The back-to-work January blues often sees employees searching for new jobs or thinking of new career paths.
Perhaps that's why our top story from the past seven days involved a novel way to career enlightenment by a developer who outsourced his own job to China for the coding of systems that required two-factor authentication logins.
It was only when a security audit noticed Chinese log in locations that suspicions were aroused and the craft coder was sacked. Still, he was heralded as something of a hero of the average worker.
Elsewhere, security hit the headlines in the big way with a massive cyber spying campaign called Red October uncovered by Kaspersky which showed numerous government institutions across the world had been spied on by cyber criminals.
Java exploits also reared their ugly head, with Oracle's patching attempted failing to appease US CERT teams. The issue was also nice and timely for the launch of a bug exploit programme from Packetstorm.
Elsewhere, to really underline the January blues, HP revealed that its top executives are to received bonuses totalling $65m, despite the huge losses and job cuts the firm is having to make.
Developer outsources own job to China but VPN logs give the game away
Suspected malware attack actually just offshoring genius
Tesla Model X debuts in-car Linux-powered control centre
Linux-based 17in display will allow drivers to control car settings
Kaspersky uncovers "Red October" global cyber spying campaign
Hackers caught snooping on governments and critical infrastructure
US CERT unimpressed by Oracle Java-day flaw patch
Team recommends turning off Java despite fix
HP bosses rake in $65m in bonuses as tech giant flounders
Basic pay supplemented by generous stock options
Microsoft bristles over failed antivirus test
Redmond re-ignites security software testing debate
Mozilla confirms single Firefox build for Windows 8
Future Firefox release to support Metro and desktop environments in one executable
IBM linked to $4bn bid for data analytics firm Splunk
Big Blue looking to expand data analytics lineup
Samsung Galaxy S3 racks up 40 million sales
Galaxy S-series smartphones exceed 100 million milestone
Packetstorm opens bug bounty programme
Packetstorm offering avid hackers rewards of up to $7,000 for working exploits in its newly announced Bug Bounty programme
Dan Worth is the news editor for V3 having first joined the site as a reporter in November 2009. He specialises in a raft of areas including fixed and mobile telecoms, data protection, social media and government IT. Before joining V3 Dan covered communications technology, data handling and resilience in the emergency services sector on the BAPCO Journal.