Phishing e-mail with…an advertisement?, (Tue, Jan 18th)

Authors of phishing and malspam messages like to use various techniques to make their creations appear as legitimate as possible in the eyes of the recipients. To this end, they often try to make their messages look like reports generated by security tools[1], responses to previous communication initiated by the recipient[2], or instructions from someone at the recipients organization[3], just to name a few. Most such techniques have been with us for a long time, however, last week I came across one that I don’t believe I’ve ever seen before – inclusion of what may be thought of as an advertisement in the body of the message.

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The highlights of the 2021 science, sci-fi and technology auction year

Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Flown LM Lunar Surface Checklist Page (1969) was sold for $143,750 at RR Auction on 21 October 2021

This is the second part of a two-part overview of the 2021 auction year – a year where investors channeled more of their wealth into “investments of passion” than ever before.

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World’s fastest genome sequencer diagnoses genetic disease in hours

Genome sequencing can be used to determine whether a patient’s illness is genetic, but it usually takes weeks to get results. A new ultra-rapid technique can sequence a person’s genome and diagnose genetic diseases in just a few hours, earning it a Gui… Continue reading World’s fastest genome sequencer diagnoses genetic disease in hours

How Buy Now, Pay Later is being targeted by fraudsters

Consumers are increasingly utilising Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) payment options to make online purchases. Indeed, several e-commerce companies reported huge uptakes in sales, via BNPL, over the festive period, most notably around 2021’s Black Friday and … Continue reading How Buy Now, Pay Later is being targeted by fraudsters

Eco-friendly plastics made from sugars boast “unprecedented” properties

The search for sustainable alternatives to common plastics has researchers investigating how their building blocks can be sourced from places other than petroleum, and for scientists behind a promising new study, this has led them straight to the sweet… Continue reading Eco-friendly plastics made from sugars boast “unprecedented” properties