Stories by Jeremy Kirk


Symantec sees rise in high-traffic DDoS attacks

A type of distributed denial-of-service attack, DNS amplification, has risen sharply, according to new research from Symantec.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 October, 2014 13:04

Tags: symantec, security

Microsoft discloses zero-day flaw, publishes quick fix

Microsoft has published a temporary fix for a new zero-day flaw that affects nearly all versions of Windows and is currently being exploited via PowerPoint.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 October, 2014 11:29

Tags: patches, security, Microsoft, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Apple's Yosemite OS shares Spotlight search terms by default

Apple is being called out for how it shares desktop and Web searches in its latest desktop operating system, Yosemite.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 October, 2014 11:19

Tags: Apple, Mac OS, security, Microsoft, software, operating systems, privacy

China again blames US for disrupted cybersecurity talks

China claimed on Sunday the U.S. has derailed cybersecurity cooperation between the two countries and that it doesn't tolerate hacking.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 October, 2014 13:13

Tags: no company, security

Dropbox used for convincing phishing attack

Dropbox's file storage service was used for a tricky phishing attack, although the service was quick to shut down it down, according to Symantec.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 October, 2014 10:50

Tags: symantec, dropbox, security, fraud

Hackers strike defence companies through real-time ad bidding

A major change this year in how online advertisements are sold has been embraced by hackers, who are using advanced ad-targeting capabilities to precisely deliver malware.

By Jeremy Kirk | 17 October, 2014 13:01

Tags: advertising, security, Invincea, internet, Exploits / vulnerabilities, malware

Drupal releases patch for severe SQL injection flaw

Drupal has released a patch for a highly critical flaw in its content management system, which could allow rogue code to run.

By Jeremy Kirk | 17 October, 2014 10:27

Tags: security, Exploits / vulnerabilities, drupal

FBI warns of cyberattacks linked to China

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning to companies and organizations on Wednesday of cyberattacks by people linked with the Chinese government.

By Jeremy Kirk | 16 October, 2014 14:24

Tags: Criminal, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, security, legal, cybercrime

Facebook doubles reward for bug reports in advertising code

Facebook is doubling the rewards it will pay for security vulnerabilities related to code that runs its advertising system, the company said Wednesday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 16 October, 2014 11:47

Tags: advertising, security, internet, Exploits / vulnerabilities, Facebook

Security experts warn of 'POODLE' attack against SSL 3.0

Google researchers have found a severe flaw in an obsolete but still used encryption software, which could be exploited to steal sensitive data.

By Jeremy Kirk | 15 October, 2014 15:07

Tags: Google, security, CloudFlare, encryption

Security vendors claim progress against Chinese group that hacked Google

A group of security companies say a collaborative effort has helped counter several hacking tools used by a China-based group most known for provoking strong condemnation from Google four years ago.

By Jeremy Kirk | 15 October, 2014 14:12

Tags: ThreatTrack Security, iSight Partners, FireEye, ThreatConnect, Volexity, Tenable, malware, Cisco Systems, symantec, Novetta, security, Microsoft

YouTube served malicious advertisements, Trend Micro says

Malicious advertisements, some of which were displayed on YouTube, redirected more than 113,000 people in the U.S. to harmful websites in just a month, Trend Micro said Tuesday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 15 October, 2014 11:50

Tags: advertising, security, trend micro, internet, malware

'Hurricane Panda' hackers used Microsoft zero-day, CrowdStrike says

One of the zero-day flaws patched by Microsoft on Tuesday had been used for some time by a group with suspected Chinese government ties that targets technology companies, CrowdStrike's chief executive said.

By Jeremy Kirk | 15 October, 2014 11:43

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

Cisco advises users to lock down WebEx to prevent snooping

Cisco has warned customers to lock down WebEx after a security researcher and journalist found many big-name companies left some online meetings open for anyone to join.

By Jeremy Kirk | 14 October, 2014 10:41

Tags: security, cisco

Hong Kong democracy activist websites compromised

Four websites promoting democracy in Hong Kong have been rigged to deliver malicious software, according to a Washington, D.C.-based security company.

By Jeremy Kirk | 13 October, 2014 10:34

Tags: security, Volexity, malware

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