Stories by Jeremy Kirk


Plex hacker demands Bitcoin ransom for return of data

Video streaming service Plex has reset user passwords after it was breached by a hacker who threatened to release stolen data unless he's paid a ransom.

By Jeremy Kirk | 03 July, 2015 10:29

Tags: security, data breach, Plex

DEA agent pleads guilty to accepting Silk Road funds

A Drug Enforcement Administration agent intimately involved in the Silk Road investigation admitted on Wednesday he secretly accepted bitcoins from the underground website's operator and illegally took other funds.

By Jeremy Kirk | 02 July, 2015 09:34

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal, security, legal, cybercrime

Leap second causes Internet hiccup, particularly in Brazil

The addition of a leap second to world clocks on Wednesday caused some networks to crash although most quickly recovered.

By Jeremy Kirk | 01 July, 2015 15:03

Tags: Dyn, internet

VMware settles claim of overcharging US government

VMware has settled a lawsuit initiated by a former executive that alleged the company and a partner overcharged the U.S. government for products over a six-year period.

By Jeremy Kirk | 01 July, 2015 12:28

Tags: legal, Carahsoft Technology Group, VMware

FTC settles with developers of sneaky cryptocurrency mining app

The developers of a mobile app called Prized that secretly mined cryptocurrencies on people's mobile phones have settled with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission after being accused of deceptive trade practices.

By Jeremy Kirk | 30 June, 2015 11:59

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, security, mobile security, Civil lawsuits, legal, malware, Equiliv Investments

Banking malware proves tough to repel

Companies are finding it tough to keep out new types of banking malware, which continue to get better following the bar-raising threat known as Zeus.

By Jeremy Kirk | 29 June, 2015 23:01

Tags: SecurityScorecard, security, malware

Avira wins German case over adware blocking

A lawsuit alleging that security software from Avira improperly blocked downloads of a software bundle that presented itself primarily as an Angry Birds-style game has been dismissed.

By Jeremy Kirk | 29 June, 2015 11:34

Tags: advertising, freemium, Avira, Civil lawsuits, legal, internet

Magento e-commerce platform targeted with sneaky code

Attackers are using a sneaky method to steal payment card data from websites using Magento, eBay's widely used e-commerce platform.

By Jeremy Kirk | 26 June, 2015 12:39

Tags: Magento, security, data breach, Sucuri

Cisco warns of default SSH keys shipped in three products

Cisco Systems said on Thursday it released a patch for three products that shipped with default encryption keys, posing a risk that an attacker with the keys could decrypt data traffic.

By Jeremy Kirk | 26 June, 2015 10:29

Tags: Cisco Systems, security, data breach, encryption, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Florida telemarketer, under FTC watch, suffers data breach

A Florida-based computer tech support call center has suffered a data breach, with customer records being abused by fraudsters trying to get access to online bank accounts.

By Jeremy Kirk | 25 June, 2015 11:47

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Inbound Call Experts, security, data breach, Advanced Tech Support

Geoblocking question unresolved after New Zealand lawsuit ends

A tool to watch regionally restricted video content will no longer be offered in New Zealand, ending a lawsuit that could have clarified the legality of such services in the country.

By Jeremy Kirk | 24 June, 2015 10:55

Tags: callplus, intellectual property, copyright, Civil lawsuits, legal, Bypass Network Services

Swedish man sentenced for powerful Blackshades malware

The creator of a tool that was used to steal data from a half-million computers will go to prison for close to five years, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 24 June, 2015 10:22

Tags: Criminal, U.S. Department Justice, security, legal, cybercrime

RubyGems DNS flaw now patched after second try

A revised patch has been released for a flaw in the distribution platform for Ruby applications, RubyGems, which could be used to deliver malware to someone trying to download a program.

By Jeremy Kirk | 23 June, 2015 12:27

Tags: trustwave, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities

How encryption keys could be stolen by your lunch

Israel-based researchers said they've developed a cheaper and faster method to pull the encryption keys stored on a computer using an unlikely accomplice: pita bread.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 June, 2015 12:57

Tags: Tel Aviv University, security, encryption, Technion

LinkedIn says private bug bounty program works for it better

LinkedIn plans to continue closely vetting researchers for its bug bounty rewards program, saying it reduces the number of distracting erroneous and irrelevant reports.

By Jeremy Kirk | 18 June, 2015 10:56

Tags: security, LinkedIn, Exploits / vulnerabilities

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