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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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Traffic light – ‘easy’ to hack whole city’s systems

The most famous traffic light ‘hack’ in history is in the classic film, The Italian Job (1969), where the heist involves paralyzing Turin via its traffic control system – but the reality is much easier.

PIN number: Police want codes on ALL devices

Police hope to work with leading mobile phone manufacturers such as Samsung to build in the requirement for a password or PIN number into ALL handsets to ‘target-harden’ devices.

Banking security – new apps ‘know’ your touch

Everyone hates passwords – even the guy who invented them – but some bank app users in the Nordic region are experiencing a taste of a future where they might not be necessary.

Phishing emails: U.S. nuke authority hit three times

America’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission was successfully attacked three times within the past hree years, by unknown attackers, some foreign – and largely using standard phishing emails.

Twitter hacked – Cricket legend ‘Beefy’ Botham exposed

One of England’s greatest-ever cricketers, Sir Ian Botham, appeared to have been the victim of a Twitter hack yesterday as an obscene picture unexpectedly appeared on the sportsman’s feed.

Privacy: Workers “would pay” to stop snoopers

Online privacy has gone from being a minority concern to something that worries the man in the street – after a study of 2,000 people found a majority believed they were being listened to online, and nearly a third would pay to stop it.

Week in security: Blackphone unmasked, RATs vs Androids, and browsers kill cars

Blackphone, billed as a privacy tool to keep the puplic safe ruled the headlines when it was is hacked in five minutes, Meanwhile, Wi-Fi routers were also shown up – and Android users face a toothy new threat,

‘Biometric’ earbuds invisibly prove it’s you, with no need for passwords

Biometrics are touted as a replacement for the passwords and PINs we all know and hate – and Intel’s new earbuds could be the most discreet way of authenticating a user ever.

Phone scams: card fraud with that steak, Sir?

A new telephone scam in upscale restaurants in London, has “convincing” scammers calling restaurant staff and tricking them into believing there’s a problem with the card system – and insisting customers call a bogus phone line.

Will web browsers turn cars lethal?

Two researchers have launched a petition to change how car companies and technology cmpanies work together – with a new villain: in-car web browsers.

2FA – are big banks failing America?

The Target breach caused real damage to millions of American card users – but big financial institutions are doing little to remedy security issues by offering extra security such as 2FA.

Wi-Fi security – routers “like fish in a barrel”

Researchers flexed their hacking muscles at DefCon 22 to hunt the technology world’s most defenceless beasts – routers. More than a dozen new vulnerabilities were found.

‘Secure’ Blackphone hacked in 5 minutes

An ultra-secure phone claimed to be the first privacy-focused smartphone on sale swiftly fell victim to a security researcher – who hacked the “super secure” Blackphone in just five minutes.

Facebook privacy – is Messenger watching you?

Facebook’s new Messenger app has spared privacy concerns after a list of Permisssions appears to show the app could be taking video of users in secret, according to the Washington Post.

Wi-Fi security: Flight systems “are safe… for now” claims expert

An aircraft security expert has eased the worries of a lot of frequent flyers this week — by reassuring them that aircraft are not “hackable” in mid flight. The claim was made at Black Hat last week.

Week in security: FBI malware, billion password leak – Chinese hotel goes mad

With Black Hat 2014 in full swing in Las Vegas, it was never going to be a quiet week – but revelations about FBI malware and a trove of a billion passwords inspired furious debate too.

Internet of Things: Google’s Nest hacked into “full-fledged” spy gizmo

Yet another “connected” device was outed as a potential spy this week – as researchers showed how Google’s Nest thermostat could be turned into a “fully-fledged spying device”.

Internet of things: Hacker unleashes “mayhem” in 200 hotel rooms

Today’s fashion for high-end electronics in luxury hotels allowed a hacker to wreak havoc in 200 suites at once in a five-star hotel in China – switching off lights, changing the TV channel, raising blinds and fiddling with the temperature.

Online privacy – FBI ‘using malware’ to track site visitors

For several years, FBI agents have been taking an unusual approach to detective work online – using malware against suspects who have not been proven guilty, just visited the wrong Tor site.

Malware behind 25% of cyber attacks – and DoS is ‘so last year’ says CERT team

Cybercriminals are waging a game of ‘cat and mouse’ with corporations, well-armed with malware protection AV software but facing adversaries who scan constantly for weak points, according to the first quarterly report released by the UK’s new Computer Emergency Response Team.

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