Tag Archives: cyber criminal

Catching the Phishes.


Just recently Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) and Federal Security Service (FSB), with the expert assistance of KL Cybercrime Investigation Unit (CIU) brought to a successful conclusion a criminal case regarding phishing. The culprits were identified and sentenced, justice was meted out, and one more nail was hammered into the coffin of romantic imaginings about cybercrime. I hope. The case would have been a run-of-the-mill “typical” one if not for one circumstance: It was the first phishing case in Russia whose investigation ran to completion. Before it was unrealistic to expect to get such a case to court while, at best, it was only possible to ever catch the lower level “runners” of the responsible criminal hierarchy. The story began in the spring of 2010 as a classic phishing scenario …

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Worse than Cheese: Scary Scenarios Causing Nightmares Now – the Five Main Issues of IT Security.


Here I’m presenting my List of the Five Main Issues Facing IT Security, in the broad sense of the term. I should say straight away that I don’t have prescriptions for solving all five issues. The aim of this post is more to identify the problems, let you start to muse on them, and hopefully draw you into the fold of their ongoing discussion by raising your interest, empathy and/or sympathy!

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Cassandra Complex… Not for Much Longer.


It’s fair to say I’m a bit of an IT-paranoiac, and most of you will know by now I’m not one to hold my tongue about my fears of possible future Internet catastrophes, or the greed and degeneracy of cyber-wretches – plus the massive size of the threat they represent – and so on. Here are the five main problems for IT security (in the broad meaning of the term) as I see them …

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The Big Euro Freeze & The Munich Security Conference.


The Munich Conference on Security (the 48th) is a major international gathering where the big geopolitical players meet once a year to discuss IMPORTANT security issues. A fair bit of Munich is blocked off by military and police cordons behind which you can see the likes of Kissinger, Clinton (Hilary), Lavrov, Lieberman along with various heads of state and their ministers strolling around …

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