Robin's Newsletter

I started writing my infosec newsletter in 2018. It covers the security and privacy topics that caught my attention each week, some interesting numbers or stats, and a summary of the news headlines. I’m current in the process of porting across the back catalogue from the previous two volumes. They’ll appear here over the coming weeks.

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Previous Editions

15 November 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 46)
Robin’s Newsletter #126

No, Apple aren't logging every app you run, but they are brining privacy nutrition labels to AppStore. Tim Berners-Lee's Inrupt launches Solid server. Ticketmaster to appeal £1.25M data breach penalty.

8 November 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 45)
Robin’s Newsletter #125

Nothing cyber happened in the US election. Corporate VOIP systems being targeted. Don't pay ransomware gangs to not leak your data.

1 November 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 44)
Robin’s Newsletter #124

Marriott's data breach penalty, how the Clean Network Program is changing 5G economics, reverse-engineering redaction and new ransom threat to health data. Plus company naming fun.

25 October 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 43)
Robin’s Newsletter #123

DOJ charges Fancy Bear, Doubts over Trump's Twitter password, and digital dilemmas for charity donations.

18 October 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 42)
Robin’s Newsletter #122

British Airways fined £20M for data breach; Businesses exploiting contact tracing data; Microsoft's trademark takedown of TrickBot.

11 October 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 41)
Robin’s Newsletter #121

Integrity in the UK Test & Trace scheme; ransomware attacks up 50%; a different type of lock-down.

4 October 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 40)
Robin’s Newsletter #120

US Treasury issues advisory over ransomware payments; Huawei code quality still really bad; and Singapore's consumer security labels.

27 September 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 39)
Robin’s Newsletter #119

YOLOsec, FOMOsec, business value and commodity controls. Plus a couple of examples of how hactivism is evolving.

20 September 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 38)
Robin’s Newsletter #118

Domain admin for EVERYONE! APT41/Winnti charged for cyber-espionage and activities against computer games companies. First death leading directly from cyber-attack :-(

13 September 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 37)
Robin’s Newsletter #117

China's Global Initiative on Data Security; Ireland's data regulator 'unlikes' Facebook; Who is top of the Cyber Power Index?

6 September 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 36)
Robin’s Newsletter #116

Benchmark data from Hiscox's Cyber Readiness Report 2020, MIT's SCRAM, US federal vulnerability disclosure policies, CEO responsibilities and Tesla's fleet-wide hack.

30 August 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 35)
Robin’s Newsletter #115

Attempted $1M bribe of Tesla employee in ransomware campaign. NZX trading suspended for four days due to DDOS. Supply and demand in security budgets.

23 August 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 34)
Robin’s Newsletter #114

Personal liability for CISOs in data breach cover-ups, 'fraudulent data requests' at Experian and mailto: attachment vulnerability.

16 August 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 33)
Robin’s Newsletter #113

Algorithms and accuracy in A-Level exame results. ReVoLTE over 4G misconfiguration. Vaccinating against Emotet.

9 August 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 32)
Robin’s Newsletter #112

Bits from Black Hat (satellites, bug bounties and manipulating energy markets), plus Liam Fox's emails and the march of time on seized devices.

2 August 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 31)
Robin’s Newsletter #111

Ransomware payments encourage more ransomware attacks. EU cyber sanctions. Three charged in Twitter crypto-scam.

26 July 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 30)
Robin’s Newsletter #110

Garmin 'ran somewhere.' UK Test & Trace doesn't have a DPIA. Emotet serving up Hackerman memes.

19 July 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 29)
Robin’s Newsletter #109

Schrems II, Huawei, and the battle for digital dominance. Plus the 'Great Twitter Hack,' and All. The. Vulnerabilities.

12 July 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 28)
Robin’s Newsletter #108

Hong Kong's new national security law causes headaches for citizens, tech and finance companies. Steal the cash, not the painting. Cosmic Lynx and Russian cyber-criminals' 'synergistic value accelerative opportunity'

5 July 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 27)
Robins Newsletter #107

Encrochat and evolving law enforcement tactics prove there is a different want to encryption backdoors. Explosion at Natanz doesn't mean 'Stuxnet 2.' And, don't host your website on Internet Archive.

28 June 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 26)
Robins Newsletter #106

Three years on from NotPetya. BlueLeaks and sector-specific aggregation of risk. Minimising harm in breach notification comms. Exfiltrating data using Google Analytics.

21 June 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 25)
Robins Newsletter #105

COVID-19 cyber threat update; IoT device vulnerabilities; how to spot like-farming!

14 June 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 24)
Robins Newsletter #104

Snowstorm in a Dark Basin: Citizen Lab, MDR Cyber shine light on hackers for hire. Babylon Health breach and lessons from Apple, Amazon, and Google. How far do you go to protect against cyber-harm on your platform?

7 June 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 23)
Robins Newsletter #103

REvil launch auction site, while Maze and LockBit team up to pool resources, know-how. Plus inside a BEC scam and DROP DATABASE tickets.

31 May 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 22)
Robins Newsletter #102

Cybercrime is boring; Capital One IR report isn't legally privileged; and easyJet target of £18Bn legal action.

24 May 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 21)
Robins Newsletter #101

The annual DBIR data-fest, looking in to EasyJet's breach, the importance of audit trails, and Trump's banking details

17 May 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 20)
Robins Newsletter #100

Pricing cyber risk from external data, attack on 'UK electricity system' and mining crypocurrency with supercomputers

10 May 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 19)
Robins Newsletter #99

Contact tracing apps, password reuse stats, law firm ransomware, and the integrity of systems

3 May 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 18)
Robins Newsletter #98

Mobile device management as a vector, turning antivirus against itself and ransomware's long game

26 April 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 17)
Robins Newsletter #97

Zero-click vulnerability in Apple's Mail app, surveillance and tracking COVID-19, UK MoD relaxes security requirements.

19 April 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 16)
Robins Newsletter #96

Compliance risk and the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia’s loss of €30M-€100M #COVID19 aid because of poor identity verification. Plus DoD and measuring meaningful things. And jumping air-gaps with computer fans.

12 April 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 15)
Robins Newsletter #95

Cyber-crime economics of Coronavirus; US Senate bans Zoom; China Telecom and BGP hijacks

5 April 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 14)
Robin's Newsletter #94

All the Zoom news distilled, plus Marriott data breach, Morrisons' supreme court win, cloud availability, bug bounty non-disclosures and COVID-19 CTI.

29 March 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 13)
Robin's Newsletter #93

FBI COVID-19 scam warning; FIN7 mailing malware USB keys; predicting attacks from Russian APTs.

22 March 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 12)
Robin's Newsletter #92

Government cyber advice, examples of phishing campaigns, and things you should patch in the times of COVID-19.

15 March 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 11)
Robin's Newsletter #91

Future U.S. cyber strategy; Whisper not-so-secret; wormable Microsoft vulnerability in SMB

8 March 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 10)
Robin's Newsletter #90

Cashing in on loyalty points; scam certificate pages and the CIAs password

1 March 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 9)
Robin's Newsletter #89

Security awareness without fear; Android malware stealing 2FA codes; click here to sue everybody.

23 February 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 8)
Robin's Newsletter #88

Georgia defacement attribution; misusing anti-abuse; Pipeline ransomware.

16 February 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 7)
Robin's Newsletter #87

Huawei, Crypto AG, and all the nations doin' all the cybers; plus Emotet.

9 February 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 6)
Robin's Newsletter #86

Simon Weckert's Google Maps art installation; IKEA's data promise; and valentine's security awareness.

2 February 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 5)
Robin's Newsletter #85

Jumpshot reminds us security isn't privacy; whopping REvil ransom demands; and keep calm/cary on for DPOs.

26 January 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 4)
Robin's Newsletter #84

Jeff Bezos' phone hacking; Microsoft's elastic search snafu; ClearView.AI and facial recognition tech.

19 January 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 3)
Robin's Newsletter #83

Changing the economics of cybercrime; Windows crypto vulnerability; and rival groups exploiting Citrix.

12 January 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 2)
Robin's Newsletter #82

Travelex's ongoing response; £500K penalty for DSG Retail; No patch for Citrix vulnerabilities until end of month.

5 January 2020 (Vol. 3, Iss. 1)
Robin's Newsletter #81

California's Consumer Privacy Act; Travelex systems still offline; the rise of 'data exposures'.