The big news in the security segment this week is the newly-formed agreement that President Barack Obama has struck with Chinese President Xi Jinping. With a backdrop of U.S. threats to launch counter-attacks, the two leaders agreed to refrain from state-sponsored cyberattacks against each other that attempt to steal trade secrets or competitive business information. Sounds pretty good on the surface, but as it is with any complex agreement, you… Read more


Memo to Hollywood – Stop Portraying Hackers as Heros

From the onset of films featuring hackers, they have been incorrectly characterized as smart, sophisticated, and heroic.  Way back in ’83, WarGames featured boy-genius Matthew Broderick finding a backdoor into a military central computer and almost starting World War 3. Sneakers cast movie idol Robert Redford as the fearless leader of an ad hoc hacking group in 1992. The Matrix hit theaters in 1999 with Keanu Reeves establishing himself as… Read more


How computer attackers have changed

Computer security veteran Graham Cluley is speaking this week at the InfoSec show in London on the VASCO Data Security booth. Below he talks about how the perpetrators of online attacks have changed over the last 30 years. In the mid-1980s, when computer malware first emerged, it was very different from how things are today. For one thing, many people weren’t even sure if computer viruses truly existed or if… Read more