Stories by Jeremy Kirk

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Fake security software scammers jump on Conficker

Google's search rankings are being stuffed with links to fake security software that purports to remove Conficker, a widespread worm that's currently the Internet's number one security threat, but doesn't.

At last, Skype set to launch iPhone application

Skype is set to launch a mobile application for the iPhone on Tuesday, a long-awaited entry to Apple's App Store, and one for BlackBerry devices in May, Skype officials have confirmed.

Pirate Bay adds feature to share torrents on Facebook

The world's most notorious search engine for audio and video content on the Web has added a feature that links it with the popular social-networking site Facebook.

Deep computer-spying network touched 103 countries

A 10-month cyberespionage investigation has found that 1,295 computers in 103 countries and belonging to international institutions have been spied on, with some circumstantial evidence suggesting China may be to blame.

Bucking a trend, security appliance market grows

The security appliance market in Western Europe grew 14.4 percent in 2008 and is expected to continue to expend this year, albeit at a slower rate, according to the latest figures from analyst firm IDC.

Survey gauges Web application security spending

A new survey shows that despite the dismal economic conditions, more than a quarter of the companies polled expect to spend more on Web application security this year.

Facebook holds the line against spammers, scammers

Facebook is shoring up its security protection procedures as the social-networking site increasingly comes under attacks from spammers, data thieves and other tricksters, according to the company's chief privacy officer.

German police: Two-factor authentication failing

A two-factor authentication system widely used in Germany is failing to stop cybercriminals from draining bank accounts, a top German law enforcement official said Tuesday.

In poor economy, IT pros could turn to e-crime

Enterprises increasingly feel their employees will be more willing to steal data or sell insider knowledge due to the poor economy, according to an annual security survey conducted by KPMG.

Browser add-on locks out targeted advertising

A Harvard University fellow has developed a browser extension that stops advertising networks from tracking a person's surfing habits, such as search queries and content they view on the Web.

Bebo extends social network across Europe

Bebo is launching local-language versions of its social networking site in five European countries, offering premium video content via media partners, the company said Monday.

Antiphishing group develops e-crime reporting tool

A group dedicated to fighting phishing scams has developed a way for police and other organizations to report e-crimes in a common data format readable by a Web browser or other application.

McAfee funds e-crime training in Europe, US

Security vendor McAfee will give grants to a European and a U.S. organization to better train law enforcement and legal officials to deal with cybercrime.

Users gain options for mobile voice encryption

U.S. President Barack Obama's dilemma over the security of his BlackBerry has given rise to an increased interested in systems that can scramble voice calls to avoid interception.

Bathrooms become smarter with touch screens

In just a few years if you forget to brush your teeth, you may get a gentle reminder -- from your bathroom mirror.