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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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PayPal 2FA bug: what you need to know

A flaw in PayPal’s two-factor authentication could allow attackers to gain access to up to 143 million PayPal accounts. The vulnerability affected users logging into PayPal via an app on their Android or iOS device, according to the Financial Times’ report.

Android L: your next password?

Google’s upcoming Android L update will do away with passwords – at least for dedicated Google fans, with Google devices such as Android Wear watches used to authenticate users instead of PIN codes or passwords.

Montana medical breach may have leaked private data on 1.3 million people

Personal information on 1.3 million people including bank details, medical records and home addresses may have leaked after a security incident where attackers gained entry to a server owned by Montana’s Public Health and Human Services department.

World Cup security center Wi-Fi password leaked by newspaper

The Wi-Fi network name and password for the security center at the World Cup were accidentally leaked online by a newspaper, and rapidly spread on social media, being retweeted more than 2,000 times.

Dozens of car washes leak card details in U.S. money-laundering scam

Dozens of car washes across Connecticut have leaked “countless” credit and debit card details to cybercriminals, according to a new investigation by security blogger Brian Krebs.

Google’s Nest security warning after researchers show off 60-second hack

Google’s Nest thermostat can be hacked in under a minute, according to a blog post and video posted by GTV Hacker. The hack would allow attackers complete control over the device and access to the user’s home network.

Free Wi-Fi offered by smartphone networks poses “serious threat” new report warns

Smartphone users are at risk from bogus hotspots set up to harvest login details on networks such as AT&T – and the fake hotspots can easily be created on devices as small as an Android phone, a new report warns.

P F Chang’s chain suffers breach – thousands of cards for sale online

Newly stolen credit and debit card details, from cards used in P F Chang’s China Bistro, a nationwide American chain of restaurants, went on sale on an underground website this week at a site best-known for selling off the details of victims of the Target data breach.

TweetDeck flaw uncovered “by accident”

A vulnerability in the official Twitter client Tweetdeck left users vulnerable to attack, forcing thousands of users to retweet cryptic lines of code to other users. Twitter repeatedly shut down the service, despite assurances the flaw had been ‘fixed’.

Bank of England “fends off” eight cyber attacks per week, says CISO

The Bank of England weathers an average of eight cyber attacks including malware-laced “spear phishing” campaigns per week, according to Chief Information Security Officer Don Randall.

Banks to work with UK government experts to ‘predict’ cyber attacks

A new intelligence-sharing network aims to protect financial institutions by sharing information between government, security firms and financial institutions to “predict” vulnerabilities.

Facial recognition camera used to convict robber for first time

In a world-first case, biometric facial recognition software has been used to convict an armed robber, with a Chicago robber “matched” from CCTV footage to a mug shot, and sentenced to 22 years in prison.

‘Major’ Smart TV vulnerability could allow mass wireless attacks

A vulnerability in the way interactive apps work on many so-called Smart TVs could allow teams of relatively unskilled hackers to attack thousands of devices at once, a team of Columbia University researchers claims in a new paper.

Drawing “signature” on screen could replace passwords, study finds

Even smartphone and tablet users who choose a four-digit PIN to protect their device are vulnerable to “shoulder surfers” glimpsing the code and using it later – but an older form of password could come to the rescue…

Android malware: how to keep your device safe from filecoders (and everything else)

When ESET researchers analyzed the first Android ransomware controlled via Tor, it showed how quickly Android malware is evolving to match its PC cousins. Thankfully, sensible use of your device should help keep you safe.

DARPA to hold $2m Grand Challenge for “fully automated” cyber defense systems

The hi-tech research wing of the US military DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) is to offer a $2 million prize offered for a fully automated defense system – a computer that defends itself without human intervention.

Windows XP users slow to upgrade despite risks

Users of Windows XP are not upgrading to safer versions of the operating system after the April 8 deadline when Microsoft stopped supporting the aging OS – with a drop of just 2.4% in market share worldwide.

Phishers turn to Dropbox links as fresh bait for victims

Convincing-looking emails where the victim is directed to click on a Dropbox link to download a supposedly unpaid invoice (and other classic phishing tricks) are circulating widely on the internet.

“Hacking” cars on the road wirelessly is easy, claims expert

It is perfectly possible to “hack” a car while it is driving on the road, seize control, and force the vehicle into a fatal crash, says a car security specialist – saying that the 100-or-so computers in “connected” cars are vulnerable to attack.

Android to power Space Station’s “Star Wars” floating robot

No one is too surprised to meet robots on the International Space Station – its Robonaut has posed for dozens of photos with astronauts – but a floating ball with an Android smartphone and multiple cameras aboard may turn heads.

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