Articles by Paul Roberts

About Paul Roberts

Paul is a Boston-based reporter and industry analyst with more than a decade of experience covering the IT industry, cyber security and hacking. His work has appeared on threatpost.com, The Boston Globe, salon.com, NPR's Marketplace, Fortune Small Business, as well as industry publications including ZDNet, Computerworld, InfoWorld, eWeek, CIO , CSO and ITWorld.com. Paul got his 15 minutes as an expert guest on The Oprah Show - but that's a long story.

Hacker attack siphons off $150,000 in teacher salaries from payroll systems

Hackers attack siphons off $150,000 in teacher salaries from payroll systems

Hackers used the Thanksgiving holiday to launch a crafty attack against a local school district in the state of Wisconsin, compromising a direct deposit system, and stealing $150,000 intended for teachers.

Data on International Atomic Energy Agency scientists grabbed in purported hack

Data on Atomic Energy Agency scientists grabbed in purported hack

A group claiming to be from Iran has claimed responsibility for a hack of the international Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in an effort to expose what the group says is an Israeli nuclear weapons program.

Hard-coded password found in Samsung printers, security fix planned

Samsung printers come with hard-coded password

Companies using Samsung and Dell-branded printers are being warned that a hard coded administrative account could allow remote attackers to take control of their device, according to an alert from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT).

Spy agency employees caught oversharing on LinkedIn and Facebook

Spy agency employees caught oversharing on LinkedIn and Facebook

The Belgian press is up in arms after members of the country's state security agency were found promoting themselves and their professional affiliation on social networks. Turns out: it's not that unusual.

Judge approves $22.5M Google fine for violating Safari privacy

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A U.S. federal judge in San Francisco gives the nod of approval, declaring that Google should pay a $22.5M USD fine for misleading consumers about the privacy protections offered to users of Apple's Safari web browser.

Microsoft pushes IE 9 tweak via Windows Update to close three critical security holes

Microsoft pushes IE 9 tweak via Windows Update to close three critical security holes

Microsoft has reminded Internet Explorer users of the importance of keeping their browser updated against security threats.

Acai Berry scammers $2 million lighter after FTC settlement

Acai Berry Scammers $2 Million Lighter After FTC Settlement

The affiliate ad network behind a tidal wave of bogus pitches for Acai Berry weight loss products and colon cleansers has agreed to pay a $2 million penalty to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for deceptive advertising.

Google: Government surveillance of the internet is on the rise

Google: Government surveillance of the internet is on the rise

Google has released its semi-annual Transparency Report, saying that it received more than 20,000 requests for user data in the first half of 2012 - a sign of greater government surveillance.

Windows Phone 8 malware? This teen hacker claims to have created a prototype

Teen hacker claims to have Windows Phone 8 malware prototype

A teenage hacker prodigy in India claims to have developed a prototype of malware that will run on smartphones running Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 operating system - the first known instance of Windows Phone 8 malware.

Google updates Chrome, finally adds Do Not Track feature

Google updates Chrome, finally adds Do Not Track feature

Google’s Chrome web browser finally joined the ranks of privacy-conscious web browsers this week, with a new release that adds a Do Not Track feature, along with other changes.

Ubuntu pipes search queries to Amazon, worrying privacy experts

Ubuntu pipes search results to Amazon

Revolution OS - or adware? An update to the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution will pass searches through Amazon.com's search engine. Now the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls that move a "major privacy problem."

Whodunnit? Conflicting accounts on ARAMCO hack underscore difficulty of attribution

Whodunnit? Conflicting accounts on ARAMCO hack underscore difficulty of attribution

A recent report suggests that the devastating cyber attack that wiped out thousands of computers belonging to Saudi Arabia's national oil company was the work of a lone hacker - days after the US Secretary of Defense cited it as an example of a state sponsored attack.

What do we really know?

"STD-like" virus killing off Borderlands 2 video game characters

"STD-like" virus killing off Borderlands 2 video game characters

Gearbox, the maker of the popular game Borderlands 2, is warning Xbox 360 users to be careful of who they play with, following a rash of reports of unexplained character deaths.

The culprit: a software flaw that appears to be spreading, "STD-like", from Borderlands 2 "modders" to other law-abiding players.

Security scare after airline boarding passes reveal how passengers will be screened

Boarding passes tell passengers how they'll be screened

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) already has a pretty poor record with security experts. The news this week that the agency was tipping its hand by encoding how it planned to conduct passenger screening in boarding passes isn't helping that.

IP theft attacks can hide on networks for years, unspotted by corporate victims, report claims

IP theft attacks can hide on networks for years, without the knowledge of corporate victims, report claims

Organizations in the financial services and public administration sectors are the primary targets of sophisticated attacks aimed at stealing intellectual property, with attacks involving both external and internal agents and lasting for months or years, according to a new report from Verizon.

National Weather Service website hacked by Kosova Hacker's Security

National Weather Service website hacked

Hackers have breached servers belonging to the National Weather Service, and released data online, after exploiting a vulnerability in the weather.gov website.

Apple resumes User Tracking with iOS 6. Here's how to disable it

Apple resumes User Tracking with iOS 6. Here's how to disable it

Apple was eager to promote the many new features in iOS6, but avoided mention of one: IFA - or identifier for advertisers - the company's newest device tracking technology.

The FBI's "Cyber Surf Island" game aims to promote internet safety amongst students

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The FBI is taking its lead from popular online games like World of Warcraft with a new online safety education program for school age children that's light on content, but heavy on scrolls and whacky, animated characters.

Hackers pwn the sun - Exploit code released for software used to manage solar energy plants

Hackers p4wn the sun: release exploit code for photovoltaic system software

The US Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert that hackers have released proof of concept exploit code for vulnerabilities in a common SCADA software package used to manage solar energy systems.