Talking love and viruses on the BBC World Service

Can you believe it’s very nearly exactly 20 years since the Love Bug virus spread around the world, infecting millions of computers? No, I can’t either…

A few weeks ago it was my pleasure to be interviewed by the BBC’s Gabriela Jones for a World Service “Witness History” documentary all about the Love Bug virus (aka ILOVEYOU or LoveLetter), and now you can listen to it too!

TV Licence website said it was secure. It wasn’t

The official UK TV licensing website was allowing licence purchasers to submit their personal identifiable information and bank details in unsafe, unencrypted plaintext.

Did hackers lead warplanes to Syrian hospital after targeting British surgeon’s computer?

BBC Newsnight broadcast phone number of surgeons working in war-torn Aleppo… and then the hospital was bombed.

DDoS gang takes down BBC websites, Donald Trump’s campaign site over holiday weekend

A group of computer criminals used two separate distributed denial-of-service attacks to bring down all of the BBC’s websites and Donald Trump’s main campaign site over this past holiday weekend.

David Bisson reports.

Fake BBC and CNN reports claim £1 iPhone. Beware of Yotuube!

Have you found yourself on a webpage that breathlessly tells you that an iPhone 6 can be yours for just £1.

Maybe you made the same mistake as I made, and mistyped a URL…

Sorry Sony, Steven Moffat doesn’t want a Doctor Who movie anytime soon

Leaked Sony Pictures emails reveal that a “Doctor Who” movie may be on its way… albeit not in the immediate future.

BBC website goes offline, but Jeremy Clarkson probably not to blame

This weekend, the BBC’s website was inaccessible to millions of internet users around the world.

The first conclusion many people jump to? It must be the work of Anonymous hacktivists, trying to persuade the BBC to bring controversial Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson back to TV screens after his recent suspension.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.

eBay XSS password-stealing security hole “existed for months”

The BBC reports that users have been hit by a cross-site scripting flaw on eBay since at least February, putting passwords at risk of phishers.

Doctor Who episodes leak online – should you download them?

The news just gets worse and worse for the BBC “Doctor Who” production team.

Now an unedited version of “Deep Breath”, the upcoming episode introducing Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, has leaked onto the internet.

But should you download it?

Doctor Who scripts leak online – fans rush to download after BBC mess-up

Scripts for five episodes of the upcoming series of BBC’s “Doctor Who” TV show have leaked online, weeks before they are due to air, sending feverish fans into a frenzy.

BBC News app hijacked? Bogus breaking news alerts posted

BBC News apologises after bogus breaking news alerts are pushed out to smartphone users claiming that Game of Thrones will have an episode which doesn’t involve nudity.

As if…

David Cameron on the techniques, ability and *brilliance* of GCHQ and the NSA

British PM David Cameron says the news has been full of stories of the sheer brilliance of the GCHQ and the NSA.

Do you think their internet surveillance has been brilliant? And what do you think of Google and Microsoft’s initiative to deter paedophiles?

VIDEO: Online privacy, freedom and security (in the era of transparency)

Check out this video where Graham Cluley, The Guardian’s James Ball and the Independent’s Martha Gill discuss social media, online privacy and freedom.

Should the armed forces hire convicted hackers?

If someone had a criminal record for hacking, should they be considered for recruitment by a country’s cyber defence forces?

Don’t be tricked by this fake ‘BBC’ website. Miracle diet spammers post fake news stories

What lies beneath the Garcinia Cambogia spam campaign, being spread via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest?

Doctor Who "Name of the Doctor" finale may have leaked early, but you really shouldn’t download it

Doctor Who’s season finale, “The Name of the Doctor”, has accidentally fallen into the hands of fans in the United States.

But downloading a torrent of the as-yet unbroadcast episode may not be the wisest move.