Posted by: David Harley | March 27, 2013

SpookSpeak: cryptic, but not cryptographic

There’s a tantalizing note up on the MI5 website (that’s the UK’s security service), in the unlikely event that you don’t regularly visit it. 😉

It warns that people have been contacted by email or by phone by people claiming to be working for the security services, or even from the head of MI5, Sir Jonathan Evans, and making it clear that these are financial scams that have nothing to do with security services or the Director General.

Unfortunately, that’s all the warning makes clear, but I suppose secrecy is their business. Still, it might have been useful to know more about the type of scam the warning refers to. It could, after all, be anything from a 419 to some form of ransomware, and the ways of recognizing and dealing with those different kinds of scam can be very different. But I have yet to find an actual example.

I hope that blogging about this doesn’t put me in breach of the Official Secrets Act. 😉

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

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