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Javvad Malik

The man, the myth, the blogger; Javvad Malik is a London-based IT Security professional. Better known as an active blogger, event speaker and industry commentator who is possibly best known as one of the industry’s most prolific video bloggers with his signature fresh and light-hearted perspective on security. Prior to joining AlienVault, Javvad was a senior analyst with 451 Research providing technology vendors, investors and end users with strategic advisory services, including competitive research and go-to-market positioning.

Javvad Malik

The purpose of ransomwareAlthough monetary gain is the ultimate goal for most cyber criminals, there are multiple scenarios that are possible.In this post, Bart goes over such tactics as:Deployed as ransomware, extortion; Deployed as smokescreen; Deployed to cause frustration; Deployed out of frustration; Deployed as a cover-up; Deployed as a penetration test or user awareness training; Deployed… Read more

Tags: week-in-review

GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation, invokes mixed feelings in everyone that hear of it. It represents a large change in how European citizen and resident data is handled, both by data controllers and processors.So, it made sense to limber up our tweeting thumbs, break out the #AlienChat hashtag and seek the opinion of the twitterati.But this wasn… Read more

Tags: gdpr, tweetchat

A license to hackThe Singapore government may soon require hackers to get a license.As part of a draft bill that will make sweeping changes to Singapore’s national cybersecurity regime, already rated the world’s best by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), hackers who conduct investigative work such as penetration testing—probing systems for holes… Read more

Tags: week-in-review

How to not handle a data breachCar breakdown service provider the AA apparently suffered an issue whereby it was publicly disclosing customer data. Except it wasn’t. But it was.Short version is that AA published 13GB worth of customer data to the internet, including partial credit card details.However, in a masterclass on how not to handle… Read more

Tags: week-in-review, infosec, news

New Petya VariantUnless you’ve been away for the week on a deserted location with no access to the internet, radio, or television, you’ve likely been bombarded with news of the Petya ransomware variant that took offline most of the Ukraine as well as spreading around to other countries. It echoes the disastrous impact WannaCry had… Read more

Tags: week-in-review, infosec news

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