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Rob Waugh
Rob Waugh
Independent Correspondent

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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Windows XP Doomed – hackers play classic shooter on ATM

For computer hackers, making the classic first-person shooter Doom play on odd devices is a quest that never ends – but an Australian team may have won the game for good, by running Doom on an ATM.

Identity fraud: How one email wiped out $300m – and sender walked free

A single email wiped $300 million off the value of an Australian mining company, after an environmental activist, Jonathan Moylan and sent a press release to media organizations.

Sony hacked: Victims to get $15m in ‘quality’ games – some day

Victims of the notorious attack against Sony’s online gaming service and associated websites in 2011, which exposed details for up to 77 million subscribers, are to be offered $15m in digital goods as compensation.

Cloud security – fears as zombie army finds gold in heavens

Using free cloud application hosting can allow an attacker to create a “free supercomputer” according to The Register’s report – used to mine cryptocurrency, researcher Oscar Salazar warns.

Data breach – European bank’s info “held to ransom”

The European Central Bank has revealed that information including email addresses and contact data has leaked in a data breach – and that the unknown attackers demanded “financial compensation” from the bank in return for not releasing the information, according to the BBC’s report.

Accounts hacked: Stubhub $1m cyber fraud ticket scam busted

Ebay’s online ticket resale service Stubhub fell victim to a cyber-scam where a “global gang” used 1,600 hacked accounts on the service and bought and resold tickets, laundering $1m through European banks.

Online privacy fears as Tor rushes to fix “uncloaking” bug

The developers of the Tor online privacy service are fixing a weakness which could have exposed the identities of hundreds of thousands of users of sites around the world.

World of Warcraft account hacked – should thieves face jail?

Account hackers and thieves who loot magic weapons, armor and hard-won game currency from players in massively multiplayer titles such as World of Warcraft should face the same sentences as real-world thieves, a politician has suggested.

Tesla Model S hacked to open doors while in motion

Tesla’s Model S has been hacked to make the doors and sun roof open while the car is in motion – and the researchers behind the attack were able to control the systems remotely.

Wi-Fi security – the new ‘bulletproof’ router (and how to toughen yours)

A new project aims to protect homes and small businesses from the security failings of Wi-Fi routers, a problem which has repeatedly hit the headlines over the past year.

Online privacy – millions spied on by “unblockable” ad-snooper

A new kind of web tracking tool bypasses the protections privacy-conscious web users rely on and is already being used to track users across thousands of sites – without users being aware of it.

‘Sextortion’ blackmail attacks on the rise, Police warn

‘Sextortion’ attacks where cybercriminals blackmail victims with the threat of exposing explicit photographs or messages are increasingly common, according to a report by Bloomberg News.

Insider threat – should you worry about the ‘enemy within’?

Disgruntled employees and other malicious insiders could be one of the most serious security threats companies face – but the importance of the threat from the ‘enemy within’ varies according to who you ask.

Facebook scams target grieving families of Flight MH17

Callous cybercriminals have used the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy as a lure for Facebook scams – creating fake profiles for victims of the crash.

Wi-Fi security alert on Chromecast as ‘Rickmote’ hijacks nearby boxes

A security researcher has built a remote control which hijacks any nearby Chromecast highlighting a Wi-Fi security issue, which allows an attacker to play a ‘surprise’ video on nearby gadgets.

Privacy concerns over Police ‘instant ID’ camera trial

New facial recognition technology which can instantly identify people from any digital image in seconds is being trialled in the UK for the first time.

Artist mails NSA ‘uncrackable’ mixtape

An artist has created what he claims to be an ‘uncrackable’ mixtape, using freely available encryption tools and housed on a home-made device, and posted it to America’s National Security Agency (NSA).

CNET ‘database leak’ – are your details safe?

Popular technology news and review website CNET faced the threat of having a million users’ data exposed this week, with an unknown attacker posting screenshots of data from a CNET server, and demanding a surprisingly small ransom…

Data breaches in New York have tripled

Data breaches have hit a record high in the state of New York, tripling since 2006, according to records released by the state attorney general.

Google Chrome security warnings – now in plain English

“Phishing attack ahead” is similar to the stark, clear warnings delivered by road signs – and web users will soon benefit from this sort of plain-speaking alert, at least when using Google’s Chrome browser.

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