Stories by Jeremy Kirk

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Researchers trace structure of cybercrime gangs

The chain of command of a cybercrime gang is not unlike the Mafia, an evolution that shows how online crime is becoming a broad, well-organized endeavor.

CCTV camera identifies people by race

The eye of tech-artist Benjamin Males' custom-made surveillance camera is engineered for a black and white world.

Symantec: Microsoft Access ActiveX attacks will intensify

An easy-to-use toolkit used to hack computers has now been updated to take advantage of an unpatched security vulnerability in Microsoft's software, which could mean attacks will intensify, according to vendor Symantec.

Dear Sir or Madam: Lottery scams proliferate

Tom Ericson, a retired bank employee who lives in Denmark, still can't get over how he lost about Euro 60,000 (US$90,000) in a bogus lottery.

Google wraps search query volume data into AdWords

Google is adding a feature to its AdWords platform that lets advertisers see how frequently people use certain search terms in order to more finely tune their ad campaigns.

Adware company refines opt-out, notification technology

Facing heat over privacy worries, NebuAd said Tuesday it has a new notification and opt-out system for its targeted advertising system that critics say is invasive and spies on users.

Lithuania: Attacks focused on hosting company

A vulnerability in a Web server contributed to attacks on some 300 Web sites in Lithuania last week, according to a computer security expert.

Report: Yahoo-Google partnership under DOJ scrutiny

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has opened a formal antitrust investigation into the advertising partnership between Yahoo and Google, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Study: Unpatched Web browsers prevalent on the Internet

Only 59.1 percent of people use up-to-date, fully patched Web browsers, putting the remainder at risk from growing threats from diligent hackers, according to a new study published by researchers in Switzerland.

Google changes tack on pay-per-action offerings

Google is rolling out two new offerings that let advertisers more precisely target people who will likely be receptive to their products.

MySpace users struggle to overcome cybervandalism

One of the first social networking upstarts, MySpace, is facing continuing security problems that threaten to spoil many of the innovative features that make the site useful.

Judge lets settlement in ConnectU vs. Facebook stand

Dating Web site ConnectU won't get more money out of Facebook after the two settled a dispute earlier this year.

Yahoo fixes e-mail cross-site scripting flaw

Yahoo has fixed a vulnerability in its Web mail site that could allow a hacker to get access to a person's account.

Dutch launch open-source smart card software project

A Dutch charity is funding an open-source project to design smart card software that offers stronger protection of personal data in light of security vulnerabilities found with cards used today in the U.S., U.K. and Netherlands.

Microsoft scoops up TV ad-placement company

Microsoft is moving into the TV advertising realm with the acquisition of Navic Networks, which specializes in delivering targeted, interactive ads to users of digital cable set-top boxes.