Category Archives: Dr. Alan Solomon

The Wisdom of Solomon applied to support scams

I’ve known Graham Cluley and Dr Alan Solomon for many years, going back to the days when they worked together in Alan’s own company on the much missed ‘Dr Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit’. Indeed, I recently added a link to a blog article Alan had put up on his own blog to the AVIEN scam resource page.

That article seems to have grown into a whole series of descriptions of Dr Solly’s adventures in tech-support-scam-land, so it seemed an entirely suitable topic for my first blog for Graham’s independent blog site. And so here it is: Tech support scams and the wisdom of Solomon. I’ll be adding it shortly to the scam resource page, along with the links to the individual articles by Dr Solly.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

Dr Solomon’s anti-fake-virus toolkit?

Some of us remember with affection Dr Solomon’s Antivirus Toolkit. Alan Solomon hasn’t been so active in the AV scene in recent years, but recently he had quite a lot of fun with a support scammer: Technical support scam, with a few ideas that I’m tempted to add to my own anti-scammer toolkit.

Added to the scam page on this site, of course.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

Top 10 Great Britons…

…in IT history, that is.

Iain Thomson and Shaun Nichols compiled a list of IT luminaries for v3.co.uk (formerly known as vnunet).

(See http://www.v3.co.uk/v3/news/2254492/top-great-britons-history)

Encouragingly, along with such stars as Tim Berners-Lee, Ada Lovelace, and Alan Turing, no less than two names particularly well-known to the anti-malware industry featured in the article: namely, Dr. Alan Solomon, who actually made the top ten, and Graham Cluley, fresh from his triumph at the Computer Weekly awards, who got an honourable mention.

Congratulations, guys, especially Graham, who really deserves placing above Sir Alan Sugar, being much less grumpy and much better at karaoke.

OK. You’re right: I made up the bit about karaoke. 😉 I’m having a Be Nice To Sophos week. Well, a couple of hours, maybe.

David Harley FBCS CITP CISSP
Chief Operations Officer, AVIEN
Director of Malware Intelligence, ESET

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