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Sony to send password reset email

Sony have detected someone trying to gain access to their various networks again, by using ID and password pairs that Sony conclude have been extracted from someone else's network. This may be a valid conclusion as it was only a small percentage of users that were affected (less than 0.1%, which is still 93,000). Sony have been upfront and quick to react, disabling the affected accounts and putting out a notice.

However, their next step, according to the notice given by their Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), is to send all the users who have been affected an email asking them to change their password.

Cue phishing scam!

Surely some bright spark will now construct a phishing email to send out to everyone saying that theirs was one of the 93,000 IDs compromised and could they now change their password. A simple copy of the site would then enable someone to lift thousands of valid credentials from accounts that weren't compromised. The problem is that Sony's users …

Password Protect Your Mobile

I know that many security 'professionals' will scaremonger and preach doom and gloom at every turn in order to drive up sales. However, they're not always wrong. I read the article 'Mobile device users fail to take basic steps to protect themselves, survey finds' and wanted to relate an event that happened this weekend. Many people are saying that mobile device security threats are hype and that nobody is actually exploiting them. That's possibly true to a certain extent at the moment, but for how long? Another article claims that identity theft is now more profitable than car theft! A mobile phone is a very good start for this purpose.

An interesting figure that comes from the article above is that 160,000 mobile phones are lost or stolen every day. I assume that this is just in America, as in Britain the figure is around 20,000 a day. Whether or not these figures are accurate is immaterial, the fact remains that a lot of phones go missing. What do you have a…