Stories by Jeremy Kirk


Mobile apps could be abused to make expensive phone calls

A security precaution skipped in mobile applications such as Facebook's Messenger could be abused to make an expensive phone call at a victim's expense, a developer contends.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 August, 2014 14:43

Tags: Apple, Google, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities, Facebook

Retired US airport body scanners fail to spot guns, knives

A type of body scanner in wide use across U.S. airports through last year fails to spot well-concealed weapons including guns and knives, computer security researchers contend.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 August, 2014 13:18

Tags: USENIX, no company, security

The UPS Store says malware found on systems of 51 stores

The UPS Store said Wednesday that malicious software was found on the systems of 51 of its franchises in 24 U.S. states, although no fraud has been detected yet.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 August, 2014 10:00

Tags: security, data breach, United Parcel Service, malware

'Reveton' ransomware upgraded with powerful password stealer

A type of malware called Reveton, which falsely warns users they've broken the law and demands payment of a fine, has been upgraded with powerful password stealing functions, according to Avast.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 August, 2014 13:22

Tags: security, Avast, malware

Many Chrome browser extensions do sneaky things

An analysis by security researchers of 48,000 extensions for Google's Chrome browser uncovered many that are used for fraud and data theft, actions that are mostly undetectable to regular users.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 August, 2014 11:01

Tags: USENIX, Google, applications, security, browsers, software

Facebook says most outbound email is encrypted now

Nearly all of Facebook's outbound notification emails are now encrypted while traveling the Internet, a collaborative feat that comes from the technology industry's push to thwart the NSA's spying programs.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 August, 2014 03:03

Tags: Yahoo, Internet-based applications and services, security, Microsoft, Mail, internet, social media, Facebook

Symantec folds nine Norton products into one service

Symantec will consolidate its cluttered Norton line of security software, folding nine products into one online service that can be used across desktop computers and mobile devices.

By Jeremy Kirk | 19 August, 2014 11:27

Tags: symantec, security

Chinese man indicted over theft of Boeing C-17 secrets

A Chinese man has been indicted for allegedly directing two China-based hackers to infiltrate Boeing and other defense contractors to steal gigabytes of documents describing U.S. military aircraft.

By Jeremy Kirk | 18 August, 2014 13:46

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

The biggest iPhone security risk could be connecting one to a computer

Apple has done well to insulate its iOS mobile operating system from many security issues, but a forthcoming demonstration shows it's far from perfect.

By Jeremy Kirk | 14 August, 2014 15:21

Tags: USENIX, telecommunication, applications, ios, Mobile OSes, mobile security, mobile, Facebook, malware, Apple, Google, security

Internet outages expected to abate as routers are modified, rebooted

A flood of updates to databases inside Internet routers caused intermittent outages on Wednesday and connectivity issues for companies, but experts expect the long-forecasted hiccup to be resolved soon.

By Jeremy Kirk | 14 August, 2014 11:59

Tags: Liquid Web, BGPmon, cisco, internet, Renesys

Malware is less concerned about virtual machines

Many malicious software programs used to make a quick exit on virtual machines, a tactic designed to avoid a security check. But that isn't the case anymore, according Symantec research.

By Jeremy Kirk | 13 August, 2014 11:55

Tags: symantec, security, malware

Study finds firmware plagued by poor encryption and backdoors

The first large-scale analysis of a fundamental type of software known as firmware has revealed poor security practices that could present opportunities for hackers probing the "Internet of Things."

By Jeremy Kirk | 12 August, 2014 12:06

Tags: siemens, USENIX, Bosch, Xerox, security, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, belkin, D-Link, Eurecom, philips

Emerging networking technology used by Apple, Cisco will frustrate firewalls

Today's security software is ineffective against an emerging networking technology already in use by Apple for its Siri voice-recognition software, according to research presented at the Black Hat hacking conference this week.

By Jeremy Kirk | 08 August, 2014 11:57

Tags: black hat, security, Networking, Neohapsis

Google lowers search ranking of websites that don't use encryption

Websites that aren't encrypting connections with their visitors may get a lower ranking on Google's search engine, a step the company said it is taking to promote better online security practices.

By Jeremy Kirk | 07 August, 2014 16:30

Tags: Google, security, encryption

US federal agencies halt background checks by contractor after cyberattack

Two U.S. federal agencies have halted background checks with a contractor that said Wednesday its networks had been breached in a cyberattack suspected to have been coordinated by an unnamed country.

By Jeremy Kirk | 07 August, 2014 12:26

Tags: security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, data breach, US Investigations Services

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