Articles By Jeremy Kirk

Google responds to Android attacks with mass remote kills

Google will build new safeguards into Android Market, its application store for the Android mobile OS, following an attack that infected thousands of phones and forced the company to wipe the malware remotely

Published on: March 8th, 2011 Jeremy Kirk

Crimeware merger kit surfaces on Internet

The rumored combination of two pieces of advanced online banking malware appears to be fully underway after several months of speculation.What appears to be a beta version of a piece of malware that

Published on: February 4th, 2011 Jeremy Kirk

Android trojan records phone conversations to steal data

Researchers have developed a low-profile Trojan horse program for Google's Android mobile OS that steals data in a way that is unlikely to be detected by either a user or antivirus software.The malware,

Published on: January 21st, 2011 Jeremy Kirk

Watch out for mobile malware menace in 2011

Perhaps one of the most common predictions of the last six years has been that mobile malicious software will suddenly proliferate, driven by widespread adoption of smartphones with advanced OSes.None of those prognostications

Published on: December 23rd, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

Operation: Payback attacks can be tracked down

People using a tool to conduct distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks against other websites in support of WikiLeaks can easily be traced, according to computer security researchers.Thousands of people have downloaded the "Low Orbit

Published on: December 14th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

Google inflates search rankings of own pages: researcher

Google appears to be backing away from a pledge that its search engine delivers unbiased results following new research that indicates the company gives itself top billing in many kinds of searches.Ben Edelman,

Published on: November 24th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

Facebook suspends app developers leaking user IDs

Facebook is punishing several application developers for passing certain information to a data broker in the latest move by the social networking site to control growing concerns over privacy.Facebook will deny those application

Published on: November 3rd, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

Fraudsters steal cash using ATM ‘flash attacks’

Over the last few weeks, criminals have been exploiting weak fraud detection systems used for debit cards with "flash" attacks, where hundreds of withdrawals are made over a very short period of time.Banking

Published on: October 28th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

Security software offering less protection, tests reveal

The latest tests of consumer of antivirus software released on Tuesday show the products are declining in performance as the number of malicious software programs increases, a trend that does not bode well

Published on: October 20th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

Twitter patches flaw after malicious link runs rampant

A serious security flaw was apparently found on Twitter on Tuesday but was quickly fixed. Hackers had exploited a flaw in Twitter, which results in pop-ups and third-party websites being opened despite users

Published on: September 22nd, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

Automatically track missing patches with Personal Software Inspector

Secunia has updated its Personal Software Inspector (PSI) with the ability to silently download and apply patches from multiple vendors soon after their release. PSI 2.0 is now available in an open beta

Published on: September 7th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

Most security software products come up short, says test lab

A majority of security software suites still fail to detect attacks on PCs even after the style of attack has been known for some time, underscoring how cybercriminals still have the upper hand.

Published on: August 18th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

First Android trojan secretly sends pricey texts

Researchers at Russian security company Kaspersky Lab say they've discovered the first malicious software program to target Google's Android mobile operating system. The application masquerades as a media player, according to a Kaspersky

Published on: August 16th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

Explosion of online malware confounds security firms

New research has further confirmed the difficulties security software companies are having keeping up with an explosion in malicious software programs on the Internet.Security software from major vendors can take an average of

Published on: June 22nd, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

UK pushes kill switch on biometric passports, national ID cards

The U.K.'s new coalition government plans to cancel the national ID card program, calling it part of a "substantial erosion of civil liberties" that took place under the former Labour government.Following an election

Published on: May 17th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk