Stories by Jeremy Kirk


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.

Dell looks to emerging markets, services

Dell, the world's second largest PC seller, will move faster into emerging markets and increase its services offerings as part of a plan to reverse poor financial performance, top executives said.

Microsoft signs on to MIT Kerberos Consortium

Microsoft has joined the MIT Kerberos Consortium, an organization that develops the widely-used network authentication standard. It joins Apple, Google and Sun on the consortium's executive board.

OOXML results in, but ISO delays announcement

The vote result on whether the Microsoft-built Office Open XML file format will become an international standard won't be officially revealed until Wednesday, the International Organization for Standardization, based in Geneva, said late Monday.

BLACK HAT - Analyst: Money will fuel mobile spying programs

Spying programs for mobile phones are likely to grow in sophistication and stealth as the business around selling the tools grows, according to a mobile analyst at the Black Hat conference on Friday.

BLACK HAT - Professor: Computers plus people equals risk

Companies are relying too much on technology to run their businesses, a trend that doesn't account for unpredictable situations that humans still deal with better than machines, a technology expert said at the Black Hat conference in Amsterdam this week.