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In the news – why smoking is bad for you, ATM skimming and iOS malware

Kristian Bognaes

In the News – November 2014 Kristian A. Bognaes, Director, Norman Safeground Development Center – Smoking is bad for you Last month I wrote about the dangers of using USB devices of unknown origin. Another news story this month demonstrates how important this is. One device that has become popular … Read More



By Jeroen Hentschke, Channel Sales Engineer Benelux – Cloudability. The term most probably does not ring a bell but as you might suspect it has something to do with cloud computing. From my daily contact with customers, I have noticed that cloud computing is now a well-established concept that people … Read More

In the news – Dangerous memory sticks, smart electricity meters and cash registers being hit by malware

Kristian Bognaes

In the News – October 2014 Kristian A. Bognaes, Director, Norman Safeground Development Center – Dangerous USB memory sticks Back in August, some concept code was demonstrated at the BlackHat conference that could turn ordinary USB memory stick into quite dangerous devices (Nohl, Krissler, Lell). Recently, this concept code was … Read More

The Dutch privacy regulations on innovative products fall behind


Peter Zwollo Channel Account Manager Benelux at Norman Data Defense Systems B.V. (Inc.) –  Just passing through the region, we visited the so called Drielandenpunt (the ‘Tripoint’, which is between The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany) on the Vaalserberg hill, including it’s well-known Wilhelmina Tower. Pleasantly enjoying the sunshine and the … Read More

In the News – Shellshock and cellphone communication intercepted

Kristian Bognaes

In the News – September 2014 Kristian A. Bognaes, Director, Norman Safeground Development Center – Is your cellphone safe? When you use your cellphone to make a call or send a text message, you are used to thinking that the GSM connection is encrypted and safe, right? Not necessarily. It … Read More

In the news – car hacking, plane hacking and exploitable UEFI BIOS

Kristian Bognaes

In the News – August 2014 Kristian A. Bognaes, Director, Norman Safeground Development Center – I promised you some information from BlackHat in my previous entry – particularly concerning the possibility to infect and abuse automotive computer systems. That is one of my items this month. Cars and hacking The … Read More

Do you sometimes travel? And what about your identity?


Maarten Prins, Marketing Communication Manager Benelux – I wonder how many people bring their laptop on vacation. At various airports during my vacation, I saw heaps of people walking around with a laptop, not to mention travelers who carried around their smart phones, tablets, phablets, etc. Laptops and other devices … Read More

Cryptolocker cure shows prevention is the best solution


For those of you who missed our previous articles about Cryptolocker, it’s a nasty virus that can permanently prevent you from accessing your files – unless you paid the criminal’s behind the malware a huge ransom. Since then – when we explained it was impossible to get your files back … Read More

Windows XP is unsafe: how to upgrade

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The long-running Windows XP operating system came to the end of its lifespan in April, when Microsoft stopped updating the software after 13 years of service. Unlike an old DVD player, however, continuing to use an out-of-date computer could put you at risk of a security breach. What’s the problem … Read More

I have a Mac, do I need an antivirus?

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Apple Mac computers have traditionally been much safer than their Windows counterparts. This has given them a much better reputation when it comes to security. However, with more and more users choosing to use Apple’s computers, they’re a growing target for malware writers. In fact, the Flashback trojan infected as … Read More


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