Stories by Liam Tung

Win8 SmartScreen nudges software sellers to buy code signing certs

Microsoft’s SmartScreen ‘reputation checker’ is expanding from the Internet Explorer browser to the entire Windows 8 desktop, nudging developers to buy Extended Validation (EV) code signing certificates to reduce their chances of causing a security alert.

WikiLeaks wins credit card bout

A District Court order in Iceland’s capital Reykjavík has ordered local payments provider Valitor to open services to WikiLeaks again or face a hefty US$6,000 a day penalty.

Flame a glimpse into the Bermuda triangle of malware

The bloated, modular Flame malware may or may not be the biggest threat since Stuxnet, but its tardy discovery highlights the limits of antivirus in a world where governments are investing heavily in offensive cyber capabilities.

Official Australian e-health info page defaced

An apparent trio of ‘hackers’ operating under the LatinHackTeam banner has claimed the Australian Government’s Department of Health and Ageing eHealth education site as its 13,789th ‘defacement‘ victim.

US FCC approves Aussie-like anti-zombie code

Despite strong opposition to an Australian-like voluntary anti-botnet iCode, where ISPs inform customers of botnet infections, a US Federal Communications Commission council has approved it.

Symantec: disable pcAnywhere until fully patched

Symantec on Tuesday took the dramatic step of advising customers of its secure communications product pcAnywhere to disable it, confirming that a 2006 data breach in which hackers stole its source code had led to a heightened risk of a successful attack.

SANS Institute slags Australia's anti-botnet iCode

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is eyeing Australia's iCode as a model for its own ISP-led malware notification system, but Microsoft, the SANS Institute and others have expressed reservations about pursuing it in the United States (US).