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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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Lack of cyber risk insurance could lead to “global financial shock”

The financial damage caused by a large data breach or malicious employee activity can be enormous, but the lack of financial protection in place could lead to a “global” shock, a report by a leading insurer has warned.

Cybercrime evolves as criminal gangs join forces with spies – report

Hackers targeting sensitive information or stealing from retailers work at such speed that customers often notice data breaches first – and for the first time, cybercriminals are ‘teaming up’ with spies, according to a new report.

Hacking predictions gone wild from the ‘internet of things’

A new, terrifying weapon is in the hands of hackers – the ability to stop a toilet flush working. We look at 2014’s silliest hacking predictions of gadget doom.

Google Chromebook passwords could soon just be the wave of an Android

Google’s popular Chromebook laptops could soon do away with passwords entirely with a new system where simply bringing a phone near the laptop opens up the OS.

Canadian teenager is first to be arrrested for Heartbleed bug attack

A 19-year-old teenager in London, Ontario, Canada has become the first criminal to be arrested for exploiting the ‘Heartbleed’ bug to steal information – in this case, private information on Canadian taxpayers.

LaCie breach leaks passwords and emails – for a whole YEAR

Hard drive specialist LaCie has admitted a data breach that exposed customer emails and passwords – and the attack went undetected for an entire YEAR. Potential victims have been notified, but the scale and damage of the attack are yet to be assessed.

Samsung Galaxy S5 is vulnerable to crude “fake fingerprint” hack

A crude fake fingerprint molded using wood glue, and based on a photo taken by a smartphone was enough to fool the much-hyped fingerprint sensor in Samsung’s new flagship S5. Worryingly, the sensor can be used to authenticate financial transactions.

‘Heartbleed thingumajig’ man suffers hackers revenge

Man challenges hackers to break into accounts after complaining Heartbleed was “overhyped” – and has online life destroyed in minutes.

All eyes on Heartbleed bug: worse than feared and could affect “billions”

The full scope of the Heartbleed bug came to light in a series of reports by researchers and white-hat hackers, with some claiming a billion smartphones may be at risk, as well as a statement allegedly from the US government over its use of the bug.

German security agency warns botnet ‘army’ has harvested 18 million emails and passwords

Scans of a huge botnet have revealed that it has harvested at least 16 million usernames and passwords for email sites and other online services, according to a report released by German security agency, the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI).

Interview: Windigo victim speaks out on the ‘stealth’ malware that attacked his global company

Francois Gagnon is a Canadian business owner who was targeted because his company had lots of servers, and many customers – victims for the gang. Gagnon didn’t notice for weeks, until complaints from customers alerted him. A team of ESET experts contained the infection, and Gagnon’s help with forensics was also valuable.

“I am responsible”: Heartbleed developer breaks silence

The source of the bug, which has affected at least 500,000 sites and millions of users, was a small programming error made by a PhD student, who has spoken of his regret at the incident.

Android malware? Google will be watching your every move

Google is to boost security on its Android devices, by continuously checking apps to see that they haven’t mutated into malicious Android malware, monitoring all apps on Android devices for suspicious behavior, according to PC World.

Heartbleed encryption flaw leaves millions of sites at risk

The Heartbleed bug – a flaw in an encryption technology used to protect major websites including Yahoo – has left a huge amount of private data at risk – and internet giants are scrambling to find fixes for a problem which could leave customer data exposed to criminals.

“New weapon” against malware intrusion designed by American student

A new technique for spotting cyber attacks has been designed by a young American student – and could prevent attacks against planes and power plants, by looking for abnormal communications within computers, rather than sifting for malicious software.

Samsung smartphones are security favourite – for adulterers

Samsung is the most popular brand of smartphone among a large portion of the adult population – adulterers, with the Korean handsets chosen by more than half of those conducting secret affairs.

Swooping robot attack which felled triathlete “may be work of hackers”

A competitor in an Australian triathlon was hospitalized with injuries and “pieces of propeller in her head” after a drone plunged from the sky, causing head injuries. The competitor, Raija Ogden was treated by paramedics at the scene after the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) suddenly plunged from the sky, hitting her on the head. The

“Virus Shield” app is top-selling hit – but does absolutely nothing

Armed with an impressive-looking shield logo, security app Virus Shield shot to the top of the sales charts on Android last week. There was one, tiny, problem: the app was a fake.

Two-thirds of parents spy “regularly” on children’s social media accounts

Two-thirds of the respondents to the survey admitted to using various methods to check on children “without their knowledge” – and one-fifth had found “incriminating” posts which they confronted children about.

The future of security: Microsoft rewards 5-year-old who found critical password flaw

Most five year olds can write their own name – but few have a job title to put after it. A young Xbox fan has joined an elite group of official Microsoft “security researchers” after he exposed a security flaw on Xbox’s Live Service.

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