Articles By Jeremy Kirk

Surge in fake anti-virus programs, says Google

Fake antivirus software is becoming more prevalent on the Internet, with its creators using clever methods to fool users into installing the programs, according to a new report from Google. Google conducted a

Published on: April 30th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

3.3 million student loan records pilfered

Data on 3.3 million borrowers was stolen from a nonprofit company that helps with student loan financing.The theft occurred on March 20 or 21 from the headquarters of Educational Credit Management Corp. (ECMC),

Published on: March 30th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

Flashlight let banks remotely probe customers’ computers

Security vendor Trusteer's latest product will allow banks to remotely investigate their customers' computers if it is suspected the PC has been hacked.The service, called Flashlight, is designed to enable banks security experts

Published on: March 16th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

VeriSign releases Web site verification service for SMBs

VeriSign is introducing a certification service that confirms whether a business is legitimate and that their Web site is free of malware. VeriSign already sells various SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificates for Web

Published on: February 24th, 2010 Jeremy Kirk

New squeezable device a bonanza for 3D design

A team of researchers has developed a squeezable mouse-like input device that gives three-dimensional control to its users, and which could offer some interesting possibilities to artists working in 3D.The device is called

Published on: December 7th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk

Google could rescue news industry with micropayments system

Google is promoting a payments system to the newspaper industry that would let Web surfers pay a small amount for individual news stories, an idea that could help publishers struggling with the impact

Published on: September 11th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk

‘Sexy’ malware heralds arrival of mobile botnets

The first worm that spreads between mobile devices by spamming text messages has developed a new communications capability that one security vendor says signals the arrival of mobile botnets. Trend Micro has analyzed

Published on: July 17th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk

Trio of brothers sentenced to jail for fraud

Three brothers were sentenced to prison on Tuesday in a London court for creating counterfeit credit and debit cards, defrauding victims of more than £600,000 ($1,098 million), according to the Metropolitan Police.The trio

Published on: July 16th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk

Twits infected with Koobface have accounts suspended

Twitter is suspending the accounts of some users whose computers have fallen victim to a well-known piece of malicious software that has targeted other sites such as Facebook and MySpace.The malware, Koobface, is

Published on: July 14th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk

Phishing attack cons Twitter users into divulging confidential details

Twitter users have been tricked into divulging their login and password details to a Web site that then spammed their contacts. Earlier this month hundreds duped by another series of Twitter phishing attacks.

Published on: May 29th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk

Brutal botnet steals data from 180,000 hacked computers

Researchers from the University of California gained control over a well-known and powerful network of hacked computers for 10 days, gaining insight into how it steals personal and financial data. The botnet, known

Published on: May 5th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk

Google goes green with upcoming PowerMeter service

Google is testing software that will let consumers get detailed information on how much electricity they're using, which could help households reduce consumption by as much as 15 percent, the company said Monday.

Published on: February 11th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk

Google to shut down several free services

Google will either shut down or stop supporting several free Web-based services as it retrenches its engineering resources.Some of the services suffered from low popularity or, as in the case of Google Video,

Published on: January 16th, 2009 Jeremy Kirk

Google Extends E-mail Archiving Service to 10 Years

Google Message Discovery, which lets users search archived e-mail, debuted in April and supports Microsoft's Exchange and IBM's Lotus Domino e-mail systems. The company priced the service at US$25 per user per year,

Published on: November 15th, 2008 Jeremy Kirk

Tech reporter busts two spammers breaking the law

Being a technology reporter, my e-mail in-box is a crowded place. It's stuffed with press releases, notices from mailing lists I subscribe to, invitations to events -- you name it, it's in there.

Published on: October 28th, 2008 Jeremy Kirk