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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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People are willing to trade private data for pistachio cookies

Many New Yorkers don’t place a particularly high value on their private data – from fingerprints to social security numbers – having proven willing to give away such details in return for a literal, edible cookies.

Snapchat privacy – spam deluge may make users feel fat

Concerns over Snapchat privacy rocketed this week after users were bombarded with spam messages written in a style which suggests that a user’s own friends think they are overweight.

Week in security: Bash Bug, BlackEnergy and hoax attacks

This week, a serious software vulnerability, which rapidly became known as the ‘Bash Bug’ or ‘Shellshock’ dominated the headlines, as two other faked news stories showed that hoaxes can fool the world very easily these days.

Healthcare data worth ten times price of credit card data

Medical information is now worth up to 10 times the price of credit card details on online black markets, due to weak healthcare security and a thriving black market in data to be used for medical fraud.

eBay scams – site says ‘no plans’ to ban ‘active’ listings

Auction site eBay has remained defiant about ‘active’ listings ,containing computer code, despite multiple reports indicating that these are being used for phishing attacks.

Destiny game servers under attack

The hit shoot ‘em up Destiny has been targeted by a cybercriminal gang thought to be behind recent attacks on game companies including Sony and Blizzard, creators of World of Warcraft.

Emma Watson images – ‘countdown’ to leak after UN speech

In what appears to be a misogynist attack directed at Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, a site has appeared supposedly offering a countdown until images of her are released online.

Facial recognition – boom in sites such as dating services

Facial recognition is booming, with the market expected to grow from $1.92 billion to $6.5 billion in 2018 – and invading markets such as dating, with Match.com integrating a service which finds users dates based on their exes.

Home Depot data breach – ‘warnings ignored since 2008’

Home Depot staff repeatedly ignored the concerns of employees about the security of its systems, prior to the Home Depot data breach, now thought to be the largest in history.

Right to be forgotten – why do Americans want it?

A poll has found that more than half (61%) of Americans want a ‘right to be forgotten’ from search engines such as Google, as the European Union passed into law earlier on this year.

Week in security: Free iPhone scams target eager fans

This week offered a lesson in how cybercriminals follow the news, and time their attacks to dupe the unwary – with several different attacks aimed at iPhone fans, in the week where Apple unveiled its iPhone 6.

Scottish independence poll – warning over phishing scams

This Thursday, September 18, is the biggest day in Scottish political history, as the country votes on whether it should become independent from the United Kingdom – but an ESET security expert has warned cybercriminals could strike.

eBay scam: site ‘slow to react’ after iPhone phishing attack

The dangers of clicking on links in eBay scam postings were highlighted after a fake posting advertising iPhones linked to a phishing site designed to steal usernames and passwords for the site.

Free iPhone 6 Facebook scam does the rounds, right on time

Facebook scams tend to crop up in the run-up to a big Apple launch with around the same regularity as big Apple launches themselves. This week’s iPhone 6 launch is no exception.

GTA V hacks warning as gamers ‘lose millions’ in online games

Gamers have reported losing millions of dollars to hackers running customised ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ software which allows them to steal weapons, loot money, and even make people blow up in their own apartments.

Printer security: Canon offers ‘fix’ after researcher plays Doom

Printer giant Canon is to provide a security fix “as quickly as is feasible” after a researcher exploited vulnerabilities in one of its wireless PIXMA products to run the classic shoot ‘em up game Doom on its colour display.

Free ebooks warning: Pirates ‘can hack into Amazon accounts’

Pirates beware: free ebooks available online can be used to hack into Amazon accounts via the retail giant’s ‘Manage Your Kindle’ page, used to deliver ebook files to Kindle readers.

Phishing email: UK hit with three times as many ‘bad’ links as U.S.

British internet users opening a spam email are three times more likely to be facing a malicious URL than users in the US, thanks in part to a wave of highly targeted financial malware.

Week in security: Home Depot speaks, Gmail and Android ‘leak’

This week, American chain Home Depot admitted its systems had been breached, Gmail users got a fright, and a series of videos showed leaks in Android chat apps. Meanwhile, Facebook freaked out the world…. again.

Facebook tag – fears over “Faceprints” after genetic match

A young man who got an email from Facebook ‘identifying’ him via Facebook tag in a series of photographs which turned out to be his mother as a young woman, says the incident “opens the door to larger and more difficult questions.”

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