Stories by Jeremy Kirk

Google+

Apple ships vulnerable Flash version with new Mac OS

Mac users may be surprised that versions of Apple's latest operating system, Snow Leopard, also installs an older version of Adobe System's Flash player, potentially putting them at a higher security risk.

U.K. government looks to smart ticketing for transport

The U.K. aims to have a plan by the end of this year that lets people use their mobile phones or smart cards to pay for travel across England's public transport system.

Apple investigating malfunctioning iPhone reports

Apple is investigating reports that some of its popular iPhones may have malfunctioned following a query from a European Commission directorate that oversees consumer safety issues.

ICANN says new policy has killed 'domain tasting'

The entity in charge of the Internet's addressing system is declaring victory over an abusive trend in registering domain names.

Georgia cyberattacks linked to Russian organized crime

The cyberattacks against Georgia a year ago were conducted in close connection with Russian criminal gangs, and the attackers likely were tipped off about Russia's intent to invade the country, according to a new technical analysis, much of which remains secret.

Hackers put social networks such as Twitter in crosshairs

Web sites such as Twitter are becoming increasingly favored by hackers as places to plant malicious software in order to infect computers, according to a new study covering Web application security vulnerabilities.

Attacks on US, Korea Web sites leave a winding trail

The investigation into the attacks against high-profile Web sites in South Korea and the U.S. is a winding, twisty electronic goose chase that may not result in a definitive conclusion on the identity of the attackers.

Study: Adobe Flash cookies pose vexing privacy questions

Adobe's Flash program is being used on heavily trafficked Web sites to collect information on how people navigate those sites even if people believe they've restricted the data collection, according to a new study.

Microsoft slammed over Bing's sponsored online drug ads

Microsoft profits by selling online ads on its search engine to criminal gangs running pharmaceutical Web sites that offer medication to people without a proper prescription, according to a new study.

Court allows extradition of British hacker to proceed

A British hacker who broke into U.S. government computer systems seeking evidence of alien life has failed in his latest efforts to block extradition to the U.S. to face trial.

Open-source project aims to makes secure DNS easier

A group of developers has released open-source software that gives administrators a hand in making the Internet's addressing system less vulnerable to hackers.

Apple: Jailbreaking could knock out transmission towers

Apple has told the U.S. Copyright Office that modifying the iPhone's operating system could crash a mobile phone network's transmission towers or allow people to avoid paying for phone calls.

Screen-blocking systems stop prying eyes

You've probably been in this situation before: A colleague strolls up behind your computer during work hours and your personal e-mail is in view.

McAfee updates managed cloud security service

McAfee's latest version of its managed security service includes new features that let companies scan their Web sites for vulnerabilities as well as check for compliance with payment-card industry standards for handling financial data.

Reports: Microsoft and Yahoo close to search ad deal

In less than a week, Microsoft could reach an alliance with Yahoo that could compete better with Google in online search advertising, according to media reports.