Stories by Jeremy Kirk

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US jury convicts Nigerian on wire fraud charges

A 31-year-old Nigerian man could face up to 20 years in prison after being convicted Tuesday of charges related to running advance free fraud scams for five years, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

OpenOffice 3.2 fixes several vulnerabilities

The latest version of OpenOffice fixes several vulnerabilities that could cause a computer to become compromised by a remote attacker.

After outcry, Google revamps Buzz networking application

Google apologized on Saturday, saying it has made several changes to its new social-networking application Buzz to allay privacy concerns.

HP opens first ever wind-cooled data center

From the outside, Hewlett-Packard's newest data center looks like a massive, well-secured loading dock, devoid of logos and surrounded by a robust barbed-wired fence in a nondescript industrial park.

Nigeria uses celebrity power to stem cybercrime

Microsoft and Nigeria have released a song and video as part of a campaign to dissuade people from getting involved in cybercrime.

E-mail scam steals €3 million in carbon credits

A clever phishing scheme launched last week may have stolen more than €3 million (US$4.1 million) worth of carbon emission permits from companies.

UK government enlists public to spot terror Web sites

The U.K. public can report terrorism-related Web sites to authorities for removal from the Internet under a new program launched by the British government.

Botnet targets major Web sites with junk SSL connection

More than 300 Web sites are being pestered by infected computers that are part of the Pushdo botnet, according to security researchers.

Amazon pulls plug on, then bows to Macmillan in e-book row

After a brief protest, Amazon.com will continue to sell e-book titles from Macmillan despite the publisher's decision to raise prices for e-books.

EFF: Browsers can leave a unique trail on the Web

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has created an on-line tool that details the wealth of information a Web browser reveals, which can pose privacy concerns when used to profile users.

FBI arrests alleged cable modem hacker

U.S. federal authorities arrested a 26-year-old man on Thursday for allegedly selling modified cable modems that enabled free Internet access, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Advance-fee fraud scams rise dramatically in 2009

People around the world continue to be duped by advance-fee frauds, with one Dutch private investigation company estimating the highest ever annual losses occurred in 2009.

3D Secure online payment system not secure, researchers say

A widely deployed system intended to reduce on-line payment card fraud is fraught with security problems, according to University of Cambridge researchers.

Researcher to reveal more Internet Explorer problems

Microsoft's Internet Explorer could inadvertently allow a hacker to read files on a person's computer, another problem for the company just days after a serious vulnerability received an emergency patch.

UK police engage print industry to stop fake IDs

U.K. police are trying to get wider participation from printer manufacturers and makers of specialist equipment in a voluntary program designed to cut off criminals from the tools they need to make fraudulent passports and ID cards.