Stories by Matthew Broersma

Apple dismisses Safari download issue

A security researcher has published a demonstration exploit that takes advantage of the download mechanism in Apple's Safari browser to automatically download files onto a user's system.

Botnet attacks military systems

Security researchers have discovered a complex spamming scheme that hijacks users' PCs in order to attempt to send junk mail via university and military systems.

Most top banks already using virtualization

Enterprises as a whole may be holding off on virtualizing their data centers, but the majority of top-tier U.S. and U.K. banks are already implementing virtualization across different parts of their infrastructures, according to just-released Microsoft-funded research.

Researchers 'poison' Storm botnet

A group of German researchers has unveiled the first publicly released research attempting to actively disrupt a peer-to-peer botnet - using as their case study the notorious Storm worm.

Download turns smartphones into Wi-Fi hotspots

TapRoot Systems this week began offering a freely downloadable version of a recently launched carrier product that turns Wi-Fi-equipped 3G smartphones into wireless hotspots, in an effort to simplify mobile Internet access.

Microsoft credits researchers for hacking

Security researchers are free to investigate Microsoft's online services for security bugs, without fear of prosecution - as long as they submit the bugs they find "responsibly" to Microsoft, the company said this week.

Linux expanding into mid-range phones

Linux is expanding its influence outside of the world of smartphones, and is poised to take a significant share of the mid-range mobile phone market as well, according to a new study from ABI Research.

Reports: Wi-Fi users to be monitored in Russia

Business travellers to Russia might want to keep their laptops and iPhones well-concealed - not from muggers, necessarily, but from the country's recently formed regulatory super-agency, Rossvyazokhrankultura (short for the Russian Mass Media, Communications and Cultural Protection Service).

SpikeSource gives ISVs testing boost

SpikeSource has announced a service aimed at letting smaller software makers automatically test their products for particular software stacks, potentially opening up significant opportunities for software start-ups and open source developers.

Biometric hack tool released

A British security researcher has demonstrated a "biologging" system for intercepting biometric authentication data, warning that attacks on biometric systems could become relatively straightforward if current practices don't change.

Apple sued over 'inferior' iMac screens

Apple has been hit by a class-action lawsuit claiming the company deceived customers over the quality of the screens in the 20-inch iMacs launched last summer.

Data centers heading for cash crunch

Data center cooling and power consumption costs, boosted by higher-than-expected rates of server rollout, are leading data centers into an economic crisis, according to a survey of 311 enterprise data center managers by the Uptime Institute.

Red Hat takes Xen approach with latest OS

Red Hat has rolled out a beta-test of the next version of its flagship OS, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.2, with a new kernel and significant changes aimed at server farms and at workstations.