Stories by Matthew Broersma

Rigged Excel documents making the rounds

Security experts have warned that malicious Microsoft Excel documents are making the rounds via email, exploiting an unpatched Excel vulnerability that has been known publicly since January.

IBM brings 'Microsoft-free' PCs to Europe

In a move to challenge Microsoft on the desktop, IBM has teamed up with Austrian and Polish system integrators to supply the emerging Eastern European and Russian business PC markets with "Microsoft-free" systems based on Red Hat Linux and open standards-based productivity software.

Open-Xchange lures Zimbra users

It looks like Microsoft's proposed Yahoo acquisition is already attracting its share of buzzards: Open-Xchange, a prominent open source competitor to Microsoft Exchange, is looking to lure customers of Yahoo subsidiary Zimbra with an offer of steep discounts.

'Undercover' looks to replace PINs

Security researchers have tested the first prototypes of a secure authentication system that could one day replace PIN entry at cash points.

Research unmasks anonymity networks

Anonymity systems designed to allow users to carry out actions on the Internet without identifying themselves can often be cracked with a bit of unorthodox thinking, according to a Cambridge researcher.

Facebook, MySpace hit by zero-day flaw

Exploit code affecting an unpatched flaw in an image uploader used by both Facebook and MySpace is circulating publicly, putting users of the social networking sites at risk, according to security researchers.

IM attacks get nastier

Attacks on instant messaging systems continued to grow more sophisticated and dangerous in January, according to Akonix, a vendor of messaging security systems.

Apple 'breaks' Sun developer app

Open source developers have taken Apple to task for "undermining" a key piece of open source developer code in its Mac OS X implementation.

Researcher 'cracks' Yahoo anti-scam feature

A security researcher has claimed that Yahoo's system for blocking automated access to its systems - the CAPTCHA image-recognition system - has been effectively cracked.

Red Hat and Firefox more buggy than Microsoft

Secunia has found that the number of security bugs in the open source Red Hat Linux operating system and Firefox browsers far outstripped comparable products from Microsoft last year.

Android invades hardware

Google's Android developer kit for mobile phones has been successfully installed on several hardware devices, a step toward turning it into a genuine mobile-phone platform.