Tag Archives: hoaxes

June 1st AVIEN resources updates

Updates to (Anti)Social Media

Tomáš Foltýn for ESET: More curious, less cautious: Protecting kids online – “How we can help protect a generation for which digital is the way of the world?”

Updates to Cryptocurrency/Crypto-mining News and Resources

Trend Micro: Rig Exploit Kit Now Using CVE-2018-8174 to Deliver Monero Miner

Updates to GDPR page

For Tech Beacon, Richi Jennings curates some blog-y thoughts on GDPR and what comes next from the EU: Think GDPR was a disaster? EU’s ePrivacy Regulation is worse

Milena Dimitrova for Security Boulevard: GDPR Is Affecting the Way WHOIS Works, Security Researchers Worry – as indeed it is, and indeed they should…

Graham Cluley: An advert against online privacy “NO, YOU CAN TAKE ANYTHING… JUST DON’T TAKE MY APPS!” – “The advertising industry … has its knickers in a twist so tightly about European privacy regulations that it made videos like this to try to sway public opinion”

For Help Net, Arcserve’s Oussama El-Hilali discusses The emergence and impact of the Data Protection Officer. Not a bad article, but extraordinarily US-centric in its assertion that “… one of the lesser known mandates of the regulation is the creation of a completely new role: The Data Protection Officer (DPO).” That role, if not necessarily that job title, has long been known in Europe and the UK as a direct result of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, which it supersedes and the UK’s Data Protection Act(s).

Sophos:  European Commission “doesn’t plan to comply with GDPR” – well, sort of

Updates to Meltdown/Spectre and other chip-related resources

The Register: Arm emits Cortex-A76 – its first 64-bit-only CPU core (in kernel mode) – “Apps, 32 or 64-bit, will continue to run just fine as design biz looks to ditch baggage … Linux and Android, Windows, and other operating systems built for this latest Cortex-A family member are being positioned, or are already positioned, to work within this 64-bit-only zone.”

Also from The Register: Spectre-protectors: If there’s something strange in your CPU, who you gonna call? “Ghostbusters in Chrome 67 stop Spectre cross-tab sniffs and more … Enhanced Spectre-protectors will soon come to the Chrome browser … and upgrades for Windows, Mac and Linux have started to flow.”

Updates to Internet of (not necessarily necessary) Things

Dearbytes: Smartwatches disclosing children’s location

The Register: OMG, that’s downright Wicked: Botnet authors twist corpse of Mirai into new threats – “Infamous IoT menace lives on in its hellspawn”. Summarizes Netscout’s research – OMG – Mirai Minions are Wicked – “In this blog post we’ll delve into four Mirai variants; Satori, JenX, OMG and Wicked, in which the authors have built upon Mirai and added their own flair.”

Updates to Specific Ransomware Families and Types

Bleeping Computer: New Backup Cryptomix Ransomware Variant Actively Infecting Users

Updates to Mac Virus

John Gruber for Daring Fireball: 10 Strikes and You’re Out – the iOS Feature You’re Probably Not Using But Should. The feature he’s referring to is the passcode option “Erase all data on this iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts”. I don’t have an iPhone, so haven’t really looked into the feature, but it certainly seems that it’s a more useful, less daunting option than you might think.

Paul Ducklin for Sophos: Apple’s iOS 11.4 security update arrives in an iCloud of silence – “We updated to iOS 11.4, because that’s our habit – but Apple still isn’t saying what was fixed yet. How we wish Apple wouldn’t do that!”

Updates to Chain Mail Check

Tomáš Foltýn for ESET: World Cup scams: how to avoid an own goal – “Whether travelling to enjoy the matches in person, or watching from home, fans should be on the lookout for foul play” (I always enjoy Tomáš’s wordplay.)

Snopes: Is Starbucks Installing ‘Shatter-Proof Windows’? – “An image circulating online falsely promised “free coffee for a year” to anyone who could damage the company’s new windows.” Put away that bazooka…

David Harley


Old Chain Letters Never Die…

…but they do morph, from time to time.

I’ve recently seen a couple of chain letters relating to supporting the armed forces that particularly irritate me: as it happens, I do have a close relative serving in the army, and I’m pretty sure that he won’t think we don’t care about him if we don’t wear red on Fridays or forward chain letters.


A former colleague of my wife’s just forwarded a variation on the “forward this and get a free phone” sub-group of hoaxes that offers a free Sony-Ericsson laptop. (Love the graphic, but the T18 is a phone, not a laptop!)


At NASA, David Morrison has posted his response to the drivel about the world ending in 2012 that has been circulating lately:


(Thanks, Gadi.)

And Graham Cluley has blogged on an old favourite that just recrossed his path:



Thanks, Graham, but the stuff about the cardboard cutouts is too much information. 🙂

Randy Abrams and I did a reserve paper for VB2009 on the whole hoax thing that should be going up on ESET’s white papers page (http://www.eset.com/download/whitepapers.php) soon. I’ll put the link up here when it does.

David Harley