Stories by Gregg Keizer

Twitter parody of North Korea's mouthpiece not afraid to crow over Sony's capitulation

North Korea seemingly wasted no time this week trumpeting Sony Pictures' decision to cancel the opening of The Interview, a comedy that portrayed an assassination plot against the country's dictator, Kim Jung-un.

By Gregg Keizer | 20 December, 2014 08:29

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, twitter, internet, sony, social media, Sony Pictures

After FBI blames North Korea for Sony attack, now what?

The FBI today named the North Korean government as responsible for the cyber attack against Sony Pictures last month, saying its technical analysis points to the isolated, Communist country.

By Gregg Keizer | 20 December, 2014 07:27

Tags: SANS Technology Institute, intrusion, security, SANS Institute, fbi, sony, Sony Pictures, Cybercrime & Hacking

Microsoft hits Windows tech support scammers with lawsuit

Microsoft on Thursday sued two technical support companies, alleging that they infringed numerous Microsoft trademarks and practiced false advertising as they tricked consumers into paying for bogus help.

By Gregg Keizer | 20 December, 2014 05:25

Tags: Technology Law & Regulation, Microsoft, legal, computerworld

2015 to test Microsoft's resolve and execution

Microsoft faces not only its 40th anniversary in 2015, but a host of challenges that will define it for years to come, analysts said today.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 07:41

Tags: IDC, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, beca, Windows, software, operating systems

Microsoft nixes EU browser ballot screen

Microsoft has pulled the plug on the browser ballot screen it was forced to display in the aftermath of a threat by the European Union's antitrust agency five years ago.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 02:48

Tags: choice, Google, european union, Microsoft, opera software, Web servers, software, Firefox, web browsers, Apple

Judge: No Steve Jobs for you

A federal judge Wednesday ruled that a two-hour video deposition recorded by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs will not be released to the press and public.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 December, 2014 01:31

Tags: cnn, Apple, Technology Law & Regulation, legal, beca, Bloomberg

The party's over for Microsoft CEO Nadella

Well, that honeymoon didn't last long.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 December, 2014 08:10

Tags: Apple, Microsoft, CIO role, Glassdoor, IT Leadership, IT management, Facebook

Chinese Android phone maker hides secret backdoor on its devices

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad has built an extensive "backdoor" into its Android devices that can track users, serve them unwanted advertisements and install unauthorized apps, a U.S. security firm alleged today.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 December, 2014 06:36

Tags: palo alto networks, consumer electronics, IDC, smartphones

Apple shutters Russian online store as ruble plummets

Apple's online store for Russian customers was offline all day Tuesday after the U.S. company shut down the mart because of the ruble's plunge.

By Gregg Keizer | 17 December, 2014 14:06

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, smartphones

Firefox pleads for cash with in-browser fundraiser

Mozilla has been running a fundraiser from within its Firefox browser, a program that will run through the end of the year.

By Gregg Keizer | 17 December, 2014 07:43

Tags: web browsers, Firefox, paypal, PBS, internet

Apple-IBM partnership off to 'impressive' start

Apple and IBM last week kicked off their five-month-old partnership with an "impressive" 10-pack of focused mobile business apps catering to sectors ranging from financial to law enforcement.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 December, 2014 07:04

Tags: Gartner, Apple, enterprise applications, applications, enterprise resource planning, IBM, software, intel

Microsoft mellows, embraces Windows leaks

Microsoft didn't seem bothered about another leak of Windows 10.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 December, 2014 02:37

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, twitter, software, operating systems

Former Apple engineer describes 'secret war' with opponents of copy protection

A former Apple engineer on Friday told a federal jury that he worked on a project meant to deny rivals access to the lucrative iTunes digital music and iPod device markets, according to the Wall Street Journal.

By Gregg Keizer | 16 December, 2014 01:19

Tags: Apple, Technology Law & Regulation, intellectual property, legal, wall street journal

Microsoft takes slow, cautious path to protecting IE against POODLE

Microsoft yesterday added an optional anti-POODLE defense to Internet Explorer 11 (IE11), and promised that additional protection would be switched on by default in two months.

By Gregg Keizer | 11 December, 2014 08:31

Tags: web browsers, Google, Microsoft, Networking

Senate's torture report will provoke hacktivist reprisals

The release Tuesday of the U.S. Senate's report that excoriated the Central Intelligence Agency for torturing suspected terrorists will result in retaliation by cyber-hacktivist groups, a security expert predicted today.

By Gregg Keizer | 11 December, 2014 07:28

Tags: white house, Anonymous, intrusion, security, Sena, intel, Cybercrime & Hacking

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