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Rob Waugh
Rob Waugh
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Highlights of your career? Interviewing one of the team that broke the Enigma code.

What malware do you hate the most? The Love Bug - I was the guy who opened it.

Favorite activities? Testing smartphones (I often have three or more on the go).

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1984, ZX Spectrum.

Favorite computer game/activity? World of Warcraft - but I gave up, and have been 'clean' for two years.

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Week in security: Nuclear attack, scareware back and traffic-light hack

This week saw two of the scariest targets for hacks ever – nuclear plants and city-wide traffic systems. Tthe traffic-light hack could basically have paralyzedany one of 40 American cities, and America’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission was successfully attacked three times within the past three years.

Facebook scams – the ‘classics’ and how to avoid them

But some things on Facebook haven’t changed – namely, the scams. It’s not that cybercriminals are unoriginal – it’s just that there are a few Facebook scams which work again and again. Here’s why.

Scareware: It’s back, and now it’s even scarier

‘Scareware’ – fake antivirus programs which attempt to fool the user into downloading malware, by warning him or her of a “threat” on their PC – is back, with a new, even more annoying trick.

Flight MH370 – did cyber attack steal its secret?

Classified documents relating to the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 were stolen using a carefully-crafted spear-phishing attack, targeting 30 government officials just one day after it vanished.

Traffic light – ‘easy’ to hack whole city’s systems

The most famous traffic light ‘hack’ in history is in the classic film, The Italian Job (1969), where the heist involves paralyzing Turin via its traffic control system – but the reality is much easier.

PIN number: Police want codes on ALL devices

Police hope to work with leading mobile phone manufacturers such as Samsung to build in the requirement for a password or PIN number into ALL handsets to ‘target-harden’ devices.

Banking security – new apps ‘know’ your touch

Everyone hates passwords – even the guy who invented them – but some bank app users in the Nordic region are experiencing a taste of a future where they might not be necessary.

Phishing emails: U.S. nuke authority hit three times

America’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission was successfully attacked three times within the past hree years, by unknown attackers, some foreign – and largely using standard phishing emails.

Twitter hacked – Cricket legend ‘Beefy’ Botham exposed

One of England’s greatest-ever cricketers, Sir Ian Botham, appeared to have been the victim of a Twitter hack yesterday as an obscene picture unexpectedly appeared on the sportsman’s feed.

Privacy: Workers “would pay” to stop snoopers

Online privacy has gone from being a minority concern to something that worries the man in the street – after a study of 2,000 people found a majority believed they were being listened to online, and nearly a third would pay to stop it.

Week in security: Blackphone unmasked, RATs vs Androids, and browsers kill cars

Blackphone, billed as a privacy tool to keep the puplic safe ruled the headlines when it was is hacked in five minutes, Meanwhile, Wi-Fi routers were also shown up – and Android users face a toothy new threat,

‘Biometric’ earbuds invisibly prove it’s you, with no need for passwords

Biometrics are touted as a replacement for the passwords and PINs we all know and hate – and Intel’s new earbuds could be the most discreet way of authenticating a user ever.

Phone scams: card fraud with that steak, Sir?

A new telephone scam in upscale restaurants in London, has “convincing” scammers calling restaurant staff and tricking them into believing there’s a problem with the card system – and insisting customers call a bogus phone line.

Will web browsers turn cars lethal?

Two researchers have launched a petition to change how car companies and technology cmpanies work together – with a new villain: in-car web browsers.

2FA – are big banks failing America?

The Target breach caused real damage to millions of American card users – but big financial institutions are doing little to remedy security issues by offering extra security such as 2FA.

Wi-Fi security – routers “like fish in a barrel”

Researchers flexed their hacking muscles at DefCon 22 to hunt the technology world’s most defenceless beasts – routers. More than a dozen new vulnerabilities were found.

‘Secure’ Blackphone hacked in 5 minutes

An ultra-secure phone claimed to be the first privacy-focused smartphone on sale swiftly fell victim to a security researcher – who hacked the “super secure” Blackphone in just five minutes.

Facebook privacy – is Messenger watching you?

Facebook’s new Messenger app has spared privacy concerns after a list of Permisssions appears to show the app could be taking video of users in secret, according to the Washington Post.

Wi-Fi security: Flight systems “are safe… for now” claims expert

An aircraft security expert has eased the worries of a lot of frequent flyers this week — by reassuring them that aircraft are not “hackable” in mid flight. The claim was made at Black Hat last week.

Week in security: FBI malware, billion password leak – Chinese hotel goes mad

With Black Hat 2014 in full swing in Las Vegas, it was never going to be a quiet week – but revelations about FBI malware and a trove of a billion passwords inspired furious debate too.

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