Stories by Jeremy Kirk


'Tiny banker' malware targets US financial institutions

A banking trojan, known for its small size but powerful capabilities, has expanded the number of financial institutions it can collect data from, according to security vendor Avast.

By Jeremy Kirk | 16 September, 2014 13:28

Tags: security, Avast, data protection, malware

Data loss detection tool mines the ephemeral world of 'pastes'

It's not easy to figure out if your data has been collected by hackers, but an online tool has been expanded to hunt through one of the most prolific sources of leaked data, known as "pastes."

By Jeremy Kirk | 16 September, 2014 12:05

Tags: Pastie, security, Slexy, Pastebin

Sprint, Windstream traffic routing errors hijacked other ISPs

Internet traffic routing errors made by U.S. operators Sprint and Windstream on the same day last week underscore a long-known Internet weakness, posing both security and reliability issues.

By Jeremy Kirk | 15 September, 2014 12:25

Tags: sprint, Dyn, Windstream, security, Renesys

CTO for Liberty Reserve payment network pleads guilty

The CTO of a Costa Rica-based payment network that U.S. prosecutors allege primarily served the cybercriminal underworld pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business.

By Jeremy Kirk | 12 September, 2014 12:38

Tags: Criminal, security, legal, Liberty Reserve, cybercrime

Study concludes 'Heartbleed' flaw was unknown before disclosure

One of the most serious software flaws to affect the Internet, nicknamed "Heartbleed," was likely unknown before it was publicly disclosed, according to new research.

By Jeremy Kirk | 10 September, 2014 11:21

Tags: no company, security

Will bitcoin's creator be unmasked for $12,000?

The latest claim of knowledge of the true identity of bitcoin's creator is being viewed with suspicion.

By Jeremy Kirk | 09 September, 2014 13:56

Tags: no company, security

Malicious advertising hits Amazon, YouTube and Yahoo, Cisco says

Malicious advertisements have popped up on websites such as YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo, part of a sophisticated campaign to spread malware, Cisco said Monday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 09 September, 2014 12:16

Tags: advertising, security, cisco, internet

OpenSSL warns vendors against using vulnerability info for marketing

Security advisories for OpenSSL should not be used for competitive advantage, according to the development project behind the widely used cryptography component.

By Jeremy Kirk | 09 September, 2014 10:44

Tags: open source, security, software, OpenSSL Project

Popular Android apps fail basic security tests, putting privacy at risk

Instagram, Grindr, OkCupid and many other Android applications fail to take basic precautions to protect their users' data, putting their privacy at risk, according to new study.

By Jeremy Kirk | 08 September, 2014 20:04

Tags: applications, security, mobile security, software, University of New Haven Cyber Forensics Research and Education Group

Just five gangs in Nigeria are behind most Craigslist buyer scams

Five Nigerian criminal gangs are behind most scams targeting sellers on Craigslist, and they've taken new measures to make their swindles appear legitimate, according to a new study.

By Jeremy Kirk | 08 September, 2014 10:50

Tags: no company, security

Apple CEO says iCloud security will be strengthened

Apple, still reeling from the nude celebrity photo incident, plans to soon strengthen security around its iCloud storage service, according to CEO Tim Cook in a news report Thursday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 05 September, 2014 14:39

Tags: Apple, security

The Russian-made tool that grabs nude selfies from iCloud accounts

There's a seedy trade in compromising photos stored in Apple iCloud accounts, and it is in part aided by a software program that cleanly collects the data.

By Jeremy Kirk | 04 September, 2014 14:24

Tags: Apple, security, Elcomsoft

Latest Firefox version adds protection against rogue SSL certificates

Mozilla has added a defense in its latest version of Firefox that would help prevent hackers from intercepting data intended for major online services.

By Jeremy Kirk | 03 September, 2014 12:04

Tags: Google, applications, security, browsers, twitter, software, mozilla

Namecheap says accounts compromised in hacking incident

Hosting provider, Namecheap, said on Monday that hackers compromised some of its users' accounts, likely using a recently disclosed list of 1.2 billion usernames and passwords compiled by Russian hackers.

By Jeremy Kirk | 02 September, 2014 12:54

Tags: security, Hold Security, Namecheap

Why hackers may be stealing your credit card numbers for years

While conducting a penetration test of a major Canadian retailer, Rob VandenBrink bought something from the store. He later found his own credit card number buried in its systems, a major worry.

By Jeremy Kirk | 02 September, 2014 11:06

Tags: intrusion, security, data breach, data protection, Exploits / vulnerabilities, fraud, PCI Security Standards Council, malware, Metafore

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