The first few days of 2018 have been filled with anxious discussions concerning a widespread and wide-ranging vulnerability in the architecture of processors based on Intel's Core architecture used in PCs for many years, and also affecting ARM processors commonly used in tablets and smartphones.
Highlights of your career? First employee at McAfee; Director at Tribal Voice, one of the first instant messaging companies; moderator at several popular online communities, including Lenovo, Lockergnome Help Forum, Scots Newsletter Forum and Wilders Security Forum; received Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and Neowin Most Valuable Contributor awards.
Position and history at ESET? Joined ESET in 2005 as Manager, Support; moved to Manager, Research in 2006; promoted to Distinguished Researcher in 2009.
What malware do you hate the most? Malware that alters, corrupts, destroys, modifies or steals a user’s data is on my "most-hated" list. To me, that’s the ultimate violation of a user’s computer.
Favorite activities? Keeping telephone scammers on the phone for as long as possible. Also, reading and sleeping.
What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Avoid the impulse to click on things.
When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? The first computer I used would probably have been a Commodore PET. I also used the Apple ][ and Commodore 64. This would have been the late 1970s or early 1980s.
Favorite computer game/activity? I spend most of my free computing time on forums helping answer other users’ technology questions. For computer games, I have been playing ARK: Survival Evolved and Borderlands 2 most recently. For RPG and board games, CaH, Pathfinder, Settlers of Catan, Starfinder and The Walking Dead.