Articles by John Hawes

About John Hawes

John Hawes is Chief of Operations at Virus Bulletin, running independent anti-malware testing there since 2006. With over a decade of experience testing security products, John was elected to the board of directors of the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organisation (AMTSO) in 2011.

Windows 10 will work with FIDO specs for password-free access, says Microsoft

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Microsoft has announced that its forthcoming revamp of Windows will be compliant with FIDO's current specifications for advanced authentication. Or has it?

Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht found guilty, may face life sentence

Silk Road suspect Ross Ulbricht hit with three new drug charges

Ross Ulbricht, the founder of notorious online underground marketplace Silk Road, has been convicted on seven criminal counts by a Manhattan federal jury and could face life in jail.

Hackers leak bank emails after extortion attempt fails

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Serial cyber-extortionist gang Rex Mundi has published a cache of emails apparently stolen from the servers of Swiss bank Banque Cantonale de Geneve (BCGE).

EU to demand 2-factor for online payments by August 2015?

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The European Banking Authority is nearly, if not quite, insisting on two-factor authentication by August 2015.

If companies that do business in Europe have to comply, could this help boost two-factor in the US and elsewhere?

Fake money forum founder charged with counterfeiting

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A US national based in Uganda has been charged with running a major global counterfeiting operation, which used an online forum to connect buyers and sellers of forged currency.

Liberty Reserve CTO and eBay car scammer jailed for 5 years each

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eBay car scammer Razvan Caprarescu and Liberty Reserve CTO Mark Marmilev were hit with large fines and stiff sentences by US courts looking to send a message to cybercrooks everywhere.

Can we expect a future free from passwords and PINs?

FIDO unveils details of a future free from passwords and PINs

Will passwords and PINs wither and die? Fast IDentity Online, or FIDO, says its new rules for designing authentication systems should make it "simpler and stronger for all".

German court blocks US extradition for "number two" hacker

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Germany's top court has blocked the extradition to the US of Ercan Findikoğlu, suspected of $45 million in card fraud and facing 247 years in jail.

Should vapers fear malware-laced e-cigarettes?

Should vapers fear malware-laced e-cigarettes?

A humorous and very likely apocryphal online comment has spun itself up into a major news item. It's tempting to simply ignore the whole nonsense and carry on as normal. But maybe there is something to learn here...

Hackers blamed for unusual tweets from Jeremy Clarkson, Colombian FARC rebels

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TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson and Colombian militia group FARC may not have much in common, but this week they were linked by headlines blaming hackers for potentially embarrassing Twitter messages.

MasterCard promises (slow) death to online payment passwords

MasterCard promises (slow) death to online payment passwords

Credit card giant MasterCard has shared plans to do away with passwords in online payments, with an all-new authentication standard to eventually replace 3D Secure.

3 ways to make your Yahoo Mail account safer

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Following on from our detailed guide to securing your webmail, here's a quick breakdown of how to make the most important fixes, for users of Yahoo Mail.

Teacher's ex accused of hacking email, sending nude pics to students

Teacher's ex accused of hacking email, sending nude pics to students

The ex-lover of a Pasadena teacher has been arrested and bailed, accused of breaking into his school email account and using it to send out "sexually explicit" photos of said teacher to students and fellow staff.

Epidemic of medical data breaches leaking our most sensitive information

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Health data is considered among the most private of information, but continues to leak out in a dazzling range of ways.

3 ways to make your Gmail account safer

Secure your Gmail account in 3 easy steps

Following on from our detailed guide to securing your webmail, here's a quick breakdown of how to make the most important fixes, for users of Google's Gmail.

Arrests made after 'specialist malware' used in £1.6 million ATM heist

£1.6 million ATM heist spree leads to 3 arrests

"Specialist malware" allowed a gang of crooks to empty the cash machines of large amounts of money, averaging over £30,000 per machine. Now, the police have made three arrests in connection with the incidents.

3 ways to make your Outlook.com account safer

Secure your Outlook.com account in 3 easy steps

Following up on our detailed guide to securing your webmail, here's a quick breakdown of how to make the most important fixes for users of Microsoft's Outlook.com (formerly known as Hotmail and, for a while, Windows Live Hotmail).

5 steps to lock down your webmail account

5 steps to lock down your webmail account

For most people Gmail, Outlook.com or Yahoo! Mail is their main personal account. Here are some of the most important steps to keep unwanted people out of your web-based email account.

Nigerian bank IT worker on the run after $40m cyber heist

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A Nigerian IT worker is wanted by police after a major cyber-heist at the bank where he was employed.

Liberty Reserve CTO pleads guilty to involvement in massive money laundering

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Mark Marmilev, CTO of former digital currency brokerage Liberty Reserve, has pleaded guilty to playing a major role in the operation of the business which became a favourite for cybercrooks and money launderers.