About Bruce Blackshaw

Bruce has been writing software professionally for almost 25 years, and has worked in a number of industries, including commercial software development and investment banking. He has wide experience in encryption, security, and network protocols such as SSL/TLS, SSH, SFTP and FTPS. Bruce currently works on developing CompleteFTP.

SWIFT bank transfer network hacked

The SWIFT bank transfer network has been hacked.

The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) is a Belgian co-operative owned by 3,000 financial institutions. SWIFT is a secure network for sending financial transactions between these institutions. It’s how international bank transfers are made.

SWIFT doesn’t actually send money – it sends messages that instruct payments […]

By |April 28th, 2016|Announcements, Blogs|Comments Off on SWIFT bank transfer network hacked

Short URLs expose cloud security holes

Cloud security
We’ve discussed some of the issues associated with cloud security previously. Many companies store confidential documents in the cloud, often unknown to companies themselves. Individuals simply use cloud-based services for collaboration because they are convenient.

Recently, a new security issue for cloud-based services has been flagged, this time to do with short URLs.
What are […]

By |April 22nd, 2016|Blogs, Discussion|Comments Off on Short URLs expose cloud security holes

Vendor trust and the Internet of Things

We recently discussed the potential security and privacy issues surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT)  – the rapidly growing network of “smart” devices we use that are connected via the Internet. Unfortunately, security and privacy are not necessarily high priorities for many technology companies. They are in a race to develop features that will establish their […]

By |April 19th, 2016|Blogs, Discussion|Comments Off on Vendor trust and the Internet of Things

Encryption debate rolls on

The San Bernardino court case may be over, but the encryption debate is still very much alive.

On Tuesday, representatives from both Apple and the FBI will be testifying before Congress to the Energy and Commerce Committee hearing entitled “Deciphering the Debate Over Encryption: Industry and Law Enforcement Perspectives”.

This is only days after the absurd Compliance with Court […]

By |April 16th, 2016|Announcements, Blogs|Comments Off on Encryption debate rolls on

Draft US senate encryption bill leaked

A draft of the US senate encryption bill has been leaked, and it makes for unpleasant reading. It’s called the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016.

The draft mandates that a company, when presented with a court order,  must provide technical assistance to decrypt data that its products have encrypted. Even a software distributor is subject […]

By |April 12th, 2016|Announcements, Blogs|Comments Off on Draft US senate encryption bill leaked

WhatsApp is now fully encrypted

Facebook has aggressively thrown down the gauntlet in the wake of the Apple vs FBI controversy. WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook a couple of years ago, and they have just announced that their messenger application is now fully encrypted, end-to-end. What’s more, encryption is on by default all the time. Every single message, photo, video, or voice […]

By |April 7th, 2016|Announcements, Blogs|Comments Off on WhatsApp is now fully encrypted

Major version release of CompleteFTP

CompleteFTP 9.0 released
We’ve recently released CompleteFTP 9.0, and it has many enhancements and fixes that are explained in more detail below.
Real-time log viewing
One of the most useful new features is real-time log viewing in the CompleteFTP manager application. This means you can easily watch the server log as things are happening, rather than reloading and viewing […]

By |April 2nd, 2016|Blogs, CompleteFTP|Comments Off on Major version release of CompleteFTP

FBI unlocks iPhone without Apple

Last week we reported that the FBI thought that they may be able to unlock the infamous iPhone without the help of Apple. Apparently, they were approached by a third party who had a solution. The FBI vacated the court order forcing Apple to produce a version of iOS that would allow the FBI to […]

By |April 1st, 2016|Announcements, Blogs|Comments Off on FBI unlocks iPhone without Apple

Snoopers’ charter update

The UK’s now infamous “snoopers’ charter” (officially the Investigatory Powers Bill) was debated in parliament recently and has proceeded to the committee stage.

It has been heavily criticized for the speed at which it has pushed forward by the government. This is despite significant criticism from many different parties.

An overview of the main areas impacted by […]

By |March 31st, 2016|Announcements, Blogs|Comments Off on Snoopers’ charter update

Security and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term meaning the network of physical things that collect and exchange data – a network of “smart” devices connected by the Internet.

If you live in a country that uses central heating systems and you recently installed a boiler, you might be part of the IoT – you […]

By |March 29th, 2016|Blogs, Discussion|Comments Off on Security and the Internet of Things