Stories by Jeremy Kirk

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Sophos plans to acquire German data security company

Security vendor Sophos plans to acquire Utimaco, a German company specializing in software that aims to prevent sensitive data from escaping corporate networks, an increasing focus with the rise in data breaches.

Google Italy could face criminal charges over video

Italian prosecutors are wrapping up an investigation that could see four Google executives charged for failing to block the posting of a video of a disabled teenager being bullied on the company's video service.

Yahoo: Burn your DRMed tracks to CD now

Yahoo has become the latest company to abandon customers who bought tracks from its music store encoded with DRM (digital rights management), drawing fire from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Kaspersky says hacking attack did no damage

The defacement of one of Kaspersky Lab's partner Web sites over the weekend occurred while the site was under construction and offered no data to steal, a senior company official said Tuesday.

New worm transcodes MP3s to try to infect PCs

A new kind of malicious software could pose a danger to Windows users who download music files on peer-to-peer networks.

Google to buy Russian online ad firm

Google said Friday it will pay US$140 million for a Russian contextual advertising company as it seeks to expand its services to advertisers and Web-site publishers outside the U.S.

Losses likely to rise from latest Romanian crime ring

The losses caused by a cybercrime ring broken up on Tuesday by Romania could reach into the millions of euros, an official with the General Inspectorate of the Romanian National Police said on Thursday.

Google tweaks Gmail to stop auto-adding contacts

Google is rolling out a change this week to Gmail that gives users more control over their contacts list.

Activists raise awareness over targeted advertising

In June 2007, Stephen Mainwaring of Weston Super Mare, England, noticed something wasn't quite right with his Web browser.

Microsoft updates servers with latest Search features

Microsoft has released three bundles of fixes and new features for its server products.

Spammer gets 30 months for inundating AOL

A 27-year-old man was sentenced to 30 months in prison Tuesday for blasting AOL subscribers with spam over a four-month period.

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.