Author Archives: David Harley

About David Harley

Independent antimalware/security researcher/author/editor; musician/singer/songwriter

Possibly a fond farewell

As COVID-19-related posts haven’t attracted significant interest here or on the AVIEN Facebook page and group, I’ve stopped posting updates. As I’m not currently working in the security industry, there may well be no further posts from this site. The resources here – such as the ransomware pages – will be left up for the present in case people continue to find them useful, but I don’t plan on contributing any additional material.

So long and thanks for all the phish! (And malware, and all the other stuff I used to deal with…)

David Harley

Covid-19: Dialling back…

[Update: June 18 2010. I’m no longer posting COVID-19 links on the Facebook pages or here. I doubt if there’ll be much AVIEN activity here or on Facebook in the foreseeable future, if ever.]

There was an initial flurry of interest when I started tracking Covid-19-related tracks, but it’s quickly died down to a point where it doesn’t seem worth the amount of time it’s taking out of my day. So I’m going to do things a little differently.

  1. I’ll continue to post links of current interest to the AVIEN Facebook page, but not necessarily here.
  2. I’ll post some links to the Covid-19 pages here, but I’ll mainly focus on the information/resources page.
  3. I won’t publish a daily update article. I may, of course, publish an article if there’s something I consider particularly interesting or relevant to the handful of people who may land here occasionally.
  4. I’ll resign myself to the idea that I don’t do this sort of thing for a living any more and concentrate on enjoying what might be left of my life!

David Harley

Covid-19 updates 16th April 2020

Sometimes these articles are posted quite early in the day: in such a case, additions will be made to the same article. Of course, the ‘authoritative’ sources are these update/resource pages, which are continuously updated:

Light relief from the Guardian: Banksy reveals pest problem in new lockdown artwork
“Artist posted five images on Instagram, saying ‘my wife hates it when I work from home’”

David Harley

Covid-19 updates 15th April 2020

Sometimes these articles are posted quite early in the day: in such a case, additions will be made to the same article. Of course, the ‘authoritative’ sources are these update/resource pages, which are continuously updated:

David Harley

Covid-19 updates 14th April 2020

Sometimes these articles are posted quite early in the day: in such a case, additions will be made to the same article. Of course, the ‘authoritative’ sources are these update/resource pages, which are continuously updated:

Today’s updates:

David Harley

Covid-19 updates 13th April 2020

Sometimes these articles are posted quite early in the day: in such a case, additions will be made to the same article. Of course, the ‘authoritative’ sources are these update/resource pages, which are continuously updated:

Today’s updates:

David Harley

Covid-19 updates 12th April 2020

Already added to the appropriate pages.

1. Covid-19: general information/resources

2. Covid-19: Misinformation & Politics

3. Covid-19: scams & security issues

Covid-19 security-ish issues

No, no one is paying me to do this sort of thing any more, but it occurred to me that it would be a Good Thing to track some of this stuff, and it’s the sort of thing I would have put here before I (sort of) retired. Or maybe on some of my other blogs, but I don’t feel up to making this a full-time volunteer project. So let’s see how it goes.

As of 11th April 2020, I’m breaking this out into separate pages:

All future links will go to these sub-pages and any other sub-pages I might consider it necessary to add. Links previously on this page have already been re-routed to the appropriate sub-page. Inevitably, there will be some instances where a link appears on more than one page.

David Harley

Rehearsals for Retirement

I didn’t entirely abandon the security industry: I’ve responded to the occasional request for an interview, including this one on Who owns social media? and I did quite a lot of work on the English translation of this Book by Eddy Willems (I might still be tempted by other authoring/reviewing/editing projects). And I’m still playing with the idea of a book on anti-malware product testing.

Meanwhile, here’s an article I wrote in February for the AV-Comparatives blog. Spotlight on security: The Curse of the False Positive but forgot to flag here. Well, product testing was part of my job description long before I joined the antivirus industry (as we still often called it at that time), so it’s not quite a case of crossing over to the Dark Side. As a matter of fact, I’ve always had a good relationship with the guys at AV-Comparatives. And I have one or two other articles in process elsewhere.

Anyway, I thought I’d mention that, finally, as I’m contemplating adding a new page to this blog, even though noone is likely to pay me to do it. Old habits die hard…

David Harley

*Yes, I stole that from a Phil Ochs album title… I spend much more time on music than I do on security nowadays.