How to Lose Customers the eBay Way

And so, another domino falls. This week it was eBay’s turn to announce it had been the victim of a massive data breach. As befits such a revelation from what is, at present, the 23rd-most-visited website in the world, the news has been accorded headline status across the globe. And, as was the case with […]

A Double Dose of Debate at May's RANT Forum

You lucky, lucky people. Not only is RANT gearing up for its second annual day-long conference in a couple of weeks (details here – and sign up soon, it’s nearly full), but this month’s regular RANT Forum offers a double helping of information-security plain-talking, as two experienced and respected professionals tackle a different hot-button topic. […]

Ostrich Security: Peter Jopling Offers Jousting Tips at the RANT Forum

Sometimes it feels like you’re on a hiding to nothing when you’re an information-security professional. You were hired to protect your business’s most critical digital assets – source code to proprietary software; confidential details of planned deals or mergers; customer billing information; and so on – and you’ve designed the system you feel is required. […]

Moneysupermaket, GCHQ, and Our Perplexing Attitude to Privacy

GCHQ’s homepage, today. The reason for mentioning the UK’s signals-intelligence agency may not be immediately clear, but bear with me… The announcement last week of annual financial results for a price-comparison website might not appear to have anything to do with signals-intelligence or national security. But a plan unveiled to accompany Moneysupermarket.com’s 2013 results – […]

The big snooping debate

After announcing that it is considering introducing a new bill that will give the GCHQ unprecedented powers to monitor people’s emails, texts, social media content, phone calls and web browsing history – in real time – the government has had to defend itself from a barrage of condemnation. Critics of the proposed legislation, which may […]