Posted by: David Harley | September 16, 2011

Chainmailcheck: a new vector

No, not a new social engineering attack. Thanks to long-time friend and colleague Andrew Lee, CEO of ESET North America, this blog is also accessible as http://www.virushoax.co.uk.

While I’ve been a little quiet on this particular blog in the past few weeks, I did present at the CFET forensics conference at the beginning of this month on a topic highly relevant to this blog. More news on that shortly.

In the meantime, I notice that Pinsent Masons, a very useful resource for legal issues relating to information technology, have rather a good article on Social service provider told to re-hire staff sacked for Facebook comments.

While this might be seen as a happy outcome for the staff that the  US National Labour Relations Board (NLRB) described as having been “discriminatorily discharged”, I wouldn’t draw too many conclusions from it in terms of future judgements. If anything, it shows how difficult it is to generalize on how it will pan out when work and personal issues overlap in social media, certainly when there is no Social Media Acceptable Use Policy to make clear to staff and management alike where the boundaries are when using Facebook and other social networking services.

Though as the article itself concludes, “…from an employees’ perspective the case is a useful warning that they should not post something on a social media site that they would not want their employer to read.” Succinctly and accurately put…

David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

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