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Many times its difficult to illustrate the benefits of following good information security advice. Company’s tend to keep quiet about their failings so there are few case study’s available to analyse.

But not to fear, the cynic has improvised and analysed 8 movies whose entire outcomes could have been changed had some simple infosec guidelines been adhered to.

Minority report

The scene:

Tom Cruise gains access to his workplace (then his wife gains access to the prison cells) using his old eyes after he’s been on the run and subsequently imprisoned.

Infosec Analysis

The auditors at precrime HQ should have been fired. Any users account and access must be disabled as soon as the access is no longer required. Whether that be when someone moves departments, resigns, or gets fired and becomes a fugitive from the law. So to have Tom Cruise’s eye still grant him access to all areas of the building is unforgivable.

Independence Day

The scene:

Alien invaders are successfully repelled when plucky geek Jeff Goldblum uploads a computer virus to the alien mothership, disabling the attacking ships’ protective force fields and allowing the combined military of the entire world to take them all down at once.

Goldblum’s character does this using an Apple Macintosh Powerbook 5300.

Infosec Analysis

The fact that the operating systems of an alien mothership over 500 kilometres wide, thousands of years more advanced than anything humanity has yet created, large and sophisticated enough to support an entire alien civilisation, should be compatible with Mac OS is bad enough. However, not running a decent anti-virus, firewall and leaving their wireless internet on is just plain sloppy.

If any aliens read this and need some advice on how to secure their system, just beam me up.

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Back in the early 70’s the phenomenon of “blaxploitation” (black exploitation) movies were made.

However, in today’s modern day, the media has gotten a hold of a new genre to exploit, one that transcends race or colour. It’s the world of security. Information security to be precise, as it sounds a lot more civilised than throwing the word hacker around.

It seems as if these days everything to do with computers is a security issue, even when it isn’t, hence the term secploitation.

To honour this new found love-affair the media has with security, I’m predicting Hollywood will jump on the secploitation bandwagon sooner or later, so I’ve done some of the hard work for them and come up with some sample titles. If you’re a producer or director and need the scripts, get your people to give my people a call. We can work something out.

For anyone else out there with some super cool photo editing skills like me, feel free to send in your own handiwork.

The story of the man who never changed his password:

40 yr old password

Who looks after your assets from beginning to end?

asset management

If you’re a security professional, then you must know the first rule of CISSP club

cissp club

Do you know what they call an MD5 Hash brownie in Amsterdam?

pulp encryption

They come every year, with the same checklist, asking the same questions about your systems


the usual auditors

From an IP address far far away, after going through some trademark issues my all new kick-ass website is up and running again! Oh I just realised, I used the word kick-ass which probably means the makers of the film kick-ass are going to try and shut me down for using the word without permission.

So to make it official, this post is actually a movie review of the movie kick-ass. Which is a great film by the way. Apparently it was written by Mrs Jonathan Ross – of course her name isn’t Jonathan, but that’s how I know her as. Maybe one day somebody will make a movie on my life which will be infinitely better, but until then you have kick-ass.