What Mobile sat down for a chat with Oliver Crofton, ethical hacker and co-founder of specialist security firm Vigilante Bespoke, about the creeping rise in mobile security threats and being taken down by security teams.
“Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was yesterday granted bail until his trial for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but some fear he’s a flight risk.
If Pistorius decided to jump bail, what would he have to do next, Spear’s wondered? The wealthy have a history of trying to flee justice, and so we sent Oliver Thring to investigate how to disappear.”
“Many people are unaware that cyber criminals target mobile devices – or think that putting a four-digit PIN code on their phone is sufficient protection.
But cybercrime on mobiles is already real. In the UK, 22% of users report that they have received text messages requesting that they click a link or dial a number to access a ‘voicemail’ message – a common attack used by cybercriminals.”
“Like most victims of cyber crime, Ritu Taura, a housewife and mother-of-two from Hertfordshire, is still not sure how her computer became infected. What she does know is that it was soon out of her control, emailing all her contacts.
Then, slowly and stealthily, money began to disappear from her own bank account.
The infection probably arrived via a spam email. But the first sign of it was when she became a spammer herself, bombarding friends with emails offering once-in-a-lifetime deals.”
In June, in his first public speech for two years, MI5 chief Jonathan Evans warned that the UK was fighting an “astonishing” level of cyber attacks. Internet “vulnerabilities” were being exploited by both states and criminals, he said, posing a threat not just to government but to business, too. The theme was picked up at the beginning of October by Foreign Secretary William Hague. At an international conference in Budapest he described cybercrime as “one of the greatest global and strategic challenges of our time.” But how do hackers crack a corporation?
Last year Spear’s held our first Wealth Insight Forum and in our session on privacy we got some tips that someone in Kate Middleton’s position – under a threat of embarrassing photographs being published – could use. Oliver Crofton, co-founder of digital reputation management firm Vigilante Bespoke, told us what you can do when your intimate moments are broadcast online (in this case in the context of politician sexting his lover).
“When those pictures of Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera found their way onto Twitter, I was the first to scoff. I mean, you’ve got to be pretty stupid to leave that kind of data where people can find it, right?
Cyber crime costs Britain £27bn a year, according to a report by the Cabinet Office. That’s more than gun and drug crime combined. Last year, three times as many of us fell victim to online offences compared to any other kind, and perhaps most surprising of all is that men aged 18 to 35 are the most likely group to be caught out.”
“Facebook users face losing claims against banks and insurance companies because they are inviting fraudsters to scam them by posting so much personal information online.
Anyone burgled after advertising holiday plans on social networks, or scammed after inadvertently leaving clues about their accounts or passwords online, could find they are left completely out of pocket.
The crackdown is said to be ‘inevitable’ after experts warned that hackers are finding it easier than ever to commit identity fraud and predict it will start happening within a year.”
With the news that billionaire tech tycoon Michael Dell’s daughter has been sharing information about where she is on Twitter, can Twitter pose a real danger to high net worths? Yes, according to Oliver Crofton of digital security consultants Vigilante Bespoke.
“Stephen Fry talks to us about his gadget collection and tech obsession when we reveal the results of our survey into tech ownership in the UK. Have we become technology fanatics and could Mr Fry really turn his back on tech?
We’re also joined in the studio by Oliver Crofton from Vigilante Bespoke, a digital security firm who we recently commissioned to investigate a number of volunteers and find out how much information about them was available freely online. Oliver reveals the results of his investigation into Deputy Technology Editor Andy Vandervell and shares tips on how you can close some of the loopholes that let people see your personal information.”