Articles by John Zorabedian

About John Zorabedian

John Zorabedian is a blogger, copywriter and editor at Sophos. He has a background in journalism, writing about technology, business, politics and culture. He lives and works in the Boston area.

T-Mobile customers hit by Experian breach get credit monitoring by Experian

T-Mobile customers hit by Experian breach get credit monitoring by Experian

In a bizarre twist of irony, T-Mobile customers are being offered two years of free credit monitoring from - a service owned and operated by Experian.

Jail for Russian man who distributed Citadel banking malware to thousands


Dimitry Belorossov infected 7000 computers with the notorious Citadel banking malware, which he used to steal banking credentials.

Your personal cloud of microbes could one day be used to profile you


Every time we sneeze, cough, scratch, fart, or touch something, we leave behind traces of ourselves. Could this microbial evidence one day be used to identify and surveil us?

What are you more afraid of - sharks or selfies?


People have died taking selfies while posing with live grenades, falling off bridges, and running with bulls. Is death by selfie really a big problem?

Change this setting to stop Siri spilling your selfies!


A Siri-ous bug affecting iOS 9 could let a crook skip your passcode, and get at your photos...

...and access your contacts, and send bogus messages in your name.

Here's how to fix it.

US senator blocks proposed surveillance law opposed by Facebook and Google


Lobbying pressure from internet companies and civil liberties groups - and the resistance of one US senator - forced the Senate Intelligence Committee to withdraw legislation requiring social media companies to report "terrorist activity" to the government.

A sassy chatbot named Rose just won a big test of artificial intelligence


Rose is a 31-year-old security analyst and hacker from San Francisco, a self-described computer nerd with "quirky attitudes." She's also a bot, but she could be on her way to convincing you that she is human.

Google fixes an Android Lollipop lockscreen bypass bug - how bad was it?


The exploit worked by entering an extremely long string of characters into the password field while the camera is open, causing the device to crash and return to the homescreen.

Snapchat, less ghostly than ever, now lets you pay to replay snaps


The paid replay option only allows you to replay any given snap once, but that's still one more time than you might expect for an image that's supposed to "disappear" after it's viewed.

Jeb Bush says people need to stop "demonizing" the NSA


In a blog post this week laying out his cybersecurity policy proposals, US presidential candidate Jeb Bush said it's time to stop "demonizing" intelligence officials at the NSA.

Could a robot write this article?


Chinese internet company Tencent last week published a 1000-word article written by a robot. How nervous should human writers be?

Microsoft downloads Windows 10 to your computer even if you don't want it yet


Microsoft really wants people to upgrade to Windows 10. So it's downloaded the new operating system - secretly? - on Windows 7 and 8 PCs that have automatic updates turned on.

US agency in charge of power grid and nukes keeps getting breached


US Department of Energy was hacked 159 times over a four-year period, putting the security of the power grid and nuclear arsenal at risk.

Apple iMessage's end-to-end encryption stymies US data request


Apple recently told a US court that it couldn't turn over to law enforcement messages that were sent between iPhones via Apple's iMessage system, which uses end-to-end encryption. And the crypto-wars rage on.

Self-driving cars can be stopped with a laser pointer


Security researcher Jonathan Petit was able to launch a denial-of-service attack against a self-driving car by overwhelming the car's sensors with images of fake vehicles and other objects.

Should the US hit China with sanctions over cyberespionage?


The Obama administration is developing economic sanctions against China for cyberespionage against US companies. Are sanctions likely to succeed in deterring China? Or will they only invite retaliation that will damage the world economy?

Uber hires the guys who hacked a Jeep to develop safer driverless cars


Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, security researchers who caused huge headaches for Fiat Chrysler when they showed the world how to remotely hack a Jeep, have hacked their way into new jobs with Uber.

This email scam targeting businesses is a billion-dollar problem, FBI warns


The FBI issued a warning last week about email scams that have cost businesses $1.2 billion in fraudulent wire transfers since 2013.

"Nigerian Prince" scams these are not...

National Crime Agency snares teens who used Lizard Squad DDoS tool

National Crime Agency snares teens who used Lizard Squad DDoS tool

The NCA says it wants to reform the teens caught up in its operation targeting users of LizardStresser, an online tool for attacking websites. Is a stern talking-to enough? Or should they face jail time?

Autoplaying video of journalists' murders gives Facebook, Twitter users pause


Social media users unwillingly witnessed video of the murders of two television journalists yesterday, due to a default feature on Facebook and Twitter that plays videos automatically. Here's how to turn "autoplay" off.