The Attributer’s Blog – Tears-Free

You wanna cry? Been staring at a ransomware screen? The Attributer hopes not, but we all know it happened to a lot of people. So, what can we learn from this global incident and what should we do about protecting ourselves in the future? Three years ago The Attributer wrote an article named ‘Patched’. We shall re-examine some of the […]

The Attributer’s Blog – Capable

There have been numerous media reports in recent times about the cyber-attack capabilities of nation states hostile to Western political and business interests. That of course raises the debate about our cyber-defence capabilities and what they should be in this emerging threat landscape. In particular some commentators have raised the issue of the purpose and motive on the part of […]

The Attributer’s Blog – Traceably Owned

Today’s big buzzwords are ‘blockchain’ and Bitcoin, but the concept has been around since the 1990s. The Attributer himself in 1998 was consulting for one of the companies involved in the Bolero consortium, a project to digitise and dematerialise paper bills of lading (BoLs). A BoL is a negotiable financial instrument. Ownership of the bill means ownership of the cargo […]

The Attributer’s Blog – Info-Warfare Ready

It is January 2017, and as Donald Trump prepares to take over as the new President of the USA, the debate rumbles on about the possible hacking, leaking and disinformation associated with Hilary Clinton’s election campaign. So what should we make of these allegations? Let’s look at what we know. In March 2016 Hilary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, received […]

The Attributer’s Blog – Business Strategic

The Attributer writes this just after the announcement by Yahoo that, back in 2014, “state-sponsored” hackers stole information from about 500 million users in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history. What! And now you’re telling those users that they should “change their passwords”, some two years later. Isn’t that a bit late? Horses and stable […]

The Attributer’s Blog – Regression Planned

First reported in the Telegraph on 21st April 2016, and later by Channel Four News on 24th May 2016, was an incident affecting UK National Security that occurred during the previous year, on 13th June 2015. “Semaphore, the computer system that checks passengers on their way to the UK against watch lists of suspect individuals, had faltered after being flooded […]

The Attributer’s Blog – Exit-Ready

Sometimes an enterprise has to get out of some business arrangement for some reason. It may be something the business has been considering for some time and finally comes to a decision after some trigger event, or it may occasionally be a totally unexpected requirement to find a way out, triggered by an event totally unexpected or at least uncertain. […]