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Reporting a cyber incident: who should you tell?

Ever wondered which organisations you should report a cyber incident to? Should you call the police? If you need advice right now because you’re in the middle of an incident, and don’t know who to call, stop reading this and go to the NCSC website. They have a list of companies that will help you with response and recovery. Should ...

Security and the Gunpowder Plot

Every year on November 5th, we celebrate the failure of a plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill the king, along with his relatives, a large part of the aristocracy, bishops, and judges. The plotters were English Catholics who wanted to replace King James with his daughter, Elizabeth, but they were detected in time and the plot ...
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Zombie accounts might come back to bite you

If you’ve been using the internet for any length of time, you’ve probably set up online accounts with a lot of different organisations. Maybe to make a purchase, sign up for a free trial of a product or service, or to download something you wanted to read. Most of us fail to close these accounts later. Perhaps we plan to ...

What do we really do – and how can we help?

What do you think of when you think about cyber security work? The popular image of cyber security work is probably of someone sitting in front of multiple screens—maybe in the dark, wearing a hoodie, and with those screens showing green digital rain, Matrix-style. Of course, real life is nothing like movies, and while we do spend a lot of ...
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Hidden treasure: archaeology and cyber attacks

Archaeology isn’t much like the Indiana Jones movies; it’s much less dangerous and requires a lot more patience and attention to detail. But it is about finding ‘hidden’ treasure, even if that treasure is a shard of broken pottery, discarded shells and bones, or an arrowhead. That treasure may not be valuable in itself, but it might reveal new information ...

Auto-generated content is not all rainbows and unicorns

About 15 years ago – pre-history, in social media terms - there was a phase during which various brands experimented with auto-generated content on their social media channels and invited the public to participate. The idea was that people would submit text which would be automatically converted into a social media post published on the brand page. The brands no ...