Tag Archives: Hacking

The Gadget Man – Episode 101 – WannaCry – WannaCrypt – Eternal Blue – What Happened and What to Do?

Following my previous post which can be found here, I talked this morning to Mark Murphy on BBC Radio Suffolk about WannaCry and the effect it has had on the NHS, what needs to be done to stop it happening again and what we can do to protect ourselves.

To read and in depth article on how to protect your computers from such attacks, click here

PLEASE ensure your computers have all their updates installed and make sure you have Anti-Virus software installed.

 

 

Gadget Man – Episode 99 – Hackers, Spammers and Scammers

This morning I was interviewed by Mark Murphy on BBC Radio Suffolk about what makes me grumpy?

At the moment a lot of my time is spent securing websites and investigating hacking attempts, so this felt like a legitimate ‘grump’.

If you own a website, don’t assume it’s secure, make sure it’s secure.

Listen in to the stream and let me know what you think…

The Gadget Man – Episode 82.5 – Attempted Telephone Extortion by a ‘Help Desk’

The Gadget Man - Episode 82.5 - Attempted Telephone Extortion by a 'Help Desk'
The Gadget Man – Episode 82.5 – Attempted Telephone Extortion by a ‘Help Desk’

We’re now firmed established in the New Year now and 2016 is looking to be a memorable one for technology. What hasn’t changed however is computer crime. Criminals have now settled in to established methods of computer crime using either hacking or persuasion on the telephone or email.

Attached is a recording of a telephone conversation I had with a ‘cold caller’ who goes on to tell me that I possibly have issues with my computer and with their help, they are suggesting they can fix them.

I have had countless telephone calls very similar to this one, what is different is that I specifically request the caller to go home and think about who they are working for, when they immediately hang up on me.

To be clear, NO COMPANY is able to tie your telephone number to your computer in this context. It would be incredibly time consuming to go about such an act and would therefore be reserved for government or police forces to do. If anybody calls you out of the blue and suggests your computer is faulty, hang up and consider reporting the call to the police and telephone provider. Do NOT follow any instructions by the caller to run software of ANY kind, they are simply attempting to extort money from you which could run into thousands of pounds.

If you know ANYONE who might be vulnerable to this kind of scam then please send them the link to this page.

Happy New Year

Matt

Photo Credit : Christiaan Colen via Flickr

The Gadget Man – Episode 71.5 – The state of Internet security with Danvers Baillieu from Hide My Ass

Danvers Baillieu from Hide My Ass
Danvers Baillieu from Hide My Ass

We’re half way through Cyber Security Month and you can’t open a paper or turn on the TV without hearing about the latest high profile data leak. Security Issues are certainly something that we have covered in the past, so today I was delighted to have the opportunity to interview Danvers Baillieu, Chief Operating Officer of Hide My Ass!

Hide My Ass! or HMA are one of the leading firms of companies providing secure VPN connections to the internet and it was great to speak to Danvers to hear his view on current Internet security issues that are seemingly constantly in the news.

In the interview we covered internet security from both a company and personal point of view, how the governments should or shouldn’t involve themselves and what we should be looking out for in the future.

Listen in the stream and let me know what you think of the topics covered.

Thanks to Danvers for taking time out of his day and for Jocelyn from Cow PR for setting up the interview.