Teaching old bits new tricks?

January 2, 2008

Happy new year!

It seems that 2007 was the best year yet for cybercriminals and 2008 will be even better. Let’s have a look at those highlights (and lowlights) from last year, which I feel reflect the mood over the past months.

“TK Maxx loses millions of credit card numbers” (Link)

“Civil servants lack security awareness” (Link)

“Phishing threats triple” (Link)

“Two cautioned over wi-fi theft” (Link)

“National e-crime unit takes tentative first steps” (Link)

“Fake windows security alert loads a Trojan” (Link)

“Facebook evolves into attack tool from criminals” (Link)

“Cyber raiders hitting Estonia” – (Link)

and of course

“HMRC data loss leaves 25 million exposed” (Link)



3 Responses to “Teaching old bits new tricks?”

  1. Paul Walsh Says:

    The top two hightlights and the last one as well , really should not have heppened.

    A problem with a really large company or a goverment department is that you can have the standards , loads of meetings or discussions about the problem of data security, but in the end if the people who work and process that data dont follow the guidelines properly , then it is absolutely pointless.

    Th relevent company and or goverment needs to look at retraining staff and have an independant company check this , perhaps on a quarterly basis or twice yearly.

    It is very important that employees, (given the nature of the information) understand why this is the case and that there are no shortcuts.

  2. paulslewis66 Says:

    Agreed, Security is an iterative process. ISO 2700x (ISO17799).

    Plan, Do, Check, Act.

  3. Paul Walsh Says:


    Can I invite you to have a look at the blog and see this entry about the 787 boeing vulnerbility:


    I would be interested in your thoughts and comments on that particular entry.

    PS : I could not find an email address for you, so thats why I posted this here.

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