Stories by Jeremy Kirk


Man charged with selling fake discount coupons on Silk Road

A Louisiana man has been accused of creating counterfeit coupons and selling them on the Silk Road underground websites, potentially defrauding businesses of more than US$1 million, the Justice Department said Thursday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 29 May, 2015 11:01

Tags: Criminal, no company, security, legal, cybercrime

Apache Cordova fixes flaw that could cause apps to crash

A fix has been released for a vulnerability in a widely used piece of code in Android devices, which could cause apps to crash or display unwanted dialog boxes.

By Jeremy Kirk | 28 May, 2015 14:43

Tags: trend micro, Apache Cordova, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Wi-Fi access point scans can betray a person's location

Many Android applications collect information on Wi-Fi access points, which researchers contend can be used to figure out where a person is more than 90 percent of the time.

By Jeremy Kirk | 28 May, 2015 12:23

Tags: Technical University of Denmark, security, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Copenhagen

Ads for MacKeeper refunds will run on Facebook

A sizable Internet advertising campaign is planned to alert people to a proposed class-action settlement over MacKeeper, a security program for Macs accused of deceptive practices.

By Jeremy Kirk | 27 May, 2015 13:56

Tags: ZeoBit, security, Civil lawsuits, legal

Hacked Adult Friend Finder database offered for $17,000

An unredacted version of a database said to be stolen from Adult Friend Finder is being offered for sale for 70 bitcoins, or around US$17,000.

By Jeremy Kirk | 25 May, 2015 11:59

Tags: security, data breach, FriendFinder Networks

Freelance hacking site vows to clean up dodgy listings

Charles Tendell is trying to repair a reputation problem for his website, Hacker's List.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 May, 2015 16:17

Tags: Hacker's List, security

Leaked database of Adult Friend Finder still online

Adult Friend Finder, one of the largest online dating sites, may have been breached more than two months ago, and the sensitive files -- include names, ages, email addresses, zip codes and more -- are apparently still online.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 May, 2015 12:44

Tags: security, data breach, FriendFinder Networks

US proposes tighter export rules for computer security tools

The U.S. Commerce Department has proposed tighter export rules for computer security tools, a potentially controversial revision to an international agreement aimed at controlling weapons technology.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 May, 2015 15:25

Tags: no company, regulation, security, government

Health insurer CareFirst reveals cyberattack affecting 1.1 million

A large US health insurer, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has disclosed it fell victim to a cyberattack that affected about 1.1 million people.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 May, 2015 09:56

Tags: CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, security

St. Louis Federal Reserve forces password change after DNS attack

A branch of the U.S.'s central bank is forcing a password reset after a cyberattack briefly redirected visitors to parts of its website to bogus Web pages.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 May, 2015 12:56

Tags: security, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

New encryption flaw, LogJam, puts Web surfers at risk

Computer security experts said they've found a new encryption flaw closely related to one found earlier this year that puts Web surfers' data at risk.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 May, 2015 11:30

Tags: Apple, Google, Microsoft, security, encryption, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Login system supplies fake passwords to hackers

A team of researchers has developed a system that makes it much harder for hackers to obtain usable passwords from a leaked database, which could help blunt the damage from a data breach.

By Jeremy Kirk | 19 May, 2015 12:39

Tags: no company, security

Security researcher's hack caused airplane to climb, FBI asserts

The FBI contends a cybersecurity researcher said he caused an airplane's engine to climb after hacking its software, according to a court document.

By Jeremy Kirk | 18 May, 2015 13:56

Tags: United Airlines, One World Labs, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities

United launches bug bounty, but in-flight systems off limits

United Airlines is offering rewards to researchers for finding flaws in its websites but the company is excluding bugs related to in-flight systems, which the U.S. government says may be increasingly targeted by hackers.

By Jeremy Kirk | 15 May, 2015 13:54

Tags: United Airlines, security

China-based hackers used Microsoft's TechNet for attacks

Microsoft has taken steps to stop a China-based hacking group from using its TechNet website as part of its attack infrastructure, according to security vendor FireEye.

By Jeremy Kirk | 14 May, 2015 22:02

Tags: Microsoft, security, FireEye, malware

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