Stories by Jeremy Kirk

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Researcher finds new flaw in QuickTime for Windows

A security think tank says it has found a vulnerability in Apple's QuickTime multimedia player that can be exploited remotely to compromise Windows Vista PCs upgraded to Service Pack 1, as well as XP SP2.

Spammers ramp up siege on Google's Blogger via bots

Spammers are using an automated method to create bogus pages on Google's Blogger service, again highlighting the diminishing effectiveness of a security system intended to stop mass account registrations, according to security vendor Websense.

INFOSEC - Microsoft figures show some users may like adware

It would seem logical to think most Internet users are annoyed by software that causes pop-up advertisements to appear on their screens.

INFOSEC - Schneier: Lots of security software is 'snake oil'

Bruce Schneier is one of the foremost experts on cryptography and is a well-known security author and commentator. He is the founder of the managed security services company Counterpane, which was acquired in October 2006 by BT. Schneier sat down with IDG News Service at the Infosec security show in London to talk about the effectiveness of security products and the psychology of security.

Rock Phish gang adds second punch to phishing attacks

A notorious online gang known for its prolific phishing operations has expanded its means of attack, potentially putting more PC users at risk of losing personal data.

PayPal to block users with old browsers to cut back phishing

PayPal, eBay's electronic payment service, plans to take the dramatic step of locking out people using older versions of Web browsers in order to stem phishing attacks.

Chinese blogs detail zero-day flaw in Microsoft Works

Chinese-language blogs are detailing a zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Works, the company's lower-end office productivity suite, according to security vendor McAfee.

British police use Facebook to gather evidence

The Greater Manchester Police force is looking for friends -- on Facebook.

SANS solves mystery of mass Web site infections

The SANS Institute has uncovered what they've termed a "rare gem" as far as computer security investigations go that sheds new light on how up to 20,000 Web sites have been hacked since January.

MySpace hack reveals profile visitors

A security problem with MySpace has the potential to botch up law-enforcement efforts to track bad actors on the social-networking site.

Adobe fixes seven flaws in Flash Player

Adobe has upgraded its Flash Player to fix seven vulnerabilities in the graphics and video software widely used for interactive Web pages and banner advertisements.

Yahoo previews online ad management platform

Yahoo said Monday it will have a Web-based system in place to buy online ad space across some 600 newspapers and other online sites as soon as July.

Yahoo again rebuffs Microsoft in letter

Yahoo called Microsoft's threat of a hostile takeover "counterproductive" on Monday, while also saying it is open to a deal but only at a higher price.

Hackers tuck attack code into UK government site

A Welsh government Web site has been hacked to serve up malicious JavaScript, a sign that the spate of attacks first spotted last month are continuing, analysts from security vendor Sophos warned.

Symantec, Microsoft resolve spat over storage tech

Microsoft and Symantec have asked a US federal court to dismiss a two-year-old lawsuit after the companies settled a dispute over storage technology.