Stories by Jeremy Kirk


The 'Backoff' malware linked to data breaches is spreading

The number of computers in North America infected by the Backoff malware, which is blamed for a string of payment card breaches, has risen sharply, according to research from network security company Damballa.

By Jeremy Kirk | 24 October, 2014 22:02

Tags: security, Damballa

Adobe begins encrypting user data collected from Digital Editions app

Adobe Systems said it is now encrypting data it collects about certain e-books after facing criticism earlier this month for not protecting the data.

By Jeremy Kirk | 24 October, 2014 13:27

Tags: security, Adobe Systems

Apple to stop SSL 3.0 support for push notifications soon

Apple will stop support next week for an encryption protocol found to contain a severe vulnerability, the company said on Wednesday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 23 October, 2014 14:06

Tags: Apple, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Symantec sees rise in high-traffic DDoS attacks

A type of distributed denial-of-service attack, DNS amplification, has risen sharply, according to new research from Symantec.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 October, 2014 13:04

Tags: symantec, security

Microsoft discloses zero-day flaw, publishes quick fix

Microsoft has published a temporary fix for a new zero-day flaw that affects nearly all versions of Windows and is currently being exploited via PowerPoint.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 October, 2014 11:29

Tags: patches, security, Microsoft, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Apple's Yosemite OS shares Spotlight search terms by default

Apple is being called out for how it shares desktop and Web searches in its latest desktop operating system, Yosemite.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 October, 2014 11:19

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, security, Microsoft, software, operating systems, privacy

China again blames US for disrupted cybersecurity talks

China claimed on Sunday the U.S. has derailed cybersecurity cooperation between the two countries and that it doesn't tolerate hacking.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 October, 2014 13:13

Tags: no company, security

Dropbox used for convincing phishing attack

Dropbox's file storage service was used for a tricky phishing attack, although the service was quick to shut down it down, according to Symantec.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 October, 2014 10:50

Tags: symantec, dropbox, security, fraud

Hackers strike defence companies through real-time ad bidding

A major change this year in how online advertisements are sold has been embraced by hackers, who are using advanced ad-targeting capabilities to precisely deliver malware.

By Jeremy Kirk | 17 October, 2014 13:01

Tags: advertising, security, Invincea, internet, Exploits / vulnerabilities, malware

Drupal releases patch for severe SQL injection flaw

Drupal has released a patch for a highly critical flaw in its content management system, which could allow rogue code to run.

By Jeremy Kirk | 17 October, 2014 10:27

Tags: security, Exploits / vulnerabilities, drupal

FBI warns of cyberattacks linked to China

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning to companies and organizations on Wednesday of cyberattacks by people linked with the Chinese government.

By Jeremy Kirk | 16 October, 2014 14:24

Tags: Criminal, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, security, legal, cybercrime

Facebook doubles reward for bug reports in advertising code

Facebook is doubling the rewards it will pay for security vulnerabilities related to code that runs its advertising system, the company said Wednesday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 16 October, 2014 11:47

Tags: advertising, security, internet, Exploits / vulnerabilities, Facebook

Security experts warn of 'POODLE' attack against SSL 3.0

Google researchers have found a severe flaw in an obsolete but still used encryption software, which could be exploited to steal sensitive data.

By Jeremy Kirk | 15 October, 2014 15:07

Tags: Google, security, CloudFlare, encryption

Security vendors claim progress against Chinese group that hacked Google

A group of security companies say a collaborative effort has helped counter several hacking tools used by a China-based group most known for provoking strong condemnation from Google four years ago.

By Jeremy Kirk | 15 October, 2014 14:12

Tags: ThreatTrack Security, iSight Partners, FireEye, ThreatConnect, Volexity, Tenable, malware, Cisco Systems, symantec, Novetta, security, Microsoft

YouTube served malicious advertisements, Trend Micro says

Malicious advertisements, some of which were displayed on YouTube, redirected more than 113,000 people in the U.S. to harmful websites in just a month, Trend Micro said Tuesday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 15 October, 2014 11:50

Tags: advertising, security, trend micro, internet, malware

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