Stories by Jeremy Kirk


Irish ISP launches pilot program aimed at file sharers

Irish ISP Eircom launched a three-month pilot program on Monday that will see those who repeatedly share files under copyright cut off from their Internet service.

Oracle to acquire database security firm Secerno

Oracle will acquire Secerno, which makes firewall products for databases that protect against hackers and data breaches, the companies said Thursday.

Germany launches criminal investigation of Google

German prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation over whether Google broke data protection regulations when it collected fragments of Wi-Fi data while shooting imagery for its mapping application.

Europe fines nine chipmakers €331M over price fixing

European antitrust regulators fined nine semiconductor manufacturers more than €331 million (US$404 million) on Wednesday following a years-long investigation into price fixing in the market for DRAM memory chips.

IPhone mobile payments trial to begin soon

Visa expects soon to begin trials of contactless payments system for Apple's iPhone, using a special case for the phone developed by DeviceFidelity.

Microsoft rolls out Hotmail enhancements

Microsoft is set to begin rolling out the latest enhancements to its Hotmail Web mail service, with an aim to reduce clutter and make it easier to send photos and handle Office documents.

Firefox aims to make IE, Safari browsing more secure

Mozilla has expanded a service that checks if a browser's plugins are current to now scan Internet Explorer, Safari Opera and Chrome in addition to its own Firefox.

Google search anonymizer up and running again

A service that allows Google's search engine to be used anonymously is running again after a code change briefly knocked it down.

Symantec buys encryption specialist PGP for $300M

Symantec will acquire encryption specialist PGP and endpoint security vendor GuardianEdge Technologies for US$300 million and $70 million, respectively, the company said on Thursday.

Google finds fake antivirus programs on the rise

Fake antivirus software is becoming more prevalent on the Internet, with its creators using clever methods to fool users into installing the programs, according to a new report from Google.

New Storm worm may not last long

A new variant of the Storm worm has emerged, but it does not appear to be as well-designed as its older relative, according to computer security researchers.

UK kicks off program to recruit security gurus

The U.K. is planning to hold computer security exercises later this year to spark interest in the field and address a shortage of professionals in the country, a program modeled after one started in the U.S.

Linux machines surprisingly linked to spam

Although Linux holds only a small market share, Linux computers appear to send a disproportionate amount of spam compared to other operating systems, according to new research from Symantec's MessageLabs messaging security division.

IronKey rolls out secure online banking USB drive

IronKey rolled out its Trusted Access for Banking USB drive on Monday.

Browser add-on aims to foil Google data collection

A computer security researcher has launched a project designed to provide people greater privacy when using Google, as the company expands the scope of data its collects about its users.