Stories by Jeremy Kirk


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.

Fireshark plugin decodes the malicious Web

A computer security researcher has released a plugin for Firefox that provides a wealth of data on Web sites that may have been compromised with malicious code.

Researchers find bugs in archive file formats

Researchers have found ways to hide malicious software in commonly used archival formats that went undetected until recently by most antivirus programs.

Facebook beefs up site against hackers

Facebook is employing aggressive legal means in combination with technical measures in order to stop hackers from abusing its social-networking site, according to its chief security officer, Max Kelly.

Researcher shows new clickjacking methods

A computer security researcher has released a new browser-based tool that can be used to experiment with next-generation "clickjacking" attacks along with details of the four new techniques.

Malicious Facebook ad redirected to fake antivirus software

A malicious advertisement has been found within an application for Facebook that redirected users to fake antivirus software, according to a security researcher.

Hacker conference to address emerging Web threats

The Black Hat security conference will kick off next week in Barcelona, with training sessions and briefings from some of the most talented security researchers in the industry.

Adobe considers changes to mitigate PDF attack

Adobe Systems is considering modifying its PDF applications to counter a way to run arbitrary code on Windows computers by embedding it in a malicious PDF file.

Malicious PDF file doesn't need a software vulnerability

A security researcher has found a way to run arbitrary code on Windows computers by embedding it in a malicious PDF file.

Microsoft will not change China operations, official says

Microsoft has noted Google's recent move to stop censoring its search engine in China, but will continue to do business there, a senior company official said Wednesday.

Council of Europe pushes for only one cybercrime treaty

A European intergovernmental body that oversees the only international cybercrime treaty is advocating that the U.N. supports its efforts to get wider ratification of the treaty.

Law enforcement lobbies hard for ICANN changes

U.S. and U.K. law enforcement officials are trying to marshal support for changes that would make it more difficult for criminals to register domain names under false details.