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Cybercriminals beware: CYBERPOL is coming…

Who are these folks? Maybe the color of (most of) the ties should give you a clue…

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And I was trying to blend in…

…For most of you they’ll never have anything to do with you, and you’ll have nothing to do with them. You hope.

But for those who make up the Internet minority who steal money from online banks, clog up e-mail with spam, hack websites, produce credit cards with stolen numbers, etc. – maybe they should take note of this modest crowd. Because these here suits and ties have a particular, burning… obsessive professional interest in that same Internet minority.

Read on: so, who are these people?…

Anecdotes from the frontline of IT security

My work has me rushing all over the world, speaking at events, getting together with fellow experts to tell my own stories and listen to theirs. One day I thought, why not share them here as well? So, here are some very different “funny” (literally and figuratively) stories from the world of IT security.

Story 1. Secret files with home delivery.

More: Myths of Ancient Greece and other stories…

Kings of Lyon.

A little while back we had the General Secretary of Interpol, Ronald Noble, visit us in Moscow. He really is quite a guy. He’s been awarded the French Legion of Honor, is a professor of the New York University School of Law, and – surprise, surprise! – is an honorary professor of the Urals State Legal Academy (if you believe the Russian Wikipedia page on him:). Anyway, it’s now my turn to pay him a combined business and social call…

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Lyon in France houses the head office of Interpol. When I asked “Can I take photographs?”, I was delighted by the answer, “whatever and wherever you like”.

More: So I took some photographs…

Catching the Phishes.

Just recently Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) and Federal Security Service (FSB), with the expert assistance of KL Cybercrime Investigation Unit (CIU) brought to a successful conclusion a criminal case regarding phishing. The culprits were identified and sentenced, justice was meted out, and one more nail was hammered into the coffin of romantic imaginings about cybercrime. I hope. The case would have been a run-of-the-mill “typical” one if not for one circumstance: It was the first phishing case in Russia whose investigation ran to completion. Before it was unrealistic to expect to get such a case to court while, at best, it was only possible to ever catch the lower level “runners” of the responsible criminal hierarchy. The story began in the spring of 2010 as a classic phishing scenario …

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Worse than Cheese: Scary Scenarios Causing Nightmares Now – the Five Main Issues of IT Security.

Here I’m presenting my List of the Five Main Issues Facing IT Security, in the broad sense of the term. I should say straight away that I don’t have prescriptions for solving all five issues. The aim of this post is more to identify the problems, let you start to muse on them, and hopefully draw you into the fold of their ongoing discussion by raising your interest, empathy and/or sympathy!

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Cassandra Complex… Not for Much Longer.

It’s fair to say I’m a bit of an IT-paranoiac, and most of you will know by now I’m not one to hold my tongue about my fears of possible future Internet catastrophes, or the greed and degeneracy of cyber-wretches – plus the massive size of the threat they represent – and so on. Here are the five main problems for IT security (in the broad meaning of the term) as I see them …

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The Big Euro Freeze & The Munich Security Conference.

The Munich Conference on Security (the 48th) is a major international gathering where the big geopolitical players meet once a year to discuss IMPORTANT security issues. A fair bit of Munich is blocked off by military and police cordons behind which you can see the likes of Kissinger, Clinton (Hilary), Lavrov, Lieberman along with various heads of state and their ministers strolling around …

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