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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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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.”

Salesforce software – millions of users at risk of Dyre malware

A strain of malware which previously targeted banks has turned its attention to users of the popular Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software Salesforce, used by 100,000 organizations worldwide.

Bitcoin creator – could he be ‘outed’ after email ransom?

Bitcoin’s mysterious creator, who goes by the pseudonym ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’, could be about to have his identity made public, after a series of emails from the address that has been his only point of contact with the world since 2011.

Online ad threat – Yahoo, Amazon, YouTube ‘victims of malvertising’

Anyone who has visited popular domains such as YouTube.com, Amazon.com or Ads.Yahoo.com could be a victim of a new, mutating malware attack distributed through the adverts displayed on the sites.

Chat apps leak: Billion app users from OKCupid to Grindr at risk

Nearly a billion users of a dozen chat apps for Android including popular apps such as Instagram, Oovoo, OKCupid and Grindr could be at risk from eavesdroppers and snoopers after University of New Haven researchers found serious data leakage problems.

Home Depot credit cards: chain confirms breach, fraud spikes

The world’s largest home improvement chain store, Home Depot, yesterday confirmed a data breach affecting credit cards and debit cards used in stores on the American mainland, which may have continued since April.

Private browsing – Americans ‘care deeply’ about privacy

A new Harris survey found that almost all Americans care about online privacy, and 71% said that they ‘care deeply’ about it. The survey found that the service that worries Americans most is Facebook.

Strong password – Chrome now offers ‘pronounceable’ choices

Google Chrome will now recommend pronounceable password hoices, according to developer and Chrome “happiness evangelist” Francois Beaufort, who announced the change via his Google+ page.

Bank security – Barclays to offer vein-scanner to big accounts

A bank is to allow remote log-ons using a hi-tech vein-scanning biometric system for large corporate accounts. The bank security system, using Hitachi’s VeinHD scanner, will be available to corporate customers from next year.

IFA 2014: Huawei phablet has ‘iPhone-like’ fingerprint ID

Another major phone brand has added biometric security to a flagship smartphone as Huawei unveiled the ultra-thin Mate P7, complete with a rather unique fingerprint scanner, at Berlin’s IFA 2014 show.

YouTube scam warning after fake “suspension” emails strike users

A YouTube scam where users are threatened with suspension for an unspecified “violation” of the video site’s guidelines has been circulating via email. Here’s what to do if you get one.

Car hacking – are one-third of thefts ‘electronic hacks’?

The government is to work with car manufacturers to prevent hackers using electronic means to break into increasingly hi-tech vehicles in Britain after a spate of ‘car hacking’ thefts hit London.

Credit card security fears – could Home Depot breach be biggest yet?

Shoppers at Home Depot stores may have had their credit card details leaked online, after a massive batch of card information went on sale on a criminal internet site this week – and veteran security reporter Brian Krebs warns it may be the biggest leak yet.

Secure password: CyberVor hoard of 1.2 billion details ‘used in attack’

Hosting provider Namecheap said that it has come under attack from hackers apparently using the “Cybervor” hoard of 1.2 billion usernames and passwords and warned that some accounts may have been compromised.

Cybercrime: Top experts to form international crook-hunting force

As many as 18 top cybercrime experts from around the world will form a new Joint Cybercrime Action Task Force based in the Hague, which will target “top-level criminals”.

Wi-Fi password – “one second” hack allows attackers into many routers

A push-button function on many wireless routers designed to bypass the Wi-Fi password and provide quick access to the network could allow attackers to break in in “one second”, reports have claimed.

Week in Security: Game over in Korea, cellphone snoops and phishy Bitcoins

Gamers and cellphone users were targeted by criminal groups around the world this week – while retailers continued to suffer at the hands of POS malware, and a phishing campaign highlighted just how hot Bitcoin is right now.

Internet privacy: Seven rules to keep secrets safe

You are never truly invisible online – and even if you equip yourself with an arsenal of privacy tools, you’ll still be watched. But there are ways to ensure that you and your business never “overshare”. Here’s seven of them.

Android security mystery – ‘fake’ cellphone towers found in U.S.

Seventeen mysterious cellphone towers have been found in America which can only be identified by a heavily customized handset built for Android security – but seem to be built to spy on passing cellphone users, according to Popular Science.

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