Stories by Jeremy Kirk


Home Depot spent $43 million on data breach in just one quarter

Home Depot spent US$43 million in its third quarter dealing with the fallout of one of the largest ever data breaches, highlighting the costly nature of security failures.

By Jeremy Kirk | 26 November, 2014 12:50

Tags: security, data breach, Home Depot

Adobe tries again to fix Flash vulnerability

Adobe released an emergency patch on Tuesday to fix a Flash Player vulnerability that was fixed last month but was quickly exploited again.

By Jeremy Kirk | 26 November, 2014 11:07

Tags: security, Adobe Systems, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Regin malware linked to attacks on Belgacom, well-known cryptographer

After Symantec blew the lid on Regin on Sunday, computer security experts and companies are revealing information that has lead to suspicions that the U.S. and U.K. are involved.

By Jeremy Kirk | 25 November, 2014 13:01

Tags: intrusion, symantec, security, Microsoft, f-secure, kaspersky lab, malware

Webcam snooper now looking for a job

The developer of a widely vilified website that aggregated feeds from unsecured webcams is apparently looking for work as a remote programmer.

By Jeremy Kirk | 24 November, 2014 13:02

Tags: no company, security

Traces of Regin malware may date back to 2006

Malware that Symantec says was probably developed by a nation state may have been used for as long as eight years, a length of time that underscores the challenges the security industry faces in detecting advanced spying tools.

By Jeremy Kirk | 24 November, 2014 11:22

Tags: symantec, security, malware

NSA chief says cyberattacks on industrial systems are his top concern

Multiple nation-states are investing in their capabilities to hack critical U.S. infrastructure, making defense of those networks a top priority, U.S. National Security Agency chief Admiral Mike Rogers said Thursday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 November, 2014 13:23

Tags: Government use of IT, security, U.S. National Security Agency, government

Governments act against webcam-snooping websites

Government officials in the US and the UK are warning people to secure their webcams after websites that broadcast the contents of those cameras have sprung up online.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 November, 2014 10:39

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, security, data protection, Information Commissioner's Office, malware

Intel to work with Europol on fighting cybercrime

An agreement between Intel's McAfee security branch and European law enforcement will allow the two to work on joint operations to fight cybercrime.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 November, 2014 16:45

Tags: Criminal, security, Europol European Cybercrime Centre, legal, intel, cybercrime

Google to label 'mobile friendly' websites

In the next few weeks, Google will start to label websites that render well on mobile devices and is considering giving that label weight as a search rank signal, the company said Tuesday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 19 November, 2014 15:43

Tags: Google, internet, mobile, search engines

PCI Council looks for ways to stem data breaches after bad year

A consortium that develops guidelines for protecting payment card data is hoping that emerging security technologies will help prevent breaches that made this year one of the worst ever on the security front.

By Jeremy Kirk | 18 November, 2014 13:24

Tags: security, data breach, encryption, data protection, PCI Security Standards Council

Reports: State Department admits intrusion into unclassified email

The U.S. State Department's unclassified email system was taken offline over the weekend for security improvements, a scheduled event, but officials conceded suspicious activity had been previously detected, according to media reports.

By Jeremy Kirk | 17 November, 2014 13:44

Tags: security, U.S. Department of State

This suspected cybercriminal may be buying coke with your online bank funds

On the coffee table was a message etched in powder, presumably cocaine: "I really miss you."

By Jeremy Kirk | 14 November, 2014 15:43

Tags: security, CSIS Security Group, malware

Microsoft: Competing AV vendors need to remember who the bad guys are

AV vendors, in fierce competition for users, should remember that cooperation is key in fighting malware, a top Microsoft security official said Friday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 14 November, 2014 13:36

Tags: security, Microsoft, Desktop security, Exploits / vulnerabilities, malware

Sophos CEO: We're betting entirely on the cloud

Sophos is betting entirely on the cloud in a bid to make it easier for understaffed IT departments to manage cyberattacks.

By Jeremy Kirk | 13 November, 2014 15:50

Tags: sophos, business issues, security

Georgia man sentenced to nine years for stolen credit card data

A 28-year-old man was sentenced to more than nine years in prison Wednesday for buying stolen credit and debit card numbers from an underground online marketplace.

By Jeremy Kirk | 13 November, 2014 12:23

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal, security, legal, Identity fraud / theft, cybercrime

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