Articles By Jeremy Kirk

Dropbox launches security probe into spam attacks

Dropbox is investigating reports that some European users are receiving spam to email addresses associated with their accounts, the company said Tuesday.Dropbox, whose cloud storageservice is widely used, said in astatement that "we

Published on: July 18th, 2012 Jeremy Kirk

Using Charles Dickens to crack your LinkedIn password

Kevin Young, a computer security expert who studies passwords, is nearly at a loss for words. Literally.Young and his colleagues are working to decode some 2.6 million scrambled LinkedIn passwords, part of a

Published on: June 8th, 2012 Jeremy Kirk

Web app checks for compromised LinkedIn passwords

A New York-based Web developer and his colleagues have built a Web-based application for people to see if their LinkedIn password hash is among 6.5 million released on a Russian hacker forum.The password

Published on: June 7th, 2012 Jeremy Kirk

First ‘drive-by download’ attack for Android detected

Analysts with Lookout Mobile Security have found websites that have been hacked to deliver malicious software to devices running Android, an apparent new attack vector crafted for the mobile operating system.The style of

Published on: May 3rd, 2012 Jeremy Kirk

Avira releases free Mac antivirus, Android tracker

German security company Avira has released free antivirus software for Apple Macs, joining a host of security software providers offering protection for OS X.Avira said Apple's market share for computers has increased, which

Published on: March 28th, 2012 Jeremy Kirk

New iPad jailbroken just hours after its release

Hackers claimed to have figured out a way to bypass Apple's technical restrictions and install unauthorized applications on the company's latest iPad upon its release last Friday.Apple forbids installing applications it has not

Published on: March 19th, 2012 Jeremy Kirk

25 alleged Anonymous members nabbed

Interpol said Tuesday that 25 people suspected of being affiliated with the Anonymous hacking group were arrested in four countries in South America and Europe, with authorities seizing IT equipment, payment cards and

Published on: February 29th, 2012 Jeremy Kirk

Facebook says it’s not spying on text messages

Facebook on Monday denied a news report accusing the company of reading text messages on Android devices, but said it is running a "limited" test of new features that may require the company

Published on: February 27th, 2012 Jeremy Kirk

RIM woos Android developers with free PlayBook

Research in Motion is trying to woo developers by giving a free BlackBerry Playbook tablet to coders who port their Android application for its BlackBerry Tablet OS. The promotion, announced on Twitter by

Published on: February 3rd, 2012 Jeremy Kirk

Facebook agrees to a dozen recommendations by Irish data protection authority

Facebook plans to change how it retains data and revamp some privacy controls following the release Wednesday of a critical audit from Ireland's data protection authority.Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, said if

Published on: December 22nd, 2011 Jeremy Kirk

Spammers have created 87 services to shorten URLs

Spammers have created their own services to shorten URLs (uniform resource locators) in an apparent attempt to circumvent security measures in place at well-known shortening Web sites, according to Symantec.So far, some 87

Published on: October 26th, 2011 Jeremy Kirk

Fraudsters’ strangest schemes on e-commerce sites

Even if your company Web site is secured with the latest software patches and has been tested by ethical hackers, it doesn't mean the scammers will stay away.In fact, fraudsters are actually highly

Published on: October 25th, 2011 Jeremy Kirk

Skype flaw allows BitTorrent users to be identified

Entertainment companies seeking to trace people who are illegally file sharing may be interested in new research that could identify filesharers through their Skype accounts. A research team has figured out how to

Published on: October 21st, 2011 Jeremy Kirk

Beware of ‘card-trapping’ at ATM machines

Criminals are embracing methods to trap debit and credit cards in automated teller machines (ATMs) for retrieval later, a move believed to be motivated by better security measures designed to ensure card details

Published on: October 20th, 2011 Jeremy Kirk

SpyEye Trojan can evade fraud-detection algorithms

Banks are facing more trouble from SpyEye, a piece of malicious software that steals money from people's online bank accounts, according to new research from security vendor Trusteer.SpyEye is a particularly nasty piece

Published on: July 27th, 2011 Jeremy Kirk