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People factor in hack

A tech journalist Mat Honan experienced an “epic hack” recently, resulting in the loss of all his iPhone, iPad, laptop and Gmail data. The incident revealed that his “super strong” passwords were useless in the face of a teenage hacker with just a few snippets of freely available information. The Security Company reveals how such social engineering attacks can happen in its latest advisory published at:



“If it can happen to a journalist who works in a technical industry this can happen to any one of us,” warns Denise Beardon, Strategy and Communications Consultant at The Security Company. “Yet again the people factor, rather than IT processes, has proven to be the area most vulnerable.  Hopefully, this will lead to a change in attitudes around security and its importance.”


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