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Education: Degree in history, postgraduate diploma in journalism and a PGCE PCET with a specialism in journalism.

Highlights of your career: Writing a novel in my early 20s which, while unpublishable, I'm very proud of.

What malware do you hate the most? Hate is a very strong word. They are all problematic.

Favorite activities: Anything cultural.

Golden rule for cyberspace? Don't overshare – privacy is an understated virtue.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? No idea when but it was the ZX Spectrum – tape cassettes for games.

Favorite computer game / activity: Street Fighter II; Super Mario Kart; Metal Gear Solid.

WhatsApp bug: Messages ‘can be intercepted and read’

A WhatsApp ‘security issue’ has been identified, meaning third parties may be able to both intercept and read encrypted messages, according to new research.

UK launches major cybersecurity inquiry

The UK parliament has launched an inquiry into its cybersecurity defense measures, describing cyberthreats as a “major security challenge”.

Cybercriminals ‘should be punished with Wi-Fi jammers’

A senior UK police officer has suggested that offenders of cybercrime should be penalized by being made to wear Wi-Fi jammers rather than being sent to prison.

Man pleads guilty to role in harassment scheme against senior US government officials

Justin Liverman, a student from North Carolina, has admitted collaborating in a harassment scheme targeting US officials and their families.

Children in a digital world ‘need lessons in online safety’

More needs to be done to better equip children for life in a digital world, according to a new report from England’s children’s commissioner.

Federal Trade Commission launches $25,000 IoT security competition

The Federal Trade Commission have launched a competition to encourage the public to devise a technical solution to protect IoT devices from security threats.

OurMine hijacks Netflix’s US Twitter account

Netflix has become the latest big name brand to have one of its social media accounts hijacked by OurMine.

NCSC boss asked to detail efforts to protect financial services sector against cyberattacks

The head of the UK’s NCSC has been asked to offer more detail into how the financial services sector will be protected from cyberattacks.

Yahoo experiences biggest data breach in history: 1 billion affected

Yahoo has experienced the biggest data breach in history, with up to one billion user accounts thought to have been affected by a historic security incident.

Teenager’s phone confiscated for TalkTalk cyberattack offenses

A 17-year-old who pleaded guilty to offenses relating to 2015’s TalkTalk cyberattack has had his iPhone confiscated and been sentenced to a 12-month rehabilitation order.

Distributed Guessing Attack can ‘compromise Visa cards in just six seconds’

A new study from Newcastle University in the UK suggests that cybercriminals can access online banking details of any Visa card through a so-called Distributed Guessing Attack.

Get Safe Online: Watch out for banking scammers

Get Safe Online has issued a warning to consumers to be aware of banking scammers, as cybercriminals are finding more sophisticated ways to access their account details.

26,500 National Lottery accounts accessed by cybercriminals

National lottery operator Camelot tells players to change their passwords after thousands of accounts have been accessed by cybercriminals.

Organizations ‘not doing enough’ to prevent data breaches

Organizations need to do more to prevent themselves from experiencing data breaches, as many people are of the opinion that not enough is currently being done.

Get Safe Online warns of Amazon email scam

Amazon customers are the latest victims of an email scam, warns Get Safe Online.

Michigan State University experiences data breach

Michigan State University has experienced a data breach, which it said took place on November 13th.

Three mobile network experiences data breach

UK mobile company Three has fallen victim to a major data breach, with up to six million customers reported to have been affected.

WhatsApp to offer encrypted video calling

WhatsApp is to add encrypted video calling to its service on Monday, as it continues to bolsters security on the app.

Teenager admits to TalkTalk cyberattack offenses

A teenager has admitted being behind last year’s TalkTalk cyberattack, explaining he compromised the company’s website to “show off” to his friends.

Adobe fined $1 million for 2013 data breach

The financial repercussions of a data breach have been highlighted by the $1 million fine handed out to Adobe Systems for a 2013 security incident.

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