Stories by Jeremy Kirk


Russian-speaking hackers breach 97 websites, many of them dating ones

Russian-speaking hackers have breached 97 websites, mostly dating-related, and stolen login credentials, putting hundreds of thousands of users at risk.

Google to freeze some Adobe Flash content on Sept. 1

Google will stop some Flash content from automatically playing starting Sept. 1, a move it decided on earlier this year to improve browser performance.

AT&T Wi-Fi hotspot reportedly stuffs extra ads into Web pages

Stanford computer scientist Jonathan Mayer was recently Web browsing at a U.S. airport when he reportedly noticed there were too many online advertisements.

Startup takes heat over online tool that checks Ashley Madison data

A startup accused of crude marketing centered around the Ashley Madison data breach said Monday it is changing its tactics amid criticism.

Latest Ashley Madison data dump reveals emails, source code for websites

The woes of’s owners continued Thursday, with a second large release of internal data that security experts suspect is authentic.

China group attacks India with Word exploit, then uses Microsoft's WMI

A hacking group suspected of operating from China has had success stealing information from mostly Indian targets, often pertaining to border disputes and trade issues, according to FireEye.

Russian cyberspies targeted punk rock band Pussy Riot

A closely watched band of suspected Russian hackers have spied on domestic targets, including two members of the outspoken punk rock band Pussy Riot.

Hackers release full data dump from Ashley Madison, extramarital dating site's owner said it is examining a large batch of data posted online by hackers who breached the website last month.

Darkode vendor of Facebook malware pleads guilty to one charge

A New York man pleaded guilty Monday to one federal spam-related charge for selling access to a botnet of Facebook accounts on a now-shuttered cybercriminal forum.

Gaming services, hosting companies hit with new type of DDoS attack

Gaming and hosting companies have been hit with a new kind of DDoS attack that could snowball without preventive steps, Level 3 Communications warned on Monday.

Italian teen finds two zero-day vulnerabilities in OS X

An Italian teenager has found two zero-day vulnerabilities in Apple's OS X operating system that could be used to gain remote access to a computer.

Google has another try at patching Stagefright flaw

Google has released another patch for the Stagefright vulnerability after a security firm said the first one didn't fix it.

Updates are coming for a telematics unit that hacked a Corvette

Security updates are being distributed for a telematics control unit (TCU) that security researchers showed could be manipulated to remotely apply the brakes of a Corvette, according to the device's French manufacturer.

How texting a Corvette could stop it in its tracks

As if recent research on car hacking wasn't frightening enough, a new study shows yet another danger to increasingly networked vehicles.

Mobile banking apps in developing nations have weak security

The developing world is increasingly using mobile banking apps to move money, but new research shows those apps are often poorly coded and pose security risks.