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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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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.

Keylogger malware in hotel business centers – should you worry?

Guests who used business centers in American hotels may be at risk from gangs installing keylogger malware on the computers to steal banking and email passwords.

Retina scanner for Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

A Tweet from an official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 account has dropped a very unsubtle hint that its upcoming Galaxy Note 4 handheld may feature a retina scanner – offering a significantly higher level of password security.

Banking malware Shylock’s servers knocked out by law enforcement

A notorious strain of banking malware, known as Caphaw – or Shylock, due to snippets of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice embedded in its code – has seen its command and control servers shut down in a major international police operation.

Google Drive privacy warning – could yours have leaked data?

Files sent as a link from Google Drive could have shared more than their senders intended, Google admitted this week – in a Google Drive privacy post where the internet giant admitted files could be visible to people other than their intended recipients.

Copyright emails ‘poisoned with Trojan’

Emails warning internet users that they have violated copyright and owe companies such as Sony and Paramount a cash settlement have been circulating widely in Germany – but the shock tactic is a scam.

Nigerian scams expand to Malaysia – fraud doubles

Nigeria’s notorious fraud industry has expanded overseas – with Nigerian conmen entering Malaysia on student visas to perpetrate fraud using the country’s fast connections and advanced banking system, and raking in millions of dollars.

New ‘slimline’ ATM skimmers are near-invisible

New ‘slimline’ ATM skimmers are proving far harder to spot – with some of the hi-tech models remaining in place for up to five days before banks are alerted, and equipped with hi-tech extras such as cameras to spy on users’ PIN codes.

‘Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 found’ Facebook hoax

A link showing the nose of an airliner jutting above the waves, with the headline, ‘Malaysian Air Flight MH370 found by sailor’ has been circulating on Facebook this week, according to a report by Hoax-Slayer – but the link is a new scam.

Facebook settings – five steps for better privacy and security

Facebook has faced repeated controversy over privacy, with features such as Graph Search revealing information which users might have forgotten they ever “shared”. But there are steps users can take to manage the way Facebook uses their information.

Android bug in most smartphones could let rogue apps run wild

Nearly all Android smartphones contain bugs which can allow rogue apps to ignore the Permissions used to control them, according to German security researchers.

Google Glass wearers can steal passwords from 10ft away

A new computer vision attack could allow Google Glass wearers to steal passwords typed in on nearby tablet or smartphones – even if the attackers do not have a clear view of the screen.

Silk Road Bitcoin auction bidders targeted in phishing scam

A leaked list of people who had enquired about the auction for bitcoins from the “dark market” Silk Road provided a target for phishing scammers – and at least one site fell for the scam emails.

Wi-Fi light bulbs in security alert over wireless blackout hack

A high-profile ‘connected’ lighting system had a critical vulnerability which allowed attackers to take control of the entire system, switching off light bulbs at will, and which could be executed by criminals within 100 feet of a home.

Elite force of ‘cyber cops’ to be trained by Europol

Top police cybercrime experts from 22 European countries are to participate in a 10-day intensive training course in Spain starting this week – becoming, in the words of the head of the European Cybercrime Centre, ‘cyber cops’.

Android Wi-Fi bug broadcasts where you’ve been

A feature in newer Android phones puts users’ privacy at risk – effectively broadcasting an accurate location history over the air even when the handset’s screen is turned off, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Brazilian payment malware may have skimmed up to $4 billion

Banking malware built to misdirect a Brazilian form of bank payment method targeted $3.75 billion of transactions over the past two years – and the scale of the attack may have eclipsed any single previous instance of electronic theft.

Fidelys smartwatch: Could iris scans replace passwords?

A new smartwatch, Fidelys, aims to bring a new level of biometric security to our lives with an ultra-secure infrared iris-scanning camera – putting the fingerprint swipe pads of phones such as iPhone 5S and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 in the shade.

Credit card breach warning from point-of-sale terminal vendor

A point-of-sale and security system vendor used by restaurants including Taco Bell and Dairy Queen has warned its customers that customer credit card details may have leaked in a breach earlier this year.

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