your support scam

…In fact, while the season for the traditional end of year crystal ball-gazing is pretty much over, I’ll venture a few extra predictions based on recent observations of the support scam business…

Has Chip & PIN Had Its Chips?

[Update: added some extra links at http://avien.net/blog/?p=422] Here, so to speak, is a bit of hot potato*. Flippancy notwithstanding, this isn't really funny. For several years now, Brits have enjoyed a banking card system called chip and PIN, a simple form of two-factor authentication for in-person credit and debit card transactions. In countries where the

Another Big Botnet

There is some chatter about a news item that has been released by Finjan in a blog post this morning.  The news has been picked up by Computer Weekly and USA Today. The un-named bot involved in this story is detected by ESET as Win32/Hexzone.AP.  It is a typical Trojan that reports to a command

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